We are creatures ridden with imperfection, mars, scars, and shameful mistakes. Each day is a struggle to either live to the utmost or give up on ourselves. There are suicides, self-deprecating thoughts, bullied souls, the ones who harass, the abused, those who abuse, along with a myriad of other symptoms rooted in the same disease–being human.
In the beginning of mankind, God gave us a choice. To eat or not eat from the tree He strictly commanded us not to eat from. From a little coercion by the Father of lies, Eve–followed by Adam–partook of the forbidden fruit. At that moment, shame and guilt and fear entered the world. Sin.The loss of innocence and the realization of fault came into being. The imbalance of trust and fear, in regards to relationships, was born.
However, years later, Jesus–God in the flesh–was sent to Earth in order to reconcile us back to Him through the shedding of His son’s blood. Instead of humanity having to sacrifice more animals as a sin-offering to God, God sent His pure self. It is through Jesus’ sacrifice that we have the freedom to repent and be forgiven. Time and time again. His grace, through faith, is what empowers us to move ahead (Ephesians 2:8). There is no price we have to pay, no value we earn through works, and no debt we owe. All things pertaining to that have been taken care of.
Therefore, as God’s children, after we have sinned, there is a moment following sin I call Reveal. This is when we realize what we have done and are convicted–not condemned–by the Holy Spirit to turn the sin over to God and make steps to move forward. Conviction is a heart-realization that something in our life needs to change or be altered. It is not the strong and impending guilt known as condemnation.
This revealing is not something to be afraid of. It just means that God knows you can do better. You are too valuable in His eyes to be trapped in sin. Sin separates us from a close connection with Him. He yearns for your love and attention. Spending time with sin is akin to handing over our devotion to another master–to the very enemy of God. Satan.
And that’s not cool, yo!
In Larry Bettencourt’s book, Put It Behind Ya, he states, “The way to respond to what is going on inside of you is by changing the way you think” (p. 34). The importance of this concept is explained in Romans 12:2, which Larry also uses as an example. This verse says, “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.”
I want you to know that you have not been defeated. You are only infected by the sins of this world. But God is a God of healing. And He wants you to be healed and whole. In order to respond to God’s desires, surrender the sin to Him and begin to renew your mind through the Word of God.
Bettencourt also emphasizes the importance of finding someone who you can be accountable to. I have, in my own life, found freedom and release from sharing what I am going through with someone I trust. It is scary, but somewhere in that vulnerability, freedom is found and the power of Hell is broken. Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Don’t be afraid of seeking help. God rewards those who seek Him. He’s always there for you to cry out to and He is never far away.
After conviction and repentance come the final step–redirection. Do not do what has caused you pain any longer. Run away from it and let God eradicate it completely from you through full and unwavering surrender.
God. Loves. You.
I think Newton’s third law of motion can apply to our relationship with Christ. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Our surrender to God results in our victory. The more we draw near the God, the more He draws near to us. God rewards those who seek Him.
Okay. Okay. Perhaps God’s reaction is a lot LARGER than our initial action. What I mean is that every time we move towards God, He is going to move towards us. If we seek Him to Reroute our lives for the better, you can bet your bottom dollar He will.
God is faithful even in our faithlessness. His nature remains when ours changes.
God redirected the course of human history with the sacrifice of Jesus. Just think of how He can help you, today, in this moment.
Reveal. Respond. Reroute.