Stay With Me
2 Peter 2:20-22,
And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved in sin again, they are worse off than before. It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. They prove the truth of this proverb: A dog returns to its vomit. And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
Jesus has introduced me to a love that I don’t understand and never knew before Him. The way His love swallows my hate, His kindness and gentleness covers my bitterness. His reassurance and words of comfort erase my insecurities. His consistency and patience wait on my uncertainties and calms my anxiousness. His forgiveness and blood on the Cross wash away my sins. His hand steadies my fears. His Word keeps me sane, and His promise of a future together gives me hope. His heart accepts me over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over again. I will never understand, and honestly I don’t need to understand it. I’ll just remain thankful for this experience of His love.
To be a Christian is to accept Jesus into your life as Lord and Savior and believing that He is the Son of God and died on the Cross for your sins. If you ever truly believed, how can you so easily…un-believe? If you’ve ever allowed yourself to experience the magnitude of His love, how can you so easily walk away from it? The scripture says that “it is better to have NEVER KNOWN the way of righteousness, than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life”.
If you’re considering turning away from God, I encourage you to stay with God. You’ll never know a better love than His. Don’t return to a life without God, for it is like a dog returning to its vomit. Don’t allow the memories of sinful pleasure to overshadow the eternity in Heaven that salvation promises.
“Stay with me.” –God
I know what it is like to turn my back on Christ after He has snatched me from the mouth of hell. I had given my life to Christ at an early age, yet, I grew up in a household that didn’t put an emphasis on getting to know Christ. The older I got, the more I decided that “living right” was harder than I was willing to put up with.
The pressures of being a young adult (being influenced by friends, trying to maintain a relationship, working, etc.), and my increasing family issues seemed to override my fire for Christ. Soon, I had found myself out of the will of God and doing my own thing. My life was such a wreck. I had decided that it was better to serve myself and work out my problems, than to trust that God would bring me out. In my mind, He wasn’t moving fast enough for me. So, I had to make some things happen on my own.
I didn’t realize how much of hold of me God really had. He had never left my life, yet because I didn’t see it how I had wanted, I felt He had abandoned me long ago anyhow. The moment I began to live my life without authority or guidance my life turned for the worse. One bad decision after another. Slowly my life was diminishing, and I KNEW it. Even when I purposely sinned, I would still feel God tug at my heart. God’s conviction didn’t leave just because I did. God isn’t “sometimey”, only fooling with us when we love on Him. We’re the fake ones. He’s in our lives even when we don’t want Him to be merely letting us walk out those bad decisions while He holds our hands.
You see the bible says in Jeremiah that God is married to the backslider. There are many other verses where God clearly states He will never give up on His lost children, He loves us too much to give up on us, and the enemy hates us for that very reason. You see, there was no second chance for him. He is permanently damned, and for that when we stray off he sets every trap that he can to keep us damned with him,
To live a life you have no business living, and are constantly reminded that you don’t fit in this world that you are trying to serve, is pure TORMENT. To know what God’s promises are and to refuse them are FOOLISH. The word says it’s better to never have known righteousness than to be fully aware of it and walk away from it. When people have never known Christ, to them they ARE happy. They have no idea what it is like to live in true contentment, so they only know how to be happy according to what the world defines it as. They have nothing to compare it to. But when you’ve experienced Christ’s love and true peace, why would you choose to live in chaos? That is what we choose when we turn from the guidance of Christ.
Sweetheart, you were given a chance that the enemy envies. Don’t turn away from it because it’s not easy, I promise His way is much easier. Remember that your flesh will never want to live right, it is the God within you that keeps you aligned when your flesh lusts after sin, but you have dominance over your flesh and sin is not worth living in chaos. Don’t give up, keep fighting, we can do this together!