Do you feel alienated? Do you wonder if God has abandoned you? Do you feel guilty? Are you looking for reconciliation? Do you long for relief? Do you not understand God has already cleansed you?
We all go through times of feeling alienated. We feel as though our family and friends have abandoned us. We feel as though they don’t understand what we are going through. Our desire to receive forgiveness, to be reconciled is strong. If only….
The very first thing we need to remember is God has already redeemed us. He has reconciled us to Him through His Son. God continues to love us and cares deeply about our well-being. Our first step is to turn to Him asking for Him to remove our feelings of guilt. The next is to willingly give those feeling over to Jesus, laying them at His feet.
We also must remember it is Satan who is trying to keep us down. He is working to make us feel guilty, to cause us to forget Christ redeemed us on the cross. We are told that Satan is prowling like a lion looking to devour us (1 Peter 5:8). He knows he has lost the war, but he wants to take as many of us with him as he can. He wants us to be miserable.
Remember you are without blemish in God’s eyes. The blood of Christ has washed you clean and continues to cover you at all times. You can no longer be accused by Satan from God’s point of view. His accusations are meaningless. God ignores them because Christ has wiped them out.
Therefore, hold on to your faith in Jesus, tell Satan to leave you alone, and believe God loves you. Be convinced that God will lift you from the muck and mire of your feelings, emotions, and Satan’s lies. This is the hope we have in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I pray we all recognize Satan’s schemes to keep us down. I pray we trust that Jesus has redeemed us. I pray each one of us will hold on to our faith in Jesus. Do not believe Satan’s lies. Trust God loves you. Hold on to your faith. Know that you have been reconciled with God. Hold on to your hope.
Colossians 1:21-23a Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.