“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”
So often, Christians can quote the scripture and even make good confessions, yet they fail to enter into all of the goodness of God. Why? Many times it’s because in the center of their heart, they doubt that God really wants to bless them. Sure, they think God wants to bless others and He sees others as forgiven, but when it comes to themselves, there is always a lingering doubt.
The reality is that it’s easy to apply the gospel of grace, love and forgiveness to other people’s lives because we’re not privy to their internal struggles and shortcomings. It’s easier to feel like God loves the other person more and that He wants to do more for them when we haven’t experienced the contradictions and struggles with sin like they have. However, we are all very acquainted with our own battles and our own failings. What makes the bondage of these conflicts so powerful in the hands of Satan is that we keep so many of these wars private and secret.
Do you know what happens when any of us meditate on our failures and weaknesses? We produce doubt, fear and condemnation in our lives. It’s almost impossible to approach God with any measure of confidence regarding the blessing when we are saturated with doubt, fear and condemnation. So what should we do? We should meditate on whatever is good and excellent, not on what is weak or bad. We should think about the promises and the blessings that are in Christ Jesus, not our shortcomings and weaknesses.
Besides, you’re not a unique or odd person. The things you struggle with are common to all men. We all deal with the same stuff. Your struggle might have a different circumstance or face to it, but it’s the same battle. If you can keep this in perspective, you’ll understand that God’s love and acceptance of you with all of your shortcomings is the same as His love and acceptance of the greatest men and women in the Bible. God doesn’t show favoritism. Don’t let your common battle become an uncommon hindrance to the wonderful blessing of God.
God’s blessing is extraordinary. He desires and longs for you to plug into all He has for you. He has spent centuries preparing to bless you in a way that is so beyond the norm that natural men can’t comprehend it. He yearns for you to step into and live out the fullness of His goodness. See yourself as He sees you—not as a weak and incompetent servant, but as a righteous and perfected son. Have confidence in Him and not in your own victories. Put a demand on your inheritance despite your flaws and start walking in the uncommon blessing of our Father today!
For God does not show favoritism.
has seized you except what is common to man.
And God is faithful; he will not let you be
tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you
are tempted, he will also provide a way out
so that you can stand up under it.
—1 Corinthians 10:13
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever
is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent
or praiseworthy-think about such things.