This morning, I came to a realization that hit me square between the eyes… okay, it hit me in the heart, where I feel the most, and I couldn’t let it pass without taking care of it. Maybe you’ve been there. You know the truth; that God loves us, He promised He would never leave us or forsake us, that He will always guide us, and that He will complete the good work He began in us.
Then life hits.
It’s amazing how we will take one thought, one statement, that one niggle of fear, and let it snowball into a snowstorm that really isn’t there.
And that, my friends, is how we derail ourselves.
This morning I knew without a doubt that I needed to fall on my face before the Lord and repent. Not that I’ve done anything tremendously wrong. Just that I had let the little things snowball and I needed to reset. Repent. That means to confess, to say I’m sorry, to God. I needed to fall on my face, get on my knees and truly talk to the Lord.
It’s tough for me to kneel because of a past knee injury. But nevertheless, though I knew it would be a bit painful, I brokenly trudged outside (because that’s where I feel closer to Him) to my patio and knelt right there on the concrete, face down.
Why am I telling you this? It’s not for the attention. No. It’s to help someone out there who is struggling with something. I want you to know that this small gesture, though small to us, is a huge show of faith, to God. Because when I knelt down, put my forehead on the concrete, the tears began and all I could say was, “Oh God, I’m sorry!”
Then an amazing thing happened.
We’ve all heard about that still, small voice. Many people wonder if it’s audible. Is it booming? Is it male? Is it female? Does it say, “I told you so!”? No. It’s none of those, yet so much more.
I want to share with you the answer I received from the Lord today, because I want you all to know this:
God. Loves. You. Very. Much.
Let me repeat that a little clearly:
GOD! LOVES! YOU! VERY! MUCH!
Oh, my sweet friends, you and I have no idea the magnitude of God’s love for us, His tender care for us, His mercy toward us, His grace for us, and His sacrifice so that we can experience all of this over and over again.
While I was on my face, I felt His abundant love. I did not hear, “I told you so.” I heard in my heart (did you know your heart can hear?), “no condemnation.” That was my answer. God loves me and I am not condemned.
I knew it deep down while I was on the patio. I poured it all out to the Lord, and what I received from that obedience was…
My dear friends, God has given you a task to complete. He is elevating you to the next level of your life, your ministry, your career… you, lovely, beautiful one, are being elevated, taken higher! In this process, the devil has become angry, threatened, and afraid (oh yes, he’s afraid) of who you might become if you were to actually be successful in this task. If you actually discovered your true identity, a child of the Most High God, and began walking, talking, and acting like it, then you will be a force to be reckoned with. So, the devil has been having a field day making you miserable.
He was with me.
Until this morning.
It’s time to put a stop to it.
Sometimes you just need to fall on your face before God and tell Him the truth. Pour it all out. Who’s going to care but you and God anyway? At least, that’s the attitude we should have.
What do you need to confess to the Lord today? He’s waiting. Ever so patiently, with no condemnation.