There is no other condition for coming to God. He didn’t say, if your heart is pure and you draw near to me, I will draw near.., NO. The good book simply says ‘draw nigh..’. The condition of your life doesn’t matter, only the condition of your heart does. And what should be the condition of your heart? It should be —> “He that cometh to God must believe that he exists, and that he rewards those who diligently seek him”.
It is clear from the above that there is in God’s eyes, no one is condemned from meeting him; he doesn’t judge anyone, doesn’t consider anyone a failed project. Just believe that ‘God is’, He rewards those who seek him with all their hearts and no matter the condition of your life – murderer, serial killer, kidnapper, cultist, player, sex addict, serial fornicator, adulterer, just draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you.
Too many times, we are stuck at a point where clearly God has forgiven us, and his grace has covered us but we have refused to forgive ourselves. We know what God demands, we go against them, but then we go ahead and double the pain of the experience by staying away from God. We hide away, try to engage in activities or outings that dull our minds from recalling our mess. In this whole process, many of us slip back into what we are ashamed of, we have a terrible atmosphere around ourselves due to not forgiving ourselves and its all really ends up being an emotional mess to say the least. We may smile and look good on the outside, but on the inside its a stench and a raging war.
God didn’t create us to live life by our power. We have got to understand that joy will not come from what we do or not do. Joy comes from knowing that God has done all there needs to be done and we just only have to enjoy grace. Grace is what gives power to live victoriously, not permission to live as a victim to sin and evil. Don’t get it twisted. You will never be able to live perfect without messing up on your own terms. You need extra help; God commands us to live perfect but not by our power. Understand this and stop running from God.
When you mess up or find yourself in a terrible life situation, stay with God through it. Your feet should locate God. I get it, you slept with another man’s wife. Get up and face your father, because if he hated you that much or wanted to deal with you, you would have died on top of her. For Christ’s sake you came out, your conscience deals with you, the easiest direction to run isn’t away from your creator.
- Learn to accept God’s forgiveness
- Learn to receive God’s forgiveness
- Learn to accept God’s help
- Learn to enter God’s rest
- Learn to run to God and not the opposite direction.
The truth is, no matter where you run to, you are still inside God, because the bible says “IN the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…”, and God also says “I am the beginning and the end”, so if God is the beginning, we can read Gen 1:1 as “IN God, God created the heavens and the earth”. Imagine this so powerful, so powerful, that heaven, hell, earth, universe, all exists inside of God. Though you are inside of him, He needs you to come unto him. For God to draw nigh to you, DRAW NEAR TO HIM!