What happens when you reject God?
First, you are rejecting Jesus Christ who is the Son of God and thereby rejecting His saving sacrifice. As such, you will remain:
- Ignorant of spiritual matters ( Isaiah 55:8-9; I Cor. 1:18a, 2:14).
- Powerless to overcome sin in your life (John 8:34; II Peter 2:19).
- Under God’s judgement (John 3:18, 36; Romans 1:28-32).
- Unable to please God (Rom. 8:8; Hebrews 11:6).
- Doomed to die in your sins (John 8:21-24).
- Under condemnation to eternal punishment, forever separated from God’s presence (II Peter 3:7; Revelation 20:15).
-pulled from pp. 4 & 5 of Self-Confrontation developed by John C. Broger
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God has a plan for you to change and it is centered on His son, Jesus Christ.
Our very faith is based upon what Christ did for us on the cross and it is the only reason we are able to stand before God the Father at all. Without Christ’s saving sacrifice, just one of our “least” sins would be enough to condemn us for eternity. This is why we are to keep our eyes on Christ and His example.
If we believe and follow Him, Christ’s action has saved us. It is then for us to constantly work to follow His example. Yes, we will mess up constantly. What we need to remember is that Christ’s saving work enables us to have hope and gives us the ability to turn from our sins.
We cannot save ourselves (Prov. 20:9). We must recognize our helplessness to meet God’s standard and repent of our arrogance and sin. In other words, we need to humble ourselves before God. This alone put Him at the center and brings Him glory which is a pattern that should follow as we move forward in faith. We constantly strive to be better and to do better as it ultimately gives glory to God as our striving ultimately points to Him.
We change by focusing on Him. He has given us the ability to change because of His saving work in us. We do not have the power to change without this saving work. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it will be easy. The path before a follower of Christ is often described as a narrow one (there is really only one way to Him).
Remember! Having received saving faith in Christ, we have been reborn into God’s family (John 14:26, Gal. 3:26,…). We now have the ability to understand the things of God (John 14:26, 16:13-15; 1 Cor. 2:9-13). As such, we are granted the ability to live a new life as a new person. We no longer have to be bound by our past self (Rom. 6:4-22). We are empowered to change because Christ is now at the helm.
A few other scriptures to take a look into connected to this article:
John 1:12; I John 5:12; II Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 2:3-6