It’s amazing how the attitude of my heart changes during my times of prayer. At the beginning of each prayer time, it is easy for me to pass judgment on myself and have, in my mind, great evidence. However, I have come to recognize that it is the character of Satan, not God, to accuse and guilt trip. By the end, I am confident that my hand is firmly in the grip of my Father.
I was just thinking last night, that if I were in God’s position looking at myself, I would not be so forgiving. I would be tempted to focus my attention elsewhere. However, for some reason that I will never understand, God believes in me and in who He created me to be despite my weaknesses. He continues to call me forward, and He continues to forgive me when I flounder around a bit.
In fact, if I were to understand the depth of God’s belief in me, I wouldn’t question or doubt anything. I wouldn’t be afraid of anything. After all, if God is backing us up, who in heaven or earth or below the earth could ever win a battle against us?
God showed me this morning that when I am in Him, I am free from accusation. It doesn’t mean that I do everything perfectly all the time. It doesn’t mean that I don’t need to ask forgiveness from others. It does, however, mean that I only answer to God. The only thing I must say to Satan is, “Get out of here!” It means that my freedom comes from God and not from the responses and opinions of others. It means that I can trust God in this journey to mold and shape me how He desires, because He alone knows what is to come. I don’t have to make it happen myself or figure out for myself the way to go. I can, in my mind and heart, be incredibly sure of what will happen, but I have learned that the only thing I can be sure of and need to be sure of is that my life is held securely in His hands. Beyond that, I can trust Him with all of me…my mind, soul, and heart. I simply choose every day to submit completely to Him.
Romans 8:33-34 says, “Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? No one – for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself. Who then will condemn us? No one – for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.”
I have found that God doesn’t look at me and say, “For goodness sake, Chelsea. Why can’t you get that right?” He looks at me and says, “We’re getting there. Take my hand and let’s keep going forward.” Even when the process seems to take much longer than I would like, I realize that God has His own timing for everything, even in growing. My job is to place myself in His presence and open the door for Him to do the work. He is for me, not against me.
Do I totally understand this? No. Is this one of the most difficult topics for me? Absolutely. I am learning.
I want to encourage you today to walk in confidence. If you are in an active and passionate relationship with Christ, you are secure in Him. You do not answer to anyone but Him. The Bible says that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Stop living in defeat. That is not the will of God for your life. His desire for you is that you might live in the victory that has already been won by Jesus’ death on the cross. Sin has been defeated! YOUR sin has been defeated! You are no longer its slave. You are free in Christ. Take the hand of Jesus and walk forward. God sees your heart to love Him purely. Your responsibility is to place yourself in God’s presence and allow the Holy Spirit total access to your heart so that HE might do the work. And when the process doesn’t look like you think it should, continue to submit and trust. It is not a time for condemnation, but rather another opportunity for victory. Continue to walk in and claim that victory. Seek Him all the more and obey. Be encouraged today, my friend!