Wednesday, October 5, 2011

{X}pect God's Radical Provision: Willing to Repair the Breach

I have been a Christian for 24 years and still struggle with unbelief. Although I know that salvation is instant, when we ask Christ to be our Lord and Savior, becoming Christ-like is a process. We cannot forget that Christ saves sinners, not perfect people.

"You were dead because of your sins because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins." Colossians 2:13

So, what does God want for us to do? How do we begin to truly trust in His radical provision when our circumstances seem so overwhelming?

First, we must be willing to repair the breach.

Sometimes we willingly open the door to unbelief through sin. Sometimes it sneaks up on us due to tragedy or hardship. It doesn't matter how unbelief makes its' home in your mind, we have to be willing to uproot unbelief and repair the breach.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is that of Nehemiah. To some people, Nehemiah simply built a wall. To others, he was Jerusalem's hero. Nehemiah is known for his leadership skills, yet when I think about Nehemiah--I see a man willing to trade personal comfort in order to obey God. Nehemiah literally grieved when he heard that Jerusalem's walls were burned to the ground and they were susceptible to attack. So much so, that he asked the King if he could leave the palace to go repair the breach. {Nehemiah 1}

When you seek freedom from the strongholds in your mind, the Enemy will step up his game. But, it's simply a scare tactic to keep you from moving forward in your walk with Christ. We often waste time riding the fence of indecision. It is God's will and desire that we be free in Christ; that we enjoy the abundant life He purchased for us on the cross. I believe in both supernatural deliverance and deliverance through obedience. God has used both ways to deliver me from sickness, irrational thoughts, fear, and unbelief. Obedience can be hard, but it cannot be ignored.

Last year, I felt that God was commanding me to go deeper in His word. My effort to memorize scripture was lacking and I knew it. He gently called and I rode the fence. Then, one day He gave me this verse, and it finally woke me up to the seriousness of His instruction:

{If you love me, obey my commandments.} John 14:15

Are you willing to do the work to repair the breach? Are you willing to take back the ground Satan has stolen from you? 

God simply wants your "yes." 


Small Kucing said...

am trying to but it's so hard.

Jessica Kirkland said...

It is very hard. I would have to agree with that. If you have any questions...just ask. I'll help if I can.

PK said...

I have heard God say these words to me, "Repair the Breach" but was unaware that it was meant for me! Thanks for your blog!!! I had been struggling with having a desire to study His word and walking there in!