Isaiah 29:13-16 (MSG)
The Master said:
“These people make a big show of saying the right thing,
but their hearts aren’t in it.
Because they act like they’re worshiping me
but don’t mean it,
I’m going to step in and shock them awake,
astonish them, stand them on their ears.
The wise ones who had it all figured out
will be exposed as fools.
The smart people who thought they knew everything
will turn out to know nothing.”
Doom to you! You pretend to have the inside track.
You shut God out and work behind the scenes,
Plotting the future as if you knew everything,
acting mysterious, never showing your hand.
You have everything backward. . .
Lord, You put up with so much from us! Then again sometimes You get Your fill, and the dissatisfaction spills over. You don’t want lip service; You don't want fake words meaning nothing. You desire our hearts! You want and deserve our love, respect and honor! Lord, I bow down to You lifting my hands in praise and worship. You are the Almighty One, Creator of the heavens and the earth; You created me. O God, Your worth is greater than I can even realize or understand. What I know is You love me so much that You, Jesus, came to earth as a human being, giving up Your Divine powers and position. You came that we might begin to understand Father God as our personal God who loves us dearly! You came to be our substitute in the sin debt mankind owes God; You paid it off entirely. Now we come freely to You as new people, natures cleansed of sin. [Picture made @pdeddy.com]
When we repent and accept You as our Savior, inviting You to be Lord of our lives, we are transformed into new creatures. Our hearts are open to You, desiring to be the best we can be, and wanting to love, obey, and please You as our loving Lord.
Then You also will send Holy Spirit to indwell us so we have our own personal Guide, Mentor, Comforter, Counselor who also loves us. He came to Jesus disciples on the first Pentecost in the upper room. He now comes to us helping us in understanding the Word and other mysteries of life. He is our helper, so we never have to walk alone.
Our God loves us and desires all of us to be with Him for all eternity. But it’s our choice. He has done all he can do for us, and now it’s up to us to make the decision to accept Jesus gift or not. Rejecting Jesus and what He did is rejecting God, and will prevent us from ever enjoying our eternity in heaven.
My friends, if you have not yet repented of your sin and accepted Jesus as Lord of your life, do it today. I want to meet you in heaven! And we never know when our last hour on earth will come.