Wednesday june 23, 2010
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Returning to God "

Having drifted away, Returning to God is a necessary and rewarding experience. It is necessary because drifting away brings hunger and emptiness and it is rewarding because joy and fulfillment accompanies returning to Him. Psalm 107:9 KJV addresses the emptiness that returning to Him restores:

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness

Only God’s company satisfies like this as Luke 1:53 KJV tells what Returning to God does for a hungry and empty soul:

He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

Observing the huge dividend that including God pays, “Cometh to Me” in John 6:35 KJV shows that Returning to God removes hunger and thirst:

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

The hunger our spirit is God’s Candle and Proverbs 20:27 KJV shows where we find it:

The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

We are seeing Returning to God feeding our spirit’s hunger…from the innermost parts of our belly.

Another truth is that Returning to God restores the power that He gives us and Luke 10:19-20 KJV shows how this precious power is used:

[19] Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

[29] Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Satan is the serpent that our God given power treads on and this special closeness with God is a barrier that forces Satan and His spirits to listen to us:

Our names are written in heaven and Returning to God keeps Satan beholding to us. A final question: Do your deeds and actions show you Returning to God?


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