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Come to God on His Terms

God Loves You - by Gilbert Sommert

God has given us a precious promise in Jeremiah 29:13, "And ye shall seek me and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart." So you can find God and know the reality of His presence with you.

There is much more to the Christian life than a mental assent to God's reality and faithfulness. You can know Him and commune with Him. You can know His guidance, His daily direction, His leadership in your decisions in life. But we come to Him only on His terms. We must seek God with our whole heart. We cannot be half-hearted about serving Him. God is found when we want Him more than anything else; when we are willing to put Him first in our life. No one can offer God a back seat and still expect to have vital fellowship with Him.

If you would know His intimate presence you must love Him more than anyone else; yes, even more than your father or mother, wife or children, and even more than your own life. Jesus said we must love God with all of our heart, all of our soul, all our mind, and all our strength. This includes the whole man. So if we want to know God, He must be first in our life.

Jesus made it very clear that we cannot have salvation without Him being Lord of our lives. He declared in Matthew 7:21, "Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." God knows whether or not we mean business with Him; He is omniscient, possessing all knowledge. And He knows when we are ready to follow Him.

When Jesus called the first disciples He simply stated, "Follow me". This is still the call of God. It is to follow Him wherever He would lead you. And you do not need to be afraid of His leadership. He will lead you in the way that is ultimately best for you. God sees beyond today; He knows what lays ahead of each person. You can always depend on His direction and after you have followed His will for some time you will say as hundreds of others have said, "God's way is best, is best for me."

Jesus told of a rich young man who inquired of Him the way to eternal life. In many respects he was a good man, for he had seemingly kept the commandments of God, but in his heart this young man realized he was still lacking something, for he had no assurance of that which he longed to possess. Jesus told him what else was required, and while it was only one thing, he would not obey and he went away sorrowful. God required total submission to His will. Inner peace comes when we are willing to go all the way with God.

When a person comes to Christ for salvation he must be willing to let go of all sin, all rebellion toward God, and yield himself to the Christ who died for him. Our salvation was purchased at a tremendous cost. It is never cheap. It cost God His very best, His only begotten Son to redeem man from sin.

When the Apostle Paul set out to follow Christ, he began with the words, "What wilt thou have me to do?" And many years later he could testify, "I was not disobedient." He not only inquired what God's will was but he did what he knew God wanted. And Paul could say, "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." God was first in his life, and contentment comes whenever God's will is obeyed and we are submissive to Him.

One cannot continue to live in sin and have God's peace on the inside. Cheating, stealing, or lying must be stopped if one would know God's pardon. Furthermore, restitution must be made if possible. When we confess our sin to Christ in sincerity, the blood of Jesus Christ alone can cleanse from all sin and He gives us victory over it. We do not have to continue in sin. God's grace is sufficient to give complete victory and overcoming power. He will give us the power to do the things we ought to do. It was at the first recorded miracle of Jesus, that Mary said to the disciples, "Whatsoever He saith into you, do it." This is still the will of God; that we do whatever Jesus has bidden us in His Word to do. It is not enough to be a hearer of God's Word. We must obey the Word of the Lord.

On God's terms you can find salvation, contentment, and inner peace. But only on His terms. He waits for you to receive it and He asks you to come, just as you are. Come with a repentant heart, confessing your sins to Him, and ask Him to come and live within you. Jesus said, "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." Claim that promise for yourself. God waits for you.

Go on to You Can't Make It Alone

Or God Loves You!; In The Beginning God; You Can Be Satisfied; On God's Terms; You Can't Make it Alone; Roadblocks To Heaven; Wait On The Lord; Let The Little People Speak; If Not Now, When?; When You Stand Before God;

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