“I Would Have.”

There is something that we all have to learn about God. He is always ready and willing to heal us, to save us, to make us into a new creature. The only thing that keeps us away from eternal salvation is us. In order for God to heal us, we have to be willing to be healed, and we also have to be willing to be healed and leave that old life alone. When He saves us, He is saving us for eternity, our salvation can not be lost, but He does not give us such amazing grace in order for us to take advantage of Him and go on sinning once more as soon as we have been forgiven. God demands repentance, and He demands that we try. Hosea 5:14-15 puts it like this…

“For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away and none shall rescue him. I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.”

God will not come and rescue us until we do two things that are clearly stated in scripture time and time again. We must see ourselves for how we truly are, see our sinful state and need for a Savior, our need for a grace filled and loving God, and we must seek Him. Seeking Him out is not simply getting on our knees at an alter at church and saying the sinner’s prayer, please, do not misunderstand. Seeking Him is a lifelong adventure. It is a journey and it does not stop after salvation. We are called to seek Him every day of our life. To learn His will, His commandments, His plan for our lives. We are called to seek Him out and know Him. We get the chance to know God personally and He wants that. He demands that. The people in Hosea desperately needed God to rescue them and they had to follow Him every step of the way. What God said to do, they needed to do. When He told them to stop the sinful behavior, they needed to stop. When He said to change things, they needed to obey. Seeking Him requires obedience, loyalty, and love for our Savior.

So, we know the recipe for revival from scripture. Not just from Hosea, but from verses like 2nd Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Once again, we see the same theme. What does God call us to do in order to be healed?

  • Humble themselves so that they see that they can not save themselves.
  • Seek His face, follow His will, not their own.
  • Repent!

Matthew 6:33 also says a bit about seeking His face so that we can have revival. Matthew 6:33 – “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Seeking Him and His righteousness; we can not have Him or His righteousness without humbling ourselves or acknowledging our sinful nature. Despite having a very clear message on this, so often we refuse to do the things necessary in order to have revival. We see America getting worse and worse, on the fast track to Hell. We see our homes crumbling with divorce, problems with the kids, and so on. We see other countries suffering. We see sin running so wild everywhere; very few people attend church, let alone believe in God. Christians are no better than the world nowadays, accepting sin, tolerating it, and then allowing it to come and take over their homes and even their churches. When we see a church trying to serve God with reverence, we say the church is full of legalism, that they are hypocrites or pharisees. I was talking with someone very recently about how so many churches are becoming no more than liberal social gatherings, and we were amazed at how the churches that are attempting to maintain some sort of Godliness are so hated. God forbid there is a dress code, or rules on how we act or speak in God’s house. We hear someone say the word “repentance” and suddenly, we are all quoting a Bible verse completely out of context because we must tolerate everything. Repentance is a dirty word, now. We don’t want to be labeled as hypocrites or bigots, so we just don’t talk about righteous judgement or how God actually calls us to judge righteously.

So, God is always willing, and of course, we want revival, or so we say. We’re just not willing to get up and do anything about it. (In short, we don’t actually want revival.)

One day, those verses from Hosea chapter 7 are going to fit this world very well. It’s going to fit our homes, our personal lives, our churches. God was willing, oh, He was willing. He was ready, His hand was stretched out, begging us to just take it, to just follow Him! But we were not willing. One day, we are going to face Him and He is going to say those words…“I would have saved you.” He would have taken us out of sin. He would have freed us from our bondage. He would have given us grace. He would have given us love. He would have given us mercy. He had a mansion in Heaven, just waiting for us to reach out and take His hand so He could lead us to it. But the thought of humbling ourselves and seeing our lives for what they are, sinful, and the thought of seeking His face and CHANGING was far too much. It was hard. Suddenly, God’s plan for us didn’t seem so wonderful because we had to work for it. We had to do something, we had to make that next move towards Him. He already sent His son, He already offered salvation…it was our time to move and we would not. And so, He could not. He would have, but God is not going to chase us around and force us into anything. We have to be a willing partner, but so often, we’re not very willing at all.

I’m going to end this post with this verse from Matthew 23. In my opinion, one of the saddest verse in scripture. How often did He stretch His hand out, how often would He have saved us…but we wouldn’t accept it.

 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”

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34 thoughts on ““I Would Have.”

  1. Sheila September 9, 2016 / 4:26 am

    What a difference the world would be if we lived like redeemed people ….

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    • kalinann September 9, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      Absolutely true! We are content to live like our old selves, it seems, not like the saints that we have been made to be through God!

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  2. Mihaela Echols September 9, 2016 / 4:43 am

    Yep God will not change us unless we let him but he is always there waiting.

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    • kalinann September 9, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      And what a great thought that is, that He is always there and ready.

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  3. angie September 9, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    Often we act as the world would have us rather than we should. We need to strive to act as the bible teaches us. Thank you for sharing verses that seem to affect my life in particular daily
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    • kalinann September 9, 2016 / 2:14 pm

      The teaching of the Bible should effect every part of our life! 🙂 Thank you for commenting, Angie!

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    • kalinann September 9, 2016 / 6:44 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Amy! 🙂

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  4. GodlyDivaGal September 9, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    God wants us to seek Him always!

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    • kalinann September 9, 2016 / 6:44 pm

      Amen! He’s been teaching me a lot about that lately…when we feel alone, it’s because we’re not seeking Him, not because He’s not there!

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  5. mariewikle September 9, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    We want to whats right to do but we often lack the motivation or courage or willingness to do so.

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    • kalinann September 9, 2016 / 6:45 pm

      Absolutely! The right thing is often the hardest thing.

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  6. debolton September 9, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Such truth and good news! I find people are quick to judge others and go through the steps but are they truly seeking Christ. Are they seeking Him every day? Several times a day; doing more than just saying the right things but actually following in the commands and the footsteps. There are fans of Christ and there are followers. I LOVE this post!

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    • kalinann September 9, 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much for such a sweet comment! So true. I’ve realized very recently that seeking Him is far more than praying when I wake up and before I go to bed…seeking Him, it happens multiple times a day, I’m constantly reminded that I have to seek Him again and again.

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  7. rachaellbeers September 9, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Humble, seek, repent! I love it! This is a great post.

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    • kalinann September 9, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Thanks so much! People seem to have a desire to complicate salvation, make it into some complex thing with flowery words and elegant speeches, but like scripture says, all we need is the simple gospel. Christ crucified, and what we must do to have Him. Humble ourselves, seek Him, and repent!

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  8. Kristi September 9, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    I was having a similiar discussion with a friend not to long ago. Just the idea that we have to participate in our own healing and be willing to see that we need to be healed. God can do anything at any time but he wants humbled hearts in front of Him. He wants the gifts He is giving to be accepted not rejected.

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    • kalinann September 9, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Love what you said at the end, He wants the gifts to be accepted and not rejected. I think that was one of the things that impacted me the most when I started looking into Christianity…He WANTS me to take His hand and take His gift, He wants me, even in my sinful state! I just had to love Him back!

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      • Kristi September 26, 2016 / 8:22 am

        His love is so overwhelming! When we truly understand that he loves us in that sinful state, there is nothing else to do but accept it. So thrilled you did!

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  9. Brittney Moses September 10, 2016 / 12:31 am

    Amen, we must be born again and that means truly turning ourselves over to God! Thanks for sharing this bold truth.

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  10. DrJessicaMcCleese (@DrMcCleese) September 10, 2016 / 11:45 am

    I was talking with a friend the other day about how God is so gentle in the way he calls us to Him and lets us know what we need to change. If we’re willing, he’ll give us that one little step we need to take. Once we take that one, He gives another as he gently leads us into holiness. But, when we refuse to do the things He’s asking, we start ignoring that gentle tug and often don’t listen to Him at all. Any type of revival has to start with growing closer to Him. In His goodness and his desire for relationship with us, He shows us where we need to grow. 🙂

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    • kalinann September 10, 2016 / 8:06 pm

      Right! We’re very blessed to have such a patient Savior. Often times, I’ve realized that when I was struggling and slipping and backsliding, He was really there, pointing (in a very obvious way) towards the direction I needed to go. If only we would stop, be still and listen more often!

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  11. Antonique September 11, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    This is so true! And I totally agree!! I like where it says in Isaiah 30:18 that the Lord longs to be gracious to us. We need to position ourselves to receive more of Him! Thanks for these great words!

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  12. Lo September 12, 2016 / 4:40 am

    It’s great how you pulled so much great information out of this! Awesome!

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  13. TIffani September 12, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    My God, what an awful state to be in. Possessing the ability to be healed, but not accepting it by doing our part. That is why it is so important that we speak the truth. Some don’t even realize they are in need of healing.

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    • kalinann September 13, 2016 / 3:46 pm

      Yes! This is the very reason why we are called to be salt and light, to show people where they are heading and their need for a Savior.

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  14. GodlyDivaGal September 24, 2016 / 10:43 am

    SO important that we be open and willing to hear from Him….

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    • kalinann September 24, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Amen! The only way we’ll get anything done!

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  15. tara8910 September 24, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    This mimics what I am currently studying in Isaiah. God wants to heal us and our nation. He wants to give us good gifts. We just have to turn to Him!

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    • kalinann September 24, 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Absolutely! Isaiah is one of my favorite books!

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