Don’t let Satan trick you into thinking that God can’t use you because of your past sins. If and when God calls you to speak, encourage, advise, write, pray, teach, act or minister in accordance to His Word – do it! Remember the great heroes of the Bible that God used in spite of their past sins:
Abraham – the liar
Moses – the murderer
Jacob – the deceiver
Rahab – the prostitute
David – the adulterer
Peter – denied knowing Christ
Paul – the persecutor
Sounds to me like we all pass the eligibility test!
Sometimes the consequence or punishment for our sin is simply delayed blessings.
In the Bible, it took the Israelites 40 years to make what is estimated to be an 11 day trip to the Promised Land. And only because God had cursed them to “wander in the wilderness” for 40 years because of their sin.
Don’t let sinful habits/situations/people keep you from the blessings that God is literally holding out for you to take hold of……the promotion, new place, new car, answered prayer, financial blessing, breakthrough, healing, etc. Sometimes its not God holding our blessings back or him trying to teach us patience. Sometimes its us holding ourselves back, because we are allowing sin to be a barrier that is keeping us from reaching our “promised land” and we end up wandering around in the wilderness. Days, weeks, months, even years go by, when all we had to do was obey.
God doesn’t disappoint us, people and circumstances do. Then we turn around and blame God. God is the one constant in this life. His Word tells us who He is and He never once fails to be exactly who His Word says He is. Unlike God, none of us have the capacity to be perfect unfailing creatures. I’m learning to digest and embrace this fact. In doing so, I am more understanding, patient and forgiving – towards others and myself. Don’t forget, that we too have, can and will disappoint others as well.
I’m learning to do more of the things that bring me joy. Not things that others enjoy or think I should enjoy, do or try, but the things that genuinely bring joy to my life. It’s funny how people call you names or stereotype you if you don’t participate in certain things. And then there’s the other extreme, where other Christians try to restrict you to not enjoying certain things – restrictions not even mentioned in the Bible lol.
As a Christian, we have so much to be thankful for and can appreciate life in ways that non-believers can’t. We can truly live and enjoy life with God, as we include and embrace Him in all we do. We can even endure trials, tribulations and difficult times with a sense of peace, hope and encouragement that ONLY comes from having a relationship with God.
Even if we don’t necessarily have the means to do everything we want or desire to do at this present time, we can still appreciate and embrace life’s simple pleasures that bring us joy every day. That being said, I was prompted to make a list of the things in life that I enjoy and also to make it a point to start doing them more.
– a bubble bath or a long hot shower
– a glass of red wine just before bed
– trying a new restaurant and picking something on the menu that I’ve never had before
– roller coasters
I’m learning to extend more and more forgiveness to others. After all, God has forgiven me for ALL my sins. Plus I may need someone else to forgive me one day too.