Staying On Track

Q. I am having problems staying on track with the Lord. I find myself doing well for a month or two and then suddenly I’m back to chasing worldly desires and giving into temptation. I feel so unworthy of His love. What should I do?

A. First of all, stop beating yourself up. This happens to all of us, and nobody is worthy of God’s love. He didn’t die to make us worthy, He died to make us free.

We feel bad after sinning because the Holy Spirit is convicting us. When we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

When God forgives us He also forgets the sin ever happened. Therefore, if we still feel bad after we confess and receive His forgiveness, we know that’s our enemy trying to put us on a guilt trip, so we’ll feel unworthy of God’s love. James 4:7 tells us to resist the devil and he’ll flee from us. Here’s how to do that.

Paul said God has given us a weapon that has divine power to defeat our enemy when this happens. We know it as the power of choice and it works like this. We can to choose to believe that God has forgiven us, because that’s what His word tells us, and and we can rebuke those thoughts of unworthiness. By doing this we can demolish every pretension that sets itself up against our knowledge of God (2 Cor. 10:3-5).

This doesn’t mean we’ll never sin again, but when we do we will know how to receive God’s forgiveness and put our sin behind us, just like He has. And always remember this;

“Because of God’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

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