Archive Post: Original blog post and comments from June 2011 can be found at http://feyisolas-inspiration.weebly.com/1/post/2011/06/since-god-be-for-you-try-not-to-be-against-yourself.html
Praise the Lord everyone!
I'm so excited to be before you yet again writing! I used to write a lot as a child and somewhere along the line lost my way, but I praise God for rejuvenating me to get back into it for His glory alone! Anyone excited with me! *bounces up and down*
This month I had so much going on, and so many revelations from God, but the above title, "Since God be for you, try not to be against yourself" just kind of popped in my head on my way to work this morning, and stuck there ever since. Let me start by saying that the quote is inspired by Romans 8, specifically the following exerpts:
" 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." Romans 8: v1-2
"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one." Romans 8: v31-34
This is a powerful set of scriptures, and if you've never read this before, please visit Romans 8 and read it in its entirety. It's one that is usually pulled up when referencing people passing judgement on others. Telling others that they are not worthy either of things on earth, eternity in heaven or both. However, as usual, this scripture today ministered to me very differently. Yes, there are people out there who tear us down. Yes, there are people out there who jump on the opportunity to say 'I told you so' when you fall, but never give a word of encouragement when you're doing well. However, it's also true that a lot of us do this to ourselves, and many times what we do to ourselves is far worse than what others do.
How do I know this? Because as usual this blog post is inspired from a personal area of growth. I've always had my fair share of issues with self esteem. I've been growing out of it for the past few years, praise God, but it can still be a struggle sometimes. Sometimes, it really doesn't matter what others say to encourage me, because there is a voice inside that keeps my confidence down. Sometimes, I even find myself overlooking what the Bible says I am, and the words of encouragement in the Bible when I'm overwhelmed with new challenges. I even shared recently in a sermonette at my church, that God has been calling me to do more evangelizing and mentoring in my everyday life, but I'd been running from it because I didn't feel I had the heart for it. I let so many past things hold me back even though God is for me.Crazy, but I'm working on it. I'm an overcomer through Christ. [Amen?]
It shouldn't be this way. This all the devil's work to hold us back from our destiny. He doesn't want to see you graduate, minister, get a job, start a venture, have successful relationships or do anything else that God has called you to do. He wants you to sit in that corner fearful and stagnant.
This is important, so I'm gonna go in on this again, but from a different lens. Maybe you're not so self conscious about your looks or your abilities, but you just can't let go of your past, pre-Christian life. Maybe according to your own judgement, you're dirty, used, or just not worthy of love and good things.
"Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." -Romans 8:34
Again, that scripture today is not about your mom who said you're not pretty enough. It's not about your teachers who said you'd never amount to anything. It's not even about those holier than thou folks at church who know your past look down on you when you come on Sundays. This word is for YOU. It says, who is the one who condemns? No one. That means IT IS NOT YOUR PLACE to cast judgement, even on yourself. Why? Because Jesus is by God's side day and night interceding for you. That means he is working on your behalf. Washing your sins away with the blood He shed. Who then are you to cast judgement? [think about it]
I am telling you today that God is for you. Forget about whatever else in your head or around you says otherwise. He is for us. The Bible, the word of God, says so. It tells us that we are more than conquerors.[Romans 8:37], and that we can do all things through Christ Jesus[Phillipians 4:13]. Who are you to say otherwise?
Be encouraged. Remember who really is on the throne and determines who you are and what you can do. Remember that someone so much bigger is in charge of your destiny, and that He loves you. He is for you. So try not to be against yourself.