Friday, November 10, 2017

What Happens When I Fail?

What HappensWhen I Fail?
Proverbs 3:5,6
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

What happens when we fail before a Holy God? Are we doomed to struggle in guilt  plummeting into hopelessness and despair? Will we ever be forgiven? Are we without hope or any possibility of God’s mercy? After counseling with many women who have fallen into Satan’s snare, there is one common denominator they all battle with. They have listened to his lies and believed they are far too imperfect and unacceptable for God to ever love or forgive. Women in addiction are especially dominated by self-reproach and depression using any kind of substance to relieve their conscience. Needless to say, substance abuse only makes matters worse and the feelings of guilt stronger. How can anyone ever attain freedom from the pit they’ve descended into or make the shame go away? This is a question so many have asked with no resolve. 

Women struggling with divorce, spousal abuse or just trying to make it as a single mom see themselves as unworthy and undeserving of God or man’s forgiveness. Consequently, they become riddled with shame, remorse and humiliation. Is this condemnation from a Holy God? “No,” it’s from others who have heaped contempt upon these hurting people with immense disrespect. This sort of judgmental mindset is excruciatingly painful and brings with it a defamation of a persons character. 

There’s only one way to rid oneself of guilt and shame and that is by putting your complete trust in the finished work of Christ. Whether you have problems with substance abuse, spousal abuse or other burdens in this life, the answer is still the same. Believe in Christ, repent of your sin, and trust Christ to forgive you. What should you do when you fail before God and man? Trust in the Lord not on your own knowledge or understanding. Have faith in who He is–––the Great I AM!

Lord, I will trust in You.

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