On days when Discouragement is too REAL

When you least feel like it get on your knees and praise him for being the giver of life, the author and perfecter of our faith. There are times when I would much rather wallow in my feelings, consumed in my own little world forgetting that there exists a whole world so much bigger than me. There is so much more life outside of my immediate circle of circumstances, and when I look to Christ even for just a mere second he alters the very perspective that would have kept me in the pit of nothingness.

Patterns

I think it takes a while to completely renew your mind on certain aspects of your life that you had felt were intrinsic to your identity. We all have patterns, habits and desires that we are honestly trying to break free from. At times it will feel like you are shackled up unable to move completely helpless but God, our God remains God who has ordained everything in our step to work for our Good. In Romans 8:28 we are promised that

In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

There are days that I question my salvation, days that the idea that I could become someone worthy of being called of being loved and known seems too far fetched. But our God man, my God whom in the pits of my own darkness, in the midst of my doubts he reminds  me that He remains good, He is still seated at the throne unmoved and unchanged by anything. The challenge lies in breaking free from the patterns we easily adapt to when faced with moments of despair.

Goodness of our father

It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that God loves me completely, and that there is nothing that I could ever do to change that, to alter it. Man;  that is the most liberating truth that we can ever hold on to when faced with moments of weakness where we choose to act out of selfishness rather than the love that is within us. In Jeremiah 1:5 God declares that

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Fam, Before you and I were born, before we even knew of love, failure, sorrow, loss, despair and joy he knew us. That is so profound so powerful to be known fully even before you took your first breath he knew you. In our walk with God, we will face so much discouragement, and moments of weakness but despite it all no action can ever surprise him no ounce of human nature can ever change his character.

Love Love Love

It is hard holding on to the simple truth that God loves you and he knows you and there is nothing that you could ever do to change his character.We tend to forget just how much we’ve been given, graced with how much we are loved. The most comforting truth is to be known and loved.

The greatest foundation for growth is love, the ability to rely on unconditional love to sustain you and hold you up when you struggle in believing the source of your convictions.

My hope for you is that you learn how to get on your knees to praise him and worship him even if it is the hardest thing to do. To acknowledge the authority and power of God even when guilt and shame is only a thought away from discouraging you worship him. I am learning how to use the love that God so willingly gives us to sustain me in moments of weaknesses. When you feel like giving up, unworthy, completely defeated by your nature I hope you can hold on to the word of God, his promises which completely alters our patterns of destructive thinking.

 

 

 

 

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