I often find during these holiday periods, people either draw closer to the LORD or move further away. All for different reasons. Christmas is a very emotive time for people and families, and it’s when we are challenged in these many different ways with our families, friends, that we are also challenged in our faith walk!
Sometimes, people don’t always realise how the issues of life can affect them. Well, they can!
If we are set back by disappointment, betrayal or any kind of trauma, it can affect our spiritual lives too, because often people will resort to old coping mechanisms in times of stress, and this causes the “old nature” to often rear its head.
This can happen for many reasons; an example is; when we are betrayed or feel disappointment and hurt from those we love, we can easily be set back emotionally, this often involves us cutting ourselves off emotionally from them, not even realizing that it can cause us to withdraw emotionally, cutting others off that are close to us, and we are left with a sense of feeling numb.
This causes a ripple effect, resorting in old coping mechanisms again, that we used before coming to Christ. This pulls us away from God because the human being in this position wants to regain “control” of their lives when they feel betrayed or let down, and that need for control causes people to move onto the “throne” and take over from God again. It’s not always a conscious decision or something we are aware of until much later.
But it’s real enough, and if we do a bit of introspection we can see it. This is usually when instead of drawing near to God again, people go further into their “old” ways, and will immerse themselves in work or something else that keeps them occupied enough, to not have to deal with these things. We should instead, be coming to Christ, and dealing with these issues, and the hurt and pain.
1) HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU!
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
(2 Cor. 12:9 NIV)
We all make mistakes! – There is nothing wrong with making a mistake as long as we acknowledge our mistakes, thank Christ for his forgiveness of our wrongdoing and then walk in His freedom.I always say it’s never the falling that is the issue. It’s how long we stay on the ground! When you’re down the enemy kicks you there to keep you down!
I always say it’s never the falling that is the issue. It’s how long we stay on the ground! When you’re down the enemy kicks you there to keep you down!
The word says that God’s grace always provides a mechanism for us to overcome every temptation, and even if we mess that up, the cross will cancel out our transgressions, but of course we must be sincere about our repentance.
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man [humankind]. And God is faithful; and will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, God will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
(1 Cor 10:12–13 NIV)
When you get up, and shake the dust off you, you show he’s defeated, not the other way around. The posture of standing up signifies you remember that you are a son or daughter in Christ’s family and His blood has paid the price. His grace is sufficient for us, and his power is made perfect in our weakness!
2) DON’T LET YOUR MISTAKES KEEP YOU FROM YOUR DESTINY.
Your destiny was formed before you were born! Don’t listen to voice of the enemy when you make a mistake.
“When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psa 139:15–16 NIV)
The problem is, when we make mistakes, the evil one uses this to keep us from God. He brings guilt and shame, and pulls down our self-worth to the point that sometimes, it can seem like we can “never” get back; that it’s impossible. Why does it happen that in these situations we almost forget all that God has promised us or done for us? I believe it’s because when we make mistakes we open ourselves up and we can give the enemy a foothold in the area of the soul which is where the mind is.
Why does it happen that in these situations we almost forget all that God has promised us or done for us? I believe it’s because when we make mistakes we open ourselves up and we can give the enemy a foothold in the area of the soul which is where the mind is.Then he has some influence over us, our minds, and because we’re perhaps not ‘in tune’ with God at this point, when we’re in that vulnerable place of feeling so low that “God couldn’t possibly love me”, we listen to the wrong voice, it’s like a hook in our soul.
Then he has some influence over us, our minds, and because we’re perhaps not ‘in tune’ with God at this point, when we’re in that vulnerable place of feeling so low that “God couldn’t possibly love me”, we listen to the wrong voice, it’s like a hook in our soul.
And, because the devil is an opportunist he goes for the jugular in our weakest moments, once we’re down he kicks us further! – We must recognise this, and be even more determined to get up! Know that it’s NEVER too late!
3) GETTING BACK TO A PLACE OF INTIMACY IN HIM.
If we can keep clear on this one thing it will help us: GOD desires relationship with you! God loves you more than your human conditional love could understand, and no matter what, God welcomes us back into the arms of Jesus, time and time again! His blood has paid for our past, present and future sins! GOD LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT!
That’s what grace is all about. God has given us everything we need to live a life of godliness.
This relationship requires intimacy, it requires us to be laid bare in the presence of the Most High God. Jesus wants to meet with us in the deepest places of our mind, soul, and spirit. He wants to walk with us in the cool of the day and speak to us. If we will tarry and hear, this time with Him will change everything, and will transform us in every way.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3 NIV)
Grace is the means of forgiveness but the way we get it, is through the process of repentance that the Word has given us:
a) acknowledging/admitting we are wrong,
b) confessing our wrongdoing
c) receiving God’s forgiveness
d) embracing the freedom of his grace that comes through the first 3 found in His Word.
So, don’t wait another minute, otherwise your thoughts will be pre-occupied with other things, and the busyness of this world. Find a place right now, and meet with Jesus in that secret place, call out His name, lay yourself before him, and surrender your life and all control back to him. Make right your wrongs, and draw near.
You are his prodigal son or daughter, and he waits with open arms to receive you!
“I will sing of the LORD’S great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.”
(Psalms 89:1–2 NIV)
And remember, though I fail, God is faithful and God’s love remains!
Apostle Deborah Bell
Lead Apostle, DGFC & DG Apostolic Network