Human fallibility. We can not escape it. Each and every one of us will fail, grow weak, do something half-heartedly or just give up. The biggest reason for this is simply because we are all born this way, it’s our curse due to Adam and Eve’s sin. The other big reason for this is because we rely too much on ourselves.
We see it all the time in things we read, watch, and in how we are raised. The saying that “You are enough!” “If someone doesn’t treat you right, ditch them.” “You don’t need anyone else.” and my personal favorite that I actually believed for the longest time…”We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” (Orson Welles)
All I have to say is, what an awful, awful feeling! The truth is, we are never alone nor were we ever meant to be alone. God created us to form relationships with others and, most importantly, to form the strongest of relationships with Him! Without a strong relationship with our God and with Christ we can never hope to have good relationships with others. The best relationships with a friend, wife, husband, child, or coworker come from having them with others who walk closely with God and are encouraged by their faith and love found in the One who is in control of everything.
“Well if God’s in control of everything anyway, then why do I need to have a strong relationship with him? He’s going to do whatever he wants to anyway.”
Let me let you in on a little secret. When you hand the controls over to someone else and simply walk away to do your own thing, you will never see where that person is steering your life, until it finally catches up with you. Then you have to look at the results of this other person’s work and you won’t understand it. You weren’t a part of it. You will not recognize your own life. That’s how not walking closely with God, building a relationship with Christ and seeking their guidance in your life will feel at some point. You will have racked up a grocery list of unthinkable sins. You will have wandered so far off the course He originally set out for you that you have to fight to catch up.
As our loving and caring Father, He will always walk with us as we steer off course, trying to guide us back to where we should be. He will place other people in our lives to help us turn back to where we should be. We obviously weren’t listening to him, so he uses what we come across in our lives to try and get his message across. Sometimes we choose to follow it, many times we choose not to, when we don’t have a relationship with him.
So, what if you are building a relationship with God? What if Christ lives in your heart and you try to grow in his Spirit and mold your life to resemble his? We still can not do it “alone” because Satan likes to attack us even more when we place our faith in God. He hates anything good and anything that draws our attention away from his temptations. He takes DELIGHT in seeing us stumble and feel lonely. He LOVES it when we treat each other as objects and we squander our life for temporal things. He takes great JOY in seeing our relationships fail and wants so much to see us wander off the edge of the cliff. Guess what, Satan doesn’t provide a life line, a safety net, a friendly hand to catch you, a word of warning. He just wants to see you die alone, literally, so he can go on tormenting you and mocking you for being so stupid to believe he was good.
The best way to avoid Satan’s horrible outcome? Believe in God. Believe in Jesus’ saving gift. Build a relationship with God daily, hourly, minute by minute! When you are weak and you feel Satan’s hand tickling at your worst fears, ask for the help of a friend who believes in the wishes and promises of God! So many times we look at someone else’s life and how they seem to be happy in it and we desire to have that life. However, if their life does not match what God clearly said He wants, you might want to look at a different friend’s life!
Ask for your God-loving friends to help you in your prayers when you feel weak. I used to think it was so pushy and selfish of me to ask for others to pray for me. That it was a way of throwing myself a pity party and inviting others to join me. I’ve learned that that is SO not the case! When my heart feels the attacks of Satan and I grow weak, I need to add another voice to mine. To prove to Satan that he does not have my heart and that I have surrounded myself with others who also want nothing of his. When my light is flickering, I need to ask my friend to bring in their well oiled lamp to help strengthen the light, so I can see clearly again and get back on the path God has laid before me. It’s like the sheep dog that helps guide the wandering sheep back to the shepherd. The shepherd could do it on his own, however, the aid of a trusted friend who desires to follow him also gets the job done so much more efficiently.
It is critically important to ask for the help of someone who also follows God’s wishes, though! A sheep dog helping the shepherd does no good if the sheep dog decides to veer the sheep off a different direction! If your friend’s vision for you life does not match what God wants, that friend is obviously under the wrong influence and you need to seek the council and aid of a different friend.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him- a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Tags: faith, God, Love, Prayer, Safety in numbers, Satan, Trusted friends, Truth, Weaknesses
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