"Yes, we all need help. Yes, none of us deserves the help we need. But no to despair and pride and lechery. Look at what God says. Because we have a great High Priest, the throne of God is a throne of grace. And the help we get at that throne is mercy and grace to help in time of need. Grace to help! Not deserved help, gracious help. You are not trapped. Say no to that lie. We need help. We don’t deserve it. But we can have it. You can have it right now and forever. If you will receive and trust in your High Priest, Jesus the Son of God, and draw near to God through him." (John Piper)
My 3 yr old son has this thing he always does when he is climbing on things. He will scramble up the rock, stand tall with arms spread wide and shout, "I'm king of the world!" And almost every time what immediately follows is him losing his balance, stumbling backwards, and tumbling off the rock. I have to be honest, I find it humorous.
Don't judge me. He usually doesn't really hurt himself.
One of these particular times, God brought to mind an image of us as his children. We scramble up the mountain and shout, I'm king of my world! I can do this!! And then we eventually stumble, fall and realize we are not all that in control. And we don't need to be and if we were honest, we don't want to be.
God is much more trustworthy and steadfast. Can we let Him be King of our world?
Sometimes we just need to say it out loud. I am not Superwoman, I am not Superman. I need someone bigger than myself.
I think we know this. But often we live differently, maybe even hope differently.
We need to look to God, and say: "I need you to be stronger. Stronger than my fears. Stronger than my disappointment. Stronger than my anger. Stronger than my confusion. Stronger than the pain."
Hebrews 4:16 says that we can draw near his throne of grace with confidence, receiving mercy and help in our time of need.
We have Jesus. His Word says, "Consider Him". (Hebrews 12:1-4) The one who endured the cross for you and me. In that moment, He gave us full access to His throne. He is the author and the finisher of our faith. He invites us to look to Him.
Don't try to go it alone. We need God and we need a trusted community around us.
We are needy. Let's all take a deep look into our soul, and let God reveal our neediness.
Let's acknowledge the failures that disappoint us. Let's recognize the lure to sin, and our propensity to stray. Let's deal with the pain and hurts of this life. The fears that paralyze us.
And then, let's embrace the beautiful grace offered to us. We approach His throne and we let His redeeming power and love flow through us. And because we acknowledged those deepest needs, the most hidden unsurrendered parts - we watch His cleansing and restorative grace and mercy flow not just through the surface, but through the deep. That's the breaking of strongholds. That is the taste of scandalous grace. And that is the path of "from Christ within" change.
I can then walk with confidence and boldness into those situations that challenge my very soul and spirit. I can walk with courage into fear. I can face the anxiety and uncertainty with assurance of His blessed help and peace. Strength and power to overcome comes from Christ within.
And, then, let's turn to our trusted community and share and confess and celebrate what God is doing in us and for us.
These are the first steps to freedom and overcoming power in this life.