IT IS TOO LATE FOR ME?

ea6e4d52-fac4-48ea-88be-a37b53bd6ac8-470-000000224f4f9ce4_tmpHOSEA 6:1-3: “Let’s return to the LORD. Even though he has torn us to pieces, he will heal us. Even though he has wounded us, he will bandage our wounds. After two days he will revive us. On the third day he will raise us so that we may live in his presence. Let’s learn about the LORD. Let’s get to know the LORD. He will come to us as sure as the morning comes. He will come to us like the autumn rains and the spring rains that water the ground.” (GW)‭‭

OBSERVATION: Is it too late for me? Have I failed so many times that God will reject me, even if I turn to Him in sincere repentance? The enemy of our souls would always like to convince us that we are beyond the pale of God’s redemption. The enemy’s entire strategy is to get us to give up. Yet, the Lord has given us this powerful promise,

  • “Make no mistake about this: You can never make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you’ll harvest. If you plant in ⌊the soil of⌋ your corrupt nature, you will harvest destruction. But if you plant in ⌊the soil of⌋ your spiritual nature, you will harvest everlasting life. We can’t allow ourselves to get tired of living the right way. Certainly, each of us will receive ⌊everlasting life⌋ at the proper time, if we don’t give up.” (‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:7-9‬ ‭GW‬‬)

The Lord wants us to produce a harvest of faith, hope, and love in our lives. The enemy of our souls wants us to produce a harvest of doubt, hopelessness, and strife. There is a time between the planting of the seed and the harvest that we all have a choice to make. Will we return to the Lord, will we wait for the promise of His blessing – or will we lose heart and give up?  

Jesus made it very clear – “A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But I came so that my sheep will have life and so that they will have everything they need.” (‭‭John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭GW‬‬). There are always two forces at work, and we always have a choice. Even though Israel and Judah had made the wrong choices – the mercy and grace of God was still extended to them.

  • “Let’s return to the LORD. Even though he has torn us to pieces, he will heal us. Even though he has wounded us, he will bandage our wounds. After two days he will revive us. On the third day he will raise us so that we may live in his presence.”

Yet, this call to return to the Lord was not simply to repent. It was also a call to engage!

  • “Let’s learn about the LORD. Let’s get to know the LORD. He will come to us as sure as the morning comes. He will come to us like the autumn rains and the spring rains that water the ground.”

And so Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, echoes this same sentiment.

  • “We can’t allow ourselves to get tired of living the right way. Certainly, each of us will receive ⌊everlasting life⌋ at the proper time, if we don’t give up.”

So are you discouraged? Do you think it is too late for you? Do you think you have crossed the line of no return? If you are even asking these questions – the answering is a resounding NO!  God’s love and mercy are calling you to return and to engage! He has promised that,

  • “…after two days He will revive us (you), and on the third day He will raise us (you) up so that we (you) may live in His presence.”

Don’t listen to the enemy’s lies. The Father is running toward you with open arms. Like the prodigal son, return to Him! Cling to Him! Learn of Him! He will forgive, cleanse, and restore you!

The Father loves you with an everlasting love!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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