Without Excuses

And never look back!

Live Without Excuses

The Bible teaches that we all intuitively know that God exists. Perhaps you have experienced the mystery of God and couldn’t put your finger on the cause. As human beings, our interaction with the created world somehow tells us that there is a God. Ignoring Him does not work well, because our heart will; at some point along the journey, need what God has to offer… love, forgiveness, mercy and relationship. He is the One who brings purpose and meaning to our lives.

 We need God!

 Consider the following verse from the book of Romans: ”For since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that men are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).

 Being “without excuses” does not mean we have no doubts, but it does mean we can move beyond the doubts, into the understanding realms of God. This realm is where He helps us, as a Father helps His children. We find that God has offered wisdom and revelation through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Most people want more evidence, but as was pointed out in the verse above, God’s invisible attributes are clearly seen by what He has made. Our understanding of the evidence must come through a sincere relationship with Him.

God reveals Himself in many different ways.

Becoming convinced of God’s existence is a vital part of how we view ourselves and the world around us. The stakes can be pretty high and we would not want to take a chance on being wrong. To admit that there is a God, would mean that there are moral implications for our behavior.

Many times we push God out of our consciousness, so we can avoid giving up sin or so that we will not have to admit that what we are currently involved in must change. This gets to the heart of why God would say we are without excuse… we cannot walk in our excuses any longer.

Repentance opens the door to understanding!

 Its repentance and the willingness to let go of sinful behavior that opens the door of our hearts for understanding to take place. Scripture tells us “that the goodness of God leads us to repentance” (Rom 2:4). The only reason repentance is difficult for us is that we do not understand God’s goodness. Goodness is one of those invisible attributes that become real to us in the context of our personal relationship with Him. How do we understand it, except in a way that becomes personal experience? The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us:

 “…by faith we understand…” (Heb 11:3). 

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