Two Lies that keep us from Jesus; and overcoming them
There’s a deep awe in the balance of beauty and peace. I picture standing on a cliff, overlooking the mountains, as the fresh air cools my lungs. Beauty and peace.
A balance that awakens the blood and emotions of my being. I genuinely feel the truth that I am nothing, and God is everything, in a moment like that.
But we’re not always on a cliff. And we’re not always in the fresh air. So, what does that sensation look like in the mundane? In the dreary, rainy days full of chaos and strife? Where’s the balance of beauty and peace?
1 Peter 3:11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it
The balance is still the same regardless of the details. Our peace has already been defined by the foundation of our faith, not the details of the world. Meaning, the same awe we experience on a mountain top is the same awe we experience in struggle. The key is the foundation on which we stand.
If we live on the depleting rock of the earth, we will surely fall. But if we stand firm on the word of God, then we will surely rise. So, the broken roads in front of us are nothing more than the continued pursuit of Christ; our command to fight for the joy and will of God. 1 Peter is warning us of that: that it requires a choice and action. Our mountain top is both in nature and behind bars; both in family and in singleness; both in riches and in the poor. It is an action of our heart and mind to choose Him, and act on the promises of His word.
So, what holds us back from a seemingly simple expectation? I believe there are two main situations:
Fear of Failure
We live in a generation that has convinced itself we aren’t good enough for ___. It’s not that we don’t understand the foundation is God, it’s that we have already marked ourselves as failures of it. We have already decided that we can’t do it, that we won’t succeed, that we aren’t capable. We have taken the mic from God and turned it off. We have walked away.
Psalm 37: 23-24 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
The goal is getting to a point in your faith where you understand that we are nothing without Jesus, and He is everything. So, we learn that our “failure” is not failure, because of the cross. Are we imperfect? Sinful? Prideful? Yes. But that is precisely why we need Jesus every single day.
The foundation of God means understanding that alone we cannot win, but through Him we have already won. So, instead of walking away from Him, run to Him. For we are forgiven by His grace and can live within the delight of that truth.
Fear of Judgement
This has manifested itself in a lie we so often tell ourselves: we are too far gone for Jesus. We are too dirty, too shameful, too broken to be forgiven or a part of this light that God promises. But in fact, it is that “dirtiness” that God loves. Why? Because it means bringing your raw, true self to Him, and allowing Him to love you.
Luke 19:10 For the son of man came to seek and save the lost
Because the truth is that if God created us because He wanted us, then we are precious and loved by Him; if He then sent His only son to die for us, then we are intimately sought and forgiven by Him. You cannot believe in God without the belief in who He is and what He has done for us. So, by the definition of our faith, we are never too far gone or dirty for Jesus to love us.
What can we do with these lies?
Our relationship with Jesus starts with demolishing these lies. We must begin the work of overcoming these emotional obstacles to fully live within the Jesus relationship we were meant for.
We start, by going to His word. Going to the pages that give us truth, direction, and promises that allow us to step away from those insecurities and dive in to the grace He has given.
It’s all right there. We can’t do it without Jesus and Jesus is the hero of the bible- so we should seek it as the treasure it is and pursue it as if it might escape. Our balance of that beauty and peace reside in our relationship with Him, because that is what overcomes the world and the broken roads. That is the mountain top we stand on and the awe our hearts consume.