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Thursday, April 28, 2016

NO PLACE TO HIDE

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”  Luke 19:10  NLT
       There is a great divide between God and man that was created by sin.  Man wanted to do what he thought was best rather than what God knew was best.  It began with Adam and Eve and kept on going like a snowball rolling down a steep embankment, getting larger and gaining momentum.  Eventually it would come crashing down and that would be the end of it.  That is sin.  Many times it starts small, but once you justify the first one it starts to become easier and easier until you are embroiled in a full fledged ungodly lifestyle.  Your decisions have benefited you so much so that you barely recognize the wrongness of what you’re doing. 
       It can even happen to believers.  Soon the once clear voice of the Holy Spirit begins to be drowned out by the white noise of our manic society.  Things that challenge our faith don’t seem so wrong anymore.  The malaise that creeps into our soul keeps us from God’s word, keeps us from church … even our brethren don’t seem to matter to us anymore.  God is in the saving and restoring business.  Even those who know Christ in a personal way can feel lost.  The interesting difference between the unsaved feeling lost and the saved feeling lost is that the unsaved truly are lost, while the saved have been duped into believing they have no hope by the satanic influences of this world.
       No matter which person you are today, I’m here to tell you there is always hope until time is no more.  God loves you more than you can even fathom.  He will stop at nothing to either bring you in to the fold or bring you back in.  I have heard God referred to as ‘the hound of heaven’. 1 A hound is used for hunting purposes.  That’s because they get on a scent and will not give up until they’ve found what they’re after.  There’s no place to hide in God’s creation (Jeremiah 23:24).  He seeks those who are lost due to His never-ending love for us all.  Until next time, walk with the king and be a blessing!
1 A poem by Francis Thompson (1859-1907) which is about attempting to run from the love of God.  In the end he is in the midst of God’s glorious heavenly saints.

Jeremiah 23:24 “Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the Lord.

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