Have you ever felt no matter how much you strive to please God that you consistently fail? No matter how hard you try you feel like you are running in place? There are many tired, cynical, well-intended Christians wearing masks determined to work on their sin to achieve an intimate relationship with God.
Jesus said His yoke is pleasant, and His burden is light (Mat 11:30). Does it feel light to you? Does it feel pleasant? It can. We all go through periods of feeling insufficient but we have the power to combat the feeling through the Holy Spirit.
Learning of God’s grace will make you more aware of God’s forgiveness and of the need to keep forgiving each other as God forgave us in Christ. We need to be aware of the strengths God has given us to help others as well as aware of our weaknesses we need to work on. In our “natural self” (flesh) we might want to bypass God’s way. Sacrifice isn’t comfortable. But God declares His grace is sufficient for every painful situation we will ever encounter.
God has provided us with the tools (repentance, prayer, Truth) we need to break free by gaining an understanding and by trusting Him. As you turn your troubles to Him you can feel safe, secure, loved, and yes, pleasant.
I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (Cor 12:10)
We are new creations no longer slaves to sin. (Galatians 5:1) Jesus, our Savior provides all we need through His resurrection power. (2 Peter 1:3) His grace turns our weakness into strength. (2 Corinthians 12:9).
I’m reading TrueFaced by John Lynch, Bill Thrall, and Bruce McNico. TrueFaced addresses the most basic motives faced by every follower of Christ: the distinction between our determination to please God or to trust Him. If you need help thoroughly grasping the concept of a truly trusting, grace-filled relationship with the God, this is a book that will help.
I purchased this book after listening to John Lynch’s TrueFaced audio message. John is a phenomenal communicator who will delight you with his engaging humor and realistic approach. In the video and audio below John uses the metaphor of two rooms in our pursuit of God.
I laughed and teared up through the message, praising God all the way way through. The video at the top of this page is a snippet from the audio message. Don’t just watch the video–the audio has much more, beginning with the “Santa Claus is Coming to Town theology.”