S: But the seed in the good earth – these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest. Luke 8:15 (MSG)
O: Good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what…sticking with it until there’s a harvest.
A: When I hear my own thoughts or words, or see my actions that are not reflective of Jesus’ love, I start to doubt my “good-heart.” This is the lie that is (for me) my greatest battle: I have a bad-heart and I’m not going to make it; I won’t fulfil the destiny God has set before me, because there isn’t any goodness in me.
That’s the lie.
The truth is: any goodness in me comes from the Jesus within.
When I choose – because it is a choice – to doubt my goodness – I’m doubting the goodness of Christ!
But I know He is good. I know that to my core!
As I write this out this morning, I realize I’ve been condemning myself – shaming myself for choices in my past. Believing a lie that I let God down – that I didn’t hold on “no matter what…”
But that isn’t true either.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4 (NIV)
It may not have looked like I thought it would or what I thought it should, but I have never let go of You, Jesus! Even in my darkest, loneliest, most confusing and uncertain times – I’ve held onto You – Your faithfulness, Your goodness, Your kindness…Your love.
And You’ve never let go of me.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
These are the truths I will hold onto. Even if I have to remind myself moment by moment. There will be a harvest! And You, Jesus, will receive all the glory! For you are good, true, and faithful!
P: I’m trying, Jesus. I know You know my struggle(s) – even when it doesn’t make sense to anyone else – You get me. And NOTHING changes Your love for me. Nothing. I know You are working things out in my mind and heart – preparing me for the good works You prepared in advance for me to do. I can trust this process, because I can trust You. Help me to keep a good-heart. Jesus, I know a harvest is coming – make me ready, Lord – so that I will hold on…no matter what.
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