You are stepping into a future. A future full of change. A future, tho undefined, brimming with opportunity.
There’s some important things to remember about that.
You’re following a God who is not limited to your understanding.
You are not called to understand.
You are not called to strive to be perfect.
You are not called to fall to your knees and beg Him to make you strong enough.
His example of prayer was: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Jesus knew we do not have what it takes and we are not anywhere near being capable of resisting evil ourselves. He provided us with a prayer, a cry that says “Lord, save me.” A cry that requires us to take all of the US out of it. He provided us with a prayer model that puts no dependance on our strength or our ability or our growth or our own selves. He modeled a prayer for us that completely removes us from the equation because if it were at all even slightly dependent on us we would be the failing point in our own salvation, and He did not shed His blood and leave that dependent on us, who are guaranteed to fail.
He would not give His blood to pay the price for us and allow it to be dependent even the slightest on our own strength to hold onto it.
We are asked to do nothing but fall into the marvelous and infallible grace that is the hands of our Savior and by them we are washed clean and pure from our sin, blessed with a relationship with our God, given a surety (down payment) in the Holy Spirit, and guaranteed an eternity in the blessing of our Creator because of the price that was paid on our behalf.
If this is then the case, if we have not purchased any of this of ourselves, if we have, in fact, done nothing at all to earn or deserve these blessings, how can we then have the arrogance to say we are capable of losing them? How can we give ourselves so much power as to say the blood of Christ has a catch, that it can be dismissed simply on the basis of our imperfection, which will doubtlessly cause us to fail 100% of the time. How can we make the precious sacrifice of the only Son of God so small and insignificant that we can undo what He has done. How can we ever entertain the idea that we can do anything without it?
Therefore, if we have done nothing to earn it, and can do nothing to to lose it, we are to live in freedom. The price that was paid for us has purchased COMPLETE freedom in Christ. This is not a freedom to do whatever we want and live a life of darkness, but rather a life FREE of the guilt and the shame that comes with the fact that we do and will continue to fail until we go Home. Our Savior has purchased our freedom from the cost of sin, that is, death, and our freedom from the shame of the sin He has already paid for: past, present, and future.
We are weak. We will fail. We can do nothing in ourselves, and we are hopeless in trying. But we are precious sons and daughters of the Lord of the universe, and we have been given permission, and invited even, to enter the throne room and crawl into His lap and make our requests and allow Him to touch our minds and our hearts and mold us into who He would have us to be. Not because we read our Bible, or we prayed the right prayer, or even because we asked Him to.
We are His. He will use those who are usable, those who are His.
He will use you.