“You Define Me” by Kim Walker-Smith

No whisper can accuse
No rumour can undo
The words You speak over me
No lie can ever break
No shame can ever steal
The words You speak over me
You’re speaking over me! Only Your words, define me
You tell me who I am
Only Your love, can hold me
You make me who I am
You define me
You define me…

These words soothed my aching spirit over the period I suffered intense depression over my life especially my spiritual life. Yup! I did not like where I was with God and still could not forgive myself over some choices I made in the past regarding my relationship with God. Many other issues included not praying enough, not fasting long enough, inconsistencies and lack of discipline with regards to my quiet time with God, Not memorizing the scriptures as I should, allowing un-forgiveness to cloud my heart for a long period of time and so much more.

I carried this guilt for a long time and it affected my growth and walk with Christ but it got to a point I just could not do it anymore. It was hard to go to church every weekend and encourage others while I was dying inside. In the end I just cried, “Jesus, help me because I am failing to do your will! I am a mess and I know it! I fall short so bad I am ashamed to be associated with you! No one is perfect but I want to do the best I can to please you!”

Many of us have fallen short of God’s expectations but that is not the reason to give up and go back to the world. Get up Soldier of Christ! Take hold of the hand of Christ reaching out to you in love and take the next step to victory over sin and shame; victory over comparing ourselves to other Christians who seem to be growing “faster” in Christ and who we think love God more than we do.

God knows you more than you know yourself! Delight yourself in Him and bare it all before Him. God hates sin but loves the sinner. Go back to God and ask Him to set you ablaze with His love and fire for His word and His kingdom. Ask Him to ignite your prayer and Bible Study life with His fire! Ask Him to forgive your negligence, carelessness and taking Him for granted (if you are) and plead with Him to take you out of the wilderness of despair and hopelessness about your walk with Him.

He is calling you once again,

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
    you will eat the good things of the land;

(Isaiah 1:18-19.)

Let us rise up and declare as Kim Walker-Smith sang that,

“No fear, can hold me hostage
No lie, can keep me bound
My God has the final word
My God has the final word
No fear, can hold me hostage
No lie, can keep me bound
My God has the final word
My God has the final word!”

Get up! Rise up! Jesus is waiting for you! You have assignments waiting to be completed; hearts waiting for your testimony to transform their lives and those who God will us you to bring to His kingdom because of your faith in Him. Child of God, arise and declare violently,

“Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light,” (Micah 7:8)

Do not stay down and give up on your love for God and His love for you because surely He will never give up on you or me. If you are willing and obedient, you will do great exploits in the name of Jesus! You are not defined by guilt! Do not sin habitually with the idea that grace is sufficient. The great Apostle, Paul wrestled with sin too and overcame (Romans 7:15-25.) 

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Take confidence in these words of  faith because you are not alone in this war against the flesh; “Does being Christlike seem beyond your reach? I feel the same way. When I measure myself by Jesus, I see how far I am from where God wants me to be. But our failings are not the end of God’s redemption. If you can fulfill your life purpose without the supernatural power of God, your aim is too low. It takes the power of God to accomplish the purpose of God,” (Dr. Jim Denison) 

Stand in God’s love and on the power in the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross at Calvary. You are worth it. God’s love is unstoppable and has no limit;

“I, even I, am he who blots out
    your transgressions, for my own sake,
    and remembers your sins no more, (Isaiah 43:25.)

Son and daughter of Zion, I pray that God gives you the grace to end the race of life well with Him in Jesus’ name. Don’t give up on God for He won’t give up on you. You are much loved and your purpose is greater than any guilt. Repent and move on to the glorious destiny God planned for you since the beginning of the world. Shalom.

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