Sometimes it’s hard to walk this faith thing out.
I was praying last night and telling God how frustrated I was. I have been trying to memorize verses to have a more “positive” mindset, and it just felt like a lot of work, reading books, listening to podcasts, and feeling tired.
I realized I have so much head knowledge, and now I need it to connect to my heart. Those broken places in my heart need God’s love and redemption too.
Then, in my human dust like state, I realized that I did not have the ability to change my heart. I could think new things and do more Bible study, but if it wasn’t sinking in to the deepest part of me it was just work with no heart.
And work with no heart is not pretty. It shows up as pride, self-righteousness, anger, frustration, and the list goes on. It looks like having all the right answers, but no victory to back it up.
So I cried out to God, “I can’t change my heart!” And He reminded me of a verse.
Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart…”
This y’all is what I have craved all along.
Then another Matthew 11:28, “COME to me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.” It DOES NOT say “come to me when you have it all figured out and it looks pretty with a bow on it.” It says come to me with it even when its messy and you are exhausted from trying to fight and make things right. And I will give you rest. Beautiful rest for your soul that is tired and weary. Oh the promise.
Another verse, Philippians 2:3 “…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
Ephesians 2:9, “…not by works, so that no one can boast.”
I had been working, checking things off, but I was doing it in my own strength. I’ve come to the end of myself, realizing that this battle for my heart belongs to Him. And He will work this out for good. He will do a mighty thing. Because He loves me, and He loves you.
Maybe your saying, wow that sounds great, but how does this look.
Reaching out is essential. We get lost thinking we are the only ones fighting when there are believers right beside us who are saying the same thing. Pray and ask God for friends who you can trust and let them love on you.
Support and encouragement go hand and hand in this battle, even Jesus didn’t do life alone. Having others around you allows God to use people to encourage you and for you to encourage them.
None of this is to be done alone.
We may be the one swinging the sword in our personal battles, but is there any army behind you-praying for you, encouraging you, and speaking verses to you when you’re lost.
No man is an island. Reach out.