Commentary By: Gordon King
As believers in Jesus Christ we all have a relationship with God. We are all saved, and we all know God, Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, He is the one we place our faith and trust in.
Our relationship with God is just that, a relationship. As in any relationship it must be maintained in order to be a good one! And even though we are saved, we have been born-again, our relationship with God can dwindle, it can be a good or not so good one. We can have a close relationship with God or we can be misled and misguided.
Having a close relationship with God means that we are walking with God in the spirit. It means that we can hear God and He hears us. We have a right relationship with God once we are saved, but it is also a “right” relationship when we are walking with God!
Having a relationship with God which is not close, means that we are not walking in the spirit, we cannot always hear God, nor does He always answer our prayers. It means that we may miss out on many of God’s blessing for us. It means that if we are not obeying God, then we are not being led by His Spirit, then we are not pleasing to God, then we are not in His favor, conversely the same is true!
When we live a life of sin, then we grieve the heart of God, then it becomes more difficult to hear God’s voice. And when we cannot hear God’s voice then we can easily veer off track even further. We become complacent, not willing to perform God’s will. We also become more susceptible to the ways of the world, easily swayed, making compromises to what God has ordained as righteous and holy! We will all sin, but there is a difference between living a sinful lifestyle and committing a sin. All of us will at times sin, and we must acknowledge that we have sinned, repent of it, and ask God to forgive us, as soon as possible after the sin. God is faithful and just to forgive us of all sins, and He knows that we will sin, but He still loves us just the same!
It is our “right” relationship with God that we become more Christ-like, that our ways are the ways of God. It is then that the good Lord will bless us, that He will have favor upon us. In a “right” relationship with God we are walking in the spirit, we are pleasing to God, we are showing God that we trust in Him and Him alone!
It is in this relationship with God we can hear God clearly, we will know the difference between His voice and the voice of others. He will give us wisdom, understanding, and guidance. However, if we live in sin, then we are hindering the voice of God, we are distancing ourselves from God, and our relationship with God will suffer. It is at these times when we may not hear God, and we may not be able to tell the difference between God’s voice and the voice of others!
And even though we are saved, we shall suffer the consequences of living in sin while we are alive on this earth. We shall reap what we sow, and if we sow a distant relationship with God then that is what we will reap!
Sin is rebellion against God, and if we choose to live this type of life, then we are choosing to disobey God, we are choosing the ways of the world over God Himself!
Being a believer in Jesus Christ does not mean to merely be saved, it means to turn your life over to God. It means to give up your own life and allow Christ to live in you and through you. God meant for us to walk with Him, not against Him, He meant for us to be walking in the spirit not the flesh.
If we live a sinful lifestyle then what we think is right may just be wrong, we can and often are easily deceived. We may just follow the doctrines of demons instead of God and His ways. We see it happening now in the church, where doctrines of demons are being preached, where the gospel of Christ has been corrupted, and the truth of His word has been twisted into something that it is not!
Our relationship with God doesn’t only affect us individually, but it also affects other people as well. If we are misled, then we can mislead others, we can mislead them straight to Hell! It is by the Spirit that we are kept on track, it is by the Spirit that we know the truth, and it is by the Spirit that we share the truth. If our relationship with God is “right”, then we will know the truth, we will be able to discern right from wrong, and the truth from lies.
There are many things in this world which are lies, many things which are now being twisted from right into wrong, from wrong into right, from good into bad, and from bad into good. We must be able to discern the truth!
Each one of us as believers in Jesus Christ is here for a reason, and each one of us has a calling from God, not all the same, not all by the same gifts. Even though the path we are on leads us to the same destination, our journeys will not all be the same. We will encounter different trials and tribulations, pains, heartaches, disappointments, blessings, happiness, fulfillment, and experiences of all sorts. We can do it with God at our side, walking in the spirit, or we can try to do it on our own.
If we are saved, if we are truly born-again, then God will chastise us for our disobedience. If we wander off the path which led us to salvation, then the good Lord will allow things to happen in our lives to bring us back home! He will allow pain and suffering, grief and heartache.
As for me, I choose to follow God! I have been through enough chastisement in my life and I don’t want any more! I know that there will be trials and tribulations, pain and heartache in my life, but I don’t want to bring anymore than necessary upon myself. I do not despise the chastening of the Lord, in fact I relish in it and count it as joy, for without it where would I be?
‘And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.’
For whom the Lord loves He chastens. Just as a parent corrects their children, the Lord also corrects His children! So, if you are a Christian who is living in sin, then expect to be chastened by the Lord! A chastening to bring you back into a “right” relationship with God, a close relationship!
Our relationship with God has been made right upon salvation, yet it is up to us to maintain it, not to maintain our salvation, but to maintain our close relationship. God is always with us, but are we always with Him?
God bless my friends! Maranatha!