Trading God for a lie + Link Up

If you take a quick look around you can see people everywhere falling away from God.
It requires no special attention to come to that conclusion; it is plain, it is worldwide, it is everyday!
Here are the series of events that take place when a person decides they no longer are interested in God or His offer of salvation. In Romans Chapter 1, God explains how and why the wrath of God comes upon mankind.

11 STEPS 

BELIEVING TRUTH to BELIEVING LIES

1. God makes Himself known to man in a plain and simple way. 
          He does this so that there is no excuse.

2. Man doesn’t glorify God and does not give thanks to Him.

3. God allows mans thinking to becomes futile and man’s heart becomes dark.

4. Man says he is wise but is really becoming foolish.  He soon decides that other things are “God” in his life.

5. God releases man over to the sinful desires of his heart.

6. Man exchanges the truth of God for a lie and start to worship other things.

7. God gives him over to lust.

8. Man refuses to learn or retain any knowledge or truth about God

9. God then gives him over to a depraved mindset, and man does what he knows he shouldn’t.

10. Man is given over to wickedness and every form of it.

11. Man still knows better; but continues to do wrong and celebrate others who are like himself.

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And there they are…the common steps of walking away, falling away, whatever you may call it.
Man knows better & God allows him to choose.

It isn’t a natural thing for us to choose something other then God.  Our hearts do chase sin but somewhere inside of us…we know better.  Our spirits are yearning to be with God; to be part of Him and be connected with him.  As even simple animals understand instinct; our instinct is to be called, connected, and cared for by our Creator.  

Somewhere deep inside us we scream, “No!” when we choose ourselves over God.

Whenever we do anything against God we really know better.  We we lie, cheat, slander, etc, we know we really shouldn’t.  People that get caught can admit it, others sometimes let pride lie for them and pretend they knew no better.  But regardless, no one is without excuse.

Ever since we were children we knew God existed & I say that as a Christ persecutor until I was 26 yrs old.  I admit I knew better.  At the time, I had ran through the steps in Romans 1 myself & God stepped aside while I entertained myself with the world.  He loved me but moved over and let me go.

We can verbally explain God away but that doesn’t mean that what we say is true.

His invisible qualities doesn’t make the visible parts of Him unseen.
And so, we still lay eyes on Him everyday even though we deny Him with our hearts- and He still loves us.

If you recall the steps in Romans, you notice that step 1 in the equation is having no excuse and
step 2 is forgetting God.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been on step 2.  I started to begin looking at my desires more then God…wanting them more then I wanted Him.  I would spend countless hours reading, researching, and browsing the Internet and not even glance at God’s Word.  Step 2 is where my heart would begin to wander.  I stopped recognizing Him; stopped thanking Him.. It is where I tread on dangerous ground.

Step 3  -God moves away and allows darkness to come.

In between steps 2 & 3 I have sat a many days, as a unbeliever and even as a follower of Jesus.
This is the time of deciding if you will continue looking inward at what you crave & desire or will you recognize your need for God above all else.  It’s the time that God exhibits His qualities and positions Himself in a mercy stance towards you.  His posture says that He doesn’t care that you have turned away as long as you turn back to Him.

No one will ever be that loyal to you
That loving.
That genuine.

When you realize that His attributes cannot be received from anyone or anything in this world, you will see your need for Him.  Then you can chose to sprint back to the One who loves you; or chase the futility of what’s around you.  

If you chose to return to God; you will admire the fact that He knows how badly you really need Him; but overall He just wants you to want Him.

Thank you all for joining me this week!  Now it is time for our Thursday #LookingUp Link Up!!
Please join me and share this link with your friends..I enjoy reading your posts and look forward to seeing what all you have written this week.  🙂

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Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your insight and the link up!!

  2. I loved your blog today, Amy. It is such a great reminder for us all. Thank you for sharing

  3. Thank you for hosting Amy!

  4. I've been reading Romans 1 a lot this week, so this is very timely!

  5. First time visitor, new follower! Love this post and the encouragement. ♥

  6. So wonderful to visit and link-up with you today, Ames! This is a great, great post!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Peace and many blessings to you, Love! 🙂

  7. I added my link. I wrote a blog called Choosing To Be Lost Again, sort of on the same subject. My heart has really been aching over some choices by Christians who do know better.

  8. Thank you Amy for sharing the steps. Some things we simply need to know. This is one.

  9. Such a blessing to read your blog today!. I am always saddened by someone who knows Jesus and then decides to walk away. Stopping by from Reflect.

  10. Thank you, Amy, for sharing and for encouraging others through your link-up.

  11. Step 2 is pivotal. As soon as our affections are divided, the enemy can attack. Thanks for sharing! #LifeGivingLinkup

  12. Thank you for a very insightful post.

    I have been struggling lately myself where my Bible reading and prayer time are taking a back seat to other things. They aren't necessarily bad things like family obligations, work and blogging, but they become bad when I am not setting aside time to be with my Lord and Savior, like I set aside time for family, work and blogging.

    I needed to see the progression you laid out to "sober me up" to the slippery slope I am sliding down.

    Thank you so much for spurring me on!

  13. Hi, Amy! 🙂 I'm stopping by your blog from Mama Moments Monday this evening. You so clearly laid out the path sin leads us down, and I appreciate that. I appreciate, too, that you affirm even believers can walk down this road from time to time. I pray we don't choose to camp out there for long! Thank you for this convicting read.
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

  14. So true. My heart is breaking for the world. I'm glad I found your link-up. Blessings to you!

  15. I have sadly walked away from Him so many times that I've lost count. It wasn't until recent years where I realized He stayed with me, patiently waiting, regardless of my bad choices. You are so right here: "overall He just wants you to want Him." Thanks for the wonderful lesson in your words today.

  16. Dearest Amy, what a powerful and thought-provoking post. How God's heart must ache and how He must weep…. Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Have a blessed day! Hugs!

  17. Love how you listed these out. Their visibility is impactful. Am thanking the Lord for His faithfulness and that He offers a loving hand when we're ready to turn from our walk away. Joining you via #raralinkup

  18. Thank you so much for sharing such a poignant post. It makes me so sad to think that there are friends of mine who won't be spending eternity with me because they settle for a lie that looks good on the outside, but it rotten on the inside. I'm so glad that you shared your post at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

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