You don’t pray enough.
You don’t read the Bible enough.
You don’t write about God on your blog enough.
You’re not nice enough.
These are the lies that dull my countenance and sadden my heart.
Throughout each day that I strive to live in accordance with the will of the Lord, I feel condemned. I believe more and more that I am failing the Lord, my family, and myself, for I make mistakes and am certainly not perfect.
I make the most of the time I am given to spend with the Lord and tell others about Him, but it is never enough.
To the accuser, it will never be enough.
There Is Now No Condemnation
It is on my heart this morning to share these thoughts with you because the Lord has opened my eyes to the fact that these statements are not from Him. These are lies, and He is perfectly holy – what I thought were my better judgement and His wrath coming down upon me for my mistakes is just what the opposition wants me to believe.
I know that the Lord convicts me when I do wrong, so that I may return to doing right – but there is no condemnation on His part. For He has forgiven me and shown me mercy long before I even stepped close to that wrongdoing.
“Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1
When I read this verse this morning while studying His Word, tears immediately came to my eyes.
He does not see my mistakes. He sees a hurting soul who must learn the art of forgiveness, and must also learn to see that when I dwell in the state of not showing myself mercy, it is detrimental to everything I stand for and desire to pursue.
This is my spiritual shift of focus: It pleases Him when I draw near to Him. When I desire to do right and do the most that I can in those moments, I know that it brings Him joy. Discarding these lies and looking to His great love for my peace is where I shall be. ❤
My Blog’s Shift Of Focus
When I continued to blog into the new year, I was planning on writing posts similar to what I covered in 2017. I enjoyed them, as lifestyle topics are fun to write … but as I fell into the wonderful routine of writing one post a day in 2018, I saw the focus of what I cover quickly begin to change.
Dreaming of Guatemala, at least for the moment, has transformed into more of a personal blog, rather than Christian lifestyle.
It is easier for me to write about what’s on my heart now, rather than what’s on the blog calendar that I used to plan out for myself.
I’d rather write about how the Lord is working in my life than continue with a blog series I’ve enjoyed doing for a long time.
At first, I worried that suddenly writing so much about one thing would be too much of a shift for my audience. I feared that my readers would want more of a variety. However, not only is my blog a place for me to express myself and the way I am right now … it’s also where I desire to shine His light.
This is my shift of blogging focus: Because He has given me so much to share with you, my readers, this month, I don’t want to hold those posts back for the sake of what you’re used to seeing from Dreaming of Guatemala. This doesn’t mean that I won’t write lifestyle posts anymore … but at the moment, I just can’t stop talking about my Lord and Savior.:) ❤
Thank you soo much for reading! This post ended up being deeper than what I usually share, and that just shows how I’m feeling at the moment. Have a blessed day!