LOGOS CORNER V
I remember doing a post a while back on ‘fighting temptations’ and I felt really passionate discussing the topic, but what happens when you fall into temptation? What do you do next as a believer? how do you manage those emotions that accompanies the conviction?………………………
As usual, get your bibles, gadgets, notepads and lets begin…..Welcome to Logos corner.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9
This week I had a major setback in my walk in God. I have never felt so condemned, even though I have a good understanding that the ‘guilt’ I was feeling was conviction and not condemnation. I felt I cheated on the HolySpirit (I don’t know any other phrase to describe exactly how I felt except from that). I felt like a complete sinner. You may be wondering how come I’m being so ‘expressive‘ but I know this will reach someone and they can understand that they are not alone.
Sometimes in our walk with God we totally ignore the signs and the warnings God gives us through the Holy Spirit, simply because at the moment, the flesh seems so insatiable. Tosin saw all the warnings, I knew I was making the wrong decisions, I knew the consequences, but still I allowed myself follow suit.
Its quite amazing how direct the Spirit of God can be…….. In my soberness I heard the HolySpirit clearly saying, “I told you!, Tosin I warned you!” ………. But at that moment I felt as though the anointing of God had left me, I felt as if I’ve broken the hedge God placed around me, I literally felt like the fire was quenching. But I thank God for the spirit of understanding and his mercy.
In my reflection I understood that the devil is very out to get the children of God and everyday of your life is a spiritual warfare as a believer.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” Ephesians 6:12
When you begin to walk uprightly, your light shines so bright the devil can obviously see it. Therefore, he sends people, emotions, temptations, habits, jobs, sickness to try to dim that Light, and a believer who has no discipline/is disobedient may unfortunately fall prey.
This week as I dealt with my conviction one thing that stood out to me was the word of God already embedded in my heart(importance of meditating on the word). Even when I was afraid and unconsciously letting my setback have dominion over me, I found myself repeating scriptures, I said “the devil is a liar” repeatedly. Although now I look back its quite funny but then I meant every word in that phrase.
The holyspirit brought to my remembrance scriptures like Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” and Galatians 4:7 “So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir”. The latter even struck harder because I really felt weak spiritually, and I needed to remind myself that I was a child of God, joint heirs with Christ, hence a condemnation/pity party is not my portion.
One thing I also did to manage my emotions was to be accountable to someone and not just the Holy Spirit. The bible says in James 5:16 “therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective“.
I messaged one of my sisters in christ and told her what had happened, I explained how I was feeling and after some admonition I suddenly felt better. She didn’t judge me or make me uncomfortable but instead she reminded me of the word of God. She asked me if I had asked for forgiveness, of which that was when I realised I had wallowed so much in my ‘grieving’ I literally forgot to ask God for forgiveness even though I’m certain he saw the remorse in my heart. I went to my prayer room(bathroom lol) and said a word of prayer and I felt peace because I understood 1 John 5:14-15 and Mark 11:24
‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him “
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”
In totality what am I saying? Sometimes as Believers we fall. Without offence there would be no need for forgiveness, but God has put forgiveness in place by his mercy and grace which is always sufficient for you and I.
If there are ever days the devil is trying to make sin seem like it has a hold on you, I want you to confess the word of God to that situation understanding that God is ever faithful even in our unfaithfulness. See every experience as its purpose is for a greater good. You are a believer who loves God, therefore all things work together for your good.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me”.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Have an amazing, fearless life, God really does love you!
P.s I received awesome news this week! academic and career wise, would share with you all in due time, Indeed God is faithful……
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