Many guys believe that because they have chosen a path of selfishness or self-centeredness, or a path of greed and love of money, or a path of being disobedient to parents reflected in their own relationship with fathers -- that God, because of this, isn't interested in having a relationship with them.
Some people honestly believe their lack of relationship with God is because they feel God is just…DONE with them.
Men often say: "I have lived my life in such a way that God just isn't interested in someone like me?" If you're in the position…I mean, genuinely in a position where you think you lack of relationship with God is God's view of you, here is some good news.
There is a way to fix that and the CHANGE begins with you.
Abraham, in the Bible, holds a significant place.
1.) He is considered the FATHER of faith.
2.) Through his lineage, all three MONO-THESITIC belief systems were spawned.
Jesus came through from Abraham.
Now, let's examine Abraham a little closer:
- His father was an idol worshipper
- God gave him specific instructions and he didn't act on it for years.
- He failed to trust God and created a situation that the world in still in turmoil about today.
- He showed how courageous he was by telling his wife to say she was sister because he was worried the King might kill him to get at her.
Yet, God continued to be interested in Abraham--continued his commitment to Abraham even when Abraham was demonstrating some behaviors and actions that were somewhat questionable.
In fact, God called Abraham his friend. How many of us would like for God to say that about us, "That Lindell, he is my friend." Abraham did something that was remarkable.
He loved the LORD GOD with ALL that was inside of him.
There are (3) definitive actions that God will take when you love him with ALL that you have.
- We must grasp: CONDITION PRECEDENT!
- You and I have to do something FIRST.
- After we MAKE the CHOICE to love the LORD GOD with ALL, we can COUNT on GOD to do this:
1. God will HEAR us
2. God will KNOW where we are.
3. God will deliver us.
Let's take a look at each of these in a bit more DETAIL.
First, God Hears.
Isn't it cool that God has ears. In Psalms 34:17 the Scriptures say the righteous CRY out that LORD hears
NOTICE the condition PRECEDENT-- FIRST, the RIGHTEOUS cry out, then the LORD hears.
Second God knows where you are.
My grandmother's name is Celia and my grandfather was Cozy. On my first trip to Mississippi to visit them, I learned more about life in that two weeks than I had learned in the previous five years. I also learned that the nights in Mississippi are really, really dark. Mississippi darkness is palpable and real--you can cut it with a knife and eat it with a fork.
But even in the depth of Mississippi darkness, God know where you are and He is waiting for you call out to Him.
The last one of the three actions is God DELIVERS.
Psalms 34 which reminds us that God hears--- the remainder of the that verse tells us that He delivers. It' His nature to DELIVER. It is his nature to help you when you call on Him, but you have to do the calling.
Here is a reality of life:
THERE IS NO DEPTH OF DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY--NO PLACE OF ALONENESS OR ABANDONMENT THAT I CAN DESCEND INTO THAT HE ISN'T AVAILABLE TO HEAR AND DELIVER ME.
the CHOICE IS UP to US. WE have to ASK OURSELVES--do we trust?
BUT, it's all up to you.
This life is preparation for ETERNITY. It is about getting ready. And, the getting ready comes down to a couple of things:
Do you want to know God
Well, if you do, you have to listen to what He said and He said. I am only speaking through my Son.
And what did the Son say?
LOVE the LORD GOD with All YOUR HEART.