Ever had one of those hours/days/weeks/months/years/DECADES where you felt like you can't have the relationship with the Lord you long for because you keep screwing everything up?
I bet if you were honest with yourself you said yes. (Maybe even to all the above).
I've been feeling that way lately myself. It seems like every time I reach a new level in my relationship with the Lord I end up doing something that knocks me back down and makes me feel like I don't deserve His grace.
I've been knocking my own self down so many times lately that if you could step back and watch it as it's happening it would probably look like something from America's Funniest Home Videos. Except there's no humor in it whatsoever.
Why do we take our relationship with the Lord for granted?
If you really think about it, when we mess up like we do, it's because we put ourselves first and take Him for granted isn't it??
But I don't want this post to be a "Debbie downer" with no happy ending so let me share with you something the Lord laid on my heart on the way home yesterday.
I was feeling the way I described above and feeling pretty hopeless after "screwing up" for what seemed like the millionth time. I was sitting in my own mess, stewing and really getting frustrated with myself when all of a sudden I hear the Lord speak to me...
Well, I don't know if speak is the way I should describe it really. It's almost as if He shouted at me. And the thing He said was so simple but I promise you it was so powerful that it gave me new life. He said, "I'M NOT FINISHED WITH YOU YET"!!!!!
I immediately had to step back and think that over for a minute. And here's some things I thought about as I reflected on that powerful, life-giving statement.
1.) Just because you give yourself to Christ doesn't mean you are now faultless.
2.) Why do we think that as soon as we come up out of the water we are perfect and don't need Jesus anymore?
3.) Sometimes we feel like if we are Christians we have to be sinless when in fact we are only supposed to be sinning less and less and less.
4.) Why do we feel like Jesus can't possibly still be working in our hearts??
5.) And finally, If Jesus said to you, "I'm not finished with you yet" shouldn't you take joy in knowing that He is still by your side, extending His mercy and creating in you a new heart that see's Him as the ultimate healer he really is?
Take heart friend if you feel like you've screwed up for the millionth time. Maybe Jesus has been trying to tell you that He's not finished with you yet!