My God?

               Everyone raised in church must come to a point in their life when they quit living on borrowed faith from their parents, and they make their faith their own.  It’s very easy to glide along and go to church, Sunday school, and church camps year after year because it is what you always did, it’s what your parents always did, or even your grandparents always did.  BUT (I rarely start a sentence with “but” because it’s grammatically incorrect, but there is a BIG BUT here…it’s okay to chuckle at that, go ahead) there are no grandchildren of God, only children.  You are the one that must have faith like a child, not your parents, your siblings, your grandparents, YOU.  In Mark 10:15 Jesus tells us, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
 
                 Jacob had to make the decision his own.  He couldn’t rely on his father Isaac, or his grandpop, Abraham.  No, he had to decide for himself if he would believe in and obey God.  He was on the run from stealing not only the birthright, but the blessing of his brother Esau, fearful that his brother would kill him, and he stopped to rest at Bethel.  Here he laid down and put his head on a rock for a pillow and fell asleep.  He dreamt of a ladder reaching to Heaven and angels ascending and descending upon the ladder.  It was here that God spoke to Him in a dream, and maybe the first time he listened.  We read in Genesis chapter 28:13, The Lord said to him, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.  I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying…”  You see, here we have it in black and white…God was the God of Abraham, his grandfather, and the God of Isaac, his father, but would he be the God of Jacob?  That was solely up to him.  Jacob had a decision to make.  That next morning, he made a vow saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the LORD will be my God…”  There it is, “my” God…not my father’s, not my grandfather’s, MY.
 
                   It’s very easy to fall into the mindset of thinking you’re a Christian because you go to church, you’ve always gone to church or because your family is “Christian”.  Time and again I’ve seen students and even adults make this mistake.  The decision to follow Christ however, to believe in Him and make Him your Lord is not a joint decision or an automatic entry due to association.  It is a very personal commitment that one must make, and one DOES make, at some point in their life…in fact, if you haven’t already made the decision to follow Christ or not to follow Him, in essence, you have.  Your indecision is a decision.  You see, there is No gray area.  Either one follows Christ, or he doesn’t.  The Bible tells us in the book of James, chapter two, that even demons believe and tremble.  You are either all in or you are all out, you can’t have one foot in the door and one foot out.  You can’t serve two masters for you’ll hate the one and love the other or vice versa.  You can’t dabble in Christianity, you can only think you’re dabbling, but it is just a façade.  REAL Christians are known by their fruit…you know, like the fruit described in Galatians…peace, love, kindness, joy, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  (They aren’t in order, but you can look them up, try chapter five.)
 
                 Anyway, my point is, if you want to be a Christian there must come a time in your life when you decide for yourself what you believe, and if you decide you believe in Jesus and ask Him to be your Lord, then the Holy Spirit will begin to transform you.  You WILL be known by your fruit.  Change will happen.  Some things will change more immediately and some over time, but you will begin to learn to surrender to Him.  Making Christ your Lord means you become a slave to Him; he becomes your master.  That isn’t a bad thing, it’s a blessing.  You see, we are All a slave to something, either the flesh (our own desires, or the world) or to Jesus.  His ways are so much higher than our ways, thank GOODNESS!  He loves us more than we can imagine and wants the absolute best for us.  Surrendering to Him is like breathing fresh air, it’s refreshing!  So, if you haven’t made the decision to make Christ your Lord, YOU, not your Grammy, not your Pop, not your parents, but YOU haven’t decided to, I encourage you to do so today, don’t wait!  Jacob made a decision but waited on God’s promises to come true to really commit.  Don’t wait, don’t delay!  God’s promises are true, they are YES and AMEN!  He does what He says He will do!  Every second you delay, you are deciding you don’t really believe.  It takes a leap of faith, and faith takes action, in this case, prayer
 
           If you read this today and decided today is the day, I would LOVE to hear from you so I can pray with you and lead you to some resources to help you in your journey.  You can contact me at stephanie@citizensnaz.com, or feel free to contact Pastor Kevin (I just volunteered him, but it is in his job description, so we’re all good) at kevin@citizensnaz.com. Seriously, we would love to hear your story and see how we could help! God bless! Stephanie Holloway

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