The title is from https://i-m-4-u.com/2013/07/14/forgiving-can-be-tough/ and captures part of my struggle. The other part is that I definitely need to know more. And yet the two are intertwined.
God will not give me more instruction if I am not doing what he has already given me. If I want to know more I have to actually do more of what he has already said . That’s the hard part.
Or is it? I have the most fun when I am obeying God.
I think for me it is the process of deciding to obey God that is the toughest part. I have to risk, and trust Him that what I don’t want to do now is exactly what I will be glad I did later. Many times I feel alone when deciding. (This may be why I need to be part of a small group). No matter what help I have, it is in the end my decision. And if I want to know more, if I want to experience Jesus closer to me, I must obey Him.
Before I met Jesus I sometimes thought that God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Christians were BORING!!! For example, if a man and woman who were not married wanted to be intimate, why would God want to stop them? Love is good right? They’re not hurting anyone so what’s the problem? Why doesn’t God want people to have fun?
The Bible says sin definitely is fun. God says in the Bible that you can “…enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time” (Hebrews 11:25b NIV84). The fun doesn’t last, however. And the fun ultimately results in separation from God and his love forever. Why? Sin always hurts God or people or both. And it always hurts ourselves. God jealously loves us and He wants nothing to hurt us. That’s why He gave us the Bible. In it are His commands and principles for us to live by so that we can know how not to hurt God, others, and ourselves. And how to truly love and do good. But knowing that is not enough. We need a heart transplant. We need our spirits made alive. Jesus says He will give us a heart of flesh for a heart of stone. Jesus said he will make our dead spirits alive like His. He said He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
For Jesus to change us we need to believe that He is and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Then we need to agree with Him (confess) that we have hurt Him, others and ourselves and that with His help we will try to never sin again (repentance). Then we need to trust Him, that His death on the cross paid the full debt we owed God (faith). Then ask Jesus to fill you with His Holy Spirit. We then need to tell others about the wonderful thing God has done for us. And repent if we sin again.
Now that I have a relationship with Jesus my life has never been more of a fun adventure. The more I obey Him the more fulfilling it is. I found out that satan’s “fun” was only a worthless imitation of the joy that Jesus freely gives. Life with Jesus also has been more difficult in other ways. Satan attacks my mind more now. But now I have Jesus living inside me through the power of the Holy Spirit and He guides me and encourages me, He protects me and provides for me. And, He helps me write about Him in this blog.
I hope you will choose Jesus over sin. You will never regret it.