What Is In Your Way?

“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”

Isaiah 59:1-2

You know this: For the unbeliever, sin separates and without repentance and a turning to Jesus as the only Way out, all hope is lost of a reunion with God. What God wants to remind you is that sin also can do damage to a believer’s relationship with Him. Salvation cannot be lost once obtained through faith, but God has more to give than merely missing Hell, My Friend. As a bride hopes for more than a ceremony, so God desires more from that initial decision to trust Him. Sin can no longer keep you out of heaven, but it sure can bar the door to a million other blessings.

Is there a sin you cherish at this time in your life, one that in the rush of life you have allowed to go unchecked? It happens to all of us, but now is a great time to bring it to God as the ugly thing it is. That thing has its pleasures but dulls your appetite for God, separates you from spiritual power, healthy relationships, and answered prayers (Psalm 66:18) Sin downplays what you are missing by being in the “far country”(Luke 15:11-13) and offers faulty reasoning as to why you should not return home to your First Love (Revelation 2:4-5)

Do not make it complicated.

Remember above all that no excuse is a match for the power of God to give you strength both to return to Him and to stay with Him. Ask God for it, ask Him to search your heart. He is gentle and always extends open arms and a listening ear. So much of what you have been striving for lies on the other side of repentance. Whatever is in your way is not worth missing the abundance and joy that await.

Published by georgiapointer

Welcome to Encouragement Outpost! My name is Dr. Georgia Pointer, a Christian writer who loves encouraging people in their relationship with Christ. I am a survivor of childhood rape and molestation, bullying, and emotional abuse. Negative thought patterns plagued me for many years until I learned to allow Christ and His Word to encourage and transform those thoughts. This background provides me with a passion to offer the same encouragement to anyone, not just abuse survivors, with the light of biblical truth that shines against the darkness of negativity, lies of the enemy, and daily struggles in living for Christ. I am a seminary graduate with a Masters in Christian Education. I also recently received my doctorate in Christian Counseling with a specialty in Family and Substance Abuse counseling. I served on staff for six years as a counselor at Moriah House of the Memphis Union Mission. I love the Word of God! I love studying it, teaching it, and speaking in public about it any chance I get. This blog, which I post about once a week, is my venue to share insights I glean. So, I invite you to subscribe to receive my weekly posts in your email and to share these posts with anyone you think might be encouraged by them.

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