Last week I as I wrote about Faith and Vulnerable Points, I realized that there were more vulnerable places (I called them choice points) that we face as believers. These are areas where we are challenged to use our faith to move forward or rely on our own strength.
Due to the computer glitch last week I sent out a very poorly edited post, with many typing mistakes. I apologize for how poor it was written–those of you who sent me encouraging words about how you needed it–thank you! I felt ashamed and discouraged as I realized how many mistakes there were. Another vulnerable point discovered– when we make mistakes and disappoint ourselves.
After my son checked my computer and found it to really be a non-issue, I was so embarrassed by what I had published I wanted to just hang my head in shame. But then I realized I could go back and fix it. The edit button still worked and, at least for those of you who read on line–it is fixed! There is mercy embedded in the edit button! I still feel the sting of that embarrassment, but it is my goal to learn from it and make the changes necessary to prevent it from happening again.
Another one of our vulnerable choice points is definitely when we need to apply God’s grace, mercy and receive His forgiveness. Believing and applying God’s mercy when we feel we don’t deserve it can be difficult. The double edge sword of pride and shame can prevent us from simply receiving this gift. Do not let pride prevent you from receiving this wonderful gift or giving it.
We are vulnerable when someone has hurt us or fails us in our expectations. Do we choose to extend mercy and forgiveness or choose to withhold it? We have the choice to believe God not only sees any painful hurts we endure, but He knows how to work them together in our life for His good plan.
We are vulnerable when we feel our life is in another’s hands. When we feel our choice points are dependent on someone else’s decision. It is difficult to release our faith when we struggle to trust others have our best interest at heart. Jesus words in John 16. I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith. for you will be expelled from the synagogues and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me. Yes, I’m telling you these things ow, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning. I didn’t tell you earlier because I was going to be with you for awhile longer. Brothers and sisters, life isn’t always fair. Life is not always easy. But we do not have to do it alone. We do not have to face our enemy unaware. Take time to examine your vulnerable points. Gird yourself with His truth. Stand strong, and when you have done all, keep on standing. For we are not fighting against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand firm.