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  • Lorie Hedgepeth

Part 1 - You are Invited

(Part 1)

An invitation expresses the desire of the host to be with or do something for the one invited. The one invited can accept or decline the invitation. God really wants to “be with us”. He so wants to be in our life and do things for us that He has extended His invitation many times and in many ways.

Isaiah 1:18

Come now and let us reason together saith the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson,

they shall be as wool.”

The invitation is clear and urgent: Come NOW and let us REASON together. Time is always of the essence. God’s invitations are time-sensitive: Come now! Consider Who is extending the invitation… “Come now… saith the Lord”. This invitation did not come from just anyone. The Lord….Jehovah God, Creator of this world and Master of the universe has invited you and me to reasonably consider what He can do and wants to do for us. Regardless of how dark our sin, how impure our past… He will cleanse us. Wash us white as snow… spotless in His sight. No amount of self-willed self-improvement can bring about in us what God can do in us and for us through Jesus, His Son. Today, my heart aches for those who do not know about this great invitation. Some are struggling and striving to find freedom from the vicious cycle of sin. What a tragedy to live one’s entire life and not know you have been invited by the Lord to receive what money can’t buy, pills can’t produce, drugs can’t deliver and prosperity can’t procure.

Psalms 34:8

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Simply put, we are invited to experience the goodness of God. Indeed, God invites us to allow Him to wash us and cleanse us…. to change our status and standing with Him, Who loves us beyond human understanding. Listen, He wants to do more than keep us out of Hell and take us to Heaven. God wants us to experience Him! We need not rely upon the words and testimonies of others—we can say yes to God and experience Him ourselves: “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” I am so glad that between here and Heaven we can experience Him in all His goodness and grace. The Christian’s relationship with God is not defined by religious rituals, denominational labels and a one-hour gathering on Sunday. “Taste And See That The Lord Is Good!” No amount of effort can produce the quality of life that the goodness of God brings into our life. When we taste and see… when we partake of Him, His goodness permeates every part of our life. God hasn’t extended this amazing invitation just to be nice…He loves you with an everlasting love.

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