These are words from one of you.
Someone that knows the frustration that comes with being a struggling Christian.
Someone that has doubted over the years if perfection is such a realistic goal. I like to think that in this journey of faith that we are in, we’re not exactly perfect, we’re just a work in progress aiming towards perfection.
Truthfully, I know how frustrating it can be to be a struggling christian. In recent times, I’ve been hearing/ reading about people who’ve lost touch with God and fallen apart from Him because of all the struggles it takes to be a christian. To them, it involves hard work and no social life at all.
But I come with good news. You can be a believer and still live a glorious life without struggling. Here are some things you should know.
1)Christianity Isn’t Hard.
Christianity might have been tagged hard but really, it isn’t. It’s not about you ticking off the big box of dos and don’ts. It’s not about you working hard, doing hard jobs in the church, praying long hours and reading the whole Bible in a month just to earn God’s love. No!!
Christianity is all about the heart. You accepting God’s love, believing in His son and allowing the Holy Spirit lead you in all you do. It’s the work of the Holy Spirit to teach you, guide you into all things and show you how to be a better Christian and guess what, the greatest news is that once you’ve accepted Jesus as your savior and invited Him into your heart, the Holy Spirit has automatically been given to us. He’s a free gift! Not something we worked for or earned. A Bonanza! The best buy one get one free, just that in this case, it’s accept one, get one free.
2)You Must Always Remember God’s Love.
To me, that’s the most important part of our relationship with God. You must know that even when you act against His will, even when you climb mountains today and declare that there’s no God, He’s watching from heaven with eyes full of love waiting for you to acknowledge Him.
Even when you fall back to your beseting sin and you let guilt and shame lead you away from Him, He still loves you and forever will. In that while you were still sinners, Christ died for you. He did what no one has ever done for us in history by laying down his precious son. Trust me, no one goes extra mile for someone they don’t love.
*For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 NIV*
3)Allow the Holy Spirit Lead.
Like I stated earlier, we’ve been sealed with the guarantee of the Holy Spirit when we become saved, but it takes our willingness to engage Him in order to get filled with the Spirit. Engaging the Holy Spirit simply involves you allowing Him into your everyday life. Have you tried talking to the Spirit?
Yes, you can always talk to Him about every little details of your life. He’s not limited only to your spiritual growth but all round growth. He was given to us to make our lives easier. So why struggle with spiritual activities or some habits when you have the Spirit in you?
When you’re weak, ask Him to strengthen and quicken you. When you don’t even have the right words to pray(P.S: You don’t always have to have the right words before you pray) ask the Holy Spirit to intercede on your behalf. He gives all the encouragement, guidance and support you will ever need.
*In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
Romans 8:26-27 NIV*
4)Be Ready to Grow.
God’s love doesn’t give you the avenue to take Him for granted. That His grace is sufficient for us doesn’t mean that it’s okay to live in sin. Accepting Jesus into your life means that you really want to know Him beyond the surface. And the only way to do that is to get into the Word, the Bible, pray and just worship God.
Remember how that relationship adviser you’ve been stalking on Instagram always points out that “Communication is key” Yeah, so it is in this case. You really cannot know someone beyond the surface level if you don’t talk to them, can you?? To me, that’s a big no. God is waiting for you to talk to Him while He’ll answer you in return. So that question, that pain, that beseting sin, that thing you’ve always wanted to know, don’t bottle it in anymore. Pour everything right at the bottom of the Lord. And be patient because He’ll definitely answer you.
You should never berate yourself and get yourself worked up when you see people that are younger and way higher than you are spiritually. Don’t rush into deep spiritual matters because your friends or mates can now preach from pulpit to pulpit, heal the sick and raise the dead. It’s a matter of growth, remember?
Take baby steps. Never really prayed before? Start small! Try 30 minutes then move it up to a hour then two hours and see how you’ll become so used to praying for long that 5 hours will become nothing to you. You don’t have to finish the whole Bible in months. Try reading a chapter or two per day. Don’t go about praying in tongues till your tongues hurt. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with you praying in tongues for 10 minutes. God will never be angry at you.
This is a journey, not a smooth one to be very honest. There are days when you’ll feel very weak, moments when you wouldn’t remember how to pray or what it feels like to talk to God, there are times when temptation will overcome you. You must always remember that your heavenly Father loves you no matter what and He’s still waiting for you. So to every time you fall, don’t let guilt eat you up and don’t let shame get to you. Run back to Him and His word then see how He’ll transform you from the inside with the help of the spirit. He’ll perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NIV