Today’s Word is something that has taken me quite a while to learn and understand and though I’m still in the learning process, I feel obliged to let you know what my gracious Master has taught me.
In the world we live in today, most people tend to view God as some spiritual force or some great being that we need to clean ourselves up for before He even glances at us. And it is funny because I know Jesus died for me and all Christians believe He died for every single person in this world, yet in our minds we always feel that we need to clean up our mess before we can present ourselves to Jesus. But this is ridiculous because then we have to rely on our strength and if that’s the case and we can fix our broken relationship with God all on our own, why did Jesus come down?
A few months ago, I was talking to a friend who believed that her relationship with God would always be shaky because though she reads her Bible and prays and tries to be better, she always feels stuck at square one. And in that moment I also saw myself (because that was me last year) and realised she was struggling because she was trying to do it on her own. She wanted to do the right things to please God, but she didn’t realise that her heart to the core is wicked and deceptive and she needed Jesus to change that twisted heart and bring light into it. And Jesus did do that for her; but what was missing? Her acceptance of it.
For Ephesians 5:8 says “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”.
My word for today, stems from Psalm 103, a beautiful psalm that made me cry out thanks to God aka Best Lover Ever (Truly He is). The part I will like to focus on the most is below:
Psalm 103: 3 – 19
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.
This Psalm made we realise that truly indeed we must bless the Lord, because He showers us with loving-kindness and tender mercies every moment of our lives. David tells us that only God can forgive our iniquities and heal our disease. Only He can redeem us from the pit and crown us with love and light. Only He can satisfy and free the oppressed and depressed. For He does not give us the punishments we deserve for our sins but allows us to drown in His ocean of mercy and love. Truly He is gracious and understands that we are but dust filled with wickedness. And His love is truly everlasting for those who remember Him and keep His covenants and commandments.
Therefore, we CANNOT do this journey on our own. I can testify that Jesus broke the unbreakable chains I never could break. And it didn’t take going to church (still go to church please 😄) and praying for deliverance and sweating my way to enter His presence (which did not work out anyway) but it took one minute on the 1st of January lying on my bed and confessing to Him that I had failed and needed Him to break these chains. Just one sincere prayer broke all the chains of addictions, blotted out my sins and put in me a desire that would always burn my bones to stick to Him because His blood truly has power. When Jesus died He overcome everything and that means you have already overcome any obstaclethrown to you. But its up to you to choose to dwell in Him as He dwells in you and let go of all your worries and lay them at His feet.
So yes; sometimes we see people and wonder how after everything their lives are a certain way? But don’t fret, your duty is to pray that they realise only Jesus can truly set them free; because though many say this they don’t necessarily understand it, just as I didn’t. Sometimes, me make these unnecessary requirements that God has not even set and we call it “helping ourselves for God to help us”. God doesn’t work like that. Allow Him to transform you and lay at his feet.
Finally, don’t give up on others because when somebody saw you as unredeemable, God saw you as a flower waiting for the perfect time to flourish.
Love your mother,💕💕,