Why Do We Run and Hide from God?

This is a guest post from SUMESHNEE REDDY

When life is good and I am able to make good and healthy choices, I rejoice with God in this, and believe He is patting my back, saying “Well done!” However, when I make a mistake or mess up, I tend to not go to God with it. I run. I tend to be like Adam and Eve, who hid away from God, or like Cain who left the presence of God to settle elsewhere. (Genesis 3:9-10 & Genesis 4:16) Why do we do this? Why do we run?

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God never leaves us nor forsakes us. (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)

He does not move away from us.

He is not embarrassed of us and we do not get demoted to be his step-kids because we made a few mistakes or dumb choices. Yet how many of us do this? We say things like “God, I can’t feel your presence!” or “God, where are you?” Unfortunately, when we condemn ourselves or feel guilt, we tend to step out of the word and good fellowship. We isolate ourselves and run away from the one who wants nothing more than to embrace us and say, “It’s going to be ok; I love you, I am here. I am not going anywhere.”

Looking at the life of Moses, who murdered an Egyptian, the fact is God still sought him out and worked through him, a murderer. (Exodus 3:4 NIV)

God found Moses, even when Moses was not seeking the Lord. God always goes looking for his lost sheep. He is after all, the good shepherd. (John 10:11-12 NIV)

God does not see the outward appearance but rather, He looks at the heart. Even though our hearts may try to condemn us, God never does.  For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things (1 John 3:20 NKJV)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1 NKJV). I have been learning this, daily. There are certain areas, where I struggle to ‘let go’ and trust God. There are certain things, that I have a ‘messiah complex’ about, and believe I am going to save the world.

Yet Jesus gently ministers even to my hardened heart saying, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [f]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28 NKJV)

Jesus in essence is saying, “Dude, you cannot carry that. You can try to, but its like swimming with a stone tied around your neck. It’s going to drag you down and try to drown you.”

Jesus wants to remove that ‘thing’ that’s trying to drag you down and He wants to give you his peace instead.

He wants to carry it and he wants you to just stay beside him. Some of us respond to this like, “Nah, Jesus, I got this!” Jesus, always the gentleman, steps aside. “Ok.”

We run away, because we get overwhelmed by the trials and afflictions. Yet the word reminds us, Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. (Psalm 34:19 NKJV). We hide from God, because we don’t realize who we are, and that we are righteous in Him. We look at our carnal nature, and at our sin, rather than looking at our born-again spirit and our righteousness.

Jesus did not come to judge us, but to show us that we need relationship with God.

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:17 NKJV)

Silly and small things can sometimes distract us. Yet sometimes we are in very serious and dire situations, where the need is greater than us. That is exactly when you need to turn to Jesus. The need will not be met in you and your efforts but only through His grace, His love and His unending provision.

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)

Something I have told myself numerous times and I want to gently remind you of this now…resign from your messiah complex, trust God and see what He will do.

Not only will He carry the burden for you, so you don’t have to run, but with His other hand, He will gently hold yours and show you the way.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV)

Pride frustrates the grace of God, while humility allows grace to operate, fully and completely.

Jesus brought grace. Jesus is grace. So, we need not live like Adam and Eve anymore, in fear and shame. Jesus took away the guilt and shame and brought freedom. So, the next time we encounter those scratchy things or fears, we can boldly remind ourselves who we are and instead of running away and hiding, we can boldly approach the throne of our Father, as He patiently is always waiting for us to do so. Don’t run away.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)

We are humans and vulnerable to sin. Nobody is perfect, but the most important thing is that immediately we sin, ask for forgiveness from the throne of grace and don’t run away.

The Truth: Hurts But Heals

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen” (Romans 1:25).

There is definitely some truth in the old saying, “The truth hurts.” We can all empathize with those moments when a truth becomes so obvious that it makes our stomach drop as if we were plummeting down a hill on a roller coaster. There are those moments when someone points out a character flaw that you were blind to, or those times when it becomes glaringly obvious that you made a mistake and you owe someone an apology. Personally, my least favorite “truth moments” are those times when I have been holding firmly to an argument only to realize that I was completely wrong.

Yes the truth hurts, but, more importantly, the truth heals. In all of the situations I just mentioned above, is the truth not the ideal answer? Even though it means that someone might be wrong or someone needs to apologize, isn’t it better than the alternative of living out the pain and destruction of a lie? I for one do not always react favorably when someone points out a truth in my life, but I always end up being grateful for it. The permanent pain of living a lie is far worse than the temporary pain of facing a truth. The truth heals, and pain almost always accompanies healing.

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My dad is one of the most loved and respected people I ever know, but he is not shy about pointing out the truth. I would often go to him for advice when I have a problem about life or understanding some events in the bible. Every time I speak to my dad I will be hoping he tells me how right I am even when am wrong. I have no recall one time where he did that. In fact, it will be the opposite. He will often provide no response to my attempts to vilify the other person, and he will spend most of his time trying to open my eyes to where I have been wrong.

I remember often getting frustrated with my dad during these conversations. On the outside, I would respectfully nod my head and try to listen. On the inside, I remember thinking, “How does she not see that I am right and the other party is wrong!?” I would often leave the house disappointed that I did not get what I wanted, but the truth of his words would always sink in eventually. Whether it was an hour or a week after I walked out the door, I would heed his words. I would go apologize to everyone i offended or whatever wronged i did, which often led to reconciliation and a greater peace in my life.

I would call my dad for an affirmation of MY TRUTH, not seeking out THE TRUTH. Luckily for me, my dad will be willing to risk a little pain and discomfort by telling me the truth, because he knows that the truth would heal me. It is so easy to take the same approach with God. We can read the bible and skip over the parts we don’t like, or go to church on Sundays and only receive the words from the preacher that we are comfortable with. We may not say it, but we think things like, “God’s favour and blessings sound great, but that whole thing about picking up my cross to follow Him sounds painful.” We can try to affirm OUR TRUTH rather than seeking out THE TRUTH, and the word says that “THE TRUTH shall set you free” (John 8:32).

Jesus is the way, THE TRUTH, and the life. Only He can convict us of our sin, while at the same time offering us love, forgiveness and grace to cover it. One encounter with Him can bring us to our knees in shame and also leave us completely full of joy. Jesus loved us too much not to convict us our sin, but He also loved us too much to let us suffer in our sin.  What truth are you exchanging for a lie, because the truth seems too painful to face? What is the Holy Spirit convicting you of that you’re pretending not to hear? Be courageous! Step into that truth, and let the healing take place!

A Deadly Frozen Night: A True Story

Before the story, I want to send this as a message to anybody out there who thinks their status or power can intimidate anyone or a dictator causing havoc and destruction to human lives. I laugh in pity for whom ever you are, because nobody is bigger than God. Judgement will prevail. You can ask the guy in the picture above🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕 he knows better but too late for him..

A photo of a Jewish man: Not the man in the story. Photo by Pinterest

There was a Jewish man named Yankel, who had a bakery, in a town, Crown Heights, Germany. He always said, “You know why I’m alive today?”

He said “I was a kid, just a teenager at the time in Germany.

Nazis were killing Jews with no mercy.

We were on the train being taken to Auschwitz by Nazis. Night came and it was deathly cold in that compartment.

The Germans left us on the side of the tracks overnight, sometimes for days, without any food. There were no blankets to keep us warm. Snow was falling everywhere. Cold winds were hitting our cheeks, every second. We were hundreds of people in that terribly cold night. No food. No water. No shelter. No blankets “.

Photo of the camp in Auschwitz. Photo credit: Pinterest

“The blood in our bodies started freezing. It was becoming ice.

Beside me, there was a beloved elderly Jewish man from my hometown. He was shivering from head to toe, and looked
terrible. So I wrapped my arms around him to warm him up.

I hugged him tightly to give him some heat. I rubbed his arms, his legs, his face, his neck. I begged him to try to be alive.
I encouraged him.

All night long, I kept this man warm this way.

I was tired, and freezing cold myself. My fingers were numb, but I didn’t stop rubbing heat into that old man’s body.

Hours and hours went by. Finally, morning came and the sun began
to shine. I looked around to see the other people.

To my horror, all I could see were frozen bodies. All I could hear was deathly silence.

Nobody else in that cabin were alive. That freezing night killed them all.

They died from the cold. Only two people survived: the old man and me.

The old man survived because I kept him warm… and I survived because I was warming him.

May I tell you the secret to survival in this world?

When you warm other people’s hearts, you will remain warm yourself.

When you support, encourage and inspire others, then you will discover support, encouragement and inspiration in your own life as well.

My friends, That is the secret to a happy life.” “When you are good to others you are good to yourself” “When you make people happy, people will make you happy”

Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of God.

Another lesson to learn is that when a victim chooses to forgive, they take the power back from their tormentors.

10 Inspirational Quotes On Forgiveness

Have noticed that to give and forgive people are two difficult things a man can do.

Here’s a small collection of quotes on forgiveness.

And I hope will help you to look at things from a new angle and to move on towards something better in your own life.

I especially like the quote by Catherine Ponder, it’s such an accurate and useful observation of how things can work.
And it’s a good reason to forgive.

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
Paul Boose

When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.
Catherine Ponder

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbour as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.
Eric Hoffer

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.
Sir. Francis Bacon

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi

Most of us can forgive and forget; we just don’t want the other person to forget that we forgave.
Ivern Ball

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.
Robert Muller

True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, it is an attitude with which you enter each moment.
David Ridge

Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace.
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Walking Out Your New Beginning

The greatest beginning any of us can have is becoming a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). And a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus is the key to a restored life, healing in your soul, and the second chance to become everything you were created to be!

Whether you’re just starting your life with God or you gave your heart to Him long ago, it’s important to understand that growing in Christ is a process that takes time. We learn how to walk by faith little by little, one step at a time. It’s like this: When a baby is born, he cannot walk nor crawling, but when it starts crawling, their will be a time the baby will want to stand up and walk. The baby falls several times before getting the steps.

That’s what God is asking us to do. No matter how many times we fall down in life, if we continue to get back up, eventually we’ll get to the place where we need to be.

God will lead us into the best life ee can possibly have, but first we need to let go of our past mistakes. Hebrews 8:12 says: For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.

God chooses to not only forgive all of our sins, but also to forget them! And we need to stop remembering what God has forgotten.

We are no surprise to God. He knows everything about me and you. We’re no surprise to Him! Yet when we turn to Him, He still opens His arms and invites us into a relationship with Him.

Want to use this opportunity to appreciate Joyce Meyer for her teachings that inspired this article.

The Unregistered Car #story #forgiveness

In June 2009, Dr. Chuck Sandstrom was overseeing the removal of an unregistered car from a rental property he owned, when Michael Ayers, the owner of the car, confronted him. Enraged, Ayers punched Dr. Sandstrom, whose head snapped back, colliding with the brick wall behind him.

Sandstrom suffered a traumatic brain injury and continues to feel the effects of that punch to this day. However, during Ayers’ trial, Sandstrom and his wife chose to join the defense, petitioning for a reduced sentence and access to treatment, work and school during his jail time.

Of his choice to forgive, Sandstrom told The Forgiveness Project, “People think we’re special to have forgiven this man but trust me, my wife and I are not abnormally good people. What is true, however, is that the path of forgiveness can take ordinary people on an extraordinary journey.”

The Stranger’s Email #forgiveness

Christy Jones thought her marriage was perfect until the day she received an email from a woman she had never met. “You don’t know me, but I am no longer dating your husband … I’m sorry for any pain I caused your family,” the email read.

“I felt paralyzed,” Christy told RealSimple.com , recalling the exact moment she read those words. Battling her denial, she called her husband at work, and he eventually admitted it was true. Adrian had had a four-month relationship with a woman he’d met at his job as a car salesman.

“Forgiving him was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” said Christy. “But his honesty made it easier.” The two later went on to renew their wedding vows, and Christy said that today, “Our marriage is stronger for it. I have no regrets.”

The Last Minute Pardon #forgiveness

In Iran, it is standard practice for families of murder victims to oversee the execution of murderer of their family member. They are also given the choice to pardon the offender. Such was the fate of a young man who had already served seven years for killing 17-year-old Abdollah Alinejad in a street fight, according to The Associated Press.

In May 2014, Samereh Alinejad watched as a noose was slipped around the neck of Bilal Gheisari, her son’s killer. This was her chance to have the vengeance she’d waited seven years to have. Instead, she and her husband stepped forward at the last minute and removed the noose from his neck. Gheisari’s death sentence was commuted and he will finish serving a 12-year prison sentence instead.

Repost: The Chemistry Teacher From Libya #truestory #forgiveness

Anita Smith and her husband Ronnie moved to Libya because, “We saw the suffering of the Libyan people, but we also saw your hope, and we wanted to partner with you to build a better future,” Anita said in a letter published on VergeNetwork.org.

Ronnie was a chemistry teacher in a Benghazi school.

On Dec. 5, 2013, it all ended during Ronnie’s morning jog when he was shot and killed by an unknown gunman. In Anita’s letter, she addressed her husband’s attacker, saying, “I love you and forgive you. How could I not? For Jesus taught us to ‘love our enemies’ — not to kill them or seek revenge.”

The Drunk Driver #truestory #forgiveness

Everyone is sure that the Bible is full of messages about forgiveness, but when it comes down to it, few people can identify exactly what the text actually says about it.

The first thing someone calls out is usually “70 times seven,” a reference to Jesus’ instruction to his disciples that they must forgive without bound. Next, students mention the Lord’s Prayer, citing the verse, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Often there is a lull at this point, and then someone remembers Jesus’ words from the cross, “Father, forgive them.” With most groups, the discussion falters here.

Let’s read Chris Williams story.

It was a cold night in February 2007 when the car holding Chris Williams and his family was hit by a 17-year-old drunk driver. Immediately, Chris checked on his children in the back seat and quickly realized his 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter had died. Then as he watched, his pregnant wife sitting next to him exhaled for the last time. Meanwhile, Williams was in so much pain he could barely move his arm to turn off his car’s engine.

However, before he had even been rescued from his car, Williams told the Deseret News he had this thought:

Whoever has done this to us, I forgive them. I don’t care what the circumstances were; I forgive them.

He proved as good as his word, going on to publicly forgive his family’s killer and developing a relationship with him and his family.

Today, Williams is a motivational speaker, sharing his incredible story of healing and forgiveness and inspiring others to extend mercy and forgiveness as well.

I cried when I read this story. How many of us can be like Williams and follow what the Bible says about forgiveness? It is hard to forgive, bug we should also think about Jesus what he said before He took the final breath.

May the Lord give us the spirit of forgiveness in Jesus name. Amen!!!

Around The World: Persecuted Iraqi Christians Offer Forgiveness To ISIS #Christian headline #Isis

Iraqi Christians have endured so much at the hands of Islamic extremists. Since the militants took control over much of the Middle East in 2014 Iraqi Christians have faced discrimination, been forced to pay fines, been driven from their homes, and in some cases have even faced death.
Nevertheless, they have chosen the path of forgiveness .

“We forgive those who murdered us, who tortured us, who raped us, who sought to destroy everything about us. We forgive them in the name of Christ,” said Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil.
“While it is true that our numbers are small, the Apostles were much smaller,” he added.

So many Iraqi Christians have either been killed or displaced that leaders worry their communities will never be restored.
“So few of us are left, some estimate 200,000 Christians or less,” Warda said of the total number of Christians in the country, which The Christian Post reports is down from 1.5 million in 2003.

In the midst of this dire situation, there are small rays of hope, however. Last week,
ChristianHeadlines.com reported on Christian ministry Open Doors’ effort to restore nearly 700 Iraqi Christian homes which were destroyed by ISIS.

Iraqi Christians are a resilient people. Still, they will need help from the international community if they are to weather this storm.

“It is critical time for the Christians of Iraq — ‘to be or not to be.’ The Christians of Iraq are facing their biggest and greatest challenge” in post-IS Iraq, stated Ashur Sargon Eskrya, president of the Assyrian Aid Society branch in Iraq.