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Give Me One Good Reason

You're giving me a million reasons to let you go. You're giving me a million reasons to quit the show. You're givin' me a million reasons, give me a million reasons, giving me a million reasons, about a million reasons ...

Like any good Father, when you are of age, he will not hold you against your wishes. He won’t stop you. He created you with a free will and honors it.

Isa 57:7-13 New Century Version says this:

7 You make your bed on every hill and mountain, and there you offer sacrifices.

8 You have hidden your idols behind your doors and doorposts. You have left me, and you have uncovered yourself. You have pulled back the covers and climbed into bed. You have made an agreement with those whose beds you love, and you have looked at their nakedness.

9 You use your oils and perfumes to look nice for Molech. You have sent your messengers to faraway lands; you even tried to send them to the place of the dead.

10 You were tired from doing these things, but you never gave up. You found new strength, so you did not quit.

11 "Whom were you so afraid of that you lied to me? You have not remembered me or even thought about me. I have been quiet for a long time. Is that why you are not afraid of me?

12 I will tell about your 'goodness' and what you do, and those things will do you no good.

13 When you cry out for help, let the gods you have gathered help you. The wind will blow them all away; just a puff of wind will take them away. But the person who depends on me will receive the land and own my holy mountain." NCV

This is a sobering warning that God will no longer be keeping silent or let hidden things go unexposed.

Other translation read:

Isa 57:11-12 - CBJ version

I have held my peace so long that you no longer fear me.

12 I will expose your [so-called] ‘righteousness’; and what you have done won’t help you.

Isa 57:11-12 - CEV

Have I been silent so long that you no longer fear me?

12 You think you're so good, but I'll point out the truth.

His redemption is simple and clear!

"I’ve got a million reasons to walk away, but Baby, I just need one good one to stay."

Isa 1:18-20 "Come now, and let us reason together”You are stained red with sin, but I will wash you as clean as snow. Although your stains are deep red, you will be as white as wool.

19 If you will only obey me, you will eat the good things the land produces.

20 But if you defy me, you are doomed to die. I, the Lord, have spoken."

Come now, and let us reason together!

God doesn't want to walk away and yet He will without ONE GOOD reason to stay. Although I didn't bring this out in the message, it's no secret that God divorced Israel because of their continued disobedience.

Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. KJV

The questions to discuss are quite pointed:

1. What is the ONE GOOD reason you gave Him to stay?

2. What would make God think that anything has changed?

3. You are most welcome to share any other observations, experiences, ect.

Thank you for taking this serious, the reason is critical to be able to transition into the next season approaching.

~The Rev.

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