Lately I have been really noticing a pattern among many Christians who remain in darkness.
The darkness may lie in depression, family or relationship issues, finances, addictions, and/or emotional, spiritual, mental or physical ailments.
Over and over, in their suffering, I hear them profess how much Jesus loves them. And then I see the same people post on their social media sites, that they love Jesus, and trust Him to heal them and answer their prayers. Years go by, and they remain in their same anguish.
When I see and hear the pain they are experiencing, my heart aches for them, and I pray for total healing in their lives.
The troubling pattern is this…many of these same people do not understand that believing that Jesus loves them is only the start.
Even Satan and his demons know that Jesus is God.
Relationship with Jesus is the open, acceptance of His gift of salvation to all of us.
The gift sits there, unopened, until we make the free choice to accept it, and open it. Once opened, do we choose to just let it sit there, or do we interact with Jesus in thanksgiving?
In other words, do we choose to have a relationship with Jesus, or do we just lean on the knowledge that Jesus loves us no matter what?
In a loving, happy relationship, do we just sit back and bask in the love offered to us, selfishly saying “he/she will always love me no matter what I do?”
Do we intentionally dishonor our loved one, by publicly announcing honor and support for another…that is in total opposition or disrespect to our beloved?
Or do we interact with that love…making sure to spend time with our loved one, forsaking others due to our commitment, sacrificing our wants and needs in order to please our loved one, making changes in our behaviors that may hurt our relationship. Thinking of “we” instead of “me.”
Do we do these things in a loving human relationship, however, not so much when it concerns our relationship with Christ?
As Christians, each day brings us opportunities to align ourselves more closely with Jesus. Many things we are doing that keep us at arm’s length from His total love and mercy. For some reason, we hold back, and look to the world for the answers. We keep looking toward other sources for our happiness, love and “warm fuzzies”.
This is a grave mistake that keeps us from full relationship with Jesus. “Warm fuzzies” do not offer us love, mercy and salvation.
First, let me make perfectly clear, I know that I personally struggle or have struggled with many of these, or other, things. These observations are meant to shine a light on possible ways that we are damaging our relationship with Jesus, thus remaining in “the muck and darkness” year after year.
Little or big doors that we crack open that allow Satan or his demons to enter into our souls, and lives.
Many times we even forget these doors were once opened, or we are unaware at all. I can tell you, that Satan has not forgotten. He uses any point of entry that he can find…he uses our weaknesses, our curiosity, our pride, and our ignorance to infiltrate our lives and souls.
Some of the things I am noticing that are being shared on social media, by Christians, that jump out at me:
Interaction with or sharing of horoscope info
Belief or interest in mediums
Posting memes and/or belief in New Age philosophies
Dabbling in “cute” witchcraft or spells
Claiming to be a Christian, while promoting other World Religions. I am not talking about being tolerant of other religions, which we are called to do. I am talking about treating all religions as though they are one of many truths. In fact, in many cases, sharing quotes from secular sources, and other religions with more ardor than Christianity. As though it is almost an embarrassment to proclaim Christian values, customs, beliefs, and truths.
Worshiping “Mother Earth” instead of The Creator
Taking part and promoting entertainment…movies, books, magazine, games…that are in opposition to God
Spewing hatred, as in labeling and name-calling, toward specific people that we disagree with, instead of simply professing our stand, and praying for and with them.
Professing love for God with words only…and not by showing day to day loving actions and change in our lives
Any of these things, or something I haven’t mentioned, could be part of the darkness you are living in. Confession, and repentance in any area that is in opposition to Our Lord, will allow the light of the Holy Spirit to heal you, inside and out. This total healing may happen in an instant, or may happen gradually, as you grow in faith. The key is to invite the Holy Spirit to illuminate you and fill your soul with His Holy Presence…and then place your trust in God.
Sometimes, the Lord will allow certain things to remain in your life to help you on your journey to Him, or for His glory. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will live with a deep joy that will help you through any struggle in this life, and you will learn to look to Him in confidence and trust.
Remember, Jesus will always love you! Are you showing your love for Jesus?
19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy,[a] drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. Romans 1:25