“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6 NKJV
A few weeks ago, while I was on a walk having a worship session with the Lord, listening to an Elevation Worship song, a line of lyrics stood out to me as a shining beckon of hope. The lyrics went,
“By Your Spirit I will rise from the ashes of defeat,
the resurrecting King is resurrecting me”
Have you ever been in a place when you just felt off, or distant from God? A day or time in your life when you felt like you weren’t doing or being all God was calling and desiring for you to be? Well, this was me on that very morning. I began my walking in prayer talking to God about all my concerns, wrong turns, and how off and distant I was feeling from where He really wanted me to be. But as I turned to walk back towards my home, something happened. I shifted my thoughts from myself and placed them on God and His goodness. As soon as the worship music began, my heart became lighter, and my ears opened to God’s voice. As I praised Him, He filled my heart and my mind with a beautiful and thought provoking reminder:
He is resurrecting me!!!
I know you probably don’t understand my excitement, so let me explain…
The word resurrecting is a verb, an action; it’s something that you do. According to Google Dictionary, to resurrect means to revive and restore. We aren’t just resurrected when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but each new day we are being brought to life in Christ and being transformed by the Spirit of God!
During my walk, I was reminded that God is still working on me and in me. That He is transforming me daily as I look to Him in relationship for guidance. Not that wandering off the trail is okay, but that He is always willing to veer us back to the path we belong on. How awesome is that?! God knows all that we do and think, yet He still isn’t willing to give up on us.
Yes, we mess up. Yes, we can have some pretty bad days. But, God is not willing to give up on us nor is He willing to let us go. So many times, we make mistakes and we pull away from God thinking He doesn’t want anything to do with us, yet that is the complete opposite of what He wants. He wants us to come and confess our faults to Him, and know that we do not have to walk around feeling down and condemned because we made some wrong turns.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NKJV
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1 NKJV
Our confessions to God about our shortcomings put us back into right standing with God. He is not a hardened and harsh Taskmaster that scorns us with every fall, but instead He is a loving God and Father who, “chastises those whom He loves” in order to get us back on the right path.
He hates our sin, but He loves us. That’s why He sent His Son Jesus to die in our place on the cross. He wanted us near Him, but because He is a perfect God, He cannot be in the presence of sin (which we get covered in daily). It would be like wearing an all-white outfit, and being around children with sticky, dirty fingers and faces who are all trying to touch you and hug you. That would be an absolute NO GO! It’s the same with God. He is a pure, just and totally clean God. Our sin cannot get near Him because it would blemish His holiness and beauty. Instead, He sent His Son to die in our place, so that when we fall and mess up, He can only see Jesus’ sacrifice and His defeat of sin.
“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again,” Proverbs 24:16a NKJV
We fall, but we were never meant to stay down forever. It is time to rise up from our pity parties of defeat, and return to God, our Father, with a humble and repentant heart. His reception of us is beyond what we deserve or could even fathom!
“But when he came to himself…he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” Luke 15:17, 20 NKJV
God loves you, and He thinks of you often! In Psalms 139 verses 17 and 18 it says,
“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!”
Did you know that the Earth has roughly seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains of sand on it!!! I know, I know…mind blowing, right?! God’s thoughts of you outnumber that! How crazy amazing is that?!
Remember, His love for you cannot be measured, nor taken away. Each and every day, He is willing to transform our thinking, and our understanding to the way that He so desires. We just have to be willing to say “YES!” to His will and His perfect way!
Know that I am praying for all who read this post. God has some amazing plans for your life. Don’t give up. Keep pressing forward towards Him…one inch at a time. I love you all.