I saw. I know. It happened again.
No, you can change. Allow me in. Regret, guilt; let them go. It's ok.
This is not an apologetic relationship.
Remember how I took you just as you were?
Ok, good - then stop with all the justifying.
Do you realize that you limit me when you feel it’s necessary to add reasoning behind all the mistakes?
You are forgiven, not just temporarily given a trial pass.
That does not only correspond to what happened in your past.
I have news for you: your future is going to be filled with them as well.
Together, we can see you through to overcome these sins.
Together, we can do all things.
All things are possible; you’ve spoken that one to me many times before.
But do you actually believe what you are speaking?
Understand that it says “with” me.
All right, if you do understand, then stop trying to accomplish it on your own.
Don’t just tell me what you know; put action behind your faith.
Shame, disgust, pain; please let them go.
How do you think I see you?
Do you actually believe I see shame and disgust when I look down upon you?
Of course not.
I see a once cracked vessel that has been restored, made new.
I see a redeemed soul that wants to share love with anyone they meet.
I see a heart purified and a mind cleansed, set apart from the past.
I see one who doesn’t understand everything, who CAN’T understand everything, and yet still strives to know more about me every day.
Yes, I saw this time too.
Not everything is going to be instant.
You can turn away from what holds you back.
In truth, it is simply holding you down.
Maybe I can’t show you what I have next for you until I know you are truly ready.
However, that does NOT mean it’s not there.
Are you hearing that?
I ALREADY have it for you.
All you have to do is accept it and stop looking back.
What held you down before is gone.
Never believe you have any reason to hide from me.
Yes, I saw, but I never said I expected you to be perfect.
I have given you what you need to overcome this.
I can equip you, but I will NOT force you.
You CAN turn away from this.
Yes, I know how powerful and devastating an addiction can be.
But that enemy was already defeated.
This really is no fair fight once you can realize that you have me on your side.
I have ALWAYS been on your side.
Of course; I will always stay on your side.
We already won.
You never needed to make this your fight, anyways; it already took place.
It can only become your fight if you subject yourself to believing the enemy is a worthy adversary.
Start treating him as such.
I do hear you.
In those times you think you have gotten no response, I am still there.
I will never leave nor forsake you; I know you remember that verse too.
Those aren’t just words; they are my promise to you.
Yes, my covenant.
Just like the one you took for me.
I remember that day quite well, do you?
Good, then you can understand how powerful my desire is to help you along your path.
The day you took that covenant, you showed that you realized I was there.
I was there all along, but that act of you recognizing my presence, that is a day I will never forget.
I know you’ve heard about the rejoicing that takes place around here, but just wait until you actually witness and experience and feel and absorb that moment with all of us.
Maybe after you see that for yourself, you can begin to understand why I love you as I do and would never turn my back away from you.
I know. I saw.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness." Ephesians 6:10-18
Here young adults share their struggles and victories to encourage you on your Christian journey. You are never alone! God is with and for you and we always praying for you!