I’m going to begin by asking a series of questions, to each of which, in my opinion, there is one simple answer. Continue reading . . .
I’m going to begin by asking a series of questions, to each of which, in my opinion, there is one simple answer.
What is the single greatest and most imposing obstacle to your enjoyment of God?What, more than anything else, keeps you at arms’ length from your heavenly Father?What is it that makes you hesitant to draw near to God and to seek his help?What is the primary reason why you don’t pray more than you do?What is the primary reason that when you do pray you live in fear and anxiety that God either won’t hear it or if he does hear it he won’t answer it in the way you want him to?Why are you restrained in your worship of God?Why are you reluctant to share your faith with non-Christians that you know? What is it that causes you to think of yourself as unqualified to step up and serve in the local church?What is the primary cause of your fear, worry, doubt, and self-contempt?Why do you struggle to find energy and motivation to read your Bible on a regular basis?Why are joy and peace so infrequent in your spiritual experience?
Now that, dear friend, is quite a list of questions! It virtually spans the spectrum of issues in the Christian life. And I strongly believe that there is one answer to them all.
The single overriding and most debilitating factor that threatens to undermine everything in our Christian lives and in our relationship with God is the failure to understand, embrace, and enjoy the full and final forgiveness of our sins.
The reason you and I struggle to enjoy God is because we live in constant fear that he doesn’t enjoy us. And how could he when our guilt and shame remain? And why do we experience this fear? Because we don’t understa