Having a relationship, a personal relationship with Christ has a lot to do with making conscious choices.
Like the child who responds in silence to the parent who states, “I know you know the difference between right and wrong” or “I know you know you weren’t raised that way.” The silent child knows in his or her heart that the parent is correct. No answer is the answer.
The same thing happens with God. No matter the situation or circumstance, when you acknowledge God and your relationship to Him, you cannot use the excuse that you don’t know, you didn’t have control or your sin was an accident.
You can deny it if you want to but again no answer is an answer and even indecision is a decision. Faith in the face of temptation doesn’t mean we will automatically make the correct choice. More often than not, we’ll let God down as well as ourselves.
A true understanding of faith, however, won’t keep us down. Through faith and that personal relationship with God, each and every one of us can and must get up and try again. This personal relationship makes you aware of the distance between you and God, much like that of the distance between you and someone you love.
You can feel it. Absence does make the heart grow fonder. Time and distance from God bring you no inner peace and you know it. Until you submit and admit to this very personal reality, you cannot and will not recognize that you have a choice.
We always do. We have the power to remove the barriers and get closer to God. One thing is for sure. You do know when you’re heading away from God. He hasn’t moved. You have.
“Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven; whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” Romans 4:7-8.
All things are possible to those who love the Lord. As a child who knows he has disappointed a loving parent, there is no joy until the relationship is in balance again. Or, the couple who realizes anger and argument cannot last forever. Things must be resolved in order to have conjugal peace.
Walk with God and I assure you, you’ll know when you’re out of step. You’ll feel it and it will make you miserable. When you know you wrong, just reach and try to touch God and I guarantee you, God will be there before you ever actually move your hand.