Today’s Worship – 06/06/2015

 

Today’s Thought and Scripture

One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to come to his home for a meal, so Jesus accepted the invitation and sat down to eat. A certain immoral woman heard he was there and brought a beautiful jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who was the host saw what was happening and who the woman was, he said to himself, “This proves that Jesus is no prophet. If God had really sent him, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”

Then Jesus spoke up and answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”

“All right, Teacher,” Simon replied, “go ahead.”

Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people–five hundred pieces of silver to one and fifty pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, cancelling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”

Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he cancelled the larger debt.”

“That’s right,” Jesus said. Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t give me a kiss of greeting, but she has kissed my feet again and again from the time I first came in. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume. I tell you, her sins–and they are many–have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”

The men at the table said among themselves, “Who does this man think he is, going around forgiving sins?”

And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:36-50

Many churches today miss it. Many of us have become like Simon. God brings people like this prostitute into our churches and we stand in judgement and say; “Who let that person in the door? Could we get some ushers to escort them out or a least sit them in a place where they are not going to be so noticeable.” We have become blind. Is it no wonder many churches have trouble bringing in the lost when the lost see that type of attitude?

I am tired of seeing pictures so called believers carrying signs saying “God hates queers” or “Kill the fags”. Do you really understand what you are doing? Do you understand that you might be the one destined for judgement because the hatred you carry.

What if two hurting men entered into your church holding hands. Are you going to stop them at the door and tell them they are not allowed in? If so you have just lost two souls that could have heard the word and been set free, but now they will probably never look to Christ again because if that’s the way His children are then we don’t want anything to do with them.

What if a prostitute with needle marks up and down her arms, hardly dressed at all, staggers into your church and sits in your seat? Are you going to have the usher toss her out? I’ve seen it happen. Not with a prostitute. In a church I used to attend some people would get really upset if they saw somebody form outside the church sitting in their seat. More than a few times I saw those new people leave the church never to return.

As children of Christ we are to be accepting of everyone. How dare we turn anyone away. We are not to be accepting of their lifestyle. But we have to let God take care of that. He is the one who will bring conviction and change if the person is sincere.

In Pastor Jim Cymbala’s book “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire” He talks about an encounter he had one day after a service. Pastor Cymbala is the pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, home to the world famous choir. As he was greeting people bumped into what he thought was a very attractive woman. He said excuse me and they answered back in a man’s voice. It was a transvestite who went by the name of Sarah. It turned out his real name was Ricardo and he was responsible for turning a lot of young kids on to crack cocaine and prostitution.

Ricardo’s lifestyle was beginning to get to him. Imagine hustling most of the night just to make the $400 to $500 needed for your addiction, falling asleep under a bridge and then searching garbage cans for food in the morning. He was looking for hope.

Now they could have turned Ricardo away, but they let him keep coming into the services. Ricardo sat in the meetings, and it dawned on him that maybe he could be different. This Jesus could actually set him free from crack. Perhaps this Jesus could even change him into a true man, not this half-half person he assumed was his nature. He had been teased from childhood about being effeminate. His mother had pleaded with him to forsake homosexuality, and he had tried, to no avail. His will power had failed him countless times.

But the idea that God was stronger, that God could in fact change him on the inside…. that was a new thought. Ricardo kept listening, and after about a month, he gave his heart to the Lord. It was not a dramatic conversion. But it became real on the inside.

God changed Ricardo and he embraced who God created him to be. A man. He went on to marry a beautiful woman named Betty. But he was dying of aids. A few years later as he was dying he spoke to Pastor Cymbala and said “I will never forget how you loved me and took me in. Thank-you so much!

Brooklyn Tabernacle is not ashamed of who they let into their church. They welcome them with open arms of love. And because of that lives are changed and given a new hope.

People are looking for hope. Are you willing to do all it takes to show them there is a hope? You are an ambassador for Christ. Don’t stand in judgement but let Christ in you shine for all to see. Be an example of His love. You do the loving and leave the changing to Him.

Gerry Desjardins

Today’s Worship Songs

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1. The Difference – Hillsong

2. It’s Who You Are – Vertical Church Band

3. Jesus Paid It all – Newsboys

4. You Are the Fire – Michael W Smith

5. You Never Stop – Lincoln Brewster

6. My Beloved – Kari Jobe

7. For What It’s Worth – Sidewalk Prophets

God bless and keep you –  Gerry Desjardins

Today’s Worship is a ministry of The Worshipper’s Space

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Today’s Worship – 06/05/2015

 

Today’s Thought and Scripture

As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honour your father and mother.’”

“Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”
Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Mark 10:17-22 (NLT)

We live in a very affluent society. Many of us have been blessed with good jobs and possessions. We in the West have more than our ancestors ever had. We think it’s important we own our own home, need at least two cars and give everything to our children that we didn’t have. It seems to me as even though we are blessed with these things, we are less happy than those that came before us. We are never satisfied with what we have and want more. So it is with the general population. Riches and wealth of possessions rarely brings happiness, Yet so many of us would be hard pressed to part with them.

As I was praying last night I thought much about this young rich man that Jesus spoke with. What if I was in his position and Jesus asked this of me? Would I react in the same way? In all honesty I have to admit there was a lot of hesitancy on my part. I love my warm home and my bed and the fact that I live in comfort. Am I more interested in my own comfort than that of the poor? I’m not rich but what I possess is much more than many around the world. This troubled me quite a bit. My heart is not in the right place and I am in the process of remedying that. In giving us His all, Jesus has asked for all of us. It’s not an option. He’s either Lord of all or not Lord at all. We can’t afford to have any attachment to this world. We are not our own, we have been bought for a great price. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Nory and I are facing this right now, neither of us have jobs and without the Lord intervening we are about to lose everything, even a place to live. We have no choice but to believe the Lord will provide and see us through, but what if He doesn’t? Would we still call Him Lord and say “Yet though He slay me, I will still trust Him”? With thousands of Christians around the world losing everything because of persecution and war are we any better than them? What if it is to fulfill a purpose that only the Lord can see? Would we still trust Him? Please pray for us as we face this trail of our faith.

The question begs asking, what about you? Are you so tied to your possessions that they mean more to you than your service to Christ and His Lordship? If Jesus asked you to give up everything tomorrow, would you? Or would you walk away sad like this young man did? As Christians we should be able to let go of people and possessions at the drop of a hat. Our answer should always be, “Yes Lord.” without hesitation. Everything you have been blessed with is not yours anyway. It belongs to Him to do with a He pleases and if that bothers you then you need to seek the Lord as to why. We bring nothing into this world and there is nothing that we can bring with us when we leave it.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
Mark 10:23-27 (NLT)’

When Jesus died on the cross He made it possible for all to be saved, but it still comes down to a matter of the heart. Where your heart is there is your treasure also. Luke 12:34. Whatever possesses our heart, possesses us. If it be Christ then we are in the right place. If it is other people or things that we possess then we need to get right with God. Jesus tells us that in giving up our earthly desires and possessions that we gain much more in heaven.

Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.
“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”
Mark 10:28-31 (NLT)

So tell me is your heart here on earth set on your possessions or are you building towards your inheritance that Christ has promised you in heaven? It is a question you alone can answer in your time with Jesus. Lord help us to put you first in all things!

Gerry Desjardins

Today’s Worship Songs

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1. Almighty – Chris Tomlin

2. Greatness of Our God – Hillsong

3. My Romance – Jesus Culture

4. Hold My Heart – Tenth Avenue North

5. I Have Decided – Starfield

6. Your Promises – Elevation Worship

7. Grace Alone – Dustin Kensrue

God bless and keep you –  Gerry Desjardins

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Today’s Worship – 06/04/2015

 

Today’s Thought and Scripture

One who argues with his Creator is in grave danger,
one who is like a mere shard among the other shards on the ground!
The clay should not say to the potter,
“What in the world are you doing?
Your work lacks skill!”
Isaiah 45:9 CEV

Anyone who truly knows God, knows that He does not make mistakes .All creation has been crafted skilfully and each part has it’s purpose. Every person was created in His image and shaped that they may bring to Him glory through the gifts He stored in them. Anyone who knows the Lord and His word knows also that He created only 2 genders, male and female.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. Genesis 1:26-27, 31a

More than any other part of God’s creation satan hates man, the jewel of God’s creation. From the beginning he has tried to trip up and turn man away from God and pervert the one who was made in God’s image. We were created without flaw and worshipped and walked with our Creator. Until we disobeyed Him and fell. Now satan has taken that which was created in God’s image and is twisting it into something that is barely recognizable.

We saw this past week all over the the media how they celebrated the transformation of Bruce Jenner into a “woman”. They called him courageous and want to give him the Arthur Ashby award for courage in sports. Let me set them straight, Bruce Jenner is still Bruce Jenner, the one God created. You can change the outside through make-up and photo shop, but you cannot change the fact that Bruce is still a man. Some where along the way Bruce believed a lie and gave into it. Did God make a mistake and create Bruce the wrong way? No and yet in doing what he has done along with the media he is saying that God didn’t know what he was doing in creating Bruce as a man. He put a female spirit in a male body by accident. Really? Psalm 18:30 says God’s ways are perfect.

We also learned this past week that the BC supreme court in Canada is deliberating whether gender should be removed from the certificate at birth and that parents don’t have a right to refer to their child as a boy or a girl. The child should remain gender neutral until the child makes the decision which gender it is.

Sometimes I feel like us Christians are the only sane ones in a madhouse. The world is going crazy. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s I have seen values change. It is like the example of the frog in the pot where the water has been getting hotter yet the frog does not recognize that it is slowly being boiled to death. So it is with society and change. Things that were once called good are now considered evil and that which was evil is now good. The devil has been masterful at changing things around ever so slowly so that the world barely notices the change and accepts it as normal. The world is dying, but they really like to think they are just being enlightened.

I posted an article from Rush Limbaugh yesterday where he had a radio interview with a man who called in to “out” himself to the world. He declared that he was really a black man born in a white man’s body. It was all done tongue in cheek, but it speaks volumes on how easy it is in today’s society to trick someone into believing you are something you are not. There is even a group of people who label themselves as Transabled. They believe that instead of being born normal they should have been born disabled and have gone as far as to disable themselves or live as a disabled person. Do you see the length the enemy has gone to deceive those who don’t know the truth of God’s word. There is so much I could go into about this, but I will leave it here.

Maybe you are one of those that is thinking you are not whom your really supposed to be. You are saying; God you made a mistake, You forgot my handles, as the passage from Isaiah says above. Listen to what God says about you in the Psalm 139;

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvellous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skilfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

You were perfect the way you were created. In you God created something beautiful, but that beauty can only be truly unlocked by knowing Him who created you. It’s in knowing Christ you discover who you truly are and what your potential is. Let Him wash away doubts and misconceptions and flood you with the truth of His word and Holy Spirit. Be who the Potter created you to be.

Gerry Desjardins

Today’s Worship Songs

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1. Glorious Ruins – Hillsong

2. Set Free – Chris Tomlin & Matt Redman

3. The Love of Jesus – Elevation Music & Darlene Zschech

4. Strong to Save – Vertical Church Band

5. Run to Jesus – Francesca Battistelli

6. Beauty of Your Presence – Kim Walker-Smith & Skyler Smith

7. The Longing – All Son’s & Daughters

God bless and keep you –  Gerry Desjardins

Today’s Worship is a ministry of The Worshipper’s Space

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Today’s Worship – 06-03-2015

 

Today’s Thought and Scripture

Why do we as Christians so often get discouraged and want to give up? Why do we often put our eyes on the circumstances instead of our Saviour? We look at the storms in our lives and so often want to “throw in the towel”. As a very good friend of mine said to me recently; “Why do so many Christians use that phrase? What good would it do you? Can you actually throw in a towel? What if all Christians decided to throw in the towel, where would the world be today? What if Jesus Himself in the garden instead of saying; “Nevertheless Father not My will but Yours be done” said “I can’t do this, I’m throwing in the towel” We would all be lost.”

So often we forget the time that Jesus and His disciples were in a boat and a storm came up. Jesus was sleeping and the disciples fearing for their lives cried out;“Master, Master wake up we are going to drown!” Jesus woke up and calmed the storm and rebuked them for their lack of faith. Luke 8:22-25 They had God in their boat and they were afraid of drowning!?!? We have to get it into our hearts and minds that God is in our boat and no storm can touch us if He is there with us.

So why do we get discouraged and want through in the towel? Jesus said “Come to me all you who are weary and heavily burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” Matthew 11:28-30 and “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.

The promises and encouragement for believers found in God’s word are endless. So why do we want to throw in the towel? Because we take our eyes of the Lord and put them on the storm. My sister in the Lord has only been a Christian for 3 years and yet she showed a lot of maturity in what she said to me. God used her to get me to rethink what I was saying. I myself will never again threaten to throw in the towel. God’s promises are true and His word never fails! Thank-you Jesus for being in my boat!

Gerry Desjardins

Today’s Worship Songs

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1. Come Awaken Love Bethel

2. Til the End – Jeremy Camp

3. Kingdom Come – Covenant Worship

4. Lovely – Chris Tomlin

5. Our God Reigns – Jesus Culture and Martin Smith

6. Here I Go Again – Casting Crowns

7. Follow Me There – Third Day

God bless and keep you –  Gerry Desjardins

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Today’s Worship – 05/30/2015

 

Today’s Thoughts and Scripture

Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the flood waters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock. But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7:24-27

Anyone who knows anything about constructing a building knows you have to have a solid foundation to build on. Without that foundation the building will shift and eventually collapse. The Leaning Tower of Pisa was not originally constructed to lean. The builders didn’t take into consideration the ground they were building on and because of that through the years it began to lean. Under the soil at that location is a soft layer of clay which is made up of sand. One day it will topple over.

Like buildings our lives and families need to have a firm and strong foundation. Divorce and the destruction of the family unit is a major problem today. Many turn to psychology or religion to fix their problems but soon they find that these solutions are like the clay the Tower of Pisa is built on and slowly their family is in danger of collapse once again.

There is only one true foundation and it is not a religion, it is a person. His name is Jesus. In Matthew chapters 5 to 7 Jesus gave us an outline on how to build a strong foundation. Your life must be totally built upon Him. Without Him you are lost and you life and dreams will one day collapse. There is an old hymn that says: “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

Is your life built on sinking sand? Are you willing to build upon Him? Will you turn to Him today? It’s simple. All you have to do is admit you are a sinner and in need of Him. Then ask Him into your heart. Now, find a Bible, read it and attend a Bible believing church. Pray and ask Him to straighten out your foundation.

Gerry Desjardins

Today’s Worship Songs

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1. Power to Redeem – Lauren Daigle (feat All Sons & Daughters)

2. Tomorrow – Unspoken

3. Calvary – Hillsong

4. How Sweet the Sound – Citizen Way

5. Mercy Mercy – Hillsong United

6. Love You With the Truth – Casting Crowns

7. Forever Reign – Newsboys

God bless and keep you –  Gerry Desjardins

Today’s Worship is a ministry of The Worshipper’s Space

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Today’s Worship – 05/29/2015

 

Today’s Thought and Scripture

Sometimes what God is doing in our lives is not always clear. The way is clouded by shadows and deep valleys. Things happen to us that just don’t seem to fit in with what we believe is God’s plan for us. Why would He allow us to go through these times of hurt and indecision seemingly alone?

C.S. Lewis was one of the greatest Christian writers of our time. He was a bachelor until late in his life when he met Joy Davidman. They married and 3 years later she died of cancer. Watching her die was one of the darkest periods of his life. These events were portrayed in the movie “Shadowlands” He wrote afterwards the book “A Grief Observed” in which he talks about the pain of suffering. In this journal, he documents first the overwhelming sensations of his grief, then his rage and confusion at God. As time passes, he chronicles his return to Christ and his acceptance of a new life, forever shadowed by his wife’s death, but still whole.

Satan is frightened by those who go through such pain and suffering and not knowing the reason why, they continue to serve God. In another book written by C S. Lewis called “The Screwtape Letters” He gives a fictional account of a series of letters written between a junior demon (Wormwood) and his superior (Screwtape). The junior demon had been given the assignment of keeping a man from coming to Christ and was experiencing difficulties. In response to a problem this demon was having the superior wrote back to him the following; “Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of God seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and yet still obeys.”

Sometimes in grief and pain we can’t find our Lord, but that doesn’t mean He isn’t there. He is just saying in times of silence. “Trust me” Psalm 23:4 says “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” David knew the Lord was there and would guide him no matter what. Proverbs 3:5-6 says; “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” God has not forsaken you. He is still there. Trust Him!

Gerry Desjardins

Today’s Worship Songs

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1. Seas of Crimson – Bethel

2. Immeasurably More – Rend Collective

3. King of Glory – All Son’s & Daughters

4. In Jesus Name – Third Day

5. We Are Loved – Tim Neufeld (feat The Glory Boys)

6. Who Can Compare – Christy Nockels

7. Everything is Grace – Matt Maher

God bless and keep you –  Gerry Desjardins

Today’s Worship is a ministry of The Worshipper’s Space

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Today’s Worship – 05/28/2015

 

Today’s Thought and Scripture

Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. Isaiah 59:1-3

Sin separates and always carries a cost. Yet many Christians make excuses for continuing in sin. We can understand that some of the younger ones would struggle in the same way as a baby learns to walk, those who are new to Christ have to learn to walk through the teaching of the word and the Holy Spirit. But there are those who have supposedly known Christ for years and yet they still struggle with sin. Many make excuses as to why they can’t change and use grace and the great love that God has for us as an excuse to continue. Paul said in Romans 6:1-23

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Even though sin will not stop God’s love for us, what it does is allow a hardness and a dullness to come in. The longer we stay in that sin the harder it is for us to hear God’s voice. His love seems to feel distant even though He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. It is us who because of our sin who have forsaken Him. We ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit that we are headed in the wrong direction and our hearts begin grow cold and hard towards the things of God. His love for us becomes a distant memory. We even find ourselves blaming God for our condition and saying if He really loved me, He would deliver me from this. The fact is He did deliver you from all sin but through self deception you have returned to the vomit which He found you in.

God will never force you to stop sinning. That would violate our will and that is something that He’ll never do. He will do all He can to gently try and persuade you from sinning and turn back to Him, but if your mind is made up He won’t stand in your way. We need to make the choice whether to serve Him or not. To sin or not to sin. To love Him or scorn Him. The further you go, the angrier you get and eventually you begin to curse God and then finally turn your back on Him becoming much worse than the original condition He found you in. Angry, bitter and lost. You even wonder why you even believed in God to begin with. You exchange the truth of God for a lie.

Understand that God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. You are the one who has changed and moved away. His love for you has remained constant all through it. His arms always remain open for you. The Father waiting for the prodigal son. There is not a single soul that is destined hell that God wants there. They made the choice themselves through rejecting His love and mercy.

Do you want to change? Then tell Him. Be honest with Him and yourself. A sincere heart always gets God’s attention. Understand that when the Lord is speaking to Israel He is also speaking to the church and the individual. He says in Jeremiah 29:11-14a “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity.”

No matter how far you have fallen, He is ready to take you back at the drop of a hat. You are His child. Seek Him with all your heart, mind and strength. If you notice hardness beginning to settle in, take drastic actions before it’s too late. Don’t listen to the lie that you have gone too far and you can’t turn back. As long as you are still convicted of your sin in some way you are in a good position and you need to cry out him. He says; “Return, O backsliding children,” says the LORD; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:14-15

You are His treasure. His jewel. Christ gave His all for you. You have become one with Him and He will never give you up. He will pursue you right to the end.

Gerry Desjardins

Today’s Worship Songs

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1. When I Lost My Heart to You (Hallelujah) – Hillsong United

2. No Turning Back – For King and Country

3. The Saving One – Chris Tomlin & Passion

4. Anchor – Bethel

5. Love Goes On – Hillsong Young & Free

6. Forever – Kari Jobe

7. Flawless – MercyMe

God bless and keep you –  Gerry Desjardins

Today’s Worship is a ministry of The Worshipper’s Space

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