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God is Calling

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God is Calling

God says, “I have blessed them! I have even better things for them but they must be determined to press in and move forward. I will NOT waste my blessings on them forever.”

The writer of Hebrews put it this way; “Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation.”[1]

We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”

In Luke 13:8-9, we see the intercessory heart of Jesus, pleading for mercy and asking for more time from the Father. “The gardener replied, ‘Sir, let it stand for one more year. I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. Maybe next year it’ll have figs. But if not, then cut it down.’”[2]

Relationships demand constant attention, and our relationship with God is the same.

Repentance is not a one and done. Repentance is the continual desire to be current with God, to remain in right relationship with Him.

God is calling us to walk in the power of forgiveness. God is calling us to recognize our sin, to turn from our sin, to repent.

Here’s a secret I want to share with you. The better we know God the more we desire repentance. Repentance is not a sign of failure but a sign of a growing love for God.

 

Listen to the complete message, “Cutting Out the Dead Wood” here.

[1] Hebrews 6:7-9 GW

[2] GW

 

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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