All In or Not?
Hello beautiful people! Hope you are all well. This post is coming to you on a Tuesday (it seems my writing days are Tuesdays) and the topic as per the title, is perceived as a hard, sombre one but still absolutely necessary to talk about. I have a short message today which I hope and pray encourages you. So, Read on and have an amazing day, love you.
"God's Not Dead"
I recently watched a movie called God's Not Dead and it was amazing, especially with the way it depicted the fact that no matter how many times science tries to disprove God, there is just so many evidence that makes that impossible - so if you've never watched it, I urge you to.
What I actually wanted to bring from the movie was a scene where one of the character's mother suffering from dementia said something, which came across to me as God speaking to us about sin. She said, "Sometimes, the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn't want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except, it is all nice and comfy and there doesn't seem to be any reason to leave. The door's wide open. Till one day, time runs out and the cell door slams shut and suddenly it's too late". When she saw this, It really resonated with me and it just reminded me again of how precious our time on this earth is and how important it is to make our decision: God or the world?. Being lukewarm isn't a choice and it may appear ok but it's wrong if you want more of Christ. Like the quote says, the devil is very happy for you to stay stagnant and make you think you are fine as you are. But it's a trap. You are called for so much more and to have that, a full 360 is needed. Repent. I used to trick myself thinking I was fully committed but I knew deep down, I was half-in and half-out but God in His mercy showed me He wanted all of me and I had to get to a point where I really had to sit down and look inwards at the effect being lukewarm was having. I got to a point where I could see how draining and cold being lukewarm is and my desire for God was much higher than the world.
And if you are at this point now, know that you are not alone and a lot us, if not all, have been there and are still probably going through it. You can overcome whatever you are struggling with as long as you keep letting God in DAILY! and letting Him do a spring clean. Now this doesn't mean you won't struggle again, you still might. But the difference this time round is the fact that you know that you have rescued from it before and you know how to deal with it.
How you might ask? With God.
When It's All Said and Done
So, I say all this to say, repent. Repentance is something I've learnt that is done every time. It is not a one-time decision. You might find yourself repenting and surrendering often, I still do. However, the beautiful thing in the midst of it all is the fact that God is working on you from the inside out and you will come out victorious. (You already are because Jesus won) And your season of struggle and being vulnerable will be a testimony and be a help to someone else.
I have had moments when I felt God say to me, "See, my child, it wasn't in vain". These were moments where through stuff I'd gone through, I was able to relate to people's struggles and encourage them.
God doesn't orchestrate evil - That is not Him and is not in His character. But what He will do is turn that evil into good. The good can be many things.
It says in Isaiah 54:17 that, "But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from me. I, the LORD, have spoken!". So this means that although the sufferings, tests, weapons etc, may form, they will not prosper against the children of God.
Make your decision today. Don't turn away from it before it gets too late because there will be a time when that option is no longer available.
"But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 (NIV)
Be encouraged and stay blessed.
Until next time.