Psalm 34:17-18 amp.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles. The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent.
In our lives as born again Christians many factors influence the way we perceive God and our relationship with Him. Whether it is from the denomination of our church or what we have been taught as a child, our views can be shaped in a good or not so good way. As an example I can tell you my first church was a Pentacostol church and their beliefs includes that there is only one God, who is Jesus, but they do not believe in the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) which is clearly not biblical. The Bible clearly teaches that there is one God in 3 persons. Some teachings portray God as a harsh God, severe and unforgiving. Maybe because of what you have been taught you believe you are not worthy of God because you fall into sin a lot or that you have done something so bad that you feel there is no forgiveness available for you. If that is your case, shed yourself of those beliefs now. True, God will not be mocked. But falling does not mean that we are making fun of Him! Our flesh is weak and He knows that. Does it mean it is okay to sin? No, not at all. But God does not love us because of who we are, but because of what He did on the cross, and not because of what we have done, but because of who He is. So He loves us no matter what we do and there is nothing we can do to change that. But perhaps you are truly tired of sinning and you feel there is no way out. On our own strength, no, we cannot stop. But through the strength of Jesus we can. We can feel very overwhelmed with the thought of having to be holy. The good news is when our Father looks at us He sees us as holy because we have been made His righteousness through His Son Jesus. Our spiritual life is not a path of continual success but of many many failures. However, after each failure there is a growth spurt, with a desire to rely on God more that actually comes true. But this growth spurt happens only if we ask God for forgiveness with a broken and contrite heart. This is the only sacrifice acceptable to Him. The more we rely and depend on Him for strength and basically everything the less we will sin and the more we will live in victory. Does it mean we will never fall again? No. We will be perfectly sinless only when we will be exactly like Jesus when we will die. All the days of our lives are made for us to walk into God’s will for our lives and each day we get to be changed a little bit by the Potter (God) more into the likeness of Jesus Christ. But we do not get to drift through life! We have to cooperate with God in our lives. We have to strive to obey His commands, love people, forgive quickly and never judge and not participate in things that go against God and His will (His Word), but we are so blessed to have the strength of Jesus to do all this! To make this short, the measure of victories in our life is directly proportional to the level of our dependency and reliance on God. We have to relinquish the controls of our lives to Him. Here is a little prayer to help us all:
Dear Heavenly Father, I am so sorry for anything that I still hold back from You. I make the decision today to give You the control of my life, my entire life. Please may You wash me and purify me by the blood of Jesus and give me a pure heart and a standfast spirit. I am letting go Father and I choose to let my Lord Jesus be the Lord of every area of my life. Glorify Your name in my life and behavior! In Jesus’name I pray, thank You God, amen (so be it)