Today’s message at church was prompted by an interesting question, “Why do some Christ-followers seem to struggle internally more than others?”
It’s a question I’ve often wondered myself because my transformation was so radical. I want to see radical transformations in the hearts of all my friends and family, I want to see them experience the fruits of the Spirit. A lot of times, I listen to long lists of battles and sticky situations that sound familiar but are no longer relevant to my life. It hurts because I feel like I’m not doing a good job at being a role model. If only I could just get everybody to see how much power there is in the grace of God.
Sin is what separates man from God. This is actually the area that is the most troublesome. The magnitude of sin changes when you accept God into your life because He frees us. So I want my loved ones to stop living lives of sin, because living in sin is living in bondage. And maybe, I would struggle more with drinking or smoking if I was not pregnant, but I also see the importance of making better decisions. Sex outside of marriage, with somebody I didn’t love, has really left in me in a pickle. I have learned the lesson of CONSEQUENCES. God has freed me from these fleshy desires.
And then it hurts because, maybe I’m too psychological, but I feel their distance towards me when I allude to God’s work in securing us during war. It always seems like they think my problems are small in comparison to their battles. That’s really not true at all. The nature of our trials will always be slightly unique but I still struggle with a lot of things, needless to say my family situation. I am still a sinner who needs forgiveness and instruction everyday but I choose God, maybe it takes me a few minutes or a few days to see that I need Him. Going to Him is what holds me up.
See, I could fear parenting and family drama. I do actually; the anxieties skate my mind every single day. Along with the thoughts, are many strong emotions. The problem areas for me have changed from old habits into managing my attitude, my thoughts, my treatment of others. If I’m not careful, I can slip into really toxic thinking loops. A day for me stuck in this pit looks really messy, starved (yikes), and unproductive. That can easily become weeks, and it has. I have to fight these demons just like somebody else has to fight the urge to drink. It is imperative that I fight. It’s a lot easier to fight when you’ve got the Master of the Universe on your side.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
“Stand firm!” YES, Lord! During a bible study class, we learned to say “Yes, Lord” to all of God’s directives. Every morning I pray a “Yes, Lord!” I could not even stand firm if it was not for having a Savior to pray to.
So it’s my responsibility to pray, to renew my mind, and carry a faithful outlook. He doesn’t tell us to stand firm for no reason. That’s what I seem to have some issues relaying. I am new to this, and I am learning, and this is becoming an area I want to develop in. Sharing faith! Seeing people become radically transformed and freed from the weight of their pain. I want to learn here because in some ways, I can see my friends doubling under the impression that I am belittling their struggles. No, I am not. My history is full of complicated tribulation and I KNOW it’s hard. BUT… but but
Compared to GOD, no trouble stands. When God is the comparison, the struggle is minute. It’s a tiny little speckle next to the greatness of His Might. So, no I am not belittling your worldly struggles. I am not belittling my worldly struggles. They will be upon us ’til death.
I am exalting God for his power and grace. There is nothing too big for Him, give it to Him today! Break the chains that hold you in anxiety, addiction, regret, sin, etc. Just call on Him for help, His peace is the greatest value.
2 Corinthians 1:20-22
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.“
Standing firm in Christ really makes known the instability of the world. That’s why we can’t place our faith there. We must rest our souls on the Lord.
I have faith that He will complete a good work in me that He started. That all the trials I face and will face will be for the good of His glory. I have faith that He will provide my needs and keep me safe from my enemies. Yes, Lord, I stand firm in You. And I claim the fruits of the Spirit to keep me at bay during times of hardship. Today is the day to be saved, today is the day to God’s work even when the winds start flying high.
May your faith grow ever strong and you see the light of Jesus illuminating the tunnel of the world.