Once you enter into a true full surrender with the Lord as we have explained to you in our article titled, “The Full Surrender,” the first thing you will see occur is that you will start to draw much closer to the Lord in your own personal relationship with Him.
And in that good personal relationship you will develop with the Lord, you will then find yourself always wanting to be pleasing to Him. And in always wanting to be pleasing to the Lord, you will want to make sure that you are not missing anything that He is wanting you to do for Him, along with wanting to do your work for Him to the best of your natural, God-given abilities.
However, what can happen to some Christians as they start to draw closer to the Lord and enter into His perfect will for their lives, is they can then sometimes start to get too paranoid and neurotic in their own personal relationship with Him.
They start making a few mistakes here and there, and then all of a sudden they start thinking the Lord is getting mad at them and not finding them pleasing enough.
Demons love to move in when they see this type of negative paranoid thinking starting to occur, and they will then add more fuel to the fire by trying to tell the person that God no longer loves them, that God no longer wants to work with them, and in some extreme cases, they will try and get the person to think they have lost their salvation with the Lord.
We have received many emails from people over the last 5 years who have this kind of negative paranoid thinking in their minds, and this was all because they had made a few simple little mistakes in their walk with the Lord.
Some Christians have also developed this type of unhealthy fear with the Lord due to reading some of the Old Testament. They start to see God as a God of judgment and wrath, and any wrong move they make on their end will end up bringing down the full wrath and judgment of God on both them and their lives.
Though our God is a God of judgment and wrath when the situation dictates that He manifest this part of His personality, there is also the good, loving, merciful, and tender side to His personality as well.
As we explained to you in our article titled, “The Fear of the Lord,” God has two sides to His personality – the loving, gracious, merciful, tender, and slow to anger side, and the side that will render judgment and wrath when it deserves to be released upon someone.
As born-again Christians, not only do we have the Holy Spirit Himself now living and operating on the inside of us, but we now have a direct connection back to God the Father Himself as a result of the blood that Jesus has personally shed for all of us on the cross.
And knowing that we now have this kind of direct connection back to God the Father, some Christians start to get too afraid to approach Him for any kind of a close, intimate, personal relationship due to fear of the judgment and wrath side of His personality.
As a result of letting this kind of fear and paranoia get too much of a hold of them, they then start to pull away from the Lord. And before they know it, they have pulled themselves right out of His divine calling for their lives. And this is all due to them being too afraid to establish a close personal relationship with Him for fear that He will be getting mad at them for every single little mistake they will be making in this life.
To those of you who have fallen into this kind of negative and paranoid thinking with the Lord, there are 4 very good verses I will give you from the Bible that should help break this kind of unhealthy fear off you.
I remember when I first saw these 4 verses at the beginning of my walk with the Lord years ago, it really helped to break this kind of unhealthy fear and paranoia off me.
And when I did make any mistakes along the way, I would confess them out as sins if they were sins against the Lord, and then I would seek to learn from those mistakes so I would not keep making the same mistakes over and over again.
Much of life is a trial and error learning process, and sometimes you can actually learn better by making mistakes and failing. And when you do make those mistakes, God will be all right with them as long as you recognize your mistakes and then seek to learn from them so you can continue to spiritually grow in Him.
In this article, I want to give you 4 very good verses that will show you that God is “slow to anger.”
And if God is slow to anger, this means He is not going to be getting mad at you for every single little mistake you will be making in this life. If He did, we would all be walking on pins and needles with Him and we would never be able to have any true peace and joy in Him.
Here are 4 major verses from the Bible that you really need to have burned into your memory banks so you do not ever let major fear and paranoia get too strong of a hold on you every time you make any simple honest mistakes along the way in your walk with the Lord.
- “… But You are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness …” (Nehemiah 9:17)
- “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” (Psalm 103:8)
- “Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness …” (Joel 2:13)
- “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (Psalm 145:8)
In every single one of these verses, they are specifically telling us that God is “slow to anger.” And if God is slow to anger, then we should all take God at His Word and not worry that we are going to get into major trouble with Him every single time we make a mistake on our end.
I have discovered there is some slack with the Lord for some of the stupid things we will end up doing in this life, as no one is perfect. The Bible has already told us that every single man and woman has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
But where we can get into major trouble with the Lord is when we start to try and push things past that slack line. Once we do, the Holy Spirit will then start to convict us and try to get us to pull back from what we are wanting to do. And if we keep ignoring His strivings and convictions and keep going in the wrong direction, then we could end up kindling the anger of God and cause Him to take some kind of corrective action with us.
Though we all have some slack with the Lord for all of our imperfections and frailties, this does not mean we can try and push the envelope with Him to see how much we can get away with.
What God will be all right with are our honest and simple mistakes that we will be making due to our own human weakness and imperfections. What God will not be all right with is our deliberate and constant sinning when we know full well that we are going directly against Him and His ways with what we are wanting to do.
Just realize in your own personal walk with the Lord that He will be slow to anger with you, which means He will always have a lot of patience for any honest and simple mistakes you will be making along the way in your journey with Him.
God is not going to be an extreme taskmaster, beating you over the head for every single little thing you will be doing wrong in this life. If He did, we would all be too afraid to draw close to Him to establish any type of a close, intimate, personal relationship with Him.
However, do not ever try and take advantage of God’s long fuse. Though God is slow to anger, He can still get angry if we end up pushing the envelope too far with Him. Per our article titled, “The Fear of the Lord,” there are also plenty of verses showing that our God is not a God to be trifled with or taken for granted.
But unless you are getting into any type of unacceptable behavior and sins with the Lord, trust what the Word is telling you in that God really does have a long fuse and it really does take quite a bit to get Him to blow.
If you are walking in good stead with the Lord, trust that He will always have plenty of patience and love for you, and that He will not be getting mad at you for every single little thing you will do wrong in this life, as no one person will ever become the fourth person of the Divine Trinity.