by: Paul Stagnaro
If you, as a believer, are having difficulty accepting God's love, compassion, forgiveness, and redemption yourself? What do you do?
We know that God is Spirit and that He breathed His Spirit into the man at the creation. Our spirit has its foundation; it's beginning in God's Spirit.
And yet, every one of us knows the reality is that there is no escaping our humanity, the weaknesses we have, and the sin that at times easily is entertained by us. There is an assurance that God is well aware of what we struggle within ourselves.
If you think that God does not understand what you go through. The doubts, the fears, the temptation to walk away, the failings you don't know God.
Hebrews 4:14-16 "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15- For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16- Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
One purpose, perhaps the essential goal of the Holy Spirit's dwelling in us, is to prompt us to confess and repent of our sins.
I have a question. Right now, what is your greatest need? Is it your health? Your need for money? Is it a relationship? Is it a job? Right now, what is your greatest need?
I have a second question. Do you believe that God sees it as your greatest need?
I'm not God. However, I believe God would tell you that your greatest need right now is for you to accept His mercy and forgiveness. The greatest need for every one of us, believer and non-believer has is the need for God's mercy.
He freely gave it to us through His Son Jesus. Because of His mercy, He is capable and willing to forgive you. He continues to make it available to each of us every moment of our life.
When you made Jesus the Lord of your life, you gained the victory, life over death. None of us are immune to temptation. Each of us has weak points that the Devil attempts to leverage against us, but God's Word is victorious!
You can gain the victory.
Take hold of God's Word that proclaims you are the conqueror. Make a decision based on God's word. Romans 8:37
The words you use can move an obstacle as significant as a mountain. Mark 11:23-24.
Finally, when the doubts come to you answer them with the Word of God.
You can contact Discover Discipleship at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pastor Paul at 510-521-1943 Ext. 105