The Approachable God

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Do you ever feel rejected?

The hardest times are from the very ones that you love. The very ones that should be loving you. Ultimate oxymoron with deep betrayal immediately followed by deep pain.

Have you ever felt lonely?

The worst times are when a loved one dies. The daily memories are a pulse that haunts with intensities of throbbing pain.

Who shuns you?

Usually this is done over the most frivolous, foolish things; things that will fade to utter minus zero value at the end of time — things like type of clothes, color of skin, volume of voice, how much money a person has in his pocket, how many teeth a person has in his mouth, etc. However frivolous all these things are, the pain is powerful.

Who is verbally degrading you?

Is it a stranger that you do not know and truly don’t care what they think…’cept for the fact that you are still thinking about it. Their behavior — months, weeks, even years ago — replays itself in your brain as if it happened just five minutes ago, stirring up emotional pain.

In this heartless world where people can be so insensitive at the least and downright cruel and abusive at the end of the spectrum, it is a blessing to know that…

We can ALWAYS go to God. He is the approachable God!

God is not One you have to wake up with cymbals to get his attention.

God is not One that we need to bring tangible food to that sits in front of him to rot, drawing bugs, rats and critters only to be throw away in the end.

God is not an image that we put in our home, or a statue out in the garden.

God is not One where we need to think hard enough to Astral travel to some euphoric emotional place to talk to him… then repeat often.

Instead, God invites us to Him and He desires us to come for a sweet, deep communion of friendship and love. No strings attached. No works to complete… just us. We can approach Him at any time of day or night. We bring ourselves, nothing more, to Him and He feeds us spiritually. We don’t need to find him in a statue in our house or in a garden… He is ever present, always with us, no matter where we go.

He loves us! He loves us! He loves us!

Will we approach Him and receive His love for us?

How can we know that His love for us is true?

Evidence 1 - Enemies now reconciled

Because of sin, we by nature are His enemies. But Jesus willingly went to the cross, as a sacrifice, in perfect alignment to God’s goal of reconciliation His enemies to himself turning sinners into saints.

Romans 5:10 — “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Evidence 2 - Calls us friends

No longer are we sinners and enemies but now His friend. We can now have a right relationship with God.

John: 15:13-1 — “Greater love has no man than this, which a man laid down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command you.”

Evidence 3 - Blood of Christ

Christ willingly went to the cross to shed His blood for the purpose of covering the sins of mankind. That was His only goal here on earth. He did not marry, have children or run the family business. His only purpose was to be the obedience One that humbly went to the cross.

I John 2:2 — “And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.”

Romans 3: 25 — “Who God has set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”

Evidence 4 - Holy Spirit lives inside all that have received Jesus as Lord

John 14: 16-17 — “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.”

Evidence 5 - Jesus is praying for us now and always on the right hand side of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2 — “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

One thing that is guaranteed about God:

He is our biggest fan, and our loudest cheerleader… The purest prayer partner ever.

He knows our every pain and sorrow and comforts us.

Won’t you take the time — make the time — to approach God? He is waiting.

© Copyright 2012 Simone Lake.

All Rights Reserved.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Articles: The Rim Review: Firm Foundation, first Wednesday of the month. Archive online

Articles: Trades and Sales online: Rim Reporter: Sacred Matters bi-monthly articles at www.tradesnsales.com.

Missions: Turkey Missions Trip II, Fall 2012, Global Training Institute, teaching Hermeneutics

Teachings: Fall 2012 — Apologetics and A Focus on Fasting Spiritual Discipline Courses — Phoenix Seminary’s Center for Women with Vision, www.ps.edu/. Certificate available upon completion of courses.

Speaking Engagements:

Annual Women’s Retreat/Conference- Fountain Hills Baptist Church — Oct. 26 and 27

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary — Women’s Leadership Consultation — Feb. 2013

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Simone Lake has a variety of areas where she serves, because of this, she describes herself as an ambassador of God, always willing to go where He sends her and minister to others. She is a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, author and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally). Founder of Deep Roots in Christ Ministries (based on Jer. 17:7-8), she teaches spiritual discipline courses, writes devotional articles, is a short-term missionary, prayer coordinator and chaplain. She graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in theological studies (MTS). Simone serves in various areas at Church on Randall Place as well as her associational and state church denomination. Simone and her husband, Pastor John Lake, enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking the Grand Canyon, mountain bike riding and walking their border collie, Scout.

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Comments

frederick franz 2 years, 1 month ago

Well, well, well, "isn't that special", as the church lady on "Saturday Night Live" would say! Simone Lake needs to preach to the readers of the Roundup! This newspaper serves any number of people who come from different religious beliefs. I for one, do not need anyone to preach to me about God, or Jesus Christ.

Simone, please leave your preaching in church!

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ALLAN SIMS 2 years, 1 month ago

Ah, on the contrary, Mrs. Lake is fully invited to say more and more along this line. You aren’t required to read her material. Neither do you speak for anyone other than yourself. And, it sounds like you are the very one that does need to be preached to. Otherwise, how can you hear anything religious, other than what’s between your own ears, which seems pitifully small?

Regardless, the lady has done a great and wonderful thing, and the idea that some old grouch wants to snarl when he reads an expression of faith should not phase her willingness to publish her thoughts here. This is a place for opinions, is it not? Is she not as free to express as you? Is Christianity somehow not covered by the 2nd Amendment? Who are you to stifle anyone’s free speech?

I honor a paper that will allow such expressions. That is not so across much of the nation, and it’s such hatred of Christ that has caused that. So, I revere a paper that is so willing.

It is a shame that those other papers are so hyper-sensitive to ‘forcing’ religion on someone that they have, themselves, stifled free speech by acquiescing to such an unconstitutional and unchristian view. It is because of such hatred that our courts are filled with the foolishness of letting 1/1000th of one percent of our population stifle, via the weak knees of publishers and judges, not only free expression of religion, but of other things dear to the majority. The end result being that we, the masses, are relegated to reading the tripe that this miniscule portion of the population forces upon us.

Consider, you haven’t been out here asking other people to stop posting about other subjects have you? Why then do you single out Christianity? Should the warped bias of one person prevent thousands of others reading a decent, well written and uplifting message? Reading between the lines of your post, one would think you feel yourself part of a majority of readers. I suggest that is by far untrue.

So, while you are free to say as you see fit, so is she, and so am I. At least the liberals haven’t stifled that around the Rim Country. Yet, anyway.

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