1/04/17 Welcomed with Open Arms
“Drop in on Me sometime. I’m really the perfect host. I don’t care what you look like. I don’t care where you’ve been before you come. It matters little to Me if you’re dirty or if you’re clean. I don’t even care if it has been a long time since We’ve been together. I simply desire to be with you. I miss you.
"One thing I would like to tell you, however, is that if you do stop in, I need you to want to be here. Don’t come to Me out of some religious obligation. Don’t come because you think that you need to come, or that it makes either one of Us feel better if you pay your obligatory visit. I don’t feel better when you come and leave your honesty and integrity outside My door. You don’t feel better when you are here and you can’t look Me in the eye because your heart is far from Me. How foolish your visits are when there is no real interaction.
"If you do all of the talking, what would ever be accomplished? I have much to say to you. I have much to tell you about your world and about the times and seasons in which you live. I will give you infallible directions on how you can prosper, even during the confusing times which lay before you. I will impart My power to you to strengthen you for the battles which you will incur. There is no hope for you if you don’t receive My strength.
"When you come, expect this – I will welcome you with open arms. I will offer you everything that I own. I will feed you with the finest food from My private storehouse. Some foods you have never tasted before. You may stay as long as you like. You may come as often as you desire. Please understand, My door is always open. Oh, yes, bring a friend. I love your friends, especially the lost ones.”
Heb. 4:16 AMP
Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].
Suppose that once upon a time, every one of us had little hope of any relief from all of the consequences of our actions. Let’s say that we all were condemned to pay the full price for our foolish actions. We were even cut off from God.
Then, let’s say that because of the undeserved actions of someone who loved us very much, all of our consequences were removed from our lives. Added to that - because of that wonderful person’s love for us - we all got to communicate with the Creator of everything whenever we needed to receive mercy, grace and forgiveness, fellowship, or anything else we would ever need.
Now, let’s say that, even though we had the right and the privilege of going to God any and every time we needed anything, we chose not to do so - simply because, oh, simply because we chose not to do so. Some other time, let’s talk about how brain-dead we would be!
Rushing to my Father sometimes only because I am able to do so,