His Way is Better
Have you ever felt like a total failure? Like you can’t seem to get it right. Oh sure, for a short time you seem to be doing well. But before long, you are back where you started or worse. There’s a quote I’ve heard often, “Sin will keep you longer than you want to be kept and take you further than you ever wanted to go.” Oh, the accuracy! We all if we’re honest have blown it at one time or another. We have as Paul said done the very things we hate to do and those things we want to do, we do not (Romans 7:15-20). The struggle is real. Many people in the church today portray a fallible truth that we always get it right. Sin is not an issue for us. We don’t experience temptations and when we do, we overcome them all. How I wish this were true all the time for me!
Living for Christ sincerely requires admitting we have need of Him. It is being honest that the person you are scares you at times. I don’t mean that in a creepy way. I mean there are parts of ourselves that is hidden in our attitudes, our thoughts and sometimes even in our actions. It is admitting I can’t do right on my own. It is admitting the enemy is too good at his job and he can deceive me when I’m most vulnerable. I must acknowledge some temptations are enticing. Do you know we are told in the Bible to crucify our flesh (Galatians 5:24)? This instruction is given to those who belong to Him, who believe in Jesus Christ. This is because our flesh wants what it wants. And what it wants is most likely very contrary to what God wants for us. But we must crucify it. Jesus can’t do this for us. We must do it ourselves. It takes surrender. It takes prayer. It takes eating the word of God as your daily bread. Yes, it takes work on our part. However, we aren’t working by ourselves. We were never intended to do this alone. We’re surrendering what we can’t do to the One who can. We’re praying for help in our time of need to our Helper who is eager to help us. I love that we can approach Him boldly and unashamed (Hebrews 4:16). We’re studying Him through His word so we can imitate Him and live by His example. This is a daily and continual practice as we take this journey of less of ourselves and more of Him.
Have you noticed those mornings you don’t acknowledge Jesus in prayer, you are more apt to act out of character? You may become less patient, more irritable, or not as loving as you normally would be. If you are married, you wouldn’t spend your day without speaking to your husband or acknowledging his presence. How much more should we marvel in the presence of the Lover of our soul?
The purpose of this post is to encourage you ladies to end any dependence you have on yourself. I have tried it and realized quickly I can’t live this life on my own. Not without wreaking havoc! That’s the beauty of depending on Him. As we lovingly entrust everything to Him, he mends broken hearts, He breaks the chain of sin and He fills every void with His presence.
You and I will not always get it right. But His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). We can enthusiastically expect it. We can be confident when we ask Him to forgive us, He is faithful and willing to do so (I John 1:9).
Take the focus off of you and vow to live fully in Him. He wants each of us to live in this way. Sometimes, I think He purposefully allows us to be backed into a corner so we will recognize He is the only way out. His way is always better. Walk hand in hand, heart to heart with Him. His hand is outstretched as He beckons you to come. Let Him lead you to a life free of sin and abundance in Him. He’s waiting…drop the weight of independence. He’s got you…Go!