How many times have you rushed to help someone out only to get burned in the end? Do you tend to solve people?s problems rather than letting them figure it out?
Me! Me! Me!?
I was an expert in trying to help God help people. I took my role as Junior Holy Spirit very seriously. Looking back, I wonder how many times my intervention prevented the Lord from doing all that He wanted to do in a situation. Being Junior Holy Spirit was both frustrating and exhausting.?
On a particularly frustrating day, the real Holy Spirit showed me that I was not trusting God to handle situations. I was keeping Him from getting the glory in these situations by trying to ?fix? the problem with my efforts.
I let the fear of ?what will people think of me? and the need for recognition motivate me NOT a prompting of the Holy Spirit. Once I realized what was happening I committed to praying and waiting before jumping into action.?
Boy, was it hard to sit still and wait! The hardest part of waiting was how much the voice of guilt was yelling at me. Guilt told me that I was not a good Christian because I wasn?t doing anything to help. Guilt told me that people will think I am self-centered and lazy if I don?t do something. Guilt told me that if I did not something then people will think I don?t love them.
Does this sound familiar to you!
Romans 5:1 was my constant companion for several months. We are justified by faith, meaning we are not guilty. Guilt is a trap. Guilt is an idol because it puts our opinion and that of others above God?s Word. The bible says we are justified by faith but guilt says you are condemned and bound to perform.?
How much do guilt and fear of what others think dictate your life? How do guilt and fear of man stop God from working in your situation?
One of the hardest things to do is to watch someone struggle and not do anything even when you are able to solve the problem. Throughout His ministry, Jesus modeled such restraint. He could call down Heaven at any time but He knew that by doing so it would not accomplish what His Father wanted to accomplish. Thankfully for us, Jesus used restraint and waited on the Father?s timing.?
Jesus listened to His Heavenly Father rather than the voices of guilt, fear of man or accusation. He acted in God?s timing, He did not let people push him to act hastily. As a result, He sealed our salvation. How can we model that restraint and let God work in our loved ones for His glory and not ours?
Lord help me to separate Your Voice from the voice of guilt. Please show me how I have let guilt control me. Forgive me for agreeing with guilt and not waiting on You.? I ask that as I walk through life I do only what You want, not what others may expect. Help me to cast the thought that I am guilty. Lord, I trust you to do what You say You will do. I want Your Name to be glorified in every situation.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
- Do you tend to solve people?s problems for them?
- Do you feel guilty if you don?t fix all situations?
- Do you ever play Junior Holy Spirit?
- What do you fear will happen if you don?t help someone?
Please contact me if you are struggling with hopelessness, depression or despair and see no light at the end of your tunnel. There is hope for you!
For Further Reading:
- Introduction: 40-Day Journey to Find Hope
- 4 Ways to Leave Your Past Behind
- What is Occultism?
- Peace, Truth, Anxiety, and Fear
Please share your testimony with me, I love testimonies! We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11)
If you have not yet begun your personal relationship with God, understand that the One who created you loves you no matter who you are or what you?ve done.
You can tell Him in your own words or use this simple prayer:
Lord Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sins and save me from eternal separation from God. By faith, I accept Your work and death on the cross as sufficient payment for my sins. Thank You for providing the way for me to know You and to have a relationship with my Heavenly Father. Through faith in You, I have eternal life. Jesus, I want YOU as Lord of my life! Thank You also for hearing my prayers and loving me unconditionally.
In Jesus? name, amen.
Jesus Christ provides a relationship with the Father and eternal life through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead (Romans. 5:10).
In Romans 10:9, the Word promises, ?If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.?