Let’s get raw. Today is ‘Take Care of Your Temple’ Tuesday… Check out Lyss (my co-collaborator and friend’s) blog post about ‘not letting your mind bully your body.’ That’s pretty similar to what I’m going to share today about ‘taking care of your mind.’ My whole being is a mind, body, and eternal soul! And part of being here on this earth means that in taking care of my body, I can’t neglect to take care of the mind that God has given to me for His glory!
By God’s grace, He has renewed my mind too by the blood of Jesus Christ washing away my sin and giving me peace with God, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still a battle for the mind here on this earth.
Peter says in 1 Peter 1:13, ‘Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;’
The battle for the mind is real, so real that it’s a battle I fight everyday. Because my sin and wrong thoughts often start in my mind, but I’ve been seeing more and more that I need to remember the TRUTH. And the truth will set your mind, soul, and body free!
I fear failure. I do. I fear failing my readers on the blog. I fear failing my family. And most of all … well I’ve feared failing my Heavenly Father.
The other day (well, by the time you’re reading this) it’s going to be a few weeks, but I was bowed down under the weight of a heaviness I can’t really express in human words.
We sat down as a family, and my heart was burdened, heavy, tired. I felt like saying, ‘Why are you cast down o my soul? Why are you disquieted in me?’
It felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. And I can’t bear that… Sometimes I feel like that when I’m blogging. I feel like I ‘have to’ be the model example of recovery and I can’t be vulnerable or weak or broken.
That’s honest; it’s kind of an honesty that hurts, but it’s real. The discouragement of life sometimes does hit you.
Then we listen to this passage from Acts 3.
‘And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God’
I felt paralyzed. We even listened to the sermon, and my heart wanted to leap and praise God, but my body didn’t. My mind was in a fog.
I got into the car. I was just barely eeking out a few words of prayer, because I was going to a prayer meeting. I wanted to be ready; I wanted to feel alive.
The prayer meeting was an hour, and it was life changing…
At the prayer meeting was one precious elderly lady, about 80(ish) years old, and 2 girls that are younger than me. For an hour, we spent time talking to God, pouring out confession of sin, and wondering at the mercy of God in saving us despite ourselves.
As I listened and my heart was just silent before my Father.
The next day my daddy preached about how Jesus said in John 6 that nobody that God has given to Him will He lose.
And it really struck me.
I might fail, but Jesus won’t. If I’m in God’s plan, God doesn’t fail. There is no failure with God even if I’m just crawling along, weak, and broken.
There are going to be days where I feel like I’m falling to pieces, but Jesus puts people back together. The power of Jesus Christ enabled even the paralyzed man to rise up and walk, just like the name of Jesus put life back into me on that day that I felt like a failure.
And on those days that I feel like more than a failure, God says… in Romans 8:36-39, ‘
‘As it is written: “For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
He puts me back together every day, and I’m so thankful. I am more than a conqueror through Him that loves me.
And because of Jesus I have the greatest advocate I will ever need.
‘Approach, my soul, the mercy seat,
Where Jesus answers prayer;
There humbly fall before His feet,
For none can perish there.’
So if you feel like a failure, I want to encourage you. Jesus heals. He comforts. He even sent the Holy Spirit to comfort, and if you are in need of comfort, hope, and joy, Jesus gives that bread of life that always satisfies the deepest longing of the soul.
Do you fear failure?
How do you get over the fear of failure?
What gives you HOPE and JOY? 🙂