When Satan attempts to use our latest failures, mistakes and backsliding to destabilize our faith and confidence in our relationship with Christ we must remind ourselves that we are His chosen bride (2 Corinthians 11:2). God created our innermost being and knit us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139: 13 NIV). He knows every frustration and weakness but He also knows every triumph and strength, nothing that we go through or struggle with is a secret to God. He has a holy plan for our lives and loves us in spite of ourselves. As Paul states our liberation is in Christ, He alone set us free when He died for us on the cross and His love has everything to do with His infinite grace and mercy and nothing to do with our own shortcomings praise God! We will never be worthy of God’s amazing love and forgiveness but that should push us closer to not farther away from Him.
God’s mercy towards us doesn’t mean we should be comfortable living with sin and get complacent i.e. it’s ok that I frequently lose my temper, am selfish or mess around physically with my boyfriend the Lord knows that’s a weak area for me. 1 John 1:9 tells us to “confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” We don’t want to be at ease with sinful areas in our lives, because Satan can use that attitude to draw us deeper into sin, but we also don’t want to focus so hard on our faults that we are hindered from reaching our full potential in Christ.
As my pastor most recently said “God’s anointing enables us to do what God calls us to do it doesn’t keep us from making mistakes.” Gospel artist Tye Tribbett put it this way “don’t let the now you ruin the future you.” It is a process to become who and what God has called us to be, and the road is often marked with mistakes and trials. But God’s love for us is not dependent on our success or failures and it never fails even when it is difficult for us to see our own potential. “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:4-5). When we become our own worst enemy, no matter what mess we’ve gotten ourselves into, we should cling to the knowledge that we are chosen by God to be His children and to know Him in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!
P.S. I also want to apologize for the sporadic nature of the posts on this blog, being consistent is something that I am continuing to work on but I pray this is a blessing!