At least that’s what the enemy wants us to think. The pastor made a good point this past Sunday, and it is worth remembering: The devil hates you. He is a “thief (who) comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10, NIV). He is our “enemy (who) prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8, NIV). He is a “murderer” and the “father of lies” (John 8:44).
He’s cunning and crafty. This is why Peter warns us to “humble (ourselves) before God,” rid ourselves of anxiety and “be alert and sober minded” (1 Peter 5:5-8, NIV). Sin has us in such a mess that we don’t even know what we should pray. Have you ever felt like that? That feeling that life is so hard, so rough, so messed up, and you are hurting so bad that you can’t even put your feelings in words.
But, for believers in Christ, there is great news. You don’t have to buy into the lie. You really aren’t a mess anymore. Life is not defined by circumstances or past mistakes or sins. And don’t let the devil tell you otherwise. You are a child of God. The enemy may want to steal your life, but fear not, because Christ came “that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV).
God’s got your back. We may not know exactly what God wants us to pray, but that’s ok. “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:26-28, NIV).
Today, if you’re feeling accused – not the gentle nudge of conviction but the pounding hammer of accusation – don’t buy it. You are not a mess – you are a blessed child of God. Cast off the anxiety and embrace God’s promises. You cannot sin so big, mess up so bad or run so far away that you are out of God’s reach. If you need to confess your sins to God, then confess. He knows them anyway, you know. Confess, repent and move on. Don’t let Satan steal your joy. You are loved – even if you feel like a mess.