July 11, 2017 | A Devotion.
Leading Scripture: “However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them”. (John 6:37 NLT)
Years ago, someone I knew suddenly stopped coming to church for a long time. I eventually met up with him to find out how he was doing and to see if everything was all right. He was very honest with me and told me that he was going through a lot of problems in his marriage, and that he was now addicted to alcohol. Then, he said this: “Let me get my life right, then I will come back to church.”
I smiled and asked him, “Do you clean yourself before you take a bath?” I could tell from his expression that he was taken aback by my question, so I told him, “Come as you are to the Lord. He is the bath. He will cleanse you. He will get your life in order for you, and He will cause every addiction to lose its hold on you. You don’t have to use your own efforts to clean yourself before you take a bath!”
I am glad to share that this precious brother soon returned to church and Jesus turned his life around. Today, he is happily married, blessed with a beautiful family and is one of my trusted, key leaders.
Beloved, that is what the Lord does when you come to Him just as you are, and allow Him to love you into wholeness. So don’t wait for things to be “perfect” in your life first. Just come to Him today. Let Him make all things beautiful in your life!
Source: JospehPrince Daily Inspiration Devotionals
Jesus Christ is our Anchor. He is not a religious ruler but a live giver.
Do you need to be clean before you have a bath? Do you need to eat to full, to be hungry? So, why do you think you need to get your life straight first before coming to Him.
Sometimes we feel His light: the light of His Word would expose our dark parts to the world, our weaknesses but that’s not the case. Instead it would change our hearts and transform our weaknesses, He would even use those supposed ‘weaknesses’ for good.
Come as you are and allow Him transform your life and make it beautiful! (John 6:37)
Come as you are to Him, but don’t leave the way you came! Regardless of what people say or what they do.
How do you feel when you hear the Word if God? Afraid or Guilty? Sometimes I get caught up and feel guilty, but I’m reminded of my salvation in Christ, receive Mercy and assurance. God’s Word isn’t to make one feel ashamed but to correct us as a loving Father. Feel free to share your thoughts.
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