Yesterday my cousins from Ohio posted pictures of their trip to Wyoming and surrounding states on Facebook. I could tell the weather was very cool by their attire. If I had seen pictures of Texans from my area attired in jackets and hats, I would have wondered if it was that cool or was it 65 degrees F and felt cool to them because the day they left home it was 103 degrees F. Sometimes, the picture is worth 1000 words sometimes not so much.
Autumn is closing in on parts of the United States. People in southeast Texas hope to see it by late November. We yearn for cool fronts, a few crisp days, air conditioners off, windows open, and low humidity. While waiting, we hang fall wreaths from our front doors, place pumpkins in the yard and around the house. We will pretend fall's arrival is imminent. It is all show, no reality.
Is our Christian life all show, looking good on the outside with little reality on the inside? Are we faking it until we make it? Are we in a desert and we do not know what to do? Do we feel far from God and think there is no way back to Him? Do we feel our friends have turned away from us?
Remember ladies, God has not moved. We do the moving, He remains on His throne.
If you do not know where to begin to find true victory living out the Gospel, find hope in these words from Revelation 2:
I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.
Go back to Scriptures which spoke to you and stirred your spirit in the past. Re-read Christian books and sermons which led you closer to Christ. Join a balanced Bible Study. Ask good, trusted friends and or your pastor to pray for you and with you.
Make a list of promises from the Bible and read them daily until you once more believe them, ask the Lord to show you any sin that is unconfessed and repent, and remember Jesus will never leave you or forsake you. God loves you so much, He gave his only Son to save you, redeem you, deliver you, and heal you.