Guard your hearts!

I believe as Christians we tend to "drift away" from God because we get so caught up in our own little worlds that we forget that He is even there. We can reach a place of complete intimacy with God, and a month later we are back to our old habits. What causes us to do so? It could be a lack of spending alone time with God, whether in worship, reading the Bible, praying, writing down what's on our hearts, playing music, or even going outside and being in a place of just "me and God" time. It could be making excuses for why we are unable (e.g, a boyfriend/girlfriend, school, family problems, etc.). Whatever it may be, we should never let anything get in the way of our relationship with Him. 

At our weakest point the promise in Romans 8:39, “nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” is a huge comfort.  When we have totally blown it, He still loves us and nothing can change that.  It is important still to take time to pray, asking God for His guidance in our present situation.  

Over time, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome those sinful habits that have governed us for so long.  We can use this wisdom gained from God’s past faithfulness to overcome future temptations.  We will know not to give in but to trust in God.

Nobody is perfect –I know that I am certainly not.  I remember a time in my life when, as strong as I was in God, I  too started to drift away from Him. I became unstable, and I got into unhealthy relationships with guys that ended up destroying me emotionally and mentally.  I got into drinking, fell to lustful things; even though I knew deep down in my heart something (God) was telling me that what I was doing was wrong, I still had the audacity to do it.  I remember coming home at 3:00 in the morning, looking myself in the mirror, and starting to cry my eyes out. That night I prayed; I needed help.  I decided right then and there that I wanted to live a life of purity, not just for myself but for God.  I am feeling closer to God than I ever have but recognize I need to stay close so I don’t drift again.

If we are able to understand the love God has for us, learn and seek wisdom from God in our mistakes, these struggles begin to make us become stronger people of faith.  Sure, there is always room for improvement; but God’s love is never ending.  Take things one day at a time, trusting that God will bring you through stronger than you were before.  I believe He will as He has and continues to do for me.

Much Love,
Mercedes

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