A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, May 14, 2013
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” – John 3:16-17
Last Thursday evening, while I was speaking to God and drifting off to sleep, I had an experience that I never ever want to have again. I felt a cold darkness come over me such as I have never felt before. This was the coldest cold and the darkest dark that I had ever encountered.
I felt the presence of God leave me. For the first time in my life, I felt the separation from the Father to the extent that God gave me to handle. It was indescribable, as I was inflicted with a type of torment that I cannot articulate, except to say that it was the torment of deep and utter despair brought about by eternal separation from God.
It was so horrible that I cried out to God and pleaded for Him to unravel me to the point that I never even existed. It was so painful, the Father’s separation, that I would rather never have been spoken into existence than to experience this separation.
Thankfully, it passed; but it left me unnerved, to say the least, for the rest of the night. When morning came, I asked God what this was all about. Why did He have me experience this horrific occurrence? It was then that the Lord spoke to my spirit. There was still a part of me that did not have a right heart toward those whose lives were, from my perspective, beneath contempt. And that was the heart surgery that my Father needed to perform: the correct perspective that I needed was Jesus’ perspective when He looked down from the Cross at those of us who were responsible for His crucifixion, and cried out on our behalf “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34a).
I still had a place in me that wanted to play judge, jury, and executioner for those whose crimes were so heinous that even a fallen world deems these souls monsters. Jesus cried out for forgiveness for the “monsters” (the unsaved “us”) that beat Him beyond recognition, spit on Him, nailed Him to the Cross, and then cast lots for the Savior’s clothes once He was pronounced dead. Why would Jesus extend such mercy to a seemingly merciless mob? I was given an infinitesimal experience of it last Thursday: eternal separation.
God sent forth His Son, who went willingly to the slaughter, because He knew the horrific and indescribable eternal end that awaits those who die without receiving Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. And what God told me was that even the unsaved, while alive and walking on this earth, still benefit from His presence by virtue of the truth that His Holy Spirit occupies this world.
It is no different than walking into a library when you don’t know how to read; you still experience the light, temperature, and atmosphere created for those who are there for that purpose, with the hope that more would learn how to read and come into a greater understanding.
Even those who don’t believe in Jesus Christ, while alive, do not know what it is like to be eternally separated from the presence of God. But tragically, in the final day of judgment, the Word of God tells us that these self-chosen lost will cry out for the mountains and the rocks to fall on them ( Revelation 6:16). And God’s Will is that none would perish; but sadly, each person has the free will to make their own decision. I pray your decision is to accept the Savior, and immediately be ushered into the presence of the Father’s eternal love.
Although I never want that experience again, I thank God for it because it brought about the required change, in the condition of my heart, which was necessary to be even more effective for the Father’s Kingdom.
Every life must be viewed from the position of the Cross with nothing in between, because there is too much at stake to allow even one scintilla of ought to become a wedge that results in eternal separation. The forgiveness of Christ from the Cross must be the essence of what draws every precious soul to the feet of the nail-scarred Savior.
Father, thank You for the Cross of Christ. Thank you for giving Yourself in the person of Your Son, Jesus Christ, to reconcile us back to You; and for reaching for us and grabbing us back from eternal separation. Most Merciful Father, help us to see people as You see them, through the eyes of Your Son from the perspective of the Cross of Calvary. Remove any obstacles from our hearts that interfere with our pointing the lost to the Cross. In Jesus Name, we thank You that our hearts are broken for the lost because Your heart beats within each and every one of us. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to seek, see, and operate from the perspective of the Cross of Jesus Christ. Choose to examine the nail-scarred hand of the Savior, and run your hand over the piercing that Jesus took for you to keep your view clear of any ought toward anyone who is in need of the Savior. And continue to fight the good fight of keeping your way clear of any obstacle impeding the way to the Savior; for God, your Mercy-Came-Running, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
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