Steadfast.

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Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation…?” Hebrews 2:1-3

We must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. Reading this specific line from the verses above really strikes my heart. I can’t help but think of the amazing grace God showed me (and continues to show me) by saving my life from complete destruction. A life that I would’ve lived never knowing how awesome He is. To think retrospectively as a believer is a blessing in and of itself. Where I was compared to where I am now – there are no other words that I have than, thank You, Jesus.

Even after becoming a believer, my life was pretty close to a disaster. During that time I was wandering in the wilderness, instead of the Promised Land. I hope and pray that now, if I take a step into the wilderness I quickly remember how unsatisfying it is compared to living in the Promised Land. Do you think I would’ve been affected by reading these verses while drifting away from the Lord? I’m going to say, probably not. But even still, through my rebellion, the Lord was constant. If you read my last post, ‘Give Me Jesus,‘ you’ll see how everything points to Jesus’ love for us. It’s just the simple truth. Even when He’s the last One on our mind, we are all He thinks about. So you, whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you’re going through, give the more earnest heed to things you have heard, lest you drift away. Because once you drift away, there’s no telling what’ll happen. The fact is, the more we know, the more we are responsible and accountable for. We know the Truth. We have to follow it. We have to believe it. We have to live it. We must be steadfast.

With the little experience I have as a child of God, the number one piece of practical advice I could give to anyone struggling with their faith is – turn every thought of doubt, worry, anger or hurt, you have, to the Lord (2 Corinthians 10:5). Speak to Him right then and there in your doubt. Don’t wait. Just tell Him. Be honest. He already knows everything anyway. Duh.

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”

Psalm 145:18

There may be times that you struggle with these thoughts for a long period of time. Push through it. Trust me Him. It will work. The devil has a sly and manipulative way of getting us to doubt the things the Lord has previously made certain to us. He’s good at what he does – making us believe that God doesn’t really have the best plan for us. We must be steadfast.

Just recently, after a peaceful and joyful day I spent with the Lord, I started feeling thoughts of doubt and anxiousness. These thoughts attacked me out of nowhere. Literally the whole day I couldn’t have been more confident in what God was speaking to me. Thankfully, the Lord has trained my heart to turn my thoughts to Him. He broke through my hard heart. After years of choosing anything I could, over Him, He’s now officially my go-to Guy. So, that’s what I did this time. I put on my shoes. Then put on my headphones. Went downstairs. Walked outside and began to let it all out to Jesus. A busy night on the upper-west side of Manhattan for many, but I had no destination in mind; I just needed this real time with Him. I told Him my doubts I asked Him to take the devil away so it could just be Him and me. He was faithful. He’s always faithful. But it wasn’t just at the beginning of the walk that I was doubting. No, it was a few hours before, too. And through those few hours, yes, I talked to God. But the devil was still playing with me. I had to push through it until the Lord allowed me to trust His promises again. By the end of the walk, by the end of my pouring my heart to the Lord, with all doubts and fears included, He told me this – Don’t worry. I got you. (Yes, my Jesus talks to me like any other 20-something year old would. He’s real cool. After all, He is the best friend I could ever ask for!) He told me exactly what was going to happen with the situation I was briefly worried about. He calmed me. He told me the steps I needed to take. And calmed me. He gave me back the confidence that I had all day. I needed the doubt to realize again that He’s got it all under control. I didn’t need the devil, but I need that instance of doubt. Talking to the Lord was the solution. Talking to the Lord was what He wanted. In every instance, He is all we will ever need.

Being a believer and follower of Christ doesn’t mean that everything’s going to be easy. I am sure you all know that by now. So don’t be surprised when doubts do come. Don’t let your first reaction be anger towards God for things not going your way. Or turning to something that gives you temporary satisfaction or assurance. If you believe you’ve tried talking to God and it hasn’t worked, try listening. Listen for His voice and wait. Don’t be hasty in making unwise decisions. Instead, let Him take those doubts away and show you that He will make everything beautiful in it’s time. Don’t let the things of this world and the sinful nature of your flesh allow you to drift away. He has overcome this world and He lives in you and me. Let Him build you into a steadfast woman or man of God. Steadfast – firm in purpose and faith; unwavering. And may we be able to say, like David, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh will rest in hope” (Psalm 16:8-9).

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