Sunday, February 12, 2012

Moral Failure and Repenting


Question: If a person turns away from God because they feel hurt, does that mean the person was never saved? Should a saved person be mad at God?


A person can turn from the Lord and that may mean the person was not saved.
Paul describes this experience on the mission field.
1 Timothy 5:15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"15 for some have already turned aside to follow Satan."

But those who are "new creations in Christ" still fail but they repent because of what has occurred in their lives. The Holy Spirit prompts their return to the ways of Christ.
2 Corinthians 3:2-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"2 You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts."

If being hurt is a sign of not being saved then no one is saved. You can be sure if you are a human being, you will be hurt physically, spiritually and emotionally. Jesus Christ the God-Man was hurt by those closest to Him.

Psalm 41:6-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"6 And when he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood;
His heart gathers wickedness to itself;
When he goes outside, he tells it.
7 All who hate me whisper together against me;
Against me they devise my hurt, saying,
8 “A wicked thing is poured out upon him,
That when he lies down, he will not rise up again.”

Where are examples of those who were hurt and turned away from God only to return? How about Jonah? he was hurt with God and fled from his mission.
Jonah 1:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD."

What about Peter? He was hurt and denied Christ.
Matthew 26:74-75 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"74 Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, “Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly."

What about John Mark? He was scared and hurt and deserted the mission field.
Acts 15:36-38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. 38 But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work."

Jonah repented and became a successful evangelist saving saving the whole town of Nineveh.

Peter returned after denying Christ and was restored and became a leader helping to establish the early church. He died a martyr for Christ.

John Mark fled the mission field and the service of the apostle Paul.
He repented and was restored later by Paul for gospel advancement.

Job was hurt by Satan as the Lord allowed it. Job was mad at the Lord. They confronted each other. Rest assured the Lord is big enough to receive your complaints. Job question God and God answered strongly.

Do not fear men or their response. Fear the Lord and trust Him.
Proverbs 1:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction."

Hurt does not make you turn away from God. Turning away from God is a choice.
If personal sin is the reason a believer turns from God then the Holy Spirit dwelling in the believer will cause sin to be unacceptable and lead the believer to repent (turn back to God) and obey and walk again with Christ.

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