It never ceases to amaze me, the tactics the enemy brings against my soul. And every single saint who is trying to live for God, for that matter. Continually, he will poke and prod and harass and badger and torment, planting his seeds of doubt and unworthiness into our minds.
Why do we fall for his lies?
Because he catches us when we are tired mentally, physically and emotionally. Most of the time, he is the one who puts us in this state in the first place. He knows where to pack the punches against us.
A fellow blogger at Words From the Wheel wrote, Ye Shall Be Witnesses, sharing her recent struggles. This touched my heart so much!
She didn’t know that while she was struggling with her own thoughts of unworthiness and laying herself bare, the Lord was using her to speak a truth to me!
Being awakened for several nights in a row can take a huge toll on the old body and mind. There again, another tactic of the enemy.
It’s time to expose our enemy. We have to get real, because there is always someone else who needs help to make it through their trials, too.
I am still learning when we are a threat to the enemy, he will have us beating ourselves up black and blue over feelings of unworthiness, imperfections, weaknesses, faults and failures.
But the truth is, God has and always will use the imperfect. He takes the weak to confound the wise. He’s not concerned over how many times we didn’t get it right. But how many times we tried and still try to get it right.
We may miss the mark along the way. Peter did. And so did every other character in the Bible. We have to stay in a state of repentance and be obedient.
Personally, I don’t think it’s the failing part that bothers me quite as bad as the actual fear of what others will think of me if and when I mess up. When a person is already questioning things, it makes it that much harder for their lives to be laid open for the whole world to see.
But God hasn’t called us to be comfortable. As I Corinthians 4:9-10 says, we are made spectacles unto the world, and to angels, and to men. We are called to be fools for Christ’s sake, as strange as that may sound, but yet we are wise in Christ. We are also weak, but yet strong. Honorable, but yet despised.
It’s all about being willing no matter how hard the walk gets.
God wasn’t about to turn His back on Peter when he failed.
Do you know how we know it wasn’t in Jesus’ plan to write Peter off for his failure?
Written right there in tell-tale words of red, He spoke to Peter before His betrayal.
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
First He warns him of the enemy’s intentions/tactics.
He then prays for him. Notice, Jesus didn’t pray that he fail not, but that his faith fail not.
Jesus knew the first thing that failure would do is shake his faith (trust and confidence) in Jesus. And also shake his self-confidence. God already knew flesh is prone to failure, because Jesus is the only perfect One.
If Jesus knew all of this, why did He not just spare Peter from failure?
Because failure would change Peter from the inside out. Brokenness has a way of doing that. It causes us to humble ourselves before God. We place ourselves under a microscope. We examine ourselves, remove all the impurities in repentance and look towards God as our main source for help.
Jesus knew to be used of Him, it can only come from failure. Trial and error. Trying and trying again.
Jesus had full confidence in Peter that he would learn from this trial. He spoke words of life and promise to Peter that things would get better when He said to him, WHEN (not if) you are converted, (changed for a new purpose) strengthen your brethren.
No matter how bad things get in our lives, we need to remember God’s TRUTHS about us.
- We are WORTHY only because of the Blood! Period. He shed that precious Blood to pay the price for our imperfections and sins.
- We are LOVED. He didn’t have to die for us, but it was His LOVE for us that held Him to that cross. There is nothing we can do to stop that kind of love. It’s unconditional. We can’t earn it. He gives it freely, because we are His children. And that love is fierce!
- We are OVERCOMERS by the BLOOD and the “word” of our TESTIMONY. There’s that word again. Blood. And we know that blood can get a little messy. I’ve said it before, when we get cut, we bleed. Wounds hurt, troubles hurt. But our messes cannot be compared to the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE HIS BLOOD made covering every wound the enemy would ever inflict on our soul.
I love the fact, that by the time my friend had finished her post, she had already encouraged herself in the Holy Ghost! By sharing, she was strengthening the brethren! By using her gift of encouragement it helped me, and there is no telling who else will be touched in the process!
In the conclusion of this matter, I will leave you with the title of a recent sermon in our revival….
Sometimes we need to tell it like it is.
We need to open our mouths and speak God’s Word and Truth into the universe. God’s Word does NOT return void! It accomplishes what it pleases. By doing so, we are declaring our victory in Christ ahead of time.