While I was still new in my Christian journey, I stumbled on a book that almost ruined my walk with God.
As I flipped from page to page, I saw my failures. The book contained different rules, some of which were not in the scriptures, but they were rules I was supposed to obey if I would get intimate with Jesus.
Sincerely I longed to see progress in my relationship with Jesus. So I did my best to obey some of the things written there. But I kept failing.
I remember I would almost cry and be frustrated because I wasn’t attaining the mark. I went to church the day I finished reading it and I couldn’t concentrate on the sermon because my weaknesses kept ringing so loudly in my ears.
I kept asking myself, Can I ever meet up with these standards? Was this what being a Christian meant? I adored the writer of the book because if he could scribble those things down, then it meant he had attained. But why couldn’t I? Why was it that the more I tried, the weaker I became. The guilt that followed was something else.
I kept trying. The struggle continued. In fact, some years after that time, I would find myself getting addicted to certain sinful habits, habits that were never present before I met Christ. I cried and became so depressed because it was like God’s standard kept going up and I couldn’t reach it.
I know better now and I have seen far more transformation in my life since I began to relax in his love. It’s different. I’m enjoying Christ and not barely trying to stick doggedly to some do’s and dont’s.
Many believers think surrender is sheer determination and that consecration is putting forth more resolutions. Not at all. The real surrender is to rest and allow God work in you. It is to enjoy every process of your growth and thank him that his power is working in your weaknesses even though you are yet to see it.
Do not make your prayer and Bible study a time to impress God. You’ll just be deceiving yourself. By the time you compete with your friend in finishing your ‘cover to cover’ bible reading or you struggle to pray for 8 hours because someone said you have not started the race if you don’t pray that long, you’ll wear out for nothing.
I understand the place of spiritual discipline but even that must be done from the place of rest.
Rest is not inactivity. It is working from a point of complete dependence on the Holy Spirit.
The day I decided that I wouldn’t run my mouth was the day I exaggerated the most. The days when addictions had me, I would make resolutions and tell myself, ‘No!’ yet the very next day, it reoccurred.
Until we come to the point where we realise that without Him, we can not do anything, that’s when we’ll begin to grow in our walk with God.
…For he that is entered into his rest, he also has ceased from all his works as God did from his…Hebrews 4:10.
Rest produces faith which is the foundation of a beautiful fellowship with God.
There are lots of Christians who have thrown away their faith because all they ever heard was works and rules. Because the life of the Spirit gives no room for self effort, they got tired and stopped believing.
A great understanding of the life of rest begins when we draw constantly from Jesus’ greatest words,
‘It is finished!’
By that very reason, we walk this life of Christ from an understanding of what has already been done. In fact this is the secret to victory over those sins that seem to entangle us.
For our journey through life, our starting point is the finishing line. Whether it is a sinful habit that keeps tugging at you or a desire for spiritual growth, it all begins at Calvary where our Lord and Saviour finished it all. Our responsibility is to walk daily in the finished works of Christ.
Ask the Lord for a deeper understanding of the immeasurable depth of what took place at calvary. Many are still trying to help Jesus finish a job that has already been completed. That’s why they keep struggling.
Ife Grace has signed a contract with God and part of the terms of the contract is God saying,
‘..I, the Lord, am able to keep you blameless and faultless unto the end..I who have called you into the fellowship of my Son, I am faithful to do this.’
What more can I ask for than to trust and believe that what he said he will do will come to fulfilment.
We should live daily trusting that we can be transformed and renewed in the image of Christ.
Even when we are yet to see the manifestation, because our eyes are fixed on him to do his will, we are sure in our hearts that he is working in us. This is powerful.
Do you know you can get to a point where you don’t remember how that sin just disappeared because your mind has been so full of Jesus and his righteousness.
...Let us labour, therefore to enter his rest..Hebrews 4:11
It’s so hard, I know. If you are not worrying, it seem you are not serious. If you don’t shout or demonstrate with your head or hands, your prayer time would obviously have been wasted. The flesh loves to glory in these things.
Rest in his saving power to heal you emotionally.
Rest in his ability to deal with that sinful habit.
Rest in the fact that you can be disciplined enough to spend time in the Word.
Faith operates from a place of rest.
Even spiritual warfare must be done from rest and not from fear
It will take serious labour to get into that rest. But that’s what God wants. Ask for a revelation knowledge of Your rest in God because there are many things we will not receive from God until we come to a place of rest.
Let me say this one more time. ‘Dear Christian, aren’t you tired of trying too hard?