This may be one of the hardest pieces I’ve yet to write. And this piece isn’t just for you, dear reader, but this piece is for me as well.
The times when we struggle between God, and our wants. This isn’t a happy or fluffy place to be in our walk with Christ. But it is something we all come across from time to time. And for that reason, we need to talk about it.
Sin is easy to slip into. It’s a tainted veil many hold onto. But what about believers? What happens with the secret pieces only we think we know about?
We can’t try to deceive ourselves with the lie that we can hide anything from God. Scriptures tell us otherwise.
(NIV) Hebrews 4:13, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
(NLT) Job 34: 21-22, “For God watches how people live; He sees everything they do. No darkness is thick enough to hide the wicked from His eyes.”
Remember, as believers, we are meant to grow. That means to get rid of and stop doing things we once did. Especially the things that the Holy Spirit is pricking our spirit with as we speak.
(NLT) Romans 6:12 “Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.”
You know what God has been whispering to your heart.
Only you know what He wants you to give up.
As I know the things He wants me to give up.
And be aware, just because something is not a blatant sin in the Bible, it could still be something you need to give up in your life. For example, there are songs that I once listened to that I was completely fine with. But now, over the years, as I’ve gotten closer to Him, I can’t listen to certain songs without thinking, “This isn’t something giving glory to God. This isn’t something I stand for anymore.” It occurs to the point, I can’t listen to the song.
Maybe God has pricked your heart about certain movies, shows, music, or even games you watch. I know He has with me.
The positive to this? I no longer have the same desire as I once did. It’s not that I feel all of this guilt and shame, though God can use those feelings. But it’s the fact that He has changed me so much, and continues to do so.
My focal point isn’t on me or my wants as much as it is on God’s wants and His will for my life. Because of this, it’s easier to turn away from these pieces of media, even if other Christians have no issues with it.
His Spirit will convict us, and as long as we are willing to hear Him, He will continue to convict us till we give it up. And the more we shed away from this world, the more drenched we are in His holiness.
He cleanses us from the inside out for a reason. The moments we struggle by ourselves. The sins, the fears, and the hardships no one else understands, He does.
The phrase, “God won’t give you anything you can’t handle,” relates to temptation, not a hardship. Check it out.
(NLT) 1 Corinthians 10:13, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
The key point of this is self-will. Our own choice. Whatever we struggle with, we have the option to give it to God. We have the choice to focus on Him. Be it in worshipping Him through songs, talking to Him in prayer, and/or reading His word. All of these things are about putting the focal point away from our wants and putting the spotlight on Christ.
(NLT) Romans 6:13, “Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.”
We need to turn our desire from self-pleasure to desiring direction from God. I believe this is how we find out about the true desires of our heart. It isn’t the desires of our flesh.
(NIV) Psalms 37:04, “Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
We have to be willing to confront our own darkness with the hand of God upon us. We have to be willing to confess with our mouths the power and forgiveness of Christ. When we do this, we aren’t alone. Our King is the ruler over us. His Spirit resides within.
(NLT) Romans 6:14, “Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.”
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