All of Us to Change
GOD WANTS TO SAVE OUR SOULS... WE JUST NEED TO ALLOW HIM
God Wants All of Us to Change
God isn’t happy with us just the way we are. That is a lie of the devil to puff up our pride and keep us complacent with our sins, so we die loving them and not Our Savior. Sure, God loves us regardless of our sinfulness, but God hates our sins and most certainly wants us to change our lives, at least, enough to where we allow Him to give us a saving faith. He wants us in Heaven.
Yes, God loves us and wants to save us despite our horrible offences against Him. He wants to help us leave our sins, not only so we can have a wonderful life of peace and happiness on earth, since our sins our are ruining our lives, but most importantly, He wants us to “stop sinning” (1 Corinthians 15:34), because our sins are destroying our hope for salvation.
“Someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do so that I may obtain eternal life?… [Jesus replied] if you want to enter life, keep the commandments [they were created to guide you to a saving faith]” (Matthew 19:16-17).
Our Lord wants to help us leave our sinful ways, so we can follow His commands–His Word–and so “you may grow into salvation [a saving faith]” (1 Peter 2:2). He wants to help us grow into a faith that truly detests our sins–not just in our words but in our actions–so we can gain a genuine love for Him (true belief) that can accept His saving forgiving mercy for the salvation of our souls.
To do this, Jesus comes to all of us over and over during our lives trying to inspire us to change. Sadly, most of the time we don’t even notice Him. Yet, He is constantly sending grace to us, by various means, seeking to move us to amend our lives, do His will and live the faith that saves, because He wants us happy on earth and in Heaven for eternity.
“[God] wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
But hearing and answering God’s calls correctly, so we can properly change, so He can save us, are quite challenging. For the deceiver is constantly trying to trick us, so we ” ” ( ) and reject God.
We Are Not Born with a Saving Faith
Please know we aren’t born with a saving faith in Jesus. God doesn’t instantly give us true belief in Him (a saving faith) when we first come to know Him. We must “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18 ) “until we attain… mature manhood [a saving faith]” (Ephesians 4:13).
To do this, we must constantly work hard and seek Our Savior (His grace) to help us change, so we can obtain a faith that can truly “repent… and turn to God [away from your sins] so that your sins may be wiped out [forgiven]” (Acts 3:19). Then we will have a faith that can embrace His saving forgiving mercy for the salvation of our souls.
But turning to God and away from our sins is hard to do. We prefer to love and cling to our sins rather than hate and leave them–as we can see with our vast habitual sins–causing us to not be able to truly repent, rejecting salvation. Yes, we want our sins and not Our Savior.
This is why we need Jesus. He wants to save us. He has a perfect path/plan for us–what we need to do and experience–so we can learn how to hate what we love (our sins). If we follow Jesus (His Word and His will for us), we can grow into a saving faith. Therefore, as long as we humbly seek Jesus, learn from all He allows, and work hard to change, He will give us the grace we need to remove our desire for our sins.
Then we will desire to love Him/to not offend Him, truly turn from our sins and obtain true sorrow for them, so we can unite (cling) to Him. Seeking Christ to do this for us is what we should be spending our life doing… eternity is forever!
“If we have grown into union with him through a death like his [dying to sin through the cross (suffering so to learn how to let go of our sins), so we can lose our liking for our sins and gain a true love for God], we shall also be united with him in the resurrection” (Romans 6:5).
Yes, if we persist in seeking Jesus to transform us and embrace the crosses we are allowed to bear and learn and grow through and from them, He will enlighten us to our sins, strengthen us to leave from them and move into TRUE hatred for every sin that we lack TRUE contrition for. He will help us hate and detach from our habitual sins (the sins we are attached) and truly hate the sins we committed but are satisfied with the outcome and would do again if we had to do it all over. So we can truly love Him and not our sins.
Yes, Our Savior, if we humbly persist in seeking Him to save us and accept His grace, will transform our hearts into a saving faith of true hated for sin and true love for God. Then, we will have hearts that can truly repent and accept His saving forgiving mercy.
Forgiveness Obtained but Lost
This forgiveness that Christ died to give us, we first received at our baptism, a “baptism, which saves you” (1 Peter 3:21), but we quickly rejected this gift the first time we did not truly repent for offending God.
“For godly grief produces a [true] repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief [false sorrow] produces death” (2 Corinthians 7:10).
We can’t accept God’s forgiveness if we aren’t TRULY sorry for offending Him and we are not truly sorry for committing any sin when we habitually repeat or are complacent with any sins. Therefore, salvation is obtained by Baptism and repentance–true repentance–for the forgiveness of our sins–all of our sins.
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38).
For most of us, who are baptized, we rejected God’s saving forgiving grace when we committed our very first offence against God. This is because most of us, after we obtained full knowledge of right from wrong and sinned, were not TRULY sorry we offended God… there was no “godly grief”… if we even cared at all.
Sadly, most of us, young and old, just sin and sin and care nothing about them. If we were caught by our parents, when we were younger, or even now when we are older, perhaps we were sorry we got caught or that we disobeyed and did wrong, or scared that we are going to be punished (seeking forgiveness just to save us from Hell), but we were far from being truly sorry for actually offending God: disobeying Him, injuring His Sacred Heart of Love and increasing His suffering at His crucifixion, since He bore the weight of all sin (past, present and future), causing Him increased pain with each sin we choose.
Sadly, we had and have a great LACK of love for God… we just continue and continue in our sins when Mercy is waiting to help us leave them or only seek forgiveness without even considering God, whom we have offended… still thinking we are going to be forgiven, when we don’t really care about Him.
Lacking Sorrow is an Abomination of Love
Please know, not being sincerely/truly sorry with any offence (mortal or venial) for offending Perfect Goodness, who died for us, so we can be forgiven, is an abomination of love and a mortal sin–“deadly sin” (1 John 5:16).
I know a lot of us don’t focus on how much love we really have for God, but I need to realize our love is far from true. No matter how much love we may “feel” for God, for most of us, our love is really so far from true love, as our casual attitude towards offending (sinning against) Our Lord and Creator proves.
Yes, our lack of care for offending God–by just focusing on God’s love for us and getting His mercy (or thinking we are getting His mercy)–proves, much of the time, if not all of the time, our love is really an abomination of love, for we don’t care about offending God.
If we perfectly loved God, we would keep His commandments (not sin)…. not habitually commit them without a care in the world. But our love for God is so far from perfect. The devil has made us blind loving our sins… habitually living in endless sins.
If we had true love for God: loved God above our sins, we would be greatly saddened, horrified that we have offended Our Creator, Lord and Redeemer, not indifferent or putting a half-hearted effort into seeing we don’t commit it again.
Sadly, our love of God is mostly mercenary love for God (loving God for all He does for us), but we don’t actually LOVE HIM (do good to and for Him/not offend Him). If we are to have a saving love for God, we must care about God and hate to offend Him with any and all sin.
The reason we don’t truly hate our sins and are rejecting God’s salvation (saving forgiving grace) is because we have not accepted enough of God’s helping grace, since it is by grace–helping and saving grace–that we are saved.
Without enough of His helping grace, that transforms our hearts, we still have a great lack of love for God, a willingness to offend Him.
Sure we might have accepted some of God’s helping grace and have some love for Him; we might even feel a great passion for Him, but until we can not bear to offend Him because we want to love Him (not injure Him because of our sins), we lack much real love… real love that leads to true love (a saving faith).
This comes from a great lack of belief that God (goodness) and not our sins is the way to Happiness/Heaven… because we so casually commit sin, thinking something good is going to come from it. We just don’t REALLY believe suffering and sacrificing… rejecting what seems to be obtaining a “good” so to not offend God, is truly how happiness is obtained. For we constantly return to our sins (are attached to them and not God).
Therefore, it is not so much what kind of sin we have committed that causes us to reject God’s saving grace, even though all mortal sin does reject saving grace, but it is really our lack of hatred for offending God that does, since not hating to offend God is most certainly a mortal sin.
Most of us, from when we were children to adults, just sin and sin without much, if any, concern at all. We surely aren’t heartbroken that we are offending Our Beloved Lord. No. Our contrition and faith–love for God–is quite little.
For if we truly loved God, we would hate every sin so much, we would work hard to learn God’s will… to learn what is opposed to that will (what is sinful) and what is not, so we won’t offend Him. We would look into our thoughts, words and actions to see if we did sins, so we can repent and be sure we don’t repeat them. We would want to know what leads us into sinning, so we can make resolutions and avoid it. From our great hatred for sinning (love for God), we would rather suffer anything than offend God with even the slightest sin.
Yes, when we truly hate our sins–having a saving faith–we work hard to see and stop all sin. But today, we are far from this kind of love for God/contrition for offending Him.
We have this great lack of contrition, because most of us were not taught our faith correctly when we were children or adults. We were taught to focus on God’s mercy, but not on how to love God (how to not offend Him/to hate our sins) so we can accept God’s mercy. Then from living being deceived into thinking we can take God’s mercy without even seeking Him–His grace–to make us humble and truly contrite for offending Him (to save us), we care little about our sins and are walking blindly (proud) to our doom.
Yes, we were never taught about the great offence one sin has against Our Beloved Lord, who we should seek to perfectly love. We were not correctly taught we NEED (for the salvation of our soul) to advance in our hatred for sin to where we would be willing to suffer rather than have God suffer because of the malice we inflicted upon Him from our sins, if we are to have true love for Him (a saving faith).
So Many Attachments to Sin
Now, from sinning so casually, we have become attached to so many of sins (repeat so many of them). We don’t even want to see, admit or change endless offences. Yet, anything we are still attached to when we die rejects God for sin (an idol… a false god).
Oh, the ones we have become attached to (habitually commit) we are not seeking God for grace (help) nor are we sincerely working hard to amend them. If our intentions to “sin no more” (John 8:11) were sincere, our offences would one by one be leaving. But after our entire life as being a Christian, with Our Savior wanting to remove our liking for our sins, we still live in many, many of our sins, day after day, year after year… and are quite far from truly hating them.
How many after a life time of supposedly following Christ are still suffering from low self-esteem and live in self-pity/envy wishing we were someone we aren’t? How many still complain when life don’t go as we want and problems arise? How many are still chasing after things of this world, money, success, things, etc? How many are still lazy and not doing what we should be doing when we should be doing it? How many are still drowning in sexual immorality, dressing, acting and/or thinking impurely? Oh, this is just the slightest tip of our sins we love and continue and continue in. We greatly need Our Savior to remove our liking for our sins, or we will perish.
If we don’t seek Our Savior to obtain a true hatred for them, and sincerely turn from them to God, we will reject God for any one of these sin. Please don’t be deceived.
Yes, we lack true contrition and in a big way and are rejecting God’s forgiveness of our sins. Yet, all it takes is just one sin, in which we lack hatred for and we reject salvation for that sin. We must seek Mercy to change our hearts today.
Yes, we greatly need Our Savior to remove our great liking for our sins and give us a saving faith of true love for God and true hatred (true contrition) for our sins. This is why God is calling and calling us to change. We need to open our ears and hear Him.
Not All Hear or Respond the Same
Despite God’s efforts to try to help save our souls, not all of us can hear God nor have a desire to change.
Sadly, some of us, regardless of all the vast means God has come to us throughout our lives, still can’t hear anything and just remain the same. Others hear God’s voice, at least something, but harden our hearts and do not work hard to change and follow/obey Him.
While others have ears to hear part of God’s call too, we only move a little towards doing God’s will, so He can give us a saving faith. After a little effort to improve, something happens and we stop listening, advancing or even go backwards. Whereas others also hear something, and we try to change and follow Christ as well, doing what we think is best. But we don’t hear God correctly, and we wind up spending our time trying to do the right thing. But from our pride and not really understanding The Way, this wrong path never obtains a faith that can save.
But then there are a few, who can hear and grow, through God’s grace, in their faith correctly. They grow in humility and virtues of Christ, by becoming enlightened to their offences against Him and through working hard to leave their sins (to do God’s will alone/to obey Him). They don’t start and then stop (go lukewarm) but continue to grow and grow to where they hear and change enough to allow God to transform their hearts into having a faith that hates sin so much… a faith that loves God so greatly… a faith that believes so much that Jesus–His Word–is The Way to Heaven, they would rather suffer anything than disobey God in the slightest way.
Yes, there are a few who have allowed God to move them into a saving faith of true love for Jesus and true contrition for their sins. This is what we all need to do, if we want Christ to save us. But so few have any desire to do anything.
“Whoever believes in the Son [enough to sincerely follow/obey Him] has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son [without having true sorrow for his offences] will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him” (John 3:36).
We Must Do Something To Become Saved
Most don’t realize that it is through humility (knowing one’s sinfulness) and seeking perfect obedience to God that God transforms us into a faith that can save–into true love for Him and true contrition for our sins.
“He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).
But the deceiver has tricked most of us into thinking we don’t need to do anything to become saved, that we don’t do anything to become a Christian, so we all live lukewarm lives not really concerned about what we do and die utterly blind.
But of course, God’s grace is what ultimately converts us into the beginning of Christianity and is what moves us into a saving faith. He gives it to us freely as a gift not because of something we do. For we are so unworthy nothing we do could earn such a gift.
But our free will most certainly has to DO THINGS to accept His grace. God gives us a free will to accept His grace or reject it. He calls everyone to Christianity all of the time. We are not someone special because we are Christians and others aren’t. God doesn’t love or want us in Heaven more than anyone else. He gave everyone life and calls EVERYONE… constantly towards the saving faith so we can be in Heaven with Him for eternity.
Most times we don’t hear Him. But when we do, when grace finally gets through to us, we have accepted it. We must continue to accept His grace if we are to gain a saving belief in Christ. He calls us to advance in our faith towards a saving faith constantly in our lives, but not only must accept His grace, we must–through our free will and God’s strength (His grace) obey Him (change) so that can happen.
God doesn’t force us to become Christians or force us to go to Heaven, even though He wants all of us saved. When He sends His grace, which comes in both enlightenment and strength, which is constantly available to us, for He is always sending it and even sends it in greater proportions when we seek Him, or through the humble prayers and sacrifices of others, or when He can use us to help bring grace to another, but we must accept it.
So the difference between someone who has faith and someone who doesn’t, isn’t God’s love for us. It is our free will to choose and accept God’s love (His grace). For it is by God’s grace that we are saved, and those who are with a saving faith have rejected everything that rejects His grace and have accepted His helping grace, which transforms our hearts, so we can embrace His saving forgiving grace for the salvation of our souls.
We Can’t Hear God’s Calls Correctly
From our vast blindness to The Truth we are suffering from, we are easily deceived. When God comes to us in a way we can hear–calls us through His grace to change–no matter what calling it is, great or small, we might be able to hear some of His will and understand part of what He wants correctly, but the fullness of the calling is distorted because of our lack of wisdom.
To not become deceived, so we can best discern God’s will (what God wants us to change and/or do), we need to know that everything God wants us to do, everything He allows to occur in our lives, is so HE CAN LEAD US INTO SALVATION (a saving faith) and then into becoming a perfect saint.
But sadly, we are so far from understanding this basic concept of the faith, since we live presuming we are already saved (in a state of grace) and don’t even consider that we need to live His Word (His will)–the faith–as necessary for salvation (necessary for God to transform us into a saving faith of true contrition for our sins). So, we listen to God’s call with much blinding pride.
From the devil blinding us to the most basic understandings of the faith, we wind up misunderstanding much of what God wants of us. From receiving some grace and desiring to do good, we try, but in reality, we actually go off doing things that are not correct and not for the same end that God has for us.
But wonderfully, from God’s mercy, no matter how blind or confused, God will still come to us, still try to enlighten and move us towards the correct way… in whatever steps we can make… if we can hear anything at all.
However, if we want to have the greatest chance of changing correctly and being motivated to do it, we need to know the basics of the faith, especially why we must live the faith.
The Basics of the Faith:
- We need to be saved by Jesus: We need Him to transform our hearts from some faith into a saving faith,
- How we are saved: We are saved by obedience to Christ (living the faith). We must strive to live the faith, if we are to be saved by the faith. When we seek perfect obedience to God, we allow Him to lead us into a saving faith. He knows the way. God saves us by transforming our hearts, through His grace, by our desire to obey, which leads to greater enlightenment to our sinfulness (humility) that opens our hearts, so we can accept His grace to grow into true love for God (true hatred for our sins),
- What a saving faith is: A saving faith is when our hearts no longer desire any sin, worldly pleasure, or our will as the way to happiness. It is when we finally lose our self-love and obtain true love for God which come from receiving true contrition for our sins (having a true desire to never offend God again). It is a faith that clings to God (not any sin, worldly pleasure or our will). It is a faith that can accept His saving forgiving mercy.
If our hearts weren’t so attached to everything but God and His will, it wouldn’t be so hard to correctly hear God’s calls and obtain a saving faith. But because our hearts are so in love with our sins, the world and our will, without understanding these truths, no matter what call we hear from God, for most of us, the devil will use our lack of understanding to deceive us, confuse us, cause us to make things of lesser importance or of no importance a priority and weaken our desire to fulfill His will (to change) all the way to our doom.
From suffering from the effects of living in the time of great darkness, since we don’t understand the great importance to obey… the devil will find a way to keep us from allowing God to save us.
God Calls All of Us Differently
From God’s great love for us, no matter how sinful we are, there are many different ways God comes to us throughout our lives to try to help us advance (even in the slightest way) towards a saving faith. Most won’t even know He is doing this for us. But God will continue and continue to come to us no matter how much understanding and faith we have, even up until our death trying to transform our stony hearts, into hearts that can embrace His saving forgiving mercy.
God’s Word comes to us obviously through The Bible. But God (His Word–The Way to Heaven) comes to us in plenty of other ways too like through people’s intervention or examples, our prayers or even through our conscience.
Sometimes we heard God when our family brought us to God perhaps to Church when we were children. For others maybe it was when a friend or neighbor who showed us Jesus’s love for us and our need to change. Maybe we saw an act of love being done towards another and saw God working through that person and wanted to do the same.
Perhaps we read a book that inspired us to want to live for God. Others might have heard God when we had a big cross to bear and sought Him for help. Maybe we had a near death experience and that caused us to wake up and want to amend our life. Or perhaps, we hear Him now speaking to us through the works on this website.
Yes, God comes to us in various ways, far beyond the few examples I listed above, and they are all good and real. We just need to respond to them correctly, so we don’t ignore that call and so it can grow and grow into a true desire that can lead us into at least a saving faith upon our death
Sadly, for many of us, even after a lifetime of God calling us in so many various ways, we still don’t observe enough of His Word (follow Him correctly), and we wind up rejecting Him at our end and losing everything. It is very tragic! We need to do all we can to prevent this from happening to another child of God.
We All Have a Different Desire to Change
Regardless of how we hear God calling us to Him, our desire to change and continue to change and live the faith, varies greatly from person to person.
God can come to two different people in the exact same way. One can be greatly touched by God and want to surrender everything for Him and the other won’t feel stirred at all.
For some of us, when we have heard God come to us, our desire to change is only in our thoughts. We might hear God and understand a little or maybe even a lot, but sadly, our faith (grace that gives us the desire and strength to obey/follow God) is so little, we are not able to motivate ourselves to do what we think God wants of us, and we stay the same following the self-loving desires of our hearts.
Whereas others hear God calling us to change, but His message was delivered to us so poorly or we understood it so incorrectly, we wind up seeking Him and changing very wrongly, which causes us to never gain knowledge of the truth nor a saving faith. We just keep on doing what we are doing thinking we are doing everything well. When we are still far from it.
But then there are the few who hear God, but we don’t just hear Him once and think doing that one thing is enough. We don’t just hear Him twice, but we constantly hear Him in our daily lives. We seek and seek Him to enlighten us to our sins and His will, as we change and change, so we can follow and obey Him (love Him) all the more perfectly all they way until our end, trusting He will bring us into a saving faith.
“The one who perseveres to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:13).
Oh, but how many hear God, and we want to change and live for Him or at least we want to seek God to help our lives, but sadly for most of us, our desire to change simply isn’t true. We either do too little, or we do it too incorrectly, or we don’t continue to grow and change into the image of Jesus until our end, and we reject Him for our self-loving desires instead… and He cannot save us.
We Start but then We Stop
How many of us have heard at least part of God’s call? Perhaps, it was for us to do some great work for Him or to become a priest or a religious or just to better our lives. We were excited for a moment but then the devil got to us. We just lost interest. Other things of the world became more interesting and desirable to us, so we abandoned God for something in the world (made an idol).
Even if we hear God talking to us through this web-site, we might desire to change and even begin to change, but how many will make it to the end (a saving faith/the salvation of our soul) with the devil prowling around like a lion looking for someone to devour?
“Your opponent [who you are fighting against] the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Please fully understand it is HARD to obtain and keep a desire… any desire even if it is just doing a small work for God. It is even harder to obtain and keep a true desire to live the faith for the salvation of our souls, since the devil is trying at all moments to rob us of it.
We must be on guard so to not slip for a moment. One slip could mean a spiral downward to your doom, especially if we can’t see or stop it.
The Devil Wants to Destroy You
When the devil gets a hold of us and starts distracting us and changing our desire, the really sad thing about it is, for most of us, we will not even notice him killing us… ruining our faith…. stripping us of our desire to live fully for Christ or to even change one small thing.
This removing our faith (desire to live for Christ) occurs very hidden within us because we don’t realize we are in a war against the devil ” ” ( ). Then we are not on guard at all moments looking for how he might or is pulling us away from the things that lead us to God. If we are not alert and fighting for our lives, he will sneak in when we least expect him and kill us. This is a guarantee. Please heed this warning, or you will not make it to the end.
Don’t Be Like Lot’s Wife
Perhaps we hear Our Lord enlightening us to the fact that our idols (our sins, the world and our will) that we have made our source of happiness are rejecting God’s saving forgiving mercy for another god. We now know we need to greatly change our lives if we are to become attached to Our Savior.
From this great concern, we begin to start praying more, removing sin, and adding virtue (qualities of Christ) into our lives. We increase our good works trying to do what we think God wants us to be doing.
As we change, we feel happy and excite, since we see how God is helping us change and doing good through us, so we want to continue to grow towards Him. But then something happens… the devil gets a hold of us, and we slow down greatly or we even stop changing all together.
This all occurred because we became like Lot’s wife. God came to Lot’s wife through Lot. She was enlightened to the vast sins she was living in that was offending God and destroying her souls. She understood (heard God) and ran from them with her husband guiding her.
But the devil tempted her with a desire for the things of the past (her old sins) she once sought for pleasure and she turned back in her heart desiring them all over again.
The consequence of that one turn back… even to one sin that she once rejected was tremendious.
When I say, “we stop changing”, I really mean that we aren’t growing in the qualities of Christ (virtues) anymore. Sadly, we have gone lukewarm. We are not whole heartedly working to become like Christ (perfect).
Sure, we might continue in our prayers and works, and for some of us we might still be growing in them. But we know something is very wrong, since we are doing all that “good” but without receiving grace–without receiving the transforming grace that God sends that leads to CHANGE: leaving our sins, idols and self-love… so we can growing into a saving faith of true love for God (true hatred for sin) and then into becoming a perfect self-sacrificing saint (just like Jesus). We are remaining the same. Our habitual sins aren’t leaving, since our faith (grace) is so little, we just don’t believe in Jesus enough to whole heartedly seek to love Him (to not offend Him).
Some of us our desire to amend is like a constant failing diet. We try and go strong for a while, but then a stumbling block comes our way, and we revert right back to our old ways… or even worse.
Then there are others, who have fallen so much from faith, we are no longer lukewarm (doing pious thing without growing in imitation of Christ), we are actually going cold or have become cold.
The desire we once had to live the faith is either leaving or completely gone. The prayers we used to pray with joy are now a chore, the desire to do good for others is a nuisance (unless we receive some benefit for ourselves.. like our pride is boosted from the success or through other’s approval/friendship). Even going to Mass isn’t as pleasurable anymore. We have found a different source of happiness.
Our Source of Happiness Has Changed
we might change some but sadly, when we hit our stumbling block, we can’t seem to get over it from our lack of sincere desire to live the faith. And if we stay in this state we will die loving our sin and not Our Savior.