Losing the God of Rules Published 3/3/20 Read Romans 5:6-8 "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Reflect How does it make you feel, knowing that Christ died for you? After years of trying to live like the "model Christian," God was gone. What now? How can I resuscitate a spiritual heart that had stopped beating? One day in college, I spent time in reflection, examining my life, yet the Lord seemed to be nowhere near me. I searched and searched, I prayed and prayed. But the deep coolness, the emptiness of my heart remained. It wasn't that I just couldn't feel God. I soon realized that I couldn't really feel anything.I didn't laugh or cry or feel sad or happy. I just was--and I felt very alone. For weeks and months, I cried out to God to come back to me. I did everything I could to get His attention. I had spent most of my life avoiding the long list of "don't's," now I was doing nearly everything on the list of spiritual "do's": I went to church as often as possible and even sang in the choir. I hung out with godly men and women. But all the while, my heart felt dead and very much afraid. I couldn't stop thinking that the "tried and tested" formulas that I was raised on were missing the mark. It's not about reining me in and or conforming to someone else's idea of what a "good Christian" is. Something's missing. Something much bigger ... and much, much better! One balmy Florida night--I lived in Jacksonville at the time--I heard a Christian song that caught me by surprise. I was bent over the sink, washing dishes in my little apartment, as lyrics blasted through my radio: "You pride yourself with all your searching, but why are you searching in the dark? You won't learn a thing until you soften your heart!" Those convicting words pierced my heart. It suddenly made sense. I instantly realized that I had been searching for the "God of Rules"--a god whose love and favor was dependent on something He required--no, demanded--in return. In all honesty, I was looking for a god who didn't really exist. I was searching in the dark. In the weeks that followed, I began to experience a closer relationship with Jesus. What changed for me? I gradually came to understand the secret that would guide my relationship with God for the rest of my life: I need to fall in love with Jesus! Pray Lord Jesus, I want to know You better. Help me to fall in love with You. Amen. We look forward to your comments, questions, and prayers in these devotionals! If you want to share this Daily Devotional with friends and family, here is the link: https://bttb.org/your-daily-forward-devotional
My heart aches for your situation, Mark. If that's true for me, who much more so for the One who said, "I will never leave you, nor forsake you." I do not know the details of the situatin nor the depth of the pain. However, I do know that God never abandoned King David, even when anyone of us would. David cried out to God prayers very similar to your own. Be patient. Keep crying out. Keep seeking Him. Feel free to reach out to any of us for prayer and we'll come along side you and lift you up.
This is exactly where I'm at. I have lost GOD somehow. My prayers feel empty. I have cried out to GOD but HE does not answer. The loneliness of fighting my everyday battles is overwhelming.
Thank you Lord for loving me inconditionally 💓🙏Love you Lord
Thank you Lord for loving me inconditionally 💓🙏Love you Lord
Thank you Lord for loving me inconditionally 💓🙏Love you Lord
I was here. Psalm 103 was a huge comfort. He loves us unconditionally. Just stay before Him with an open heart, sometimes just being quiet and waiting for Him to overwhelm you with His peace. It will come.
I have felt like that before, I was very thankful that I had Godly parents and grandparents also Godly older Christians help me through the tough times, they all offered me reading the bible and pray.
As a believer, the Spirit will not leave you. You have been sealed with the Spirit. Ephesians 1:11-14 says, " In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory." So, as God's child, the Spirit won't leave you. What you said about unrepentent sin and bitterness, is likely the right diagnosis. When we sin, we grieve the Holy Spirit. When we keep sin unconfessed, it creates a break in our fellowship. It creates a bottleneck in our prayers' effectiveness. The good news is that if we confess our sins, He will forgive us and cleanse us. That doesn't remove the consequences of our sins, but it does restore the relationship with God. We all face seasons of doubt, sadness, anger, gladness, happiness, etc. The Bible says this. King David confirmed this. Let me encourage you to read Ephesians 2:1-10. As His child, regardless of what you did today, yesterday, last month or the last year, you are His masterpiece. As His children, we do not peform for God's love. We perform from it. Be encouraged. God is faithful no matter our season.
I can relate, I also experienced this journey. There were many times when I felt empty, alone and forsaken. Then one day in my distress, Jesus my Saviour gently reminded me, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourself, it is a gift from God, not by works so that one can boast". When this reality sunk in, I was amazed by the joy and peace that flooded my soul. I was transformed, I am happy, Jesus Loves me unconditionally. I would love for everyone to experience God's perfect love! His amazing grace!
I am afraid, as it feels as if the Holy Spirit has left me as a result of bitterness and unrepented sins, and ultimately turning my back on God. My emotions seemed to leave me abruptly when I felt as if the my spirit left me last April. I no longer can cry, I don't laugh anymore, I lament my turning away from God. To the author: How long was it that you experienced the loss of emotion? I so want Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God the Father to be active in my life! Comments welcome!
I can relate to this meditation 100%. Just, FINALLY, realizing this very same need! Having been widowed for 3 1/2 years, instead of realizing that Jesus is now my husband, I found myself rebelling with throwing away money on dating sites and wasting precious time with an idyllic life with my Iphone apps. What a Godincidence this morning brings through this writing of a validation of truth for me! Thank you, my Lord, my loving master of my life. Wow! How awesome is God! Hallelujah Amen!
And love for God is a gift from God!