"In every circumstance of our lives, we still have the same Savior.
The One who loves us.
The One who knows us.
The One whose promises never fail." Holley Gerth
Everyday and every season of our lives we need to be reminded of the beautiful promises of God. Some days are easy and we just simply believe and trust that the promises from God, written in the Word of God, are true and belong to us. Other days are more like an uphill climb to actually receive the promises of God as true for us. It is so much easier to believe they are true for others. We often don't struggle having solutions to other people's problems and can easily assure them that God is for them and will come through for them.
The struggle to believe that we have every thing that the Bible says we have and that we are all that the Bible says we are is a completely different story. All of us struggle at times to take God at His Word and believe in His powerful promises for the exact circumstance we are facing. Our emotions become entangled and often lead us down a path and dictate to us what to believe. I have good days and not so good days with my emotions attempting to control me. I bet you do too. We do our best to be strong and live out what we actually know to be true, the principles of God's Word. However, whether you have just begun a relationship with Jesus or you have been walking with Jesus for years, we all have days that the enemy whispers lies to try to get us to agree with him. We have to recognize the lie and submit it to the truth of God's Word.
Recently, I had a swirl of negative emotions about my husband and our marriage. We had just been on several great trips with our family and things were going so great! Then it happened!!! I started to let my feelings tell me there was a problem. It started with a simple mis communication between my husband and myself. One afternoon, we had a circumstance that was actually so simple but we both did not communicate what we were thinking and I began to assume what he was thinking. I kind of listened to the whispers of the enemy lying to me about my husband. Ok, I actually did listen to the whispers of the enemy even though they truly sounded far fetched even when I heard them. The way it went was a dialogue in my head from the enemy of all the things my husband was not doing to make me feel loved and secure. I heard whispers inside my head that he was intentionally hurting my feelings and not doing what he should be doing to affirm me. How silly is this? I am not saying there wasn't an actual circumstance that we could have improved on our communication so that we would not have a misunderstanding, there was. However, what the enemy did was to blow it up and create a case against him inside my head. I actually could feel my emotions escalating and spinning out of control as my thoughts were getting worse with each lie I was believing. I bought into it. Even though I know the truth and even what to do in these situations, I chose wrong and bought into the plot the enemy had created against me. I don't know for sure if you have ever done this, but possibly you have. I kept trying to come back to reality that the thoughts I was thinking were not true but they were actually staged by the enemy to try to bring strife into our home, but I was stuck.
I needed fresh eyes to see the strategy the enemy was bringing against us, both of us. I needed to push past the emotions and run into the presence of God and receive His truth, His Word, His promises over my circumstance. He was right there waiting for me to turn to Him for help if I could just get over my flesh ruling me.
So, finally, after many tears and frustration, I surrendered and asked God to help me see what was going on and help me. It is literally that simple. The simple prayer, and honest prayer for help is effective. We don't have to be complex in what to say in prayer and try to figure it all out, but rather just a simple cry for help from our Father who is ready, willing and able to help us.
He is the one with every solution for every problem we face. Whether it is a real and deep issue we need freedom from or whether it is a thought pattern trying to take over your mind with lies from the enemy. Jesus is the answer. Intimacy with Him is the answer. He is waiting to talk with you and me today. Intimacy with Jesus looks like the real and raw you pouring out your heart to Him in surrender. God desires for us to be real with Him and share our emotions and our thoughts and our longings. He desires to become our go to for every answer, every bit of encouragement we need. He has all that we truly desire, but it takes an intentional effort to turn from ourselves and our ways of handling things and turn to Him for help. It is that simple. We call on Him and He is there. We draw near to Him and He will draw near to us. It only takes a choice to surrender and then God will take over.
James 4:5-7 in the Amplified Bible says, "But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but give grace (continually) to the lowly ( those that are humble enough to receive it). So be subject to God, Resist the devil (stand firm against him), and he will flee from you. Come close to God and He will come close to you. (Recognize that you are) sinners, get your soiled hands clean; (realize that you have been disloyal) wavering, individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts (of spiritual adultery).
Each time I face circumstances in my life, I learn something. Even when I don't make all the best choices, God is ready to help me. With this most recent lesson, one thing that has struck my heart is that even when I fail and am not faithful to cling to the promises of God, He is faithful and waits patiently to redeem my mess I created. He never changes. His love for me never fails. He knows everything even before I do it. He is the same Savior which I most definitely need on a daily basis.