O, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD (Part four)

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2014-11-30 13.41.24Good morning my beloved in the Lord and I trust that you are receiving the word of God this week …. Hallelujah what a Saviour that He loved us and died for us. I am feeling blessed day by day and even though I write to you I feel the joy reading the mails when they are posted. Let us continue where we left off yesterday.

The third thing that might separate us from God’s love is Oh, how we put ourselves in the picture like we are the boss. It seems these days that God has become second place. But life and the saving grace is not about us. It is not about our ego to be something, but it is all about God. Sometimes if, we just take self out the way and let God have His way in our lives we will be able to move mountains. The bad thing is we love ourselves so much that we do not see others walking in the kingdom in front of us. That is not love? That is just a pure selfish behaviour and know that Paul saith it will hinder you from entering the Kingdom of heaven.  We normally interpret these verses in Romans 8 as referring only to what we can expect from God’s side. The implication is that God cannot fulfill His side if we do not fulfill ours. That is to say, Nothing will separate us from God’s love if we maintain our faith in Him.

This is true in the sense that God will not force us to remain His children. Hallelujah my brothers and sisters, we have to make the choice weather we will continue the walk with Jesus or we will step back to our old self. I have seen many come to the forefront and have lost their way. Not that God abandoned them, but in their opinion, God was moving too slow and couldn’t wait.  It does not mean, however, that if we are once saved we are always saved, and cannot repudiate the commitment we once made. There is no irresistible grace. The Bible speaks of tares and wheat growing together and fishes of all types caught in the gospel net. And throughout Scripture we find warnings against falling into temptation and apostasy. The complacency that comes from a sense of absolute security is out of place for the Christian.

Yet too often we go to the other extreme. Because the possibility of falling is a reality, we feel insecure and unsure of our relationship to God and to Jesus Christ. If our salvation depended on our own efforts, we could not be saved. But it depends on the One who is behind all the promises. We need to look to “Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing” (Jude 24). Today when one fails in their pursuit to spiritual reality, they blame their mentors and lay some lame excuses for their failures. Let me say this to you “I am weak but Thou art Mighty and I daily ask God to hold me lest I fall.” I know that I cannot make it alone and many times I see myself like Peter and sometimes want to walk away from the very thing I am a part of, because I see myself as a failure. On the other side I take comfort in the words of Paul that “NOTHING” is going to make me walk away. If, I do where shall I go and to whom.

Paul speaks of us as slaves to God and to righteousness, but this type of slavery is the greatest freedom, as the poet G. Matheson has written, “Make me a captive, Lord, And then I shall be free.” To think of ourselves as prisoners of God’s love may serve to illustrate something of the meaning of Romans 8:38 and 39. It is possible for us to escape God’s prison, but it is not easy. God’s love is so great toward us that we cannot hope simply to drop Him and forget Him.

One man under inspiration wrote: “O Love that wilt not let me go …” We think of Hosea and God’s long-suffering love expressed through that prophet’s relation ship to a wayward wife. “O love that wilt not let me go”! It is relatively easy to get married, but much more difficult to get a divorce. And when that lover is God, a divorce becomes more difficult. You recall the prodigal son after he left his father’s home and went on his own, thought he was a man. He thought he could run things, and conquer the world. Mean while his father remained at home looking down the horizon hoping that one day he will see a glimpse of his son. Hallelujah what a Saviour.  It is relatively easy to become adopted as a child of God, but it is very difficult to leave that household. God pursues us with an everlasting love. It is difficult to escape from prison with its doors, its gates, its walls, and its guards, and it is just as difficult to escape from God’s prison of love. Many in this christian field tried it and didn’t get too far. Peter tried to escape. He denied his Master three times, but still he could not escape God’s love. God would not let him go. The prodigal son forsook his father and thought he could forget all about him. But the father’s heart of persistent love pursued him. When he came to himself and decided to return to a father who he knew still loved him, the father saw him afar off and welcomed him back without reservation. God’s love is like that. It is difficult to run away from.

My brothers and sisters and our beloved readers hear me today as I pour my heart out to you. God is not going to walk away from you, because you made a mistake or fail Him in some areas of your life. He will never leave you nor forsake you my beloved. If you want a true friend He is the one that sticks closer than a brother. Hallelujah.  This I say to you that you can only go as far as God allows you to go. The time is coming when you reach to the end of your rope and you will feel the jolt. Remember no one worked obeah on you. It is the hand of God on your life and God is calling you back to the fold. With arms wide open He will pardon you, it is no secret what God can do.

Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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