Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you are disqualified." 2 Corinthians 13:5
As I started
to work on this article and think about what I wanted to write I kept finding
the above verse running through my mind. So, when as verse keeps tugging at me
like that I have to ponder what the Lord wants to say to us. Then I reflected
on some recent conversations I've had with people professing to be Christians
but yet they were miserable with their life and still struggling to be free.
aren't taking an HONEST look at our lives. Or as our opening scriptures says…
"examine your life". Look at this verse--Psalm 32:4,5 --4
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into
the drought of summer. 5 I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
Or look at
this one in the Living Bible--Psalm 32:3-5
"...But my dishonesty made me miserable and filled my days with
frustration. 4 All day and all night your hand was
heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water on a sunny day 5
until I finally admitted all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I
said to myself, "I will confess them to the Lord." And you forgave
me! All my guilt is gone.
Now I can
just hear some of you saying… "Cindy, this takes time." Back when I
was single and involved with a singles ministry, I will never forget one truth
that our singles pastor pounded into us week after week. Repeatedly, he said;
"To the degree that you surrender, is the degree you will grow."
You see some people turn to the Lord because they're miserable in their life,
but not with a heart of repentance. That's why so many live defeated lives as
Christians. They haven't fully given Christ control of every area of their
life. If you want the speed of your spiritual growth to excel, then do more
surrendering. Another way to look at
this is, “when the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain of
change, you will change.”
realize that some things do not change over night. However, you do not have to
remain miserable. It's time to refocus on the truth of God's word, not the lies
of the world and the devil. It's time to focus on the positive and not the
negative. We need to get our eyes off of ourselves and onto Jesus, the Author
and Finisher of life" (Hebrews 12:2).
We have to give to the Lord every area of our lives. And, when we
ask for His help we must be ready to receive His answer, no matter what. You
see this growth thing is according to His plans, not ours.
we’re to go to the Lord for help. But sometimes we need another human here on
earth to help us. If you are struggling with some issues in your life find a
mature Christian believer that you would feel comfortable sharing with. Make
yourself accountable. Anyone who knows me well knows that I push the idea of
accountability. If we had more accountability with other believers I believe we
have a lot less people falling into temptation or becoming defeated in their
walk with the Lord..
hope! You can be free! But, you have to be willing to do whatever it
takes to walk it out. Are you ready to take that step? If so, pray the
following prayer: "Dear Lord, I am struggling with_____. I know I can't
conquer this on my own so I am asking for Your help. Please help me to be
honest with myself? Please lead me to another believer that can be supportive?
Help me learn Your Word about this area of my life so that I may be a witness
for You? Thank You for helping me to gain more freedom in my life! In Jesus
much more I’d like to share about this subject but I think you have enough here
to jump start you on your journey towards freedom. Now go to the Bible, find verses relating to
your area(s) of struggle and meditate on them, ponder them daily to get them
past your mind and into your heart. Trust God to make you free in His strength,
not your strength.