I have blogged many a time about driving home from my boyfriend Patricks house. It’s a 45 minute drive and it’s a great time for prayer, thinking and revelations (or illuminations).
Last night there was a HUGE storm. I’m talking lightening, wind, sheets of rain, the works. When Patrick first walked me out to my car it was not even raining, only lightening. The further I drove from his house the worse the storm became. I started to think of different ways this storm can relate to people.
Lets just call rain “sin”. There are times in your life when it’s not raining at all. You are living your life and for the most part you aren’t really messing up. Things are going great! Then it starts to sprinkle – you mess up here and there, but nothing the wind shield wipers can’t clean up in a second. You make a mistake, an oops, fix your ways and overcome whatever sin you committed. Then it starts to rain – You got some serious cleaning up to do. Your windshield wipers (repentance) is on a steady pace. Your path has become a little blurred. You can still make out where you are going (or where God is trying to lead you) but there are some serious distractions and hindrances in you life. Then it is pouring. I almost had to pull my car over on the side of the road because I was unable to really see where the lines on the road were. When sin overcomes us to a state where we can’t even see where God is trying to lead us it becomes scary. Lets call the lightening “temptation”. Every couple of seconds I would be blinded from where I was going because lightening (temptation) would flash across the sky. In our daily routines we are constantly bombarded with different temptations. It’s not something my wind shield wipers could just wash away – I just had to ignore it. You have to learn to ignore the temptations that temporarily blind you from the path God has placed you on.
13For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently. 1 Cor 10:13 AMP
Ever found yourself in a place where you feel distant from God? Have no idea where God is leading you? You are no longer hearing from God? That is a scary place to be. I feel like everyone has been there at one time or another in their walk with God though. Look at what season of sin you have been in and start moving towards a sinless season. There was only one who never sinned and that was Jesus, however, it is our goal to be Christ-like. Strive to be sinless. Look at your life -is it even raining or is pouring down and you are scared about where you are headed? We need to get out of the season of constantly messing up over and over again and enter into a season of following Gods commandments. Everyone can fake it – just going to church, knowing the right words to say, the right “religious views” on Facebook, the right inspirational status. Really look in your life though – are you hearing from God? Digging into His perfect Word? Worshipping Him in all of your actions, not just by raising your hands on a Sunday morning? Don’t get me wrong, I have been through them all; I am no where near perfect. However, even when I mess up and it starts to sprinkle – I remember the commitment I made to follow Him. I repent and I keep moving forward.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 NKJV
- Season – a period of the year marked by certain conditions, activities, etc;
So I pray that you strive to move forward. You fight to get out of a season of sin and don’t look back. I pray that this week you see what needs to change and have the courage to change it. Praise God we serve a God who forgives and lets up keep trying. I pray you do not get discouraged in whatever season of sin you are trying to leave. You can do it; I believe in you.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.