Do you ever feel like you are in spiritual rehab? My whole life is spiritual rehabilitation. When you are faced with a wrong you’ve done, do you dig your heels into it, by reasoning or justifying it, entrenching you more in wrong filled thinking, hardening your heart, and not allowing God to change you? Or, are you humbly able to own your wrong and turn toward God for guidance and help?
I’m usually wrong, but that’s ok because God is always right, and that’s what I need. Maybe one day my life will resemble Jesus, but for now, I’m good with being a weirdo who is genuinely excited when convicted. Now, this post may sound like I’m knit-picking or being trivial, but like I always tell Scott, “It’s the little things that’ll getcha!”
So, today there was a part in Pastor Trent’s sermon where he was talking about how people leave the church because of church people. I’m shaking my head and thinking, that’s terrible and I don’t ever want someone to go because of me. And no joke, right after the sermon, I said something judgmental, rude, and wrong. The kind of thing that if a person heard would never want to come to church. Immediately, I was convicted. And I turned to God about what to do. I get excited when God convicts me because God loves me too much to leave me where I’m at, and He exposes my wrongs by showing up to lovingly rebuke me. He takes out wrong thoughts and fills my mind with more of Him (spiritual surgery). Then He graciously guides and directs me towards what to do.
Ultimately, I know I’m going to mess up. It’s not what we do that defines us, but what God has done and will do through our mistakes that define us if we are willing to submit to Him.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” -Proverbs 3:5-6
“We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” -2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT