Why is it so much easier to think upon our failures? Think about it, when you think about your life, do you focus more on your failure or on Jesus’ success in saving you?
It is true of me. I remember battling my temptations of lust for years. In all honesty, I had a love/hate relationship with it. It was brutal. In my first post on Failure, I talked about being frustrated with feeling like I could not beat it.
Here I was, trapped. Trapped in my own desires. I was trying to pursue Jesus Christ, only to be swayed away by my own desires. I ended up hating my desires only to be pursuing my sin within days to weeks later. My desire to read sexual explicit material was alluring and it beat me too often.
My sin still beats me more than I wish it would–it comes in different forms now. My sinful desire is still alive and active.
Sinful desire is not just limited to lust, but to anything that takes your desires away from loving Jesus.
Thankfully, Jesus stepped in! Jesus is my conqueror! I am rescued. I am redeemed (1 Peter 1:18). I have been forgiven. When I sin, I can praise Jesus for his forgiveness. He is the Ultimate Warrior and He is the only one who can redeem me!
It’s only because of Jesus that I can be a Redeemed Warrior!
So often I would focus all my attention on my sin. My failure. My shortcoming. My lack of war on my sin. Yet, I would miss something so sweet; namely, God showing me his grace.
I do not just mean by forgiving me (Romans 8:1) but by giving me the eyes to see my sin (James 4:6) in a way He Himself see’s it. My sin is a trap. It’s a lie. Instead of being a giver of joy, it’s a joy taker. Sin works to dry up my soul. Yet, God has given me grace to see this and to fight.
Sometimes we may hate the process God is taking us through, but remember God is giving us grace to see Him and to cherish Him more sweetly than ever before. I would not want to trade that for anything.
- Why do you think you tend to focus on your sins rather than God’s grace?
- How is it encouraging to remember that you have been rescued (redeemed) by Jesus?
- Do you see God’s grace in the midst of your failures?
- How can you glorify God when you fail?