Above & Beyond Ministries

"Above & Beyond the Natural Order of Things"

Wisdom For Faithful Living

"Trying Times"

    Come now, and let us reas n together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

Isaiah 1:18-19 (KJV)

      There are a lot of things that God has placed on my heart so I broke the the thought given to me to simplify and bring clarity so that we all can learn and be guided in the direction and hope of God's destination through guidance and obedience. 

While the word of God doesn’t blatantly say “come as you are” there are indications to corroborate the phrase. Most define this term to mean various things which is an effective way to give hope for deliverance and shows the true purpose of the cross. For instance if sin is your lifestyle  you can still come to Jesus and He will forgive you, if hatred is in your heart, you can still come to God and He can turn that hatred into love, if you have been living unrighteously and come to the throne of grace, there is written reassurance that you will not be counted unworthy of His grace and mercy. Others interpret the phrase is referring to your outer appearance i.e. your attire. However, either way you look at it, the term means exactly what it says… come as you are. God doesn’t want us to try to get ourselves together before we come, because He knows that we can’t do that without Him, and the longer we tarry we are putting our eternal lives in jeopardy. Urgency is expressed in Romans 13:11, And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

    Now once we come to Jesus there needs to be a continuous flow of moving forward and higher, and when you peel back the layers of the term, it’s easier to begin to understand that even in the simplicity of the phrase, it has depth. Not for you to make excuses like “that’s who I am and God accepts me”… it’s not meant to be a dwelling place; It means that you are ready to change and be molded by Christ one step at a time. There shouldn’t be a comfort zone but rather an uncomfortable zone.The reason for this discomfort was set up by God so that we won’t stay in one atmosphere long. Once we have made the step to “COME” to Jesus, He then will show us that He is there to lead you to a place where He can use you. Even when the Lord allows things to happen in our lives, He is still our crutch so that we will always be mindful of where all of our help comes from. Matthew 11:28 says “Come unto me all that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” God wants to help us not only get through our struggles, but to continuously COME to Him as we are daily but each time we come, we should come having grown in His will since the last time. Coming back stronger than we were before, even though we are battered & bruised, coming back standing instead of crawling in defeat, coming back for more direction even when we are not lost, coming to say thank you Lord without praying for fleshly provisions.  

The Lord He needs us to get to where He can use us but in order to get to the point where we can become a vessel, we must first be ”COME” a servant. The Key is to establish yourself with God, no matter how many times you mess up, by keeping the faith and “COMING AS YOU ARE!”          


                                                       Jesus has come to save, but we must first come to Him! - Minister K. Brunson