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God on A Time Limit

 

(Luke 7:46-50) “You didn’t anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with perfume. So I’m telling you that her sins, as many as they are, have been forgiven, and that’s why she has shown such great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven loves little. Then Jesus told the woman, ‘Your sins are forgiven!’”

“Those who were at the table with them began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this man who even forgives sins?’ But Jesus told the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.’”

(Matthew 15:32) “Then Jesus called his disciples and said, ‘I have compassion for the crowd because they have already been with me for three days and have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away without food, or they may faint on the road.’”

 

 


Have you noticed how in modern church meetings the sermons are shorter, the worship is louder and the prayer is basically null? It seems like we are more concerned about entertaining a crowd instead of allowing the power of God to transform lives during the meeting. Sure, it’s a good strategy in order to attract new believers who initially don’t hunger for the forgiveness of their sins, and will probably get turned off to return to a long service.

However, it seems like even modern believers can’t take much of the presence of God, the deep preaching of the Word, or even a long and extensive time of prayer. They even get offended with the Pastor when their plans are disturbed due to a long service. I wonder if Christ was ever told to stop preaching or healing because the crowd had to work the next day or had a reservation in a restaurant. Actually, it was the other way round. It was Christ who was concerned about those who did not care about their food, sleep, or how long they traveled by foot and wanted continually to be in His presence.

Don’t get me wrong! There are still those who sit and sit in God’s presence where their time, food, or sleep is not something they worry about. There is no better feeling than being surrounded by the presence of the Holy Spirit, where we are transformed from the inside and God starts to fill us with His power. Here, God personally deals with our faults by revealing them to us and giving us a chance to repent, ask for forgiveness and make the necessary decisions to bring about change.

Could you imagine being in a church service for over 4 hours, a night vigil that went on till the morning light, or a prayer session where you would not stop until you either got your answer or fell asleep out of exhaustion? I recall such experiences when I was preparing for ministry. God and God alone was and is my priority.

Only when you realize how much God has forgiven you, will you be able to give more of yourself. The woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with perfume was well aware of her sins and how Jesus, unlike the others, did not reject or condemn her. She poured out expensive perfume at his feet and kissed them while others did not understand why Christ allowed such a sinner to touch Him. It was her faith in that Jesus would not reject her that allowed her to surrender to Him and get saved.

 

 

The more you are grateful for, the more you will appreciate your time of prayer, studying of the Word or serving in the Kingdom.

 

 


Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are God who sees me. God who appears unto His people. God of the spirits of all flesh. God who lives forever. God who reigns forever. We praise You.
• Thank you, Father, that we can come to you the way we are and receive forgiveness.
• Thank you for not rejecting us and for accepting all we surrender at Your feet.
• Forgive us for not reaching out sooner to You, and for believing in the lies of the devil.
• Forgive us for caring more about our food, social activities, and pleasing men instead of soaking in Your power and presence.
• Forgive us for forcing and intimidating Pastors to do things around our timings instead of God’s.
• Give us the hunger and desire for Your presence needed to receive our breakthrough.
• Teach us how to worship You with all we are, all we have, and all we desire to be.
• Bring back Your Holy Spirit to our Church meetings, so that we are transformed and renewed from the inside.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

1 Comment

  1. Deepa Daryanani
    29 August 2023 @ 12:37

    AMEN AMEN ! A Blessed Devotional ! Spirit of the LIVING GOD fall Afresh on US IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME .! 🙏👏😊👍

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