Newest post! Today I want to share more TRUTH God has made vividly clear to me. The truth that has brought me the kind of peace Paul talks about in Philippians. “And the Peace of God which surpasses ALL comprehension will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus!” Philippians 4:7. I have been in church the majority of my life, yet I didn’t understand this kind of peace. As I’ve mentioned before, I was full of fear and anxiety much of the time. It led me to destructive relationships and addictive behaviors. Regardless of my circumstances I often felt worried and fearful. I “tried” very hard to be a “good Christian” and “good person” but it never seemed to be enough. And that’s the truth! We are NOT enough! ONLY GODS perfect power makes us enough! We CANT be joy filled without SURRENDERING EVERYTHING in our lives to Him! I couldn’t move forward because I didn’t fully understand surrender. I was making these simple godly principles way to hard! We are told in Mark 8:35, “Whoever wishes to save His life will lose it! But whoever loses his life for My sake and for the gospel will save it!” He is telling us we literally must LOSE our life to God! Our lives are His anyway. We just need to acknowledge that and give up “trying to do better, be better, act better” ONLY GOD can do this for us. WHAT A RELIEF! I ask myself, why I and so many other believers DON’T get it? For me, it was the fact that I didn’t see my thinking and behavior as the truly flawed, sinful actions they are! Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is the most deceitful thing there is and desperately wicked! No one can know how bad it is!” This is harsh sounding I know BUT when we understand we are naturally broken, sinful, selfish creatures we no longer have to live in denial and can allow our ONLY HEALER, Our Heavenly Father, make the changes in our hearts we so desperately WANT but CANT DO ON OUR OWN! We can spend years, off and on, in therapy, as I have, and really not get very far. If we don’t understand our toxic thinking and behavior we become blaming victims! When we accept the only way for us to have FREEDOM is to admit our powerlessness, we can then give it ALL TO JESUS! His mental and emotional healing can than start to take place. Im so grateful He has done this in my life! Until we are able to see this we are quick to blame everything and everyone for our unhappiness and lack of peace or use addictive actions, behaviors, people or substances to hide pain. And although, toxic situations, people and or relationships can be damaging to our health and happiness and we sometimes need to distance ourselves from these kinds of people, they are not responsible for our toxic thinking and actions. WE ARE! I AM responsible for my allowing God to work in my life or NOT! If we continue to feel sorry for ourselves, stay in toxic relationships, wallow in fear and blame the world for our lot in life, we will stay frozen. GOD DOESN’T want this for us! He wants us to live abundantly! Healing comes when we humble ourselves before the Lord, recognize our selfishness and sin, confess, ask God to take these unhealthy things out of our lives, share with another person, (solid accountability/discipleship partners)serve others and continue this process every day! IT WORKS! It changes lives!! I strongly encourage you to pray about finding a Mentor or a discipleship/accountability partner if you don’t have one. It’s a critical part of our growth!
I will be starting discipleship groups soon if anyone might be interested in growing with others! Im available for anyone who would like to reach out to me.
Thank you all! Have a blessed week!