Monday, January 18, 2016

What would happen if you let go and let God?

Today I was pondering the thought, "What if?" Did you know that if you google the two simple words "what if" that google finds about 6,400,000,000 results? I was trying to imagine how many times a day all over the world that this phrase must cross people's minds.   What if we didn't have to do .... ?  What if we had this or that? What if we did some thing differently? The question "What if?" can and is used in many forms, past present and future.

The bible teaches us many different sides of choice making...

 For example, what if the three Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 3:19-30) did bow to the King Nebuchadnezzar instead of refusing to bow?  What if Daniel (Daniel 6:1-28) wouldn't have prayed in the lions den and just given up? Or what if Abraham (Hebrews 11) wouldn't have offered Isaac to God on the mountain as a sacrifice?

 I do not have the answers to all of those questions but I do know that whatever mistakes we have made can be wiped clean. The chains of sin can be broken. When we give our life to Christ we receive new life and we die to sin (Romans 6:10-12). 1st Peter 2:24 says it like this, "He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed."

I am reminded of a story I was told many years ago. My great uncle who was in Germany during WWII serving in the United States Army had found himself hiding out in a chicken coupe. He told me of how he was crawling through all of this horrible chicken defecation and feathers, hiding out while surrounded by German tanks. I am sure he was young and fearful but being the brave man that he was, he made a gigantic decision. It was either the enemy or it was him. He took out the enemy in a life altering, very chilling situation. He received two purple hearts and a bronze star at the end of the conflict. His faith was very much strengthened during that time. Moral of the story is don't give up. There is a reward waiting after the storms of life.

I thank God everyday that I do not have to go back to that old life. The book of (Romans 14:11) says, “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”  In (John 3:7) “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

What would happen if you let go and let God? As Christians we don't have hold on to the baggage of sin anymore and why would you want to?? 

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