I’ve never given up anything for the Lenten Season…I’m not sure why. Maybe because I haven’t fully embraced the mission of its purpose. And I should. I know I should. But I think much of what people give up for God, is in some way not enough. Maybe I have always believed there is nothing I could possibly give up for God that would be enough. Enough to equal the Grace He pours onto me. If I were to try, I am destined to fail.
I realize now, that this very thought is what I should ultimately surrender in my Lenten Sacrifice.
I will give up the lies.
The lies I keep believing over and over again…
“I’m never ever going to be a ‘good enough’ Christian.”
“How on earth can I represent His Holiness, when I am far from Holy?”
“How do I lead others in ministry, when I am failing miserably?”
“I am so ashamed. I don’t deserve His Grace.”
“I’m too tired and defeated to stand in God’s Presence.”
“How can I be a good Christian, if my past reeks of sin?”
“I have nothing to offer, so I just won’t give anything.”
“I could never be as good a Christian as them.”
“I’m not at all righteous, therefore I’m not at all worthy of calling myself a Christian.”
“I’ll never get this whole faith thing right.”
“I don’t understand so many parts of the bible, I’m incredibly incompetent.”
For Lent this year, I am claiming them all as that…
And I am letting go of each and every one of them.
They are Satan’s greatest weapons against God. His gunfire never ceases to shoot us down. He knows that the best way to keep us from our Loving Father is to hit us where we are most weak…
The lies have seeped into our world like a rusty pipe draining fermented stinky sewage…drop by drop it saturates our hearts and severs the Heavenly Tie that bonds the Almighty with the fallen. The enemy is victorious in his fight over and over again.
Because we believe the lies.
“I’m not suitable for church.”
“Christian people are so pushy and judgmental, this faith thing is definitely NOT for me.”
“I just don’t deserve God’s Love.”
“I am so far gone, God can’t save me from this mess.”
“I’m too angry, too hurt and God doesn’t understand.”
“Another fail, how dare I ask for His Grace again?”
“If all these bad things happen to me, there must not be a loving God.”
“I hate where I’m at right now in my life, so forget God.”
“God hasn’t answered my prayers, He just doesn’t care.”
“I don’t belong in those righteous circles.”
“God-loving people are too good for me.”
“God isn’t for me, because there is no way I can meet all the requirements.”
“I can’t uphold all those Christian rules.”
“Christians are SO critical and self righteous, who would want to hang with them?”
“I’m far from virtuous, so who I am to have a relationship with God?”
“I’ll never pray because I see so many people who do and their lives still suck.”
“That church is full of pushy people, I’ve decided it’s not worth going.”
“The bible seems so hard to understand, so why even read it?”
And God cries.
Because His Truth is hidden in the shadows of deception.
And His Love is churned into a twisted form of condition.
His truth is this: Our God does not hand pick people to pour out His grace- He chooses us ALL. Every single human being is a child of God and is LOVED by our Almighty Creator. No one is exalted or excused. No matter where we are in our faith, who we are in our hearts, and how we act in our lives- God wants nothing more than to wrap His merciful and loving arms around us and scoop us into His Kingdom. His Light shines for ALL. We can choose to step into it or away from it.
What will you do?
Believe the lies, or trust His Truth? Stay in the darkness or step in the light?
I can’t help but wonder how many times He has cried out for His children, longing to love them…
Only to be denied by lies.
What lies do you believe? Will you give them up too?
John 1:3-5 (TLB)
3 He created everything there is—nothing exists that he didn’t make. 4 Eternal life is in him, and this life gives light to all mankind. 5 His life is the light that shines through the darkness—and the darkness can never extinguish it.
*Honored to add this piece to the Friday Link Up with my favorite person in the world, Jami Amerine.*