Have you ever said, “If I were the Christian I was supposed to be I wouldn’t feel,” now fill in the blank: fearful, jealous, envious, worthless, bitter, un-trusting, un-trustworthy, mean, despised. The list could go on and on, but you get my drift! I have the answers for you straight out of the Word. Let’s start with a few verses from Psalm 109 Oh, God, my Lord, step in; work a miracle for me—you can do it! Get me out of here—your love is so great!—I’m at the end of my rope, my life in ruins. I’m fading away to nothing, passing away, my youth gone, old before my time. Psalms 40:17 And me? I’m a mess. I’m nothing and have nothing: make something of me. You can do it; you’ve got what it takes— but God, don’t put it off. Psalm 70:5 But I’ve lost it. I’m wasted. God—quickly, quickly! Quick to my side, quick to my rescue! God, don’t lose a minute.
Now, all of those words were said to God from David, a man about whom it is said, “a man after God’s own heart!” If this man, who was so very close to God and had sinned greatly, who had a man killed so that he could have his wife, could feel so low then why shouldn’t you have times when you feel “poor and needy“? You need to ask for agreement in prayer. Have I ever felt the feelings I just mentioned? I would be lying to you if I said no. However, isn’t that what life is about, to overcome these trials? Realizing and admitting that you have a fault: James 5: 16 Confess your sins (faults) to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
I have heard it said that life is the training ground for eternity, the “boot camp”! I want to pass every test life throws at me, don’t you? The moment you really begin trying to conquer your “faults” a dozen things will crop up to stop you. People will test your patience until it wears so thin you can see through it, but hang on, Philippians 4:13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. Psalm 139:23-24 Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—then guide me on the road to eternal life.
Feeling better about yourself now? I do!