Time to turn away

God uses fallen people. He uses messed up people. Messed up by our standard – yeah, he plays the fool, she’s into all kindsa weird things, he doesn’t even come to church, she hangs out with the wrong type of people – that’s our standard of measuring people, no matter what we profess, if we are all honest with ourselves – yes we do measure people, we judge them, whatever we may call it to pacify ourselves, the bottom line is we judge people, but God still uses messed up folk like us.

Does not mean that we have the license to go on sinning or go our own way and keep taking God’s grace for granted. I know I mess up, but I also know that I fess up. I know I can’t go a long way without Him. The great people I know who did profound things for Jesus, are messed up people – druggies, alcoholics, thieves, murderers, adulterers – and check out the track record of some of the superstars of Bible times – most are as messed up as some of us are. But they fessed up, they repented, they turned away. David – an adulterer, Solomon – a womanizer, Paul – a murderer. That’s just the three who are were big movers and shakers in Bible times, there’s even more.

People fail God. God’s people fail God. His chosen choose to do everything under the sun and drag God through the mud. But God does not dismiss us. He still uses us. He will use us. We are a people robed in garments of righteousness, without His righteousness, we are who we are – sinners. When we sin, we delay God’s intended plan. But there is forgiveness, God forgives, God receives us back, no matter how many times we fail, no matter how many times we fall, He is ready to pick us up, He is ready to wash our sin and make us whole again. That is who God is. He is a forgiving God.

I personally love the song Healer. It heals my soul, it heals me from myself, not just physical disease but also the disease of falling repeatedly into disease of sin. There is controversy involved in the song. There is controversy in most of our lives we keep hidden away from watchful eyes. We play Christianity for the world to see, but when no eye is watching, we know who we are. Most importantly, His eyes are on us, He knows who we are. We will never really know how much of damage we do to ourselves, our families, our church, our communities by committing one single sin. But we know sin has a ripple effect. It affects everyone around us. It hurts the Kingdom, continuous sin leads to death – separation from God. But God still gives us another chance. No matter what you have done, are doing, He says, repent. To repent means to turn away, turn around 360 degrees. Don’t go back. The moment you decide for yourself, that you have had enough, God will, definitely as He always does, step into to be your strength in your weakness. Do not underestimate His love for you. And never ever believe that you are far too gone in your sin to turn back. You are of value to God, nothing you can do can separate you from God. Right now is the right moment to say, I have had enough, Jesus be my strength in my weakness. Confess and repent and come back to God.

Time to turn away

Rishani Sittampalam

Bamabalapitya, Sri Lanka

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Some of the things I’ve learnt this year: to put a lid on it. Be silent before God. Expect Him to bring about the change no matter how much I’ve messed up or how many times. Be silent and expect Him to fight my battles. Wait expectantly on Him. Surrender every day, every attitude and every way to Him. He hasn’t failed me. He won’t though I do not deserve anything from Him. He still loves me unconditionally. And that’s how He loves you too. Unconditionally.

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