I know the title of my message seems a bit strange to some, but I was talking to a friend yesterday and we were discussing that at times, when we do things that are not pleasing to God, it shows that we are not only disobedient to Him, but we have decided to entertain our flesh. However, when you really sit down and ponder on why I decided to write this title as; ‘The devil is helping you get closer to God’, is that the enemy knows that He is only an imitator/manipulator. So the only thing the enemy can do is make you feel bad for your sins, what you have done in the past, recently or even now. But think about it…when you feel bad about what you’ve done, shouldn’t that be your opportunity for you to talk to God and pour your heart to Him?
The moment you sin, or fall into temptation, the opportunity that you have is to run to God and express your grief, pain and anxiety to Him, apologising for the things you have done. Indeed, He will hear you, and forgive you! Essentially, you will be reconciled to God, and He will remember your sins no more. James 1 verses 2-4 says: “(2): Consider it wholly joyful, brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort, or fall into various temptations, (3): Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith brings out endurance, steadfastness and patience, (4): But let endurance, steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfectly and fully developed lacking in nothing”.
The trials that you face now will not last for long…you just need to hold on, and know that what you are going through, is shaping you to become more like Him, and drawing you CLOSER to your destiny. This is where praise comes in! PRAISE is so powerful! We were all created to praise Him! Whether you get good news or bad news, one of the main priorities on earth is to praise Him! When we continue to praise Him, the enemy eventually begins to flee from our lives. Not only that, you are giving God the respect and authority that He deserves.
Psalms 27 verse 3 says : “Though a host encamp me, my heart shall not fear, though war arise against me, in this I will be confident”. This is David speaking. The book of David is one of my favourite bible passages, as he went through various types of trials. This specific verse illustrates that he was surrounded with guilt, worry, depression, anxiety, but he chose not to fear…why? Because David was confident in who he believed in. Most of the Psalms that he wrote were based on his past, the pain he went through in feeling isolated, but guess what…it drew Him MORE CLOSER TO GOD, and did not give any room for the enemy to penetrate. You need to realise that, when you are going through several seasons of pain, just remind yourself ‘I AM GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS!‘. If David did, so can you!
If we sin, and we feel bad about it and throw in the towel, the enemy will use guilt to separate you from God. You may start saying things like:
- “I am not qualified enough to get the job!”
- “I don’t think I am going to pass my exams!”
- “I think God really hates me right now!”
- “I am so dirty, who would want to be with me?”
One of my favourite Gospel singers; Donnie McClurkin wrote in one of his songs ‘We fall down but we get up, for a saint is just a sinner who fell down, and got up‘. No matter what you have done, you CAN get back up again! It may seem hard because you are still meditating on the things you participated in a few years ago, or even recently, but you need to bare in mind that God remembers your sin NO MORE so why should you! Use this as an opportunity to get back up on your feet and keep it moving! Nobody is going to live your life for you, but YOU! Remember that God loves the sinner, but hates sin...He does not hate you…the enemy does!
Not everyone who reads this message may grasp the true understanding of it, but if there is anyone who is finding it hard to get closer to God, please take note of the following:
1) PRAY– Though it may seem obvious, pray on just a little while longer to God than usual, and express your pain and worries to Him. He loves to listen. Ensure that your words come from your heart. Position yourself coming before Him and seeing His majesty as you pray.
2) DO NOT BE PROUD– When you know you have done wrong, be honest with God…confess and own up! He will forgive you! If you lack in any area, do not be afraid to ask for help.
3) Confess your sin(s) to Him– Confess all your problems to Him and what you are going through in your life right now. Alternatively, if it helps, you can make a personal prayer journal, writing down all the things you struggle with, that nobody else knows, and pray over all of them.
4) Ask your Christian friends how to pray if you are struggling with it– A good way to learn how to pray is to ask someone you trust. You can also be comfortable to confess your faults to one another, and help to edify and encourage.
5) Remember that God is right next to YOU– He is ALWAYS with you, like a close friend, someone that sticks closer than a brother. You are more likely to get better acquainted with God more and more, as it automatically brings you closer to Him. Essentially, you will benefit by seeking Him to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Make a determined decision today to get as close to God as you can be.
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