In my daily life, I am easily distracted, pulled away and brought deep down away from where God wants me. I get caught up in the distractions and traps of people pleasing, my desires, comparison and other things that appear to be satisfying to me. It doesn’t take much to bring me down to these dark places. When I find myself living like this, I’m constantly reminded that I shouldn’t be. I’m constantly reminded that I am nothing apart from Christ and I am SO weak, pathetic and unable to do anything of significance for God on my own. I tend to have wake up calls from God quite often, which I’m thankful for!
This holy week and Easter season, where we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, has been one of those wake up calls for me. The Christian life is and should be a continual process of being reminded of where you have been and where you are now, because of Christ, and acting upon that. I want my Easter wake up call to be a daily one.
Here is my prayer going into this Easter weekend. This prayer is the process of where I want my life to be directed and moved towards every day. I hope you find this challenging, inspiring and relatable for your own life as well for this Easter weekend and every day:
- Bring me back to the problem.
I have a sin problem. You have a sin problem. We all have a sin problem. When we were born, we were born into sin. Because of the first two humans to live and sin, Adam and Eve, we are now brought into that cycle. We are in serious need of redemption and help. Our natural, human desire, is to sin. Thankfully, there is a way out of this inclination to sin, but we have to take hold of it. We will never truly appreciate God to the fullest and worship Him as He is worthy, until we realize how sinful we are apart from Him!
“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” -Romans 7:18
- Bring me back to the provider.
God loves us so much that He made a way out of our sin! God’s wrath of the worlds sin was made complete by sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to live on this earth, take the form of a human, humble servant, live without sin, and die on a cross. Jesus was and is unlike anyone else in history. He is fully God and fully man, completely able to relate to us in our struggles, yet also able to sit at the right hand of God and reign in glory. He took on our sin for us by being crucified on a cross, and then defeating sin, death and hell through His resurrection! Thank you Jesus for bridging the gap and providing a way out for me. I am no longer identified as a sinner, but as a saint, through you.
..”but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8
- Bring me back to the promise(s).
Not only are we saved from our sins, but we are made right with God through Jesus. This has so many implications in our lives! Peace, joy, protection, provision, guidance, vision, dreams, gifts, community, eternity and so much more! We not only have peace with God and are able to experience His presence in this lifetime, but even better, we are able to experience his presence to the fullest in eternity with Him one day. At the point of salvation, we are sealed with the Spirit and forever one with Him. Although life will still bring troubles, we are sealed and saved with the grace of Jesus, which gives us a greater perspective.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” -Romans 5:1-2
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” -Romans 8:1
- Bring me back to praise.
Because of what Jesus has done, I praise Him! Jesus is worthy of all praise. We should praise Him every day, with every opportunity. In the good and the bad, he is worthy of praise. When we praise Him, our spirits are lifted, our outlook is positive, and our perspective is full of joy. We don’t have to live our lives based upon our circumstances, but we know that God is working in all of our circumstances when we live for Him!
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28
..”that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” -Romans 15:6-7
- Bring me back to the pursuit.
All of these things are great, but they don’t just happen overnight. Jesus demands that we seek him and pursue him. Because we are not in heaven yet, we must actively put off our flesh and sin, and actively put on God and his armor (Ephesians 6). It is through this pursuit, that we truly experience what it means for God to walk with and alongside us through this life.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2
If you are a Christian, I encourage you to think about what areas in your own life need to be brought back to God. If you are not a Christian and have questions or want to know more, I would love to talk with you about what it looks like to have a relationship with Jesus, so that you can experience these amazing truths and promises. Please reach out to me. Jesus loves you, died for you and wants to know you!
…”if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” -Romans 10:9
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