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Always Faithful

In our family devotion, we have been reading about the Fall in the Garden of Eden. We have seen how the sneaky snake slithered his way into the garden, twisted God’s word and made Eve question her faith. This is how Satan works in our own lives even to this day. His tricks are not new, they are the same as old. He spots our weaknesses, slithers in close to us, twists God’s word and makes us doubt our faithfulness. Satan loves making us doubt and feel inadequate. His joy ultimately comes from separating us from our God.

Foolishly, we are tricked by Satan’s attacks time and time again. I know in my own life, this especially happens when I am in a long-distance relationship with God. It can happen to all of us. We have good intentions to stay disciplined, but different seasons in our lives bring change to our routines, we get busy and next thing we know, we feel miles apart from God. This is when I begin telling myself, “I’m not good enough. I’m letting God down. I don’t deserve His grace.”

So, let’s stop here for a second. Can you see how Satan works? Do you see how He has twisted the very message of the cross to draw me away from God, rather than running towards it?

The cross tells me I’m not enough. I don’t deserve His grace. I will never be good enough, faithful enough, loving enough. God knows this about us and still loves us unconditionally. All we have to do is accept this. In doing so, we see God in all His glory, splendor and mercy. We see His saving grace.

He is good. He is faithful. He is love.

Jesus was and is everything that we are not.

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This past year, my focus has been establishing a morning routine with just me and God. It has looked different and I have tweaked it to help me mature and delve deeper in my relationship with Him. I have come to truly love this one-on-one time with God. The stillness and quiet of the morning before the kids wake up allows me to dig into His word and engage in prayer in a powerful way. In the stillness and quiet, I can feel His presence and hear His responses to my prayers. I put together a prayer binder to help give me structure and focus. It has become a key source of growth in my relationship with God.

Now, I would love to say that I have remained committed and faithful the entire time, but this is not the case. As summer neared, I knew I needed to stay diligent. Summer has always been the time of year I struggle the most with doubt and faithlessness. I was determined to stay consistent in waking up early, but slowly with each week that passed, I began hitting snooze multiple times. Soon my wake up went from 7:15 to 8:30, which left me rushed, my Bible neglected and my prayer absent.

So, as I struggled with feelings of inadequacy, I put aside my self-loathing and began to pray—nothing fancy, just simple and to the point. “Dear Heavenly Father, I pray you give me the kick in the butt I need to get up on time. Give me no excuses. Keep Satan’s attacks far from me. Remind me how I long to be near to You. Amen.”

So here I am up at 7:15 and back at it. God is good. God is faithful.

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Thank you Lord for being faithful when I am not.

God always knows what we need before we know we need it. How true is this? I can’t even remember where I watched it or heard it, but I know it was recent. This passage of scripture from 2 Timothy 2:13 kept coming to the forefront when these thoughts and feelings crept in. 

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Is this not a breathe of fresh air?

Copy this down, post it where you can see it, memorize it, say it daily. This is what I needed to hear. This is what I need to remember always. This is who He is. He is never-changing. We can put our trust in this simple truth- He is always faithful.

I’m joyful to be back into my routine. The feeling I have is one that many of you can relate to I’m sure; it’s that feeling of re-connecting with a long-time friend. You pick up exactly where you left off as if no time has passed. There is no awkwardness or resentment. Simply joy to be reunited again. This is what it is like with God always.

Many Blessings!

Share: What passage of Scripture do you turn to in times of doubt, inadequacy and failure?

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