Making a mistake doesn’t make you a mistake #stopbeatingyourselfup

I remember the days when I would beat myself up over mistakes saying things such as; “you did it again! You will never get anything right! Here we go again you looser!”. Oh how cruel I was to myself, yet how graceful I was when someone else made a mistake saying something like: “it’s okay, just try again. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Don’t let that mistake make you think you are a failure”. Oh, how hypercritical was I!

Why do people have the tendancy to be so harsh on themselves? What are we expecting from our own performance, perfection? We need to learn to love our whole selves, not just the parts that we feel good about. This is not easy, it almost seems natural for us to point out our flaws, but when it comes to speaking about our strengths we shy away, sometimes in the name of humility.

What kind of mistakes are common for people? And how do we deal with these moments in a constructive way?

1) saying the wrong thing (unintentionally)

Many words are spoken everyday, according to research they estimate the average is about 7000 words every day. This gives a lot of opportunity to say the wrong thing.

The wrong thing could be anything from an insensitive response when someone is sharing an emotional experience to a response in anger because you have had a bad day or something.

How do we fix this kind of mistake? Simple … We say sorry sincerely. If they don’t forgive, then that’s up to them, but as for you, you have done your part.

Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

2) wrong actions (unintentionally)

Let’s remember, we are talking about mistakes, not pre-meditated sinful appetites or plots for revenge. No human is perfect, we will make a mistake with our actions and someone may get hurt in the process.

Imagine, you knock someone’s drink on them; you bump into someone on your travels, you let your friend down when you should have met them – not your fault but you didn’t say anything. The list could go on, this is just a taste of daily life.

How do we fix this kind of mistake? You say sorry again, yes that’s right… So simple right? Yet often people are reluctant to say this simple word. You can make it up with your friend next time; you can help a random stranger next time instead of bumping into them, buy the person another drink!

We complicate life because we dwell on mistakes instead of seeking solutions.

What a difference would be made in this world if we just made a few simple adjustments.

3) yourself

Our biggest mistake that we make is being so hard on our self, and I’m guilty as charged with this one especially! Why do people find it so hard to forgive themselves for a mistake? True champions in life; those who have been through the fire yet didn’t get burned… Well they learned the power of forgiveness and how to be a problem solver instead of a problem maker.

We discover that when we cannot forgive ourselves, we begin to believe that others would not forgive us either, and worse than this, we doubt if God can forgive us, even though we know he is faithful and just to forgive us when we ask.

Do you see a common pattern in failure and how to solve it? It’s simple… It is about forgiveness. Forgiving ourselves and forgiving others, and allowing God to forgive us. Forgiveness breaks the power of failure and gives the strength we need to not give up. Yes there may be other aspects to consider, but for this message it is forgiveness that we need to take hold of.

Ephesians 4:33 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Image: Google images (humming harry- beating yourself up)

Love and God bless

DMZ

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“just go with the flow”… Really?

People used to say to me many years ago, “just go with the flow”, but now days the “flow”, as it’s called, is very confusing. Should a Christian be going with “the flow?” Or are we called to be against it? And what do we mean, the flow?

The flow is what we can call the easier way, the way that many others seem to take. Have you ever been on a river in a canoe and tried to paddle against the tide? You ever tried swimming against a strong current? It’s not easy, it’s much easier to stop fighting and go with the flow. However there is a problem with this. If you don’t swim against the current in a river then it may pull you under; if you find your self getting quicker in a canoe, be careful because their may be a waterfall ahead, and you don’t want to be seeing that from the tip of your canoe.

What’s the 21st century flow that a Bible believing Christian is in danger of going with? Let’s just name a few, and this is not to discuss each in depth, it is just to put a biblical principle with each and remind ourselves of what God has said.

1) the acceptance of abortion.

Jeremiah 1:5 before I formed you in your mother’s womb I knew you.

Psalm 139:13 for you created my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb

If a Christian is ever in doubt to whether the baby in the womb is precious in God’s sight, then know that he formed us in that place. Our life is so precious to God before we were even born! To think for one minute that he tolerates abortion (and millions have been aborted) then we need to remind ourselves of his great love and compassion. He has given humans free will (because of his great love) but his judgement will not hold back much longer regarding this.

2) homosexuality (with or without marriage) transgenderism and humanism.

Yes, this is extremely difficult to speak about for the Christian because it has become the norm. I know some people who are homosexual, and they are some of the nicest people I have met, but this does not change that according to the bible this is a sinful act.
Romans 1:26-27 for this reason God gave them up to dishonourable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

To change who were created to be would also be going against the word of God.

Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; “male and female” he created them.

It would appear that God was really emphasising a point with the word created in this verse.

This is not an easy subject to talk about, yet to say that God accepts this would be going against the bible. God calls marriage between man and woman as indicated in Genesis between Adam and Eve. Should we protest and demonstrate hate towards those who practice these things when Jesus calls us to love our neighbor? He without sin cast the first stone (John 8:7) however, this is not a matter we should shy away from either. If we can tell them the blood of Jesus was shed for them too and that they can find grace and forgiveness through him, then maybe we would help them find salvation instead of condemnation!

3) mixing religions

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

Exodus 20:3 you shall have no other Gods before me

John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

First of all, I don’t like calling Christianity a religion but rather a relationship, because a relationship is much more personal. However, for the sake of the message in this instance a religion refers to Christianity too. A huge red flag in this modern era is allowing the message of Christ to be mixed with other religions, and many times this is done in the name of unity and love.

For example: very recently 2 churches in Darlington England (St Matthew and St Lukes) offered to cover up crosses and bibles and give Muslims a place to pray for Ramadan, the church even organised a celebration to mark the month of Ramadan. The church of England, however, opposed this as it was not acceptable.

Story: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9110726/church-offers-cover-up-jesus-crosses-muslims-ramadan/amp/

A whole book could be written on this subject with examples of mixing religions. The danger with this is that it dilutes the gospel message. How can we teach Jesus being the way in one congregation and in others teach that their are many ways to God? We can justify our actions in the name of unity or love, but how much do we compromise our own beliefs in order to gain the acceptance of others? Are we on earth to please men or God? The church need to really ask these questions and analyse the answers if we are to be the light in this world.

So, this is not an easy post to read or to write, but it’s necessary. We can’t keep sugar coating Jesus and the holiness of God, because sugar coating something makes it weak and easy to break.

Going the opposite way to the flow is hard, but this in the end this is the best way. In time you become strong and this way becomes natural as we learn to live for God’s glory. This does not mean to bash people on the heads with our bibles, but we should still speak the truth in love and gentleness.

Ephesians 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ

Image: Google images

Love and God bless

DMZ

The difference between being obedient and being a robot

Our human nature lures us into touching what we have been told not too and step on forbidden ground. Ever since our ancestors took the first fruit we have been inclined to do the same, it seems to be a natural tendancy of ours, “forbidden fruit seems more satisfying”. We know deep down its wrong but we convince ourselves that it’s right until we no longer feel the sense of wrong. The God conciounce in each of us dies until resurrected.

Robots don’t have a will, they are programmed to act or respond in a certain way. Even the most sophisticated robot, ‘Sophia’ (pictured below) is still only capable of obeying according to its presets. Yes this robot is advanced no doubt, and has many fascinating features such as it’s 50+facial expressions, but compared to God’s handy work in creating humans, we are no where near to creating something of the same ability.

Sophia the robot -image-google images

So, robots obey because they are programmed to obey. Humans on the other hand, that’s a different story.

According to the bible, humans have an issue with obeying as we can see right from Genesis. Yet in our disobedience to our maker we were obedient to the serpent, so one was disobeyed and the other was not.

To obey is better than sacrifice 1 Samuel 15:22-24, yet Jesus accomplished both of these on the cross, obedient even to death Philippians 2:8. We are not robots, we have a will and that’s what makes the design of God’s handiwork stand out far above any other. Humans are only able to create things that are programmed, we have not achieved the capability to design machines with a will of their own, and I don’t think we can ever achieve this anywhere near to the same level as God, all though many will disagree with this and science will always try to prove this is possible.

Our will is why we are able to love, and also to hate, why we can obey God or disobey him. This is the big difference between man and machine, not to mention that human kind was made in the image of God Genesis 1:26. Then along with this we have our emotions, feelings and a soul that helps to define us, so yes we are far greater that any AI technology because we have an infinite God that made us.

Love and God bless

DMZ

When in doubt, shun the devil and work it out.

Doubt is not necessary a bad thing because doubt can lead to deeper faith. However, if doubts are left unchecked then this can be dangerous ground for our faith and be a snare for our walk with God and an invitation to the devil.

What kind of doubts? Let’s imagine these are some of the doubts we have, this is to name just a few:

1) The goodness of God: If God is good then why do bad things happen to good people?

2) The sovereignty of God: If God is all powerful then why do so many bad things happen?

3) The love and comfort of God: Why was God not there for me when my loved one died? Where is he now when I need him the most?

4) The will of God. Is this really Gods will for my life?

5) The sacrifice of God. Did Jesus really die for the sins of the world and rise from the grave?

There are many more doubts to mention, but let’s just look at these 5, because these 5 at some point a majority of Christians will ask themselves these questions.

The answers found in God’s word alone:

1) God’s goodness is not dependent on whether we tick some religious boxes or not. He does not require our love and affection in order for him to be good to us simply because the nature of God is good. God’s ability to give man free will and not intervene when humans use free will for evil is a great demonstration of his kindness.

Sure, God does intervene at times according to his sovereign will and eternal perspective, but many times, bad things happen to good people simply because we live in a fallen world. Besides, trials and hardship is the greatest refiner a Christian can go through. The trials deepen our faith, heighten our senses and refine our character.

Psalm 100:5 for the Lord I good;. His loving kindness is everlasting, and his faithfulness to all generations.

2) How do we know what God has prevented? If something hasn’t happened then we would never know about it. God has most likely intervened in human affairs more times than we could possibly imagine, but we would not know about it. Consider the plane, there are 1000s of flights everyday accross the globe, yet the rare moment there is a tragedy the whole world pays attention, yet how many are kept safe everyday, and how many ever thank God for the safe journey?

If the here and now was all there was then our argument against God’s goodness holds great power, but as he is eternal, our finite minds can’t grasp how he is able to work all things out for good.

3) Some of the hardest times for humans is when they grieve the loss of someone close to them. Before I was 30 I had already been to about 10 funerals, some were not so bad as they lived to a ripe age but others such as my friend who died in a car crash or another through suicide, these moments leave us with many questions and doubts.

When we think about the love and comfort of God, is it a feeling that we should search for? God calls us to trust by faith, not by feelings, and this is not easy in the 21st century pleasure filled world. Comfort is not found in the feeling it’s found in knowing God’s promises to us. Those promises like; I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4), the Lord gives strength to the broken hearted (Psalm 34:18), and many more verses can be found. His word is filled with promises of comfort through the hard times, when the hard times come we need to take hold of these promises until they are stored deep within our hearts.

4) Many are in doubt what the will of God is for their lives. God’s will has 2 parts, one of these has an eternal significance and the other is for our earthly life.

The first will of God is that you believe in the one who was sent (John 6:29) that is believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus and the salvation found in him.

The second will is a process of working out God’s will according to Romans 12:2 Do not conform anymore to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will. This will is revealed as we journey with God. The transformation of our minds and hearts will lead us into the perfect will of God, we need only trust and surrender to Christ to discover this will.

5) The devil loves to make a believe doubt if Jesus really died for the sins of the world. He loves to convince people that he never rose from the grave, why? Because he knows that was the moment he lost his power over humanity. Jesus said that all authority in Heaven and earth has been given to him (Matthew 28:18) so no longer does Satan have any power over a believer unless they allow him to have that power.

There is far more evidence that Jesus died and rose, than there is against it. Besides the testimony of the word of God, there is also the testimony of multitudes of believers through the ages. Doubt can lead to a deeper faith and understanding if we allow doubt to lead us deeper in the scriptures.

There are many more doubts, what doubt do you have? Search the bible and find the answer you are looking for. Doubt is never easy, but this could be the tool used to catapult you into a deeper faith and make you a warrior in the faith.

Jude 1:22 show mercy to those who have doubts

Prayer – Father God, help me I pray with any doubts and fears I have. Help me to trust in your saving power and divine guidance everyday of my earthly life. In Jesus name – amen

Love and God bless

DMZ

The power of our thoughts

How often we condemn ourselves with our own thinking; thinking such things as: “you did it again!” “You will never change” “you call yourself a Christian and act like that”. We allow our own thought process to analyse a situation and then accept that thought repetitively until it becomes a part of who we are. This is good or bad depending on the thought and the outcome. Our brain has the incredible capability of transforming into whatever repetitive information we fill it with.

Our brain:

Our brain is so complex that scientists are only beginning to understand its functioning process in recent years, and this is only the physical areas of the brain! Imagine all the electrical circuits and other aspects that make this incredible living computer. This processor is what downloads our thoughts or discards them, depending on what we accept or not.

God knows the power of thinking and how thoughts can transform the life of a person. Everything once began with a thought, all the clothes you wear, accessories you have, the house you live in or the phone you are holding. Someone one thought of this creation idea and then made it happen . Sadly the same process has created killers, thief’s and brought chaos to societies around the world. Thoughts untamed eventually bring ruin because sooner or later a person will act what they think unless the thinking changes.

I remember my drug days and how my thoughts were wild when the drugs were wearing off. Sometimes the thoughts were so vile I used to scare myself, for years this went on until the Lord rescued me! Thank God I never acted on the vilest thoughts or though I came close to it, our thoughts have power that we won’t realise until the thought becomes a reality or unless God teaches us our thinking power.

Think with a purpose! Many people think without thinking about what they are thinking about and end up living with a wild mind. If you think something like: “I can do this” “it doesn’t matter what people say I will still do my best” I am strong, I am smart, I am loved…” If we think like this everyday then eventually our brains will place these thoughts into a deeper part of our brain for long lasting memory, this means this thought becomes a part of who we are.

This is why God calls us to meditate on his word:

Let his word be your thoughts and his word will become your life.

Romans 12:2 do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (thinking good things). Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Prayer: Lord of heaven and earth, teach me to think with a purpose, teach me to trust in the power of your word and mediate day and night on your word. Let my life be transformed so I may know your will for my life. All glory be to you. In Jesus name amen.

Cover image: your story (thoughts) – Google images

Be transformed friends!

Love and God bless

DMZ

When depression hits you like a brick wall

Some days I’m fine, depression is nothing but a distant mountain that I don’t need to worry about overcoming. Then suddenly, triggered by some unfortunate event or sense of not belonging or having purpose, depression returns with avengance, turning up like Freddy Crugar in a nightmare. It’s like that distant mountain is now on top of me. The worst part is that nobody else seems to be able to see the mountain, only I can see it, or so I think.

The day drags out when a person feels depressed, they feel the day will never end, every tick of the clock churns the internal emotions like a wave in the sea. Time heals most things, apart from this seemingly giant enemy that attacks multitudes throughout the world, time only seems to make this mountain grow.

Depression is the silent killer of the 21st century, all though many people talk about it, many who have it won’t talk about it, so they remain in bondage to how they are feeling. Why won’t they speak? One word… Shame. People who struggle with depression are ashamed to admit it because they feel they would be judged or that they would be seen as different. One of the best ways to enter the path of healing is to acknowledge the truth and speak it. Only when one comes to terms with the reality of this Everest condition can we begin to overcome it’s decaying tendancy.

Can the Christian struggle with depression? Of course! Many great warriors of faith, Billy Graham as to mention one, struggled with depression at times. The Christian however, has the greatest antidote to depression, which is the hope of eternal life through Christ. I have heard some Christians judge or condemn the depressed person and say something like, “you shouldn’t be depressed if you believe in Jesus”. It is true that the Christian has a whole pharmacy of healing medications found in the word of God, but to say they should never be depressed is to deny the fact that they are still a human being that feels! Jesus wept (John 11:35), Jesus got angry (Matthew 21:12-13) he sweated drops of blood in anguish before the cross (Luke 22:44) and he felt abandoned by his own eternal father in Heaven on the cross (Matthew 27:46) Did he not show that he too struggled? The difference was that he would not allow his feelings to overcome his purpose of fulfilling the father’s will, no matter how strong the feeling.

We are never called to deny our emotions, but to learn how to use our emotions in a way that creates a positive impact on our self and the world around us. When Jesus wept he then rose Lazurus from the grave, when he was angry he restored the temple they were using as a market, when he was in anguish on the cross he still was able to say to his father, “father forgive them for they know not what they do”.

Never deny your emotions, use your emotions to catapult your self into being a greater you

Hope is the greatest antidote for depression, because hope enables you to change your perspective by reminding you that this feeling won’t be forever. Hold on friend! Hold on and you will see it through

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Love and God bless

DMZ

Not treated as we deserve

Sometimes I look at the rear view mirror of my life and see the hand of God in the midst of it. Rarely, however, do I notice his hand in a situation when I am passing through it, only once the trial has passed do I see that my teacher was guiding me. I have purposely sinned despite the truth I have discovered in Christ, and still I wake up with a new beginning and another chance to get it right.

If I was treated as deserved by God then I should have no air left to breath because my sins would have sucked all the life away, but that is not the God I have discovered during my 10 years or so as a follower of Christ. CS Lewis termed “universal grace” as an attribute of God. “He causes the sun to shine on the righteous and the wicked”Matthew 5:45. God is good to all but men have destroyed this goodness and that serpent of old is the main culprit of this corruption. Our continuous evil means that God being righteous must eventually bring judgement to restore the holiness desired, but this never happens without many warnings and opportunities to turn from our sins. “We are not treated as we deserve”! When I say we, I mean the human race who willfully turned from the hands that made them in defiance and self reliance.

Even so, all day God stretches out his arms to see if we will return to him, the cross is the example of this. I love God but I am guilty of treating him like an accessory, some days I just leave God out and put other stuff in his place, the ruler of the universe left aside for temporary pleasures or selfish ambitions. I return in repentance only to stumble again with the same pattern of acceptance and rejection.

“Oh Lord, help me, help your people”, my cry in the midnight hour and the first thought when I wake up. We have strayed far from God but he has never strayed from us. God is like oxygen, he keeps us all alive but we never thank him for his sustaining hand upon us, we just take a breath and do as we please. Yet still, he calls us lovingly back and does not punish us according to our rebellion.

This is a loving God! This is one I would follow with authentic commitment because I know that God giving me the ability to choose him or not is the greatest expression of love. Why? Because this validates the proof that he desires our willing hearts not controlled or manipulated hearts. We are not robots and God is not a monster. We can choose and so can he, and God chose to love us.

Psalm 103:10 he has not given us the punishment for our sins, or the reward for our wrong doing.

Love and God bless

DMZ

Concern for the soul

Oh how my soul yearns for saving from the shipwreck of my own crooked ways. How I look to the cross and recognise my own shortcomings of the glory of God and a recognition for a saviour. I am concerned for my soul, but someone else was far more concerned than I was, almighty God, the one we refer to as, “our father in Heaven”, so concerned was he that he gave his only son to die for a wretched man like me.

Oh I am concerned for the sinner alike, my own wickedness revealed in me my need of saving, and I desire others to know the same Jesus I met some years ago humbly In the prayer room with a pastor at the church. I remember listening to him speak about the everlasting glory and beauty of heaven, my heart burned with in me with a longing I never felt before. I was in a world of drugs and lived in a smoke filled house with 5 people, 9 cats and 1 dog. Heaven sounded like a dream come true so I accepted the hope offered through Christ.

I am concerned for the saving of souls but have been afraid to share this concern because of rejection. How will they respond when I talk about Jesus? When I tell them they need a saviour will they give me a list of reasons why they don’t? Self sustained people are much harder to reach because they do not recognise their need until the foundation they built there lives on crumbles away.

Individual concern for the soul never fails, that is a Christians greatest testimony when shared with the word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. We are all caretakers first of our own soul and then our neighbours, and it is God who reveals how we take care of a soul so we can help our neighbour.

How can we show concern?

1) pray for the one who is on your heart

2) speak into that person’s situation with love and truth

3) Guide them to Jesus (ask God how)

4) teach them according to God’s ways

5) don’t stop praying for them

These 5 steps are stepping stones to give a base to work from. Every soul is unique and every person’s situation unique. This is why prayer, God’s word and his love are essential to guide us in the great co-mission of caring for souls. Jesus cared and was deeply moved many times when performing miracles, how often are we deeply moved? The world has become quite shallow in these later years, God is looking for his people to go deeper with him, so that they may develop a deep concern for the soul of those created in his image.

Lets go deeper, let’s pray and care more and more with each passing day. The day of Christ returning is drawing near and the devil is more angry than he has ever been because his time is limited. The time is now to care and reach out, who knows, that stranger you speak the gospel to may become your best friend. You will never know unless you make that first step.

Psalm 62:1 Surely my soul finds rest in God. My salvation comes from him

Love and God bless

DMZ

The longing soul

How can I explain a suffering that I don’t understand?

When you see me smile, that doesn’t mean that my heart leaps for joy.

At times my smile is a sign that “Sometimes My Inner Lifes Empty”

The sound of the rain beats across barren land

But I like the rain, somehow that sound soothes my raging soul

When the dry season is over and the rain pours, how beautiful the transformation

Yellow fields become luscious green, rivers flow once again, flowers sprout up from seeds of old

I was told that land is my soul, cracks in the dry ground and seeds with no growth

I see hovering above the land the crows, looking to sweep down and steal from the host.

The farmer knows, he knows that this land needs watering, but he’s been afraid because he got used to the plain

Oh my inner being, wake from your slumber! Lift up your eyes for the aurora will soon arrive

Kiss adeus to death and say hello to life, Sheol has no place for you, a place in heaven has been reserved

Embrace and cleave to the cloak of righteousness, blessings will flow like the Amazon

So take heart… For you may break some days, but you will never fall apart

Psalm 62:5 yes, my soul, find rest in God, for my hope comes from him

Love and God bless

Lavish

Power restrained – a great power indeed

The lion causes man to gaze in awe with reverent fear. Man knows his strength compared to the lion is weakness, no matter how many gym sessions attended. The lion can destroy a human with those powerful jaws while pinned down under the lions strength, yet men have still come close to the lion as a friend, because the lion is gentle at heart, the power is restrained.

Have you ever stopped to think about the real power of God? That if God wanted too, he could wipe away the universe like a teacher wipes chalk off a blackboard, and there would be nothing mankind can do about it. No nuclear bombs to defend ourselves, we would be powerless to stop God. Scientists say that dark matter holds the universe together, I would say that God’s love allows dark matter to continue its work.

Consider this vast array of creation, each star different with glory and uniquely created. According to recent discoveries, they say there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on our beaches. Consider the power that formed this greatness, this is a very great power indeed.

The same power we marvel at is the same power that surrendered creative hands to crucifixion.

The image of Jesus nailed to a cross puts into perspective how much the power of God was restrained, enough to allow nails to pierce deeply. All though he could have called angels to his rescue (Matthew 26:53) he didn’t use this power. He purposely allowed himself to become weak in order to identify completely with mortal humans. What is man that he is mindful of him? (Psalm 8:4) Yet even so, God restrains his power consistently for this very reason, because he is mindful of our weaknesses and loves us infinitely more than we could imagine.

Restrained power answers the question, “if God is all powerful why doesn’t he sort out the evil in this world?” Imagine if every time you were going to do something wrong God grabs you to stop you from doing it. You would end up despising him, and then the question would be, “if God is so loving why does he not give me freedom to chose?”. There are reasons God restrains his power. Two of these reasons would be 1). Love would not be real love if it was forced and controlling 2) God does not punish the wicked right away so that they have a chance to turn from their sins.

Even so, when we realize how mighty God really is, we are awe struck and reverently fear his countenance. We learn to trust in his eternal love (Psalm 136) and his continued faithfulness (Psalm 145) and we then become a reflection of his eternal being during our lives hear on earth.

Phillipians 2:6-11 though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges, he took the humble position as a slave, and was born a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminals death on the cross.

Love and God bless

DMZ