My husband, Mike, had the privilege to give the sermon this morning. It was so timely and relevant to our Christian walk with God! Take a look… -anita
What’s standing between you and God?
I had a vision of sorts this morning while watching the news. They showed a mosque where people had gathered together to pray for peace and unity between faiths, because of a tragedy that occurred in our town. They showed people facing a brick wall, and bowing and praying earnestly. It suddenly came to my mind that the Jewish people do this too, at the Wailing wall in Jerusalem. I am sure these people do this wholeheartedly and in earnest to have their prayers heard by God. Their prayers and supplications are from their hearts. They have made an effort to be there. This is as important to them as going to mosque, or church, or anything else deemed to be of religious importance. But as I was watching this, God spoke to my heart and said this wall they face is a symbol of the wall between me and my people. My people place such importance on traditions and religious activities and actions that they do not understand nor comprehend that the wall, or veil between them and me was torn, and made unimportant by the Cross. They do not see the truth. Thus I have allowed their hearts to be hardened and their eyes to be blinded. I have allowed this to this day, but very soon the scales on their eyes and the heart will be made tender towards me. But only through pain and tribulations.
What stands between you and God?
Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
so that He will not hear.
Why is it that when things do not go our way, when prayers seem unanswered and obstacles in our lives are not moved we blame God? Why do we suppose that He is not loving enough to act, just enough to intercede, powerful enough to move or merciful enough to understand?
What separates us from God and His blessings or destiny in him, is not God himself nor any lack in His nature. The only walls between us and God are built by our own brick and mortar and skilled hands. Our own sinful nature. We willfully choose to be disobedient. Thus our thinking is so broken and fallible we cannot see or understand our own predicament.
We must willingly ask ourselves whether we want to continue in this way, or do we want to ask the living and true God, who is rich in mercy and love, demonstrating divine justice and infinite power, to reach into our world and accomplish our salvation by His own hand.
Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him
That there was no justice.
16 He saw that there was no man,
And wondered that there was no intercessor;
Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him;
And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.
17 For He put on righteousness as a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head;
He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,
And was clad with zeal as a cloak.
In love He extended His own arm. God sent His Son Jesus just for you and me.
In mercy, Jesus came to us, and placed himself directly under the wrath of God to become our substitute. We deservedly should have been under the wrath of God for our sins.
The big picture? He came to be the intercession and Savior of the world.
The cross of justice was the tool he used to fully pay for our personal discretions.
At the grave , Gods power was demonstrated; proving that He has the power to not only raise His Son, Jesus from the dead, but you and me as well.
The Lord’s hand is not too short not His ear too dull.
He has already removed every barrier or wall per se, from between us and Himself. He waits patiently for us to receive His gifts of love, mercy, justice and power.
Have you received these gifts? Have you received the gift of Jesus? I ask you today what is the wall between you and Jesus today? Is it to high to climb over, to wide to go around? I encourage you today to look at your wall. What is keeping you from God? From your blessing? From your personal relationship with Him?
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Don’t allow your “wall” to keep you from what He has for you today. We can’t earn our way to God . It is given to you freely through the grace provided by the Father through JESUS. Will you accept it today?
By: Mike Mondragon