Do you feel separated from God?

Guilt can do it. Fear can do it. Shame can do it. Insecurity can do it. Low self worth can do it. Listening to the wrong people can do it.

Hebrews 4:16 (ICB) Let’s us, then, feel free to come before God’s throne. Here there is grace. And we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it.

Oh the throne of God. Do you envision it? Do you worship before it? How often do you just bask in its glory?

The heavens above open the gates for us to ensure we have passage.

Some people say God does not hear our prayers when we sin or have been sinning unrepentant.

But of course He does. Otherwise, how could we come before Him and ask for forgiveness.

When my child has been disrespectful, caused chaos, broken the ideals I want carried out in my home…I still listen to him. I may not be happy. In fact as a human I may still be holding a grudge, yet life goes on …even when he hasn’t repented yet.

Matthew 7:11 The Passion Translation (TPT)

11 If you, imperfect as you are, know how to lovingly take care of your children and give them what’s best, how much more ready is your heavenly Father to give wonderful gifts to those who ask him?”

Matthew 7:11 New Living Translation (NLT)

11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

Good gifts is not just about food, toys, treats, clothing, material objects. Gifts include: Grace/ mercy/ peace / understanding/ patience/ oversight/ discipline/ joy/ second chances/ the millionth chance/ hope in your future character and lifestyle/ hope for better decisions.

Think about it. We don’t cut our children off for breaking our rules and making poor decisions. We are in relationship with them. It is an ongoing journey.

We are all flawed. We screw up. And sometimes we all selfishly move on to the next thing in a hurry without considering the damage we may have caused in the hearts of those who care for us.

All God’s warnings against every single sinful act are for OUR good!!! He will remain Holy and unscathed by our sinful actions. We are the ones who hurt ourselves, others, and our relationship with God.

Today, if you feel you are separated from God because of sin in your present or your past remember this:

Romans 8:39 The Passion Translation (TPT)

39 There is no power above us or beneath us—no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!

Your sin is not, NOT, A SURPRISE to God. He is all knowing. He forgave you 2000 years ago. All our sins were nailed to that cross upon Jesus’ flesh. Jesus is not re- crucified each time you blow it. He did it once and for all.

We just lay each sin at the throne of God in the name of His son’s gift and saving grace. Due to the name of Jesus we can always, ALWAYS, come before and enter the throne room. Not because of who we are. For we are not worthy. That part is correct. But we are given the guarantee of forgiveness- regardless of the sin. Again all we need to do is come before the Father and set things straight.

You lied. You coveted your neighbors material things and blessings. You chose to act on sexual temptation. You nursed your anger for a week or a month against someone – you just wouldn’t let it go.

The acts are not ok. But God’s continued love for you is perfect. He waits for you to seek him. Come to him. Receive forgiveness. Receive the grace to set things correct with Him and with those we have hurt. He is ready to give guidance and restoration.

HE IS WAITING….WAITING FOR YOU to come to Him.

You are not separated from God. You have something to apologize for. You have something to change (repent). AND you have a Father watching, loving you, ready to restore you.

Do not separate yourself, based on fear and misunderstanding. Do not wait another hour. It does not take big words or a long drawn out prayer. It takes a sincere heart. Get right with God.

Then enjoy once again the royalty and glory of the throne of God.

Until Next Time, ~ Blessings, Kate