I am impressed today to let someone, maybe many “someones”, know that God is not mad at you. He loves you. Yes, you.
Now don’t start listing all the ways that you have fallen short. Your enemy, the devil, is attempting to distract you from the truth God wants you to hear. Jesus loves you. God loves you. That is Biblical truth. (John 3:16) At the moment, we aren’t focusing on performance issues, only love, God’s agape love which in no way resembles our fickle human love. (But if you sinned, ask for forgiveness then read on.)
Stop the racing thoughts and quiet your mind. Take a deep breath, or two or three if necessary, and ignore the accusing words racing through your weary mind. Even if you feel you’ve spiraled too far down to recover, call upon the Holy Spirit. One of his specific job descriptions is to comfort (John 14:16), another is to guide (John 16:13). He can and will lift you out of the power of the spiral. All you need to do is reach out and take His hand. Reach out. Just do it. Reach now. He is there waiting for your invitation to enter into the battle and give you the victory over the devil’s destructive intent. (John 10:10)
Even though you may not see Him with your physical eyes, choose to see Him in the spiritual realm. Let your faith rise to the occasion. (Matthew 9:29) It is impossible to please God without stepping out in faith. (Hebrews 11:6) Most of what we receive from God is acquired by faith, so don’t believe the words the enemy is flinging at you right now. (Revelation 12:10) You may have fallen short–even, again–but God’s great heart breaks seeing you suffer. That is truth. (Matthew 23:37)
The Bible gives specific instruction to those who are weighed down with a heavy heart and even heavier thoughts. We are to put on the garment of praise. (Isaiah 61:3) Stop reading right now and praise Jesus for something–whatever you can call to mind. You don’t have to be elaborate or eloquent–simply find something for which to thank and praise God.
Often times we cloth God in our finite, human understanding of a thing. When it seems He is holding out, we fail to consider that He may be protecting us. The devil tells us that God is mad when all the while it is God’s unfathomable love moving on our behalf.
By now, if you called upon the Holy Spirit when I mentioned it above and you gave God praise, I am sure that you have seen some degree of relief from the enemy’s attack. Don’t stop here. Keep asking for help and keep praising. You will be amazed at how the weight on your heart lifts because God wants you to know that He really does love you. He is not mad at you. He has helped me and I know He will work on your behalf, too.
Would you share with our readers times when you thought God was mad at you, but you were later thankful for His working in the situation?