There is nothing like the feeling that comes over you when you finally decide to accept Christ into your heart. You feel untouchable. You feel like you're going to start this new, perfect life. With no mistakes. With no bad days. With no sin.
At least I did. I've heard many a time that when you decide to come to Christ and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, that you can come as you are. If you're in sin, still accept Him. If you're unsure of what your future is because of past mistakes, regret or sin, still accept Him. If you feel lost, still accept Him. In regard to attending a new church, or finding yourself in a new environment with believers, I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "come as you are." But does the bible say this? To a certain extent, yes. Let's take a look at the verses below...
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." Let anyone who hears this say, "Come." Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.
"Come, now, let's settle this," says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.
What an amazing, unconditionally loving Heavenly Father we have! His promises are paramount. But they require one thing: Our obedience.
Are you obedient to His word?
As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, amongst many other roles in which I inhabit, I have recently found myself in darkness. I have had thoughts that do not embody Christ, and honestly, the list can go on, but ultimately, when I have found myself having a rough patch in Christian life, it ALL boils down to my not being the embodiment of our Father in Heaven. So what have I told myself to get out of this funk before something I've been working to build is destroyed, or someone I love is hurt? Nothing. These type answers do not, and cannot come from me. Jesus said, "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16).
How do you shine before men in a way as this when you keep falling back into the darkness?
During these posts I like having a few points to help guide my readers in the right direction, and I've only come up with one.
When we are depleted the enemy has a greater vantage point for attack.
If you are weary in your marriage and communication has become nonexistent...you've opened a door.
If you are struggling with truly knowing that you are a believer in the one, true God, and truly identify yourself in Christ...you've opened a door.
If you are weak and exhausted and begin to question who you are in Christ...you've opened a door for the enemy to begin his attempts at telling you who he wants you to be. Only, he's so good, he'll make you think it is you and what you've wanted all along...
When Jesus was in the wilderness, for forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry and the devil came to him. Let's take a look at the verses in Mathew Chapter 4: 3-11...
During that time the devil came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread."
But Jesus told him, "No! The Scriptures say, 'People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.' "
Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, "If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,
'He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone.' "
Jesus responded, "The Scriptures also say, 'You must not test the Lord your God.' "
Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. "I will give it all to you," he said, "if you will kneel down and worship me."
"Get out of here, Satan," Jesus told him. "For the Scriptures say, ' You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.' "
Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.
Notice the way Satan uses his words..."If you are the Son of God," and
"I will give it all to you."
He's readily wanting Jesus to question His identity and elevate Himself above the Lord, two things that we know will put us in darkness because when we try to identify ourselves outside of and above Christ the following happen.
1. We focus our worship on something other than God...
2) We seek identity in people and things that are not Christ-honoring.
3) We begin to live like we are writing the script for our own lives.
Note to Remember: When you are feeling emotionally, physically and spiritually depleted, do not give the enemy room to name you outside of the identity christ created you to own.