This Christian walk is no bed of roses for sure. Some days it’s more like a terrifying roller coaster ride that takes you on breath taking dips and turns all while people stand on the sidelines laughing, scorning and pointing fingers at you.
Christianity certainly isn’t for the weak. And if you serve God in any capacity, you better have a thick skin because it’s harrowing out there in ‘Jesus loves you’ land.
I’ve been mistreated by more Christians than I’ve ever been by non-Christians.
We ‘Jesus loving folks’ are pretty hard on one another.
I stand up for Christ and get pummeled to the ground. I don’t stand and feel guilty for not doing so. The enemy calls me a coward while God reminds me that He gave me boldness.
Then if you are trying to live close to Christ and please Him in any sense, you got your own mess going on. The enemy tries his best to thwart, condemn and dismiss you in all regards.
And I can’t forget that the world puts Christian’s under a microscope. They wait for every fail and opportunity to call us out on scripture yet they interpret God’s word ignorantly because they don’t study context.
It’s much harder to be a Christ follower than to NOT be one at all.
I’ve been feeling this heavy weight of my faith lately.
It’s made me long for Jesus to come back every day.
The enemy keeps whispering ‘what’s the use in pressing on?’
But God is so good to sit with me and speak hope when the world is ugly.
Every stinking day, He pursues me in some way … and even more lately since my heart has been hurting.
He knows all about the heaviness of life, relationships, ministry, loss, unfair judgments, and disappointments.
He knows all about this flawed heart that struggles to process the arrows from the enemy. He knows when my reactions and thought patterns are sometimes less than pleasing as a result … and He celebrates when I get it right.
He also knows that no matter what is thrown at me … I know and acknowledge that He is all I got.
HE’S IT for me.
I’d be ruined without Him.
He’s the only reason I hang on.
So I know it may come as no surprise to you, but I’m not perfect.
Far from it.
But God recently told me that’s okay because He knows I’m trying.
I’m a pretty honest girl. There’s no pretense here. No fakeness.
You always know where you stand with me and that’s how me and God do life together.
So today as He has done so many times before … He reminded me;
“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” Philippians 1:6 The Message
Perhaps you are feeling a heaviness in this walk we are called to? Maybe the enemy is trying to make you feel less than … worthless?
Maybe he is using another’s actions to bring you down?
Take heart my friend … we will never be perfect and God knows this.
The important thing to remember is that we keep looking to Him and live out the righteousness of the blood that Jesus shed for us.
Perfection is over rated because it leaves out the love factor.
This love factor keeps me running back into the arms of a Savior who loves me, my flaws, my hang ups and all my hurts.
I’ll take Jesus over perfection any day. Press on my friends.
Today let His Grace Like a Wave wash over you – worship with Elevation Worship.