But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2) NIV
Do you have iniquities that have come between you and God? If you don’t know you may want to start with the definition of iniquity. It is a noun, meaning immoral or grossly unfair behavior. The Bible uses this word to indicate a level of disobedience to God which is categorized as sin.
One way that I have learned to recognize that something has come between myself and God is the absence of my “peace”. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 4:7)
Once I feel my peace slipping away, I begin to feel disconnected and off balance. When this occurs I know that I need to get into the Word (Bible) and begin searching for my iniquity.
Know this, our enemy is a powerful dark force. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1Peter 5:8) Our enemy will use everything at his disposal to drive a wedge between you and God. Sometimes he is so subtle that it takes a while for you to even know you are under attack.
There are many things that can get us out of sync like, a little white lie told here, a little bit of I deserve this, so I am going to take it, do it or sneak it. Making things difficult for someone when they have hurt you and giving them a little pay-back. Hurting someone with a truth that they just needed to hear out of our pride instead of our love.
It is so easy to get pulled off track in the course of an hour, much less a day. How many times do we get in our cars and use it as a weapon to teach someone a lesson or try to take control of the road because we are in a hurry? How about when we lose our patience and the tone of our voice takes on a harsher edge or we dismiss someone because they are not doing things the way we want them to? Pride is one of Satan’s big weapons. It is effective because it feeds off our insecurities, egos, and self-centric tendencies. We think we deserve to be treated better, do not need to be told what to do or corrected in anyway. We get on our high horse and ride around jumping the fences that are penning us in and soon we are off of God’s path and on the highway to hell.
In the course of a day we can get so far off course that God has had to completely turn His face away. That is why the relationship is so important. “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” (John 1: 18) To be in relationship with someone you must take the time to get to know them and you do this by spending time with them. You talk with them and listen to them.
Your relationship with Jesus is no different. Spending time reading your Bible and other Bible Study materials allows you to open your heart and mind to the Holy Spirit and receive word from Him. Praying for yourself and others is another way to spend time. The most important thing to do first is to ask for Him to show you anything that might be between you and Him. Try to clear your mind and wait for him to bring things to mind. Repentance is what brings you back into the relationship and brings your peace back. “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Isn’t it great to know that we are so loved that no matter how horrible we act to others at times, we can always go to Him and lay it all down at His feet. He takes it all away, dusts us off, gives us a hug and says. Go, make restitution and sin no more….. Now that is freedom and that is the kind of relationship that I want in my life!!!
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20) Is Jesus knocking at your door? If so, why not let the most loving, caring, awe-inspiring person in? Get to know the man who gave His life to save you from your sins, give you freedom and the gift of life in eternity with Him.
Has God turned His face away? Get in the Word, get on your knees and get right with God!