I know, long time no write but pardon me, no excuses just poor time management on my part, I’m working on it though.
I have decided to share this one because I think we can all learn from it and be inspired by it. As believers we get to that point where we feel we have overcome a particular obstacle or sinful habit. I mean you prayed to God about it and you thought you had overcome it and then suddenly, weeks, months or years down the line you find yourself going back to that very thing you thought you had conquered. Yes, I know crazy emotions just come over you like, sadness, anger, bitterness, disappointment, shame etc. You just hate yourself for going back there.
I recently experienced that and I was so mad at myself because ‘I thought I had grown in the Lord and I’ve gone past this’. Anyway I prayed, shared it with my husband because, well, he’s my accountability partner and I’ve learnt to share my weaknesses with him, so that together we can win and I can grow. He saw that I was hurting, he was there to comfort me. By sharing it with him, I got to see things from a different perspective in terms of how I’ve handled it in the past and he told me things that I could do differently to avoid getting myself in that same position again. I felt so light having shared my burden with God and my husband. The reality of the scriptures, exchanging your burden and yoke for Jesus’ (Matthew 11:30), and knowing that one will chase a thousand but two will put ten thousand to flight became so real to me. I realized the power of togetherness and agreement and not walking alone in your struggles.
The truth is that these things could be anything; it could be sexually related (most of the time it is), but it could even be other habits like watching certain tv shows, movies, listening to certain songs, smoking, drinking alcohol, gossiping, lying, stealing, keeping certain relationships, even certain attitudes. You promised God you wouldn’t go back there but then you did. Please don’t stay down because that’s when the devil gains access; he loves to attack you when you’re weak, so you have to get back up, keep pushing and keep building your relationship with God. Our father knows where we struggle and the beautiful thing is that He has given us the grace to win. However, it is not an easy battle because the bible says the spirit and the flesh are constantly fighting each other (Galatians 5:17)… so you have to feed your spirit so that you can consistently win.
Additionally, you have to take deliberate steps to guard yourself from getting sucked into those things, filter your environment, focus on the things that glorify God, don’t focus on those things which you don’t want to do, they will eventually shed off, the more you press on towards God. I remember saying to my husband that “I want to win completely and never have to do this again” and then he said, “you’ve been winning, all the time you never gave in, you won, but you may not see it like that but that’s what it is”. He also reminded me why we have to die daily because we are still here (earth), so as long as we are here, we have to keep dying to the desires of the flesh. The Bible says that you are to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship (Romans 12:1). This means that as long as we live, we have to die to our preferences, desires etc. That’s the sacrifice.
We must never fall into the trap of having a sense of arrival – ‘I have arrived’. The mindset we need to maintain is that of a sense of pursuit of God. There’s no arriving until we see the Father, so it’s a constant process of pruning and dying to self. We have to keep journeying with God. One of the things my husband always says is that the higher you go in God the steeper the mountainous experience, and greater the impact of the fall if that happens. That’s why we have to take heed, watch and pray (Mark 13:33). We have to guard our heart with all diligence because out of it flows the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). However, don’t feel like your fall or sidestep has invalidated your walk with God, it hasn’t. God will always use any situation for His glory so long as you are walking with Him. I can’t deny the fact that it may have certain consequences but know that you’ll grow as long as you keep walking with God.
Another important thing to note is that you don’t want to be alone in your struggles. That’s one of the ways the devil is able to put you in a corner; be accountable to someone; a friend (not just any close friend because they can in the process of trying to make you feel better, encourage you and endorse your sin. It has to be someone who you believe is spiritually grounded and will not sugarcoat anything for you, or give you a pat on the back for doing that which does not please God). A relative or a spouse, same thing applies; it should be someone you know can help you grow in God.
So I’d like to say a big thank you to those who actually take time out to read my blog and drop comments. All that has been encouraging. I am grateful to God that He is using this to bless us; including me. To those who have sent me emails regarding different issues, I’m glad to be a part of your growth and the building of your relationship with God, nothing gives me greater joy, I keep you all in my heart always. So yet again this is to encourage those who may still be holding back or need to share their struggles with someone, I am always here if you are led to reach out to me, please go ahead.
God bless you all and remember We already Won!!!
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