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You see, we are all called to run a race for Jesus, and repentance is the starting line of that race. It’s futile to try to run the race if you never made it to the starting line to begin with! This is the problem with many believers today. They are trying to follow the Lord, but they have never truly repented and surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. The result of the false gospel so prevalent today can be seen in churches full of half-hearted Christians whose lives are still centered on selfishness and the principles of the world. Jesus came to bring the kingdom of God to the earth. He came to completely transform individuals, families and nations from the inside out – a radical revolution that would change the world through obedient, blood-bought servants who are willing to bow their knee and say, “Lord, after all You have done for me, what would You have me do for You?” – WRITTEN BY BROTHER YUN

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

IF YOU HUMBLE YOURSELF, GOD WILL FORGIVE YOU



“...the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” – John 6:37

During ancient times, High Priests were the most respected people in the society. They lived with all honour and dignity. One such High Priest was Eli. He was a righteous person who judged Israelites. He was chosen by God out of all tribes of Israel to be His priest and the one who is worthy to stand upon the altar. All the people of Israel know that Eli was a holy person. But Eli did a mistake in his life. He never corrected his sons-Hophni and Phinehas who were behaving wickedly. They took the prime cuts of meat from sacrifices and also committed adultery with woman who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Though Eli was aware of their behaviour, he rebuked them too lightly and was unable to stop them. As his sons continued sinning, God’s word came against Eli through a prophet saying, “...There shall not be an old man in thine house” (I Samuel 2:31) i.e., all male descendants will die before reaching old age. 

Later, Kings started ruling the country. They had all power and authority over the entire region. One such King was Ahab-the husband of Jezebel. He was a wicked person who ruled Israelites. He was the seventh king of Israel since Jeroboam. He was a notorious person and an evil ruler who hungered for power. His wife Jezebel was also evil in such a way that she wanted to kill every true prophet in Israel. They had no righteousness in their life and he kept on doing mistakes. When the innocent blood of Naboth-the owner of vineyard was shed, God’s word came against him through Prophet Elijah saying, “...In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine”. (I Kings 21:19) God warned them through Elijah that both he and his wife will be killed. 

Now, if we look into the life of these two different people Eli and Ahab, both of them had committed mistake and God’s word came against them. But they differed in the way in which they responded to it. Eli said, “...It is the Lord: let Him do what seemeth good. (I Samuel 3:18) But Ahab responded differently. “...He humbled himself and tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and fasted” (I Kings 21:27)
 
Eli was a saint who kept on hearing God’s word and always accepted it just the way He said. That is why, even now he accepted what the Lord had said and never bothered it. So, God’s wrath came to pass exactly as He had spoken. Though Ahab was a wicked person from the beginning, he never grumbled or complained on hearing God’s word. Instead he immediately humbled himself in the sight of God. Because he humbled, God said “...I will not bring this evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house”. (I Kings 21:29) Because of his humbleness, God’s wrath did not come to pass at that time.

Even today, you might be the most respected person in your locality but you might have lost your dignity because of your deeds. On the other hand, you might be an adulterer or someone who has stolen or probably you might have even murdered. You might have been accused and rejected by the world. You might have lost all your hope today. Whatever is your state, the Lord is gracious to forgive everything and He is willing to accept you just the way you are. 

Bible says in Isaiah 55:7, “...He(Lord) will have mercy upon him...for He will abundantly pardon”

Whatever mistakes you might have done till now, know the truth that the Lord is for you and not against you. His Gracious Hands are there to comfort you and not to punish you. He is waiting for you with an outstretched arm to accept you into His family. He will never reject you at any cost. He will never forsake you at any point of your life. Just commit your life to Him. Only He has the power to change your life upside down.

If you humble yourself today, He will be gracious to forgive and lift you up in front of all.


(NOTE: GHG Team wholeheartedly thank Ms. Melinda Charlet for her help in writing this article)

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