I’ve been listening to William Cowper’s hymn from the mid 1700s, “O for a Closer Walk with God.” Third verse  is not something we want to sing. “Return, O holy Dove, return, Sweet messenger of rest! I hate the sins that made Thee mourn, and drove Thee from my breast.” We don’t want to accept that sin will drive God away.

We much prefer Romans 8:38. How comforting!

Maybe it is time for considering more of what the scripture says. Isaiah 59:1,2 “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save nor his ear too dull the hear, But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”

So does God leave? Does our sin drive him away—the fact is, that un-repented sins will cause separation. Can they separate us eternally? I think so. But even if not, I want Him now, today. I want to be held in his arms, drinking from his strength, breathing in his love, covered by his blood, sanctified from my sins.

I suggest that if you can walk in sin without guilt or some “cautioning” from the Holy Spirit, you need to check yourself.  Have you really been redeemed by Jesus, or is you claim to be a Christian based on something else?  That’s the check that matters.


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. pranabaxom says:

    The check that matters to me right now is lot of numbers before the decimal point but someone is not listening😂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thankful for one of those checks. They do go like sand dropping through the fingers. I agree they are important but no eternally so. Good night, Pranab.

      • pranabaxom says:

        I am neither lost
        Nor seeking
        Neither I lack faith
        Nor indoctrinated
        Atheist I am not
        Nor a believer
        I shall let you
        Have your say
        Will keep my
        Opinion to myself
        Lest I make a
        Fool of me
        Peace be on you
        I have found mine

        ©Pranab Sarma, 2019

        PS: was going to take a shower before going to bed and then I saw your comment. Didn’t want to delay the response😂

  2. Faye says:

    I would like to thank you sincerely for your post Oneta. The whole problem with our world today including all over this world, all cultures, all faiths all everything. All human beings have a SIN NATURE. They have the propensity to do AWFUL things. Whether they consi8der themselves lost or not. They all need a SAVIOUR. A divine God has connected with base humanity in THE PERSON of Jesus Christ and for this I will be eternally grateful. I think what you shared of the Cowper song hints powerfully on this. Thank you.

  3. Faye says:

    Dear One, I forgot to mention what a blessing you brought into our day here. The link is beautiful, holy, truthful and pure.

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