Can I just thank you? Last Friday I asked all of you to share about some sensitive and very private concerns in your lives. When I was writing that post I re-wrote it five different times and nearly deleted the entire thing twice because I didn’t believe anyone would leave a comment. I’m overwhelmed by your honest responses and moved by your courage to be transparent.
Your comments and the emails I received were at times gut wrenching in that some of you are struggling with some BIG stuff. Please know I prayed for you. I prayed with tears. I am going to pray about how to reply and address some of these issues. And I’m waiting for God to show me what issue to write about for the magazine. So thank you.
Today I actually am compelled to write about something that all of us deal with. Failure
Wednesday I joined a Bible study group at my church. This study is unlike any other I’ve been a part of since I started Bible study years ago. It’s completely simplistic and has already rocked my world. God is kinda like that you know.
Wednesday we spent some time contemplating: My Identity in Christ. Did you know that God’s Holy Word is filled with attribute and attribute of who we are as believers? I read down the list and underlined those attributes that I related to and there were many. When I went back to read the list I was surprised by one that I did not think described me. And as discussion moved along I came to realize that many others also struggle with this: HOLY.. I don’t feel holy.
And reading your comments from Friday, I’m finding there’s a vast number of us in the same boat.
I’m bringing this up because many of the comments from Friday are about the same thing as well. For example this was a common issue from Friday that a reader shared: Something that I have struggled with is that my intimate relationship with my husband started prior to marriage, sometimes it hard to see that God wants to bless a relationship that was started in sin.
Boy howdy do I understand this. And just so you know, I met my husband in a bar in Vegas. He was supposed to be a one night stand. Ahem, yep, I understand you completely.
How can a Holy God bless a marriage that started out as a night of sex and was intended only to be that?
As I sat in our study on Wednesday I heard women pour out the same question? How can God love me when I sin and do the same thing over and over again? And just so you know, I’m in that boat as well. I’ve begged God to heal me. Save me. Keep me from sinning. But over and over I choose to do something I know God doesn’t want for me.
Okay, just keepin it real here.
One wise woman in our group spoke up. It was like watching Titus 2 come to life in front of my very eyes. She shared with me a picture from her years of teaching school.
“Lynn, you’ve seen a globe haven’t you?”
“Now picture this in your mind. You are at the equator and you start to travel north over this globe. You keep going north until you arrive at the North Pole. Keep traveling and you start to move southward, crossing the equator again, still traveling until you reach the South Pole. And if you keep traveling you will again be heading north. Is that correct?”
“Yes, it is.”
“Now think about this. If you are on the globe once again at the equator and you begin to circle the globe traveling east, you know what happens?”
“You will always be traveling east. You will never circle around and travel west. NEVER.”
“What does God say about forgiveness? Our sins are as far as the east is from the west. Is it any wonder that God used this analogy in His Holy Word?”
I know I’ve heard this passage a million time but for some reason the “school girl globe visual” allowed this truth to fall upon me with fresh power.
God does not condemn us even if we struggle over and over with the same thing. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. God has forgiven me for starting my marriage out in defiance of His will. In spite of the fact that we had sex, lived together for a few months, married an atheist and a slew of other things I can’t even remember.
But our God is in the business for redemption. I’m living proof that God can love a stupid blonde girl whose stood up to Him with fist raised in defiance. I think I’m still living in defiance in areas of my life, just like you. But God is gently loving me through my struggles and I know one day I will find victory.
You are not a failure my friends. You were created the way you are, imperfect, on purpose. And do you know why? Let God tell you Himself.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)
Let us say: Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Oh how I want Christ’s power in my life. I know you do too.
Forgive yourself and live in His promises. They aren’t for someone else who is better than you or never sinned or started out their marriage the right way. His promises are EXACTLY for us, sinners who are living proof of redemption.
And now do me a favor, read these truths to yourself. Print them out, memorize them and let them be the TRUTH that sets you free.
Repeat out loud and slowly: I AM .....
....Able to do all things -Philippians 4:13
...Accepted -Romans 15:7
..Adequate -2 Corinthians 3:5 NASB
.Beautiful -Song of Songs 1:15
Beloved -Deuteronomy 33:12
Bride -Revelation 21:9
Bold & Confident –Ephesians 3:12 NKJV
Chosen –Colossians 3:12
Dead to sin, alive to God –Romans 6:11
Delivered -2 Corinthians 1:9-10
Encouraged -2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Equipped -2 Timothy 3:17
Favored –Psalm 84:11
Friend of God -John 15:14-15
Hidden with Christ in God –Colossians 3:3
Holy – Hebrews 10:10
Inscribed on His palm –Isaiah 49:16 NKJV
Inseparable from His love –Romans 8:35
Joint heir with Christ –Romans 8:17 NKJV
Justified -1 Corinthians 6:11
Known -Psalm 139:1
Light of the world –Matthew 5:14
Made by Him –Psalm 100:3
New creation -2 Corinthians 5:17
Never forsaken –Hebrews 13:5
One with Him –John 17:23 NKJV
Overcomer -1 John 5:4-5
Perfect & complete –James 1:2-4 NKJV
Prayed for –Romans 8:27
Qualified to share His inheritance –Colossians 1:12
Redeemed –Galatians 3:13
Renewed -2 Corinthians 4:16
Salt of the earth –Matthew 5:13
Soldier -2 Timothy 2:3-4
Spiritually minded –Romans 8:6
Temple of the Holy Spirit -1 Corinthians 6:19
Treasured –Psalm 83:3
Under no condemnation –Romans 6:5
Valued –Matthew 6:26
Victorious -1 Corinthians 15:57
Washed, sanctified, justified -1 Corinthians 6:11
His witness –Acts 1:8
Yielded to God –Romans 6:13
Which one, two or more of these do you need to make real in your soul today. Tell me and I will pray these promises over you. Hugs, Lynn
Share your voice, heart and love in the comments.
Lynn has wonderfully mapped out the steps we all need to walk through to develop and grow this vital relationship with Him. This was the Lord’s intent for her transformation journey all along, and His intent for you too. Here she has spelled out the spiritual truths behind the principles and talked us through how she applied them. These truths are universally applicable to us all, though as the details of our lives, situations and hearts will be different, we will apply them differently. - Reader Review from Barnes & Noble.