“Sin breaks trust. Therefore, we can’t expect God to entrust a calling to us before our full confession, cleansing, and having a new heart created in place of our broken heart. When trust has been shattered, it has to be rebuilt with believable behavior in our actions and reactions over time.”- Lysa TerKeurst
Lysa TerKeurst continues Chapter 8 of It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way as she discusses the second thing we must do in order to run free.
2. Getting rid of the sin that so easily entangles. Ms. TerKeurst cautions that we must take great care not to let the sin we bring on ourselves hold us back. Because, Lysa observes, the sin we bring on ourselves entangles as well as strangles our ability to run the race of life effectively. Therefore, it’s imperative we address the hardships sin causes in our lives.
Yet, many of the hardships we face result from the Fall, as recorded in Genesis 3. Such hardships – disease, unexplained losses, etc. – may remain in our lives. However, we need to release carrying that burden without God’s hopeful perspective. For, the author adds, God often uses these heartbreaking circumstance to awaken us to His restoration power. So, it’s necessary to surrender both the problems place on us and the problems within us to God.
King David’s season of confession, cleansing, and desire for God to create a clean heart unpacked over time. The same holds true for us. Every step must occur to produce a season of restoration and fulfillment of our calling. Ms. TerKeurst explains:
“When we go through a season like this, we can focus on learning about the compassionate nature of God and how to extend that compassion to others. In turn it will be part of our calling. . . . Our longsuffering won’t seem nearly as long or nearly as painful when we know God’s perspective is to use it all for good.”
Today’s question: What Scriptures restore you when your trust has been shattered? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Afflicted – made more effective”