I hear all the time, why does this happen to me? Why is this going on all around us? Where is God when these things happen?
While these questions on the surface seem like they are legitimate, if we would stop and evaluate ourselves by looking intently in the mirror of God's word, we just might see the problem: us.
Things happen because we live in a fallen world that is cursed by sin and death, other times God is working on getting our attention.
Either way, God can use these things for our good and His glory, if we are His.
When we can't recognize the problem, we should start by looking in the mirror.
We pray without seeking God and as if He sits wringing His hands waiting on us to talk with Him, 90 % of the time people pray only in the course of tragedy, instead, we should be in a constant state of prayer.
We skim the scriptures without God's power and revelation seeing what we want to see because we do not ask the Holy Spirit to speak, we only lean on our own wisdom.
We lie to each other and God, we steal, are angry and selfish, we lust and we put everyone and everything before God and then wonder why God doesn't hear us.
The problem is not God, it is us.
When is the last time you repented? Most believe they do not need to.
God requires repentance and obedience, these are not optional.
We don't get to live the way we choose, we are to live as Christ commands, love the Lord our God with all our hearts, mind and souls, and love our neighbors as ourselves, if you think you can disobey Him and go to heaven your wrong, you do not belong to Him.
Repentance and obedience go together go look in the mirror, for the person you see is the problem that needs to be fixed, ask God for wisdom and where you are living wrong and then repent and ask for His help only God can do this.
God’s word says this:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it? “Be on your guard against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers! ’”
Matthew 7:13-16, 21-23 CSB
““I did tell you and you don’t believe,” Jesus answered them. “The works that I do in my Father’s name testify about me. But you don’t believe because you are not of my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me.”John 10:25-27 CSB
““If you love me, you will keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you.”
John 14:15-17 CSB
My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and evil, humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you. But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works — this person will be blessed in what he does. If anyone thinks he is religious without controlling his tongue, then his religion is useless and he deceives himself. Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.James 1:19-27
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