Shame, unworthiness, defeat, fear, and worry are terrible places to visit and even worse places to stay. They are where the devil takes you when he wants you to obsess over your faults and wallow in your weaknesses. They are where the devil takes you when he wants you to believe all of the lies he is feeding you with your favorite spoon. They are where the devil holds you when he wants you to believe your sin is too big and when he wants you to believe that last big mistake you made is the one that is unforgiveable. They are the places where the devil tries to convince you that you aren’t good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, or important enough to ever make a difference in this world.
But Sisters, God does not want us to take root in any of those places. He wants us to take root in Him! In fact, he wants us to loudly proclaim our victory and redemption in him and share our stories.
Psalm 107:1-2, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.” (ESV)
In “God is Able,” Priscilla Shirer says this, “Your It problems have probably seemed to defy resolution. They’ve mocked your attempts at steady endurance, insisting they have the staying power to outlast whatever confidence you can muster up, even on your best days. They’ve pointed to their presence alone as ample proof, not only of God’s lack of ability, but worse—His lack of concern. And yet you’ve finally seen through their showboating now. The One “who is able” is the One who’s telling you the truth.”
Ya’ll, I lived much of my life…we’re talking 30+ years…proclaiming to be a Christian but not making choices that represented Christ well. I would go to church on Sundays, say what was preprinted in the bulletin each week, and then proceed on about my life making the same poor decisions and trusting that I could go to church on Sunday and be forgiven! I had no idea what a relationship with Jesus meant and I certainly didn’t understand the magnitude of the ultimate sacrifice God had made for me…and for you. I took grace for granted and never had a heart of true repentance.
I am beyond grateful for God’s constant pursuit of my heart and am here today to tell you…God. Is. Able. He stuck with me through seemingly endless insecurity due to lack of people ‘staying’ in my life. He stuck with me through seemingly endless shame due to living a life of sin for so long.
Psalm 40:2, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (NIV)
And He is sticking with you gals. Nothing you have done, will do, or will face in this lifetime is too big for Him. Let Him be your Savior, your Redeemer, your Provider, your Comfort, your Strength, your Guide, your Anchor, and your Peace. And never doubt that He. Is. Able.