Jogging From God

Why do adult men operate from God?  It has been a problem with me for decades and one I have had the deepest desire in because I cannot understand it and factors I cannot understand when it will come to the way individuals behave have a way of bothering me.  I have constantly needed to know why adult men do what they do.  I have needed to know how adult men imagine and why they imagine the way they do and hence what motivates a guy.   The fact is only God can know for absolutely sure for only he can see inside a guy and read a man’s heart.  As for you and me the Bible claims, “For what guy is familiar with the factors of a guy apart from the spirit of the guy which is in him?” (one Cor. 2:eleven NKJV)

Our finest hope for being aware of another lies in their willingness to open up up to us.  Even then we could stop up scratching our head in bewilderment.  They could notify us what they imagine but do they by themselves even understand the processes of the heart and brain that have led them to the stage exactly where they are at?

If there be a God (I am not expressing doubt) then by definition of what it implies to be God it is clear one could not properly operate from him.  Hear David in the 139th Psalm.

“O LORD, You have searched me and identified me.   You know my sitting down down and my rising up You understand my believed afar off.   You understand my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my means.   For there is not a phrase on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether…Where can I go from Your Spirit?   Or exactly where can I flee from Your presence?  If I ascend into heaven, You are there If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.   If I just take the wings of the morning,  And dwell in the uttermost components of the sea,  Even there Your hand shall direct me,  And Your appropriate hand shall keep me.   If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall drop on me,’ Even the evening shall be mild about me In truth, the darkness shall not cover from You, But the evening shines as the day The darkness and the mild are equally alike to You.” (Psalms 139:one-four, 7-12 NKJV)

The writer of the guide of Hebrews put it this way, “There is no creature concealed from His sight, but all factors are bare and open up to the eyes of Him to whom we need to give account.” (Heb. four:13 NKJV)  To try out and operate from God or gain a struggle versus him is utter folly and only exhibits how foolish guy can be to even look at these types of a thing.

Due to the fact guy cannot operate from God why try out?  Whilst we could hardly ever know a distinct individual’s wondering or motive for attempting to do so the Bible tells us of some who have tried out to operate from God in past background and gives us their determination.  Probably we can understand from that for guy has not changed in his human nature considering that generation.

Adam and Eve were the to start with to ever try out and operate from God.  When they sinned in the Backyard of Eden by having of the forbidden fruit, breaking God’s commandment, they attempted to cover from God.  Adam claimed to God he was hiding because of his nakedness (Gen. three:ten) but that had hardly ever been a difficulty prior to.  Sin made it a difficulty and hence sin caused the to start with guy and lady to operate from God and try out and cover from him. 

Each case of jogging from God or away from God has been caused by sin in a man’s lifetime.  People who love God and obey his commandments do not operate from God.  “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.” (one John 5:three NKJV)  God is man’s great benefactor.  Why operate from one who is the only one who can bestow everlasting lifetime?  There is only one top cause, the actuality of sin in one’s lifetime, sin that has not been repented of or forgiven.  Each cause we can checklist as motives for man’s endeavor to operate away from God ultimately will in every case arrive back to the matter of sin in the person’s lifetime.

But what was the cause driving Adam and Eve’s sin?  There are some factors listed here that ought to instruct us some lessons.  Eve was prepared to hear to anyone other than God for direction.  Eve listened to the serpent.  Adam was prepared to hear to Eve.  The world is entire of individuals whose drive it is to get you to hear to them and stick to them and their direct not only out in the world but even in what is styled Christendom.  What folly!  The phrase of God lies in the arms of the guy who retains the Bible, there and there only will you find it.  God’s phrase is the only absolutely sure guidebook guy will ever have. 

I would dare say that very last Sunday the the vast majority by significantly of these the world phone calls Christians engaged in a worship support (if they went at all) in which they did at minimum some factors which cannot be found in the New Testament of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, factors that sprang up in some man’s brain the moment upon a time and that was taken up by a body of believers and has been handed down by tradition by way of the decades as if it came from Jesus’ have mouth.  They placed God’s stamp of approval on these factors with out a solitary phrase from God voicing his approval.  They took it upon their have authority, fail to remember God, to do it and they want you to just take their phrase for it that God will be happy.  They are absolutely sure of it even nevertheless God has not spoken.  This is nothing other than pure presumption.  They know it will make sure you God because it pleases them.  The difficulty is they listened to guy to get the observe as Eve listened to the serpent.  If God hardly ever spoke of the observe in the internet pages of the New Testament how can it be of God?  It cannot. 

Incorporate to that we are now residing in a generation that is outdoing all past generations in locating new means to worship (?) God, factors unimaginable to my grandparent’s generation.  Adam and Eve were God’s little ones.  Eve sinned by listening to another who was enlightening her so she believed, who knew far better than God himself.  We ought to understand a lesson listed here.  If you cannot quote guide, chapter, and verse from the New Testament for your observe or doctrine you have listened to anyone other than God.  Adam and Eve did not have a New Testament but they had God’s phrase.  In our dispensation of time the New Testament is the very last will and testament of Christ our Savior and hence God’s phrase for guy to reside by until time shall stop and Jesus shall return.  Are you listening to it or listening to adult men and their wishes and traditions?    

But, why did Eve do that, why did she hear to another?  Mainly because she liked what she listened to from the serpent additional than she liked what she listened to from God.  So the 2nd thing we can understand from Adam and Eve is to not let our private wishes to guidebook us.  Generally remember it is not what appears fantastic or appropriate or desirable to you or me that counts with God but irrespective of whether or not we are obeying him by obeying his phrase.

I know it is our drive to want most people in Christendom saved and the whole world saved for that matter except if it is for the mass murderers of the world and the world’s most evil individuals.  But if God is God and he receives to make the regulations then his phrase receives to determine the matter.  John equates Jesus as becoming the Word in John one.  If God’s phrase is fantastic then only a several fairly talking will be saved irrespective of whether we like it or not.

Jesus claimed, “Enter by the slender gate for wide is the gate and wide is the way that prospects to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Mainly because slender is the gate and difficult is the way which prospects to lifetime, and there are several who find it.” (Matt. 7:13-fourteen NKJV)  “Not every person who claims to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21 NKJV)  God’s will is found only in God’s phrase, not exterior it in man’s proclamation.

I really don’t know that a guy can have way too massive a heart but I do know our great love for a wife, a husband, a baby, a dad or mum, a buddy, or whoever can direct us to reject God’s phrase in purchase to have them saved.  They will either not settle for or obey the gospel or if they have completed so go off into phony doctrine or apostasy, as the case could be, and we want them saved so terribly we start wanting at scripture in different ways.  Abruptly we find the phrase of God switching and old passages that use to instruct us one thing now seem to be to be teaching us some thing solely distinctive.  What has changed?  Has the Bible changed or has it been our heart?  Our great passion for and love for our fellowman can effortlessly consequence in our rejection of God’s phrase for the phrase we want it to be rather than the phrase it basically is. 

Do we imagine God is unjust in condemning these who will not consider the real truth and obey it?  Do we imagine we love additional than God who gave his only begotten son on the cross to die in purchase to give to guy a implies of salvation?  Do we imagine we love additional than Jesus who died for us all?  Do we imagine God is just way too stringent (I assure you many, many, many do)?  On the other hand massive your heart is I can assure you it is not as massive as God’s but do we truly assume God to save unrepentant sinners and individuals who do not love him?  If he did how would heaven be any far better than lifetime on earth? 

Have you ever believed that perhaps Adam loved Eve just a bit way too a lot?  Did he love her additional than he loved God?  Appreciate is a fantastic thing but we need to love God foremost.  “He who enjoys father or mom additional than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who enjoys son or daughter additional than Me is not worthy of Me,” claimed Jesus. (Matt. ten:37 NKJV)  If this be the case undoubtedly he who enjoys a husband or wife additional than Jesus is not worthy of him either.

The Bible claims regarding Adam and Eve’s sin, “Adam was not deceived” (one Tim. 2:fourteen NKJV) but Eve was (identical verse).  God in talking straight to Adam in the yard claims to him, “Mainly because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you…” (Gen three:17 NKJV) hence the case with Adam could nicely have been one of wanting to make sure you Eve additional than wanting to make sure you God.

So what lessons have we discovered from Adam and Eve?  (one) Sin led them to operate from God.  (2) This sin was caused by or the consequence of listening to the terms of another who was not God.  (three) Eve listened to another other than God for she ideal the doctrine he introduced additional than the doctrine God gave.  (four) Appreciate for one’s mate, or for other people, even for all of humanity as a total for that matter, cannot supersede one’s love for God and if it does so it will only consequence in catastrophe.  Are you and I immune right now from slipping into one or additional of the identical traps?  No, not at all.  

Jonah is another case in point and with little doubt the finest identified case in point in the Bible of a guy who attempted to operate from God.  God despatched him to Nineveh to preach versus that city’s wickedness.  Jonah did not want to go and do that for worry that Nineveh would repent and God would not damage its inhabitants but rather forgive them and spare them (see Jonah three:ten-four:2) which is just what finished up happening.  The tale is nicely identified.  Jonah needed to see the city wrecked and fearing that preaching God’s information to the individuals there would stop up conserving the city he tried out to flee from God, received caught up in a storm on the sea, a storm God despatched purposely, and was tossed overboard by the sailors to save their have life.  He was thereafter swallowed by a great fish, a fish that spit him out, following he repented of disobedience to God’s command.

The moment again then we have another case in point of a guy jogging from God because of disobedience to God but this would be a fantastic time to pause and try out and get driving the sin of disobedience to see what caused it?  In Jonah’s case the motivating aspect was a deficiency of love for his fellowman?  In truth, one could get in touch with it despise?  He needed to see the individuals of Nineveh die, one hundred twenty,000 of them.  Jonah had a heart difficulty. 

When a particular person has a heart difficulty they will want no portion of God and will normally flee from him.  Not every sin is heart associated.  One particular might sin out of ignorance or weakness of the flesh (Peter denying Christ out of worry) but when sin is in the heart guy desires no portion of God and will look for to operate from him.  The heart need to be changed to improve the guy.

Then we arrive to the loaded younger ruler we find in the New Testament who believed he needed to obtain everlasting lifetime and came to Jesus in search of an reply as to how to do it.  We find this account in Matt. 19:sixteen-22, Mark ten:17-22, and Luke 18:18-23.  Jesus invited the younger guy to market his items and arrive stick to him.  You know the tale.  The younger guy could not deliver himself to do so and we could with correctness say he ran away from God.  Why?  Mainly because he loved his prosperity, his money, additional than God and everlasting lifetime.  He had a heart difficulty, the love of money.

There is another account found in John of these who ran away from God.  The text claims, “However even amongst the rulers many thought in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue for they loved the praise of adult men additional than the praise of God.” (John 12:42-forty three NKJV)  All over again, the difficulty lies in the heart of the guy.  It is guy wanting the incorrect factors out of lifetime top him into sin and away from God.

Last but not least it desires to be introduced out that the put many operate to when they are jogging from God is to religion by itself.  In the case in point just specified the rulers were going away from God but headed out to the synagogue for worship.  In present-day world adult men will look for and look for and look for to find the denomination that will instruct it the way they want to hear it so that Paul’s prophesy finds its fulfillment.  “For the time will arrive when they will not endure audio doctrine, but according to their have wishes, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for by themselves lecturers and they will change their ears away from the real truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Tim. four:three-four NKJV) 

You notify me what it is you want to hear right now and I imagine I can find you a put to go if you will let me study it just a little.  You can find the doctrine that comforts you in no matter what state of sin you are residing in and in no matter what beliefs you are holding if you will only look for about awhile.  You could nicely stop up in a put you do not want to be in the future lifetime but for listed here and now you can find a put of ease and comfort, a put exactly where they will notify you the lie you are residing is nothing other than God’s have real truth.  

The Bible only teaches one church and one religion and it does not instruct a thousand distinctive competing doctrines.   ”There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were known as in one hope of your calling one Lord, one religion, one baptism one God and Father of all, who is over all, and by way of all, and in you all.” (Eph. four:four-six NKJV)  Churches right now have many, many individuals in them who are in fact jogging from God but are not prepared to confess it to by themselves.  They left the old put and came to the new so they could persist in their sin rather than be cleansed from it. 

Of course, we can operate from God we just cannot continue to be concealed from him.  We need to give an account.  The day of accounting will be a terrifying day for many for in that day the heart of guy will be uncovered and we will all have to arrive thoroughly clean.  Why did we consider what we thought?  Why did we observe what we practiced?  Was it because of God’s phrase or was it because we had a heart difficulty we would not confess to or encounter up to?  Is your religion and trust in your have heart, in your have brain, in what appears finest and appropriate to you, or is it in the terms spoken by the Holy Spirit?  God’s phrase is just an extension of himself.  He is uncovered in his phrase.  Are you jogging away from God?  I hope not for I can promise you he will find you in the Day of Judgment when you do not wish to be found. 

Post time: 11-30-2016