September 10, 2018
My Life’s a Mess!
Life gets messy at times, let’s just be honest!
Often, we find ourselves shrinking back due to disappointment, embarrassment, and shame from your “said mess.” We think, “how could anyone accept me and what I’ve done? If only they knew.”
Well, I’ve got good news for you, friend! Jesus accepts you and more than that, He welcomes you with loving and open arms. The Bible tells us that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).” And not only that, but there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
Did you hear that? “THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.” You have been set free, your sins washed away, and all shame tossed aside when Jesus entered the scene and willingly chose to die on the cross for you.
So you’ve got some mess to sort out, who doesn’t?!
Lucky for us, God left two very powerful tools for mankind to walk through this life with: The Holy Spirit, who lives within you the moment you accept Jesus as your Savior, and the Bible, which is our “road map” to life.
The Bible is more than a compilation of stories, it is a practical tool for us to use to navigate life and our relationship with Jesus, and it applies to us today. You see, the God that we serve is not only the God of the supernatural, He is also the God of the practical. He wants you to succeed, and more than that, He wants you to thrive!
In order to thrive, it’s best that we tackle the messes in our lives, so here are some practical tips on a few topics in order to remove the anxiety that is filling your mind.
You’ve got debt mess, huh? Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Course will walk you through what it looks like to handle money God’s way; to clean up your debt and throw off the anxiety that has been weighing you down. The Bible tells us that we are to be good stewards of our money. We cannot serve two master (God and money), we will love one and hate the other. We cannot love both God and money (Matthew 6:24).
Jesus was the master at loving well. Pray and ask God where there may be unforgiveness in your heart and just as He forgave you, ask Him to show you how to forgive the person or offense that is holding you back. If there is one thing that you need to know, it’s that bitterness and unforgiveness will hinder the plans that God has intended for you and will muffle the sound of God’s voice in your life. Break free, today!
Life will never make more sense than when you are saturated in the presence of God. (Spiritual disciplines are God’s way of changing us from the inside out). What does that look like you ask? It means spending time daily growing in your relationship with Jesus. This is done through the following:
- Prayer (talking with God)
- Reading your Bible (try starting in the New Testament)
- Worship (there are many ways to worship, you may try putting on some Christian music and begin to thank God)
Clear your calendar! We live in a world where busy means you’re successful, where busy gives you a thumbs up and validates us as humans. Sometimes busy takes us away from what God wants us to focus on most: Him, our relationships, and defining our priorities. When we step back, pray, and ask God how He would want us to prioritize our life–our eyes are opened, perspective shifts, and appreciation grows.
One day at a time, friend. God isn’t looking for perfection. Oftentimes, God will use our messes in order for us to realize our need for Him, and He delights in walking with us. Stop, breathe, pray–and ask God what He would have you start with.
You’ve got this, mainly because God has you!