If you are anything like me, and I would venture to say that all of you are, you find yourself some days wondering what hope do you really have if your heart is wicked. Because that’s the true state of our hearts, right? We labor and toil under the heat of the sun when we’ve been offered the shadow of His wings. In these moments we tend towards two paths: fall back into sin while still trying to follow Jesus in faith, or sit on our hands in a state a paralysis due to fear of the sin we so desperately don’t want to fall back into. But here’s the thing—until we can accept that falling is a part of the process of finding true redemption and restoration, we will continue to sit at the bottom of our own pit of sin, no nearer to the freedom found at the top.
So how do we begin to climb out, regardless of fear, and in full obedience to what He has called us to? We cling fast to the truth of our God.
“The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love.”-1 John 4:8 (the Message)
If you love yourself, you will dig deep into the soil of your pit and begin to climb your way out. If you believe in the love of your God, you will fall countless times and keep getting back up, full of faith that His love is worth the struggle.
The last thing we want to do is be so paralyzed by the fear of doing wrong that we do nothing at all. That right there is the very intention of our enemy. When we give into the fear of doing wrong and in turn do nothing at all we are completely taken out of the Kingdom-building work He has for us. But the truth is, He would rather meet us in our deepest places of sin, with hearts desiring to do good for His Name and lift us out yet again, than find us sitting stagnant, afraid to move because of our own propensity towards sin.
Faith is the thing that makes us get up again. Faith in His love is what allows us to live out what we know to be true of Him by getting up when we fall, and trusting that His love covers over all. So what is paralyzing you today? What’s the deep sin of your past that you are so prone to fall back into? Do you know that He knows the odds of your fall? And do you believe that He is Love and sees you in love regardless of those odds? Go forward, Beloved. Don’t let fear take you out of all that His majesty has for you.
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