April 15, 2018 - Inscriptions From The Heart
April 15, 2018
Pastor Immanuel Garcera
A youth recently contacted me regarding some personal issues he was struggling with, thoughts of doubt and questioning; specifically the identity and authority of God. Now, this is something I find common in individuals who are young in their faith. He mentioned losing sleep, being distracted from work, and he described the experience as being bombarded with thought he knows are lies, but the thoughts keep from flooding his mind nonetheless.
Often times in our lives we go through something similar as this young man. Although we know what we ought to do and know in our hearts what is true; our mind, our hearts, and even our bodies think, feel, and want the contrary. “To live is Christ” is not merely a statement to be heard or a verse to be read – but a reality to be lived out. As followers of Christ we are called to deny ourselves (Luke 9:23-24), consider ourselves dead to sin and live in Christ (Romans 6:11-14), clothe ourselves with Christ (Romans 13:14), to cast all our cares to Christ (1 Peter 5:7), etc. etc. In the Bible, we see that as followers, Christ is central to our past, present, and future. It’s there in statement – but do we see this in our lives as a reality? Often times, as followers of Christ we can be so caught up in living a life apart from God and not even know it, when the truth is, God is all we need. As cliché as that sounds, the truth is just that. God is all we need. So why then, do we try to do things on our own apart from God?
This young man I mentioned before I had a long conversation with and in the end, by God’s wisdom, in summary, I simply told him this: “You cannot do this on your own because you will fail. Remember to rely and surrender to God.” (Thank you, Lord.) I told him that in life we will have struggles, pain, and trials – but through it all we are called to not try to make it on our own, but to rely on the One who will make it turn out for the best for those who love Him, those called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). This reality became apparent to this young man as he told me he has been surrendering his thoughts and relying on God to fight his battles. As a result he’s reported to me that he’s been experiencing God’s peace throughout this week. No longer should we try to do things on our own, instead we need to rely on the Lord for everything and anything that we do, in every moment that we live, continually. For me, in my opinion, this is what it means to live is for Christ.
“Cease striving and know I am God” Psalm 46:10a
To God the glory!