Hey guys! I hope you’re doing well. I’m back with another faith related post. I know talking about religion, faith and Jesus aren’t always everyone cup of tea. I have a lot of other posts that may be more up your ally, here. If you do like faith based posts, you can read my latest one here. Lately, I’ve been in this space where I feel as though I’ve officially found Jesus and I feel his grace daily. That’s not something I can, nor do I want to be quiet about and just keep for myself.
Today I want to talk to you guys about how you can let Jesus into your life. A relationship with the Lord is the most precious relationship you’ll ever have. However, it’s still a relationship that you have to constantly put work into. So how do you let Jesus into your heart and accept his grace?
Consciously Showing Up
As I mentioned, having a relationship with the Lord is something you need to constantly work at. Declaring that Jesus is your Lord and Savior doesn’t mean you can just snap your fingers and everything difficult in your life will disappear. Letting Jesus in, is laying your worries and fears at his feet and accepting that things will happen in His timing even if that means living in pain.
As humans we love to have control over everything. We love to be the judge of good and evil. We’re kind of just wired that way due to social conditioning that generations upon generations have grown up learning and instilling in their children. While it’s no one’s fault that we’re like this, we do have the ability to relinquish that control to God.
If you are familiar with the Lord’s prayer, you’ll know it’s says “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Let’s read that first part again “Your will be done” . If you relinquish that need for control and that mindset of “I know best” you allow an opening for plans that are so much bigger than you could have ever imagined to come to life. ￼
Trusting Even When You Think God’s Not Listening
We’ve all been there, we pray for something over and over. “God I pray that you take this pain away. This pain of disappointment and this pain of not feeling good enough. God why am I not good enough? Why don’t people accept me? Help them accept me like you accept me” That’s something I’ve prayed for many times, acceptance. Yet I never got it. Was God even listening to me? Was I not praying the right way? Why wasn’t He fixing me? If He’s such a kind and loving God, why is He making me live in pain?
It took me a while to learn that even if it feels like God isn’t listening, He is always right there. He hears your cries and he so badly wants to take away the pain you are feeling BUT he knows something better is going to come along so He must stay silent.
For me, this took me over two years to learn. I kept questioning why God wasn’t just snapping his fingers and why He was “keeping me a prisoner in my own head.” It wasn’t until recently that I came to the realization that I wasn’t letting God in to help me. Last night in Bible Study we watched a movie called The Shack. There was a line that really resonated with me it was, “When all you see is your pain, you lose sight of me.” I was letting this pain of not feeling accepted by people I so desperately wanted acceptance from that I lost sight of the only acceptance I need. The acceptance from God.
Invite Jesus into Your Everyday Life
Letting Jesus in and allowing his grace to take over doesn’t just mean going to church on Sunday. It’s about inviting him into your everyday life. God made us creators of choice, He wants us to mindfully CHOOSE His way every morning. Shining his light into others only makes that light in you brighter.
Take time each day to acknowledge that you aren’t perfect and that your humanly desires have gotten in the way. God knows you’re going to try to take back that control, like I said it’s how we’re wired. Each day lay your worries at his feet and invite him to take them. Our God is almighty and can hold more than we ever could, He wants to carry our burdens for us. We just have to let him.
It’s about still turning to God when things are good and praising him when things are going your way. It can be really easy to put God on the back burner when things are going well. We become focused on how well things are going and start to feel invincible. That’s not to say you didn’t work hard for what you have, but you didn’t do it on your own. You had God always looking over your shoulder protecting you.
Letting Jesus in isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight. It takes time and it takes practice and community but once you do I promise you’ll feel a sense of peace nothing else in this world could provide. Once you let Jesus fill you with his grace, all your anxieties and worries seem to wash away and you’re left with a sense of calm.
You’re never going to be perfect at letting Jesus in. There are tragedies that happen that we will never understand and cause us to close ourselves off. Your relationship with him will have its ups and it’s downs, that’s normal. A relationship with the Lord doesn’t equal a pain free life, unfortunately that doesn’t exist. The desire to let him in is where it all starts, only then can you start to accept the unconditional love He has for you. I hope these tips give you some ideas on what you can do when God feels a little distant. How do you let Jesus into your life and fill you with his grace? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, until next time…
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