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" Behold, I stand at the door and knock..."


“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise to us as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9



If you were to take the first four words of this verse and create an open-ended statement, how would you complete it? The Lord Is Not______________.


It could be said that the Lord is NOT UNCARING. I Peter 5:7 says very emphatically that the Lord careth for us! In the midst of sickness, suffering, tragedy, loss and grief, Satan would have the Christian to believe that God doesn’t care. God proved His love and care for us when He laid down His life for us on Calvary’s Cross. John 15:13 says: “Greater love has no man than this than that a man would lay down his life for his friends.” Know this today: God is NOT UNCARING. Just as there is nothing you wouldn’t do for your children, - so it is with God, towards us.

The Lord is NOT ABSENT. God is not remote or removed from us. Sometimes our feelings will tell us otherwise. Feelings change from day to day. When we make decisions and choices on the basis of our feelings rather than faith, we set ourselves up for trouble. God is not absent…Psalms 46:1 says: “God is our refuge, a very present help in the time of trouble”. The Lord is not… SLACK concerning His promise(s) to us. God is faithful and you can build your life and family on His principles and promises. God is not a slacker. God says what He means, means what He says and does what He promises. We must not put our trust in government, people, political parties, or Facebook friends. God is worthy of our trust… God is not slack concerning His promise. The rest of this verse expresses God’s willingness to save ALL that come to repentance. Repentance is not apologizing to God. Repentance means we acknowledge that we are a sinner (Romans 3:23), we place our trust in Jesus as Savior (John 5:24) and begin living a day-to-day relationship with God. God is not willing… it’s not His will that we live our life without Him and without all that He can bring into our life. Yet, God will never override our will and force us to be saved. The choice remains ours. It’s never too late to say “Yes” to God. If your life is spiraling out of control……say “Yes” to God. If you want your children to have a different life and a better life than you have had… say “Yes” to God. If you want to impact the destiny of your children and grandchildren… say “Yes” to God! The promise of God is still true:

“Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man will hear my voice and open the door, I will come into him and fellowship with him and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

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