3 Steps to being real with yourself through God
BY: JESSICA VILLARREAL | TO LOVE & HOPE
Ok, first off God knows everything. He knows our past, present, and future. He knows our hearts, our deepest fears, and desires. He knows how we think, I mean he created the human race, right? He has seen generation after generation do the same things and go through the same things we are facing now. Nothing is new to Him.
So, while I stood in my pain and sorrow, with tears and fits of anger I looked to God for help. I prayed incessantly. Except, I was doing it more to get out of my situation, to get what I wanted because “I deserve it”. I felt like I had every right, I hadn’t been all bad. Man did I get it all wrong. There was more to me than I could see. While I focused on the things that I wanted I didn’t realize that I was in a place to give God what He wanted.
1. God wants you to be real with Him, after all, He already knows but He wants you to realize it too. When you start building a relationship with God you have to come face-to-face with yourself. It’s scary to get down to the core of your heart, it’s scary to know yourself. Asking God to reveal the things in your heart that aren’t pleasing is to reveal things that you need to work on. Sometimes you know who you are or at least the not-so-nice things in you but don’t want to admit it because it’s embarrassing or shameful. Let’s get real, I was an awful person. Yeah, I looked nice and tried to talk nice and be nice. Inside, I was dirty. I was an angry person, impatient, envious, insecure, passive aggressive, prideful…oh this list goes on! But through the grace of God, I overcame that bad character I had built. It was through God and his Holy Spirit’s revelation that I was able to work those things out, not by myself but with Him.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
Romans 7: 18, 25
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, then I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh, I serve the law of sin.
3. Renew your mind everyday. Because we are of flesh we have sin in us, it is in our nature to sin. It’s normal. The difference is realizing it, repenting, and coming to God with that. As I did my devotional today, God revealed the verses above to me and then at that exact moment I had a clear example of it. I was on my Instagram and saw these two beautiful women with perfect husbands, baby bumps, kids, images, lives…they have everything great! I started to feel envy creeping in my heart. I quickly responded to the Holy Spirit’s tap on my shoulder saying, hey hang on there what are you thinking? Instead, I went on to ask God for forgiveness and prayed blessings upon them. I reminded myself that I want to love others unconditionally and rejoice in other’s happiness and accomplishments.
Thank you God, for your amazing revelation, you are awesome!
Being real with God can be scary because you’re being real with yourself. But God is never-ending love and He loves you just the way you are. He just wants to help get rid of the not-so-nice in you and impart a beautiful spirit and heart in you. All you have to do is literally SPEAK UP and let Him reveal to you!
Jessica’s faith blog, To Love and Hope, was created to remind us that even in our worst circumstances God’s love is enough to give us hope to persevere. Her goal is to share God’s beautiful love with the rest of the world. Jessica Villarreal is a full-time graphic designer living in Southern California with her husband and their two kids. She loves spending time with her family, watching a good movie, and enjoys eating burgers and fries. She believes everyone has a unique story and would love to hear it!
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