Perhaps it is time for you to, once again pull on your combat boots, get up, get out and say to yourself like the Psalmist, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted in me? Hope again in God: for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His presence.” What do you think friend?
Peter concluded his message with the statement that God wants to turn people away from sin in order to "bless" them. This is exactly the opposite of what many believe. They consider God the ultimate party pooper, a kind of cosmic killjoy who wants to turn people from sin in order to make them miserable.
Christians are not to live in isolation. When one sins, there are repercussions throughout the Christian community. When a brother or sister suffers, we are to be affected. Our calling is not to be solitary Christians but to be members of a priesthood.
When was the last time that you felt the sting of conviction for a sin that you may have committed? Did the Holy Spirit gouge you in your gut when you said “that word,” or had “that hurtful attitude,” or let your “temper flare?”
Casting our cares is a choice. It means consciously handing over our anxiety to Christ and allowing Him to carry the weight of our problems. At times this is the most difficult part of trusting God! We don't like turning over the responsibility for our problems.
Those who, proverbially or otherwise, shake their fists in the face of Almighty God and reject His only remedy for sins are saying the same thing. They would, without hesitation, crucify Jesus all over again. But He will not be crucified again; but He is coming again.
Have you ever had a door slammed in your face? Have you ever said to a door-to-door salesman or to a religious group, “Go away, we are not interested!” If you don’t have Jesus in your heart you will not like what Jesus will say to you someday.
If any believer is attuned to the Spirit of God, he/she will sense that something big is about to happen. It doesn’t take a genius or some super spiritual person to know spiritual things; just someone who is listening to the still small voice of God.
Lawlessness is rebellion against all authority. Not so bright people shake their fists at God and dare Him to act. They reject moral laws that will help them to live long and happy lives. They reject civil laws and call for the defunding of the police in their cities and communities.
If you are searching for faith, wondering about Jesus, thinking about commitment or have a need—don't let the crowd keep you quiet. God will answer your prayers, and when that happens, shout for all you're worth!