You are Not Alone
You are Not Alone
Do you ever feel like a failure as a Christian?
I have! In the early years of my walk with Jesus, there were so many things He was touching and trying to remove that I didn’t think I would survive. I believed the lies of the enemy that I had blown it and that God couldn’t use me now. For years, the tape played in my head that I was “a bad wife, a bad mother, and now I was a bad Christian.”
What got me through when I wanted to give up was the promise that God had a plan for my life. That promise was the one thing that kept me going—kept me getting back up.
God has a plan for your life too, and He will not allow the enemy to take you out of His plan. However, you can take yourself out by giving into the enemy’s lies. If he can get you to think you’ve blown it and that God can’t use you, you just might give up and walk away from your God given destiny.
Dear One, you have not failed as a Christian. God is taking you through a process—a transformation. This process is not automatic. It doesn’t happen overnight. There are steps to this sanctification process, and these steps are painful as God works to remove the things that weigh you down and hinder you from the freedom you have been given in Christ. The enemy works overtime during these seasons, so resist his lies.
Do not give up. Keep getting back up and keep going. Keep trusting God, and one day, you will see God’s faithfulness to you.
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it onto completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
When we come to Christ, He instantly cuts off our old sins, but we still enter this new life carrying old wounds, attitudes, beliefs, hurts, hang-ups and habits that need to be broken off. This baggage—the things we carry—seem to be stuck to us, so we don’t find the freedom that Jesus died to give us.
As a new creature in Christ, there is a process of deep cleaning and healing we all go through. This process is painful, and, at times, we can think God is out to get us.
The truth is, Christ is not out to hurt us or destroy us, but He does wound us in this process. This is where some of us get stuck. Since the process is painful, we quit or start blaming God for the pain. We give into the enemy’s lies that we’ve blown it, that we’ve failed as Christians. After all, if we really were “good Christians,” we wouldn’t be struggling, right? It’s far easier to believe the lies over the hope that one day we will be walking in total freedom.
Justification is immediate. In the moment we receive Jesus by grace through faith, we are made right we God just as if we never sinned. However, sanctification is a cleaning, restoration process that will take years, and may not be complete until we stand before God face-to-face.
Dear One, God is not looking for perfection. He is looking for a heart that is submissive and willing to go through the process. He knows it’s painful now, but He also knows it will be worth it.