The exile of Adam and Eve from Paradise was not definitive. However, returning to the presence of God would be conditioned to actions that would prove the sincere disposition of their will.
It was man who left the presence of God by his own free will.
To return to his original state, and enjoy the presence of the Most High, he must prove it with actions.
Actions that show this desire, not only with the whole heart, but
…with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength… Mark 12.30
With all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with you’re your strength leaves no room for anyone or anything.
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 10.37-39
In other words:
He who dedicates himself to his father or his mother more than to the Lord Jesus is not worthy of Him;
He who is attached to his son or daughter more than to the Lord Jesus is not worthy of Him;
He who does not assume his faith and his consequent tribulations is not worthy of the Lord Jesus;
He who tries to save his life with the strength of his arm will lose it;
Anyone who loses his life because of his faithfulness and perseverance in the Lord Jesus will gain it.
This word complements the previous one, not leaving space for the slightest doubt.
It’s all or nothing!
It is yes, yes; no, no!
Of course, such a supernatural effort involves much more than a simple desire: it demands the sacrifice of the person’s own life.
For those who want to remain in His presence, there must be a daily sacrifice.
It’s life on the Altar …
Bishop Edir Macedo
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