Imperfect People Loving a Perfect God

Lately I’ve been in a very humbling season and it is drawing me ever closer to my great Lord and King… this is a most incredible season of my life! I am so full of joy at seeing the work of God’s hand as he tenderly and strategically uses his scalpel to dissect my soul and align my life to His perfect pleasing. I gladly lay myself at His altar daily while He perfects the things that concern me.

As we journey though life desiring only to please God, we must learn to discern between His will, the enemy’s temptation, and our own desires. While being in His will is our ultimate desire, other desires (which are not necessarily bad things) can become so strong that they drive our decisions and steal our focus. And if we’re not careful we can find ourselves out of the will of God. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve fallen into some type of sinful behavior, but it means that somehow you’ve become distracted by something other than what God desires you to be focused on.

Sometimes this happens because we get caught up in our emotions and are led by our flesh (mind, will, emotions, physical desires) rather than our Spirit. We all have areas of our life that are more susceptible to this misleading. For each of us, those areas are likely different. Often it’s the areas of life where you perceive you are lacking in some way. There may be promises from God that have not yet been fulfilled and the eagerness to see them come to pass can cause us to fall into this deception. The trap is that our mind will use reasoning and logic to justify our emotional decisions, therefore believing them to be the will of God. Just think of Abram and Sarai when they decided to create Ishmael. In this case they justified an immoral act in an attempt to see the promises of God come to pass. But it is also possible for us to create our own Ishmael even if our decision is not immoral. Anything that takes time and energy away from God’s desired focus for you is a problem.

The way to avoid falling into this trap is to take ample time to fast and pray before making these decisions. The enemy wants nothing more than for you to be out of alignment with God’s will. God is faithful and He will show you His will and desire for you. If His desire is different from yours, you must be willing to surrender it to Him… trusting and knowing that your Father in Heaven knows best. His ways are higher than your ways and He sees the end from the beginning, so in Him you can trust.

If you’ve already fallen into the “trap” and find yourself regretting a decision, it’s never too late to repent. Your loving Father understands your weaknesses and desires you to grow and learn from your experiences. Ask forgiveness and then forgive yourself. Whatever consequences you have in the natural as a result of your decision are not too big for God to get you through. It is better to get back on the right path than continue on the wrong one.

Another important way to learn from your experience is to think back to the details of how it unfolded. You will likely see some red flags or recall some checks in your Spirit that may have been God’s warning that you were heading in the wrong direction. But your overwhelming desire to see that promise come to pass may have overridden those warnings and justified your cause. These lessons are invaluable for us. They teach us the power of our own desires, the power of logic and reason, but they also teach us about the faithfulness of God. Not one child of God is above being misled by the flesh or the enemy. We have a tendency to think we should know better, but that is nothing short of pride. No one ever “arrives”.

Now… don’t “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” and purpose that you’ll never do that again, but humbly lay yourself down on the altar and say “apart from you Lord, I am sure to fail again… help me to stay in a state of complete surrender so I remain in your perfect will and hear your voice in all decisions I make going forward.” And above all… patiently wait on God and remain in an attitude of praise and thanksgiving in all circumstances. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

James 1:12-17

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. NIV    

2 Cor 12:9-10

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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. NIV

Ps 138:8

The Lord will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever — do not abandon the works of your hands. NIV

1 Thess 5:16-24

Be joyful always; pray continually;give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. NIV

Ps 100:4-5

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. NIV

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5 Responses to Imperfect People Loving a Perfect God

  1. Lori Laws says:

    “There may be promises from God that have not yet been fulfilled and the eagerness to see them come to pass can cause us to fall into this deception.”

    Hi Mary – your words so, so, so speak into my life! Thank you, and God bless you!

  2. When we think about having Jesus in our heart we sometimes think of Him as about three inches tall and we sometimes treat Him as such. People sometimes receive Jesus into their heart and then go on with their lives instead of living in His life. Some people wear Jesus as a good luck charm and only commune with Him when they have a need or an emergency. But Jesus desires to live in more than just a part of our heart. He desires to fill our heart and our entire being. He desires to have His hands in our hands and His feet in our feet so that we will go and do what He desires. Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides (lives and remains) in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Only what we do in Christ has eternal value.

  3. Thank you so much, Mary. Reading this tonight was just what I needed. I have been beating myself up for some negative emotions I have been having, and reading your post gave me the spiritual counsel I really needed and reminded me of God’s everlasting love for me. Bless you!

    • You’re welcome Danielle! We serve an amazing, loving God who is not waiting to say “shame on you” and take away future opportunities… he’s waiting for us to confess, repent and forgive so he can give us new opportunities!! 🙂

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