How “real” are you? Are you fake in public and let your hair down at home? If so, why? Are you scared to let others in?
I’ve posed a lot of questions today but I wanted you to start thinking. If you are afraid to be who you are in public, then you need some healing from God. He knows who you are inside and out, every thought, every breath. Nothing is kept secret from Him. Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. This fear that you have of opening up to others and sharing yourself could be shame, low self-esteem or just plain pride. Jesus took away your shame, if you have accepted Him as Lord and Savior of your life. If you are depending on anyone other than God for your self-esteem, you are going to be disappointed. And finally, pride is a sin. Confess it, get over it and move on.
Let’s camp on shame for a moment. I’ve done a multitude of things in my lifetime that have shamed me and my God. But you know what? I’ve taken them to Him, confessed and repented and He said he would forgive me and I believe that. I can walk into church with my head held high because my Heavenly Father loves me. I don’t care what someone else thinks about me. The only one that matters is God. He is the one that I am going to have to answer to for my actions and thoughts. The people on this planet judge from the exterior. They don’t know your heart, but the Father does. He judges motive.
I can’t tell you how freeing it is to walk into a room of strangers and NOT CARE what they think about me! I used to be so ashamed of my looks, my past and that I was not a “success” in the world’s eyes. It was crippling.
Now, I’m not going to say that it doesn’t sting when you get “slapped” by someone because they misjudged your motive. I’m not saying that at all. We are still human, after all, and our feelings get hurt. It’s normal. But, there is a HUGE difference when you can take it to the Lord and let Him handle it. It’s freedom to live as He intended us to live. He did not intend for us to carry around guilt and shame. He wants us to live in peace and joy. He is the only One who can give that to us in the midst of turmoil. Happiness is completely circumstantial and someone can say something unkind and you can lose your happiness. Joy is from God. I find that when I am in the midst of turmoil, I still have that inner peace. I know it is from Him. It gives me unspeakable joy and I sing. Singing lifts my heart and the enemy is forced to listen and then they know they have not won.
We have a multitude of witnesses upon our lives in the spiritual realm. I keep that in mind at all times and I have always had a tendency to talk to “myself.” But deep down, I know that I am not talking to myself. The Lord hears me and the angels in my midst are also listening and watching.
Do you realize the grace that has been given us? GRACE is God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. Think deeply on this one. The laws of nature were created by God. They do not change. The sun doesn’t randomly decide it wants to go to another galaxy. The trees don’t decide they want to sit down and pout for a while because they stand too much. The angels, demons, all of creation and even Satan himself has to obey God. We are the only ones with a choice; a free will. I am curious why He allows us to do what we want, with consequence of course. Some things are just so deep that I ponder them often. That is one that I guess I won’t completely understand until I get to Heaven and meet my Savior. I am certainly looking forward to that day and I hope you are, too!
Be blessed in the Lord!