Get Over The Hump Day Devotional
by Jackson Bailey
Christians live in a state of Grace. We are given what we do not deserve, and that’s a very good thing. I can’t count how many times I’ve failed. Let me see if you can relate. Sometimes I struggle with a sin of some kind and find myself disobeying God on purpose because I want what I want. Then after getting “my way” I feel shameful and defeated, knowing good and well that I knew my way would not bring me true happiness, and having known the truth I exchanged it for a lie. And I find myself depressed and broken over my sin. I repent and then turn around and sometimes do the very same thing again leaving me feeling like I’m useless. If you can relate, just say, “Amen, God help me” and keep reading.
All sin is an offense against God, and the Enemy seems to know which ones we are most susceptible to. And so we find ourselves in the midst of trouble, and life starts to get overwhelming…..until we hear God saying, “I Love You” and we feel unworthy, because indeed we are, and we cry out, “I am unworthy” and God smiles and we cry out for forgiveness and God says, “I forgive you.” And we begin to feel broken and strengthened at the same time, understanding that God has promised to forgive us (1 JOHN 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”). He is eager to forgive us (PSALM 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You). He wants a relationship with us (1 JOHN 4:10 “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.”) He died for us WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS (ROMANS 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.). He knows we’re weak, and wants us to know He is Strong. He knows we will fall, but He will pick us up. Search out and believe His promises. They are for you. They are true. They are real. You can be useful. You will be forgiven when you ask. No, it doesn’t matter how many times you fail (MATTHEW 18:21-22 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.) He forgives because He is long-suffering, He is patient, He is kind. GOD IS LOVE (1 JOHN 4:7-8). It doesn’t matter if you feel loved, because love isn’t a feeling, Love is a Person, the very person of God. God is Spirit and He IS the spirit of love. Rest assured believer, you are still loved. He doesn’t leave you or forsake you (DEUTERONOMY 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”)
There are things God can NOT do! He can Not be untrue to His nature or His promises (Psalm 89:34 My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of my lips.) He must be faithful, He must be true, He must forgive, He must love. And that is great news for us believers. (There is of course, another side to that for those who do not know Him. He also must punish sin for those who will not deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Him [REVELATION 20:14-15 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire)]. I’ll say it again, because some of you may doubt it. God still loves you, God still wants to use you, God still forgives you again and again and again. Grace. Accept it. Believe what God has said. Don’t make the sin worse by denying the forgiveness He has promised to give you. All hail the power of Jesus ‘name. Grace is yours, from God. Be free from that guilt. If your boat was sinking and your child had a hold on the boat and wouldn’t let go, how would you feel? Right, so let go of that guilt that is trying to drag you down and be free again. The Bible is full of great men and women who were failures for a reason. It’s so we could relate. It’s so we would understand that God forgives, He picks us up, He uses us anyway. A man after God’s own heart can commit adultery and murder and be forgiven and used again for the glory of God. Read in Psalm 51 one of the most sorrowful and thoughtful prayers ever. Use that as a guide when you need to pour out your heart to Him.
“Grace to You” is how Paul liked to open his letters. He knew the scriptures better than anyone, and had ignored the truths in them for years. Peter knew Jesus, and he was ready to fight one moment and the next he was denying He even knew Him. Maybe that’s you. It’s been me before. Good news! God loves you. God forgives you. God will make you useful once again. Ask for His forgiveness, and don’t forget to receive it.
Grace. It’s a gift He wants you to have, so take it. Hold onto it. Never let it go. Grace be to you today, and every day.
I’ll leave you with this last verse:
HEBREWS 4:16 – Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.