In returning to God after you have gone your own way, there are no latecomers. He willingly welcomes back each wayward child. He accepts every one as His own and offers new beginnings. If you want to return to Him, you can. He said that in Jeremiah 4.
But if you want to return then you must:
- Throw away your detestable idols — your sins, your addictions, worldly pleasures and desires, sinful thoughts, or anything that fills up the space in your hearts.
How? First, seek Him and get to know Him. As you begin to know Him, you will come to realize who God really is. You will begin to acknowledge that He is Holy and that you must fear Him and serve Him alone. In knowing the character of God, you will learn to love Him and your desire to please Him will exceed more than your desire to please your own self with your ‘idols’.
Giving up your ‘idols’ is not easy. It’s hard and it’s painful. But God doesn’t want us to do it on our own. He gives strength to each of our weaknesses. He even provides a way out. I know because He did that to me a few times back. If you are willing to do it, God is more than willing to help you. But first you have to desire it in your heart. Desire to seek and know Him. Desire to love Him and to be like Him.
2. Plow up the uncultivated ground of your heart. Do not harden your heart to the instructions and corrections of the Lord. Read God’s Word daily and learn from Him. Fill your heart with the Word of the Lord so you will be careful to do what is right.
3. Do not waste your good seed among thorns. Choose your friends and company. Do not attach yourself to people who doesn’t know God and acknowledge His Holiness. Don’t be influenced by worldly people that could take your good seed. Surround yourself with people that help you with your walk in God, encourage you and bring you closer to God.
4. Sanctify yourself to the Lord by removing the sins of your heart — your pride and power. Ask God to change your heart. Ask Him to help you get rid of your pride and entitlement. Ask God because only Him can help you with the sins of your heart — pride, envy, jealousy, discontentment, entitlement, etc.
5. Be broken before God. The moment you realize how much you have sinned against God, it will break your own heart knowing you have hurt your Father’s heart. Only through your broken pieces that God can mend you and make you whole again. God wants you to be whole. He wants to heal not just your heart but your soul as well. He wants to mend your broken relationship with Him
6. Live in awe of the Lord your God. Fear Him with a reverential kind of fear and worship Him in pleasure or in pain. For everything comes from Him. He gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of the harvest when the time is right.
Your wickedness has deprived you of God’s wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all the good things from God. He wants you to experience the abundant life He has promised because He is good and He loves you. Return to Him while you still can. Begin with Him again.
Please read Jeremiah 4 and 5 for reference.