Not many Christians, even the leaders in the Church are honest with themselves and with others about their walk with Christ.
How we try to paint a picture of ourselves, a picture of perfection, a picture of strength, a picture that we have it all together, and a picture that in all actuality looks more like a Picasso painting than the Mona Lisa (I was guilty of this).
Scripture says in John 12:43, “for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.”
What good is the approval of man? What good does it do us to get the approval of man, to look a certain part? To carry on as if we have it all together? Is this not pride? Is this not that which I was guilty of? Are you?
Scripture says in Proverbs 29:25, “The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.”
Walk the walk God has you on, look only to Him, and trust only in Him. Seek His wisdom, guidance, and will, and always be transparent.
If you look to any man and think that they’re a great man of God then you’re wrong… They’re weak men of God who are only as strong as God has granted them to be.
During my trials, over the last six months, God taught me a lot about myself, even though I hadn’t yet realized it. I was growing, I was learning, Christ was conforming me. Even though these trials were tough they were for my good. God revealed my pride, I couldn’t show weakness, so I painted a picture, I couldn’t ask for help, so I isolated, I feared man more than God, I feared what man would think of me.
I am so thankful for the last six months as it was God working in me, it made me realize some things that I had forgotten or just didn’t think much on in my VERY busy life, and that is my identity in Christ, I have been accepted by Christ, I am a child of God, I have been justified and redeemed, my old self was crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin, I will never be condemned by God.
I have been set free in Christ, I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ, I am God’s workmanship created to produce good works, and the peace of God guards my heart and mind always, and when I feel I have failed, I can always rest in Christ and know that He is with me and that He will never leave me nor forsake me.
As Christians, we will never be perfect this side of heaven, we will always fall short of the glory of God, we will always need our precious advocate to the Father, Christ Jesus. We must always remember that God loves His children and has chosen us for a hope far greater than anything this world can offer and that God will sustain us according to His word, that we may live; and not be ashamed of our hope in Him.