Our attitude must be like the psalmist in Psalms 56:4 (NLT) “I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?” God wants us to have the best, and we can’t be afraid to relinquish that which is no longer useful to our journeys in order to make room for something that is much better for us. He said in Psalms 91:14 “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.”
Fear cripples our efforts to move forward, because it displays a lack of trust in Heavenly Father. We have to understand how incredibly serious and meaningful this walk in Christ is. Every decision we make is spiritual and will impact our relationship with God in some way, so it behooves us to be doubly sure that we are doing those things that bring us closer to Him. He rescues those who love Him, and protects those who trust in Him, but trust we must.
Patricia was a Christian woman, but even if it was on a subconscious level, she believed that her relationship with God had its place, and this place was separate from her love life. On one hand was the church Patricia, and on the other hand she was the ‘Patricia’ that she presented to the world. She had never reconciled the two. It was a duality that seemingly allowed her to keep each foot wedged in the door of both worlds—a life that indulged the pleasures of the flesh while at the same time looking the part of a spiritually together sister when necessary.
Jesus Christ warned the disciples in Matthew 6:24(NLT) “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.” The truth of what Jesus Christ is saying is that life does not tolerate duality. God’s laws are etched in stone. He does not change and neither does His immutable laws. We can try and bend them if we choose, but it will most assuredly be a futile exercise. You and I have to make choices that clearly signify that we choose God, over and over again, without hesitation—without reservation—without deviation.
Heavenly Father created the universe to reward only those decisions and choices that are made with this kind of conviction, because this is the only way that proves that you truly have His love anchored in your heart. Only God knows if you, as a single Christian, have gotten to this place in your walk with Him, but if you haven’t, you should know that this is what He expects, and He will continue to help you get there. Jesus Christ went on to tell us in Matthew 6:33 to seek God first in all things. Patricia didn’t do that, but at any point she can turn things around. She can muster the courage to turn Jason loose and let him be free to walk his own path—one that doesn’t include her. She can begin to trust God explicitly by understanding that she truly does deserve a man who loves her the way that Christ loves the church, and that putting God first is the only way to guarantee that she can love this man that same way too.●
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
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