I would like to say I do not struggle.
Boy, is that a prideful thing to say! I should be honest with myself and most importantly with Christ. If I did not struggle I would not need Him. Oh, do I need Him… because I struggle with many things.
I believe the biggest thing I struggle with is insecurity. (I am even struggling with insecurity as I write this post.)
Maybe that is why I get angry.
Maybe that is why I do not feel joyful.
Maybe that is why I do not feel loved.
Maybe that is why…
God is teaching me,in the middle of my struggles, who I am in Christ. He is showing me and reminding me that He is there with me every step of the way.
When I show my anger: Jesus shows me patience. He disciplines me.
Love is patient, love is kind… 1 Corinthians 13:4
My son do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when when you are reproved by Him. For those the Lord loves He disciplines. Hebrews 12:5-6
When I do not feel joyful: He reminds me that He is my joy.
The joy of the Lord is my strength.Nehemiah 8:10
When I feel like no one loves me: Jesus says, “I love you. I gave My life for you.”
But in all things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37
Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us. Ephesians 5:2
When I feel like running and hiding: Jesus says, “I Am your strong tower, I Am your shelter.”
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. My God, My rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2
When I struggle with a thought: He reminds me that He was tempted in every way as me.
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
I was never promised a perfect walk, or that I would never suffer. I am promised that one day when Christ returns to take me home with Him I will be glorified, and never struggle with anything again. But while I am here on this earth I am going to struggle with insecurities and sin.
There is another promise, He says, “He will never leave us nor forsake us.” While we walk here on this earth, learn from Him, be joined to Him, be yoked to Him. He is gentle and in Him we find rest for our souls.
Matthew 11:29-30: Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Today I struggle, tomorrow I will struggle, but I know that Jesus loves me and that He will see me through each struggle.
When I show my insecurity Jesus says, “You are mine.” My identity is in Him!
Are you struggling? Do not hide it. Put your struggles in the hands of the one who will carry it for you. Learn from Him. Know that your identity is in Him!
I am praying that God will teach you these things:)
Learning Beside You,