Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #39

Entry#039 Seeing God as a Rewarder not Punisher in Prayer
Satan wants us to see God as mad at us and ready to strike us down. He wants us to fear coming to God when we need help or when we have made a mistake, so that we retreat and began relying on our self-effort instead of resting in His grace. God wants us to seek Him, have faith in His love for us, and come to Him boldly as His beloved children. We must believe that He is our God, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. God blesses us daily with His love, grace, favor and provision. But He rewards us when we step out on faith to do what He asked us to do, when we endure hardship and persecution as good soldiers, and when we upholds His laws and precepts. God never punishes His children for sin; for the wages of sin is death. Jesus took all of our punishment for sin, bearing our griefs and carrying our sorrows in His own body on the cross. Jesus died so that we don’t have to. If God punished us again after Jesus already took the punishment for sin for us, it would be unjust double jeopardy. Jesus even took the sting out of death; for as His children, to live is Christ and to die is gain. We still suffer the consequences of bad decisions and negative behaviors, and we still may reap the harvest of the corrupt seeds we have sown. But God in His loving forgiveness will strengthen us through it all, and cause the bad situations to work out for our good in the end. In order to receive from God, we have to see Him properly. We have to believe that He loves us unconditionally, that He has a good plan for us, that He is ready, willing and able to help us, that He will never leave nor forsake us, and that He would put no more on us that what we can bear. When we see Him for the awesome God that He is, we will receive what we need from Him in prayer. God want to reward us here on earth for taking a stand for our faith, and reward us in heaven for bringing people into His kingdom. God is not the punisher; He is the Author, Finisher and Rewarder of our faith.

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