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God Wants You
Satan's Does Too.....

Whoever you are, whatever you've done - God wants you! And He wants you badly.  He wants you so badly that He sent His only begotten Son so that we could enter into Heaven and be with Him forevermore! Due to the Ultimate Sacrifice, God wants ALL to enter through the Gates of Heaven and remain there and enjoy an Everlasting Life.

At times, we may feel unworthy. We may bash ourselves over sins we've committed. We may wish that we could live that part of our life over again and change those bad decisions which led to sin - but we cannot go backwards. We can only go forward in life.

Rather than wallowing in our past sins and living in a state of overwhelming remorse, as Christians we have God's assurance that we can be forgiven if we only repent. We must also keep in mind that repenting involves much more than 'asking' for forgiveness.  We may ask God's forgiveness because we fear his punishment - or because we are sorry for a particular sin. But repentance should also include feeling deeply remorseful that Jesus died because we sinned. We should see our Lord on the Cross - knowing that our sins put Him there.

The most difficult thing that I've found in my own life is learning how to forgive myself for prior mistakes and poor decisions which led to sin. For ALL have sinned, everyone of us for we are human. Think of how Adam and Eve must have felt when they ate from the Tree of Knowledge - Eve unable to resist Satan's temptation - and Adam unable to resist Eve's. We must keep in mind that God placed the Tree in the Garden of Eden for a reason. After the Great Fall, God could have also done away with Adam and Eve OR simply started over again. This proves that we-sinners exist for a reason and that we are part of His plan in the final condemnation of Satan.

Because we were born with 'free will' we have a choice in the decisions that we make along Life's Pathway. Will we choose Good? Or Evil?

During these times, because of our free will, Satan's 'gravitational pull' is equal to God's.

There we are - in the middle  and being pulled in two different directions. One towards Good. The other towards Evil. It is up to us to either resist or succumb to the temptation. If we surrender to temptation, we are pulled into a pit that is difficult to climb out of - and one that will leave painful memories and guilt that may haunt us well into our future. If we surrender to God, we have a clear conscious and a righteous heart. We know the path to choose. We know what God wants. Remember - He wants us badly. He is a jealous God. We should choose Him - not because we fear Him, but because He loves us and we should also love Him.

We also know from the Bible scriptures that both Adam and Eve paid a price for disobedience - for succumbing to temptation. Although they belonged to God, they were punished severely - the punishment so great that it effected all of future Mankind. They still belonged to God. He still loved them. He still wanted them, just like he wants all of us.

This shows us that just because we are Christians, just because we love God - we can't turn a blind eye and knowingly sin - believing that He will forgive us because we are Christians - and do such without experiencing any consequences.

Satan and his angels cause temptation. We know that we shouldn't put ourselves into a certain situation, yet we may be so-drawn to a particular temptation - we find that we cannot resist. After we surrender to temptation, as Christians we may feel horrible - like we have failed our Lord.

This is another example of Satan's gravitational pull - the great and persuasive power that he uses to pull people away from God. He is the Master of Confusion. The more confusion in our lives, the better. This also applies to the church; the more confusion, the better.

Many times we so get wrapped-up in church doctrine that certain people, or groups of people, become alienated.  Church members may even grow to feel a certain 'ownership' in their church. This can create a situation which is ripe for judgment. When we start to judge others based on their sins, we conveniently forget to remember that we are equally sinful. Only God knows the heart of man and has the authority to judge mankind.

Some may adamantly believe that their church is the only way to Heaven - that people of other denominations are hell-bound, although these people love the Lord with all their might. A plethora of denominations exist in our world - hundreds of thousands. A few began in the 11th Century amid the Great Schism but the vast majority occurred in the 16th Century during Reformation. There are Children of God in almost-all of these churches. Why would anyone believe that one's denomination supersedes their love for the Living God? Or God's love for them?

And finally, while much debate and confusion over interpretation of the scriptures and doctrine exists, God clearly provided us with a daily Christian pattern. In Exodus, Chapter 20 we find His 10 Commandments. Jesus added a couple during his reign on earth - one being 'Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself'. As to the 10 Commandments, most of us will break one or more in our lifetime. And when or if this happens, we have sinned. At this point it's time to regroup as soon as possible - to recognize that gravitational pull from Satan.

Let's remind ourselves of the 10 Commandments:

1. Thy shalt have no other Gods before me.  

This also involves abstaining from sinful things that we enjoy doing that have precedence above our Lord.

2. Thy shalt not make unto thee any graven image.

Pagan worship was so rampant during this era that at one time the people made an idol of an 'Unknown God' just to make sure they hadn't angered a 'god' they may have forgotten.

3. Thy shalt not take the Lord thy God's name in vain.

Let us remember that God is Holy, sacred and when we speak of Him, He should be greatly revered.

4. Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy.

5. Honor thy father and thy mother.

6. Thou shalt not kill.

We should also strive not to kill our fellow man's spirit. Sometimes we-Christians hurt fellow Christians so badly that they have scars that never heal.

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

In this age, fornification and adultery are often considered to be 'normal'. People live with one another without being married. Married people cheat on their spouse. The 'lust of the flesh' is a very real temptation that is so strong because, after all - if something makes you feel good, then what harm is there? Beware. Remorse and regret follow when one is a Christian. God may hold His hand for a season, but if we continue to live in sin - to embrace sin, to avoid repentance, we eventually face an angry God and are at His  mercy.

8. Thou shalt not steal.

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

False witness is simply another way to describe lying.

10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not coven thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.

Lest we forget the Seven Deadly Sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy & Pride.

If you are currently being pulled in two different directions, resist and keep on the 'lighted path'. If you have succumbed to temptation, succumbed to sin - then repent by asking God for forgiveness and mercy. Get back on that 'lighted path'. Staying in the darkness makes it easy for one to lose their way.....

Inspirational Writings by Sharen

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