As much as you might hate to admit it, there is really no peace when
you’re on the run. If you’re running from God, it’s hard to have peace
of mind. You may find momentary pleasure, but not inner peace;
fleeting diversions, but not eternal joy; short-lived escapades, but not
long-term happiness.

It’s hard for fugitives from God to have peace. And, if you’re here
today and tired of being a fugitive from God; tired of being at your
wits end, and not sure where to turn—you can turn your heart toward
home.

Listen: There’s no sin God will not forgive when we come to Him in
humble contrition; no shame He can’t repair; no barrier the power of
the cross of Christ can’t demolish. Not even our stubborn addictions
can withstand the forceful application of the blood of Jesus who
cleanses us from all sin.

The key is to turn to Him in repentance and faith. Returning to Christ
is a matter of remembering, repenting, and redoing. Revelation 3:5
says, “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and
do the first works.”


This means, if you’ve drifted away from God, remember the earlier
peace and joy you experienced, repent of your wanderings, and come
back to the simple steps of Christian victory.

Surrendering yourself anew to Him requires humility, confessing your
sins and seeking reconciliation with those you’ve been avoiding. It
requires godly sorrow, coming to Christ with contrition and
earnestness; and determination, for Satan doesn’t give up his prey
easily. But if you will ask, God will give you the will and the ability
to do His good pleasure. That’s the promise of Philippians 2:13,
which says, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to
do of his good pleasure.”


When we return, we experience the joy and freedom that comes when
we run into the arms of our loving Father.
Make no mistake about it, it’s easy to be in church and sometimes to
be involved in the Lord’s work, yet on the inside you are an inward
prodigal.

The facts and truths of the Bible, coupled with the experiences of
millions of men and women prove that we can be greatly used by God
even after we have returned to Him. In fact, those who repent of the
deepest sins most understand God’s greatest love and are best able to
communicate it.

How strange and true are the ways of God! 2 Samuel 14:4 says it best,
“God devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from
Him.”


We can run from God in many areas in our lives, but sooner or later
we grow tired of running. We can ignore a thousand altar calls, spurn
a hundred invitations to church, resist a dozen friends who are trying
to help us. But remember: God devises means to restore us to himself.

He wants us to have peace, for His very name is Peace. He’s the
Prince of Peace who said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to
you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be
troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).


He’s waiting for you to stop running and start trusting. You can
remember, repent, and re-do. Today can be the greatest day of your
life if only you’ll bow your head, and say, “Lord, I’m coming home.”

This has been a food for your soul moment!

Signed,

Someone who got tired of being a fugitive from God and went
home.