Cherishing Sin Dulls The Ear

Friends,
I find it strange when people complain that the Lord is not talking to them, helping them, or answering their prayers, yet they admit that they are not walking in obedience to the One they call “Lord” and “Master”. Yes, He is a merciful Heavenly Father, a kind Shepherd, a forgiving God. But He does not take deliberate sin lightly. –ANY deliberate sin. And those of us who do walk with Him, talk with Him, and stand at attention to obey Him constantly, know that He hates to look at sin. So, if this is the definite case, then why would we try to abide in both Him and sin? It won’t work.

As Ps. 66:18 tells us, if we cherish sin in our heart, the Lord will not listen. Nor does He obligate Himself to answer or send help. He may –because “He does not treat us as our sins deserve,” (Ps. 103:10), but He very likely may not. And to those who won’t listen, who stop their ears to Truth by filling their minds and hearts with the world’s talk, He will eventually refrain from wooing, drawing, speaking, or assistance.

Jesus tells us to remain in Him, the Vine, in John 15:1-5. In verse 6 He says, “If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” What does it mean to remain in Jesus? It means to walk in obedience to His Spirit’s voice within you, always checking that voice by the objective Word of God, the Scriptures, which we are supposed to have “hidden in our hearts that we will not sin.” (Ps. 119:11) Then, as Jesus says in John 15:7…. then, and only then, are we given promised assurance of having fellowship, aid, comfort, protection, provision, answers, etc. from Him. “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”

May we obey our Savior, and thus hear His voice, and obey continually as we hear what He says.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on December 14, 2009.

 
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