Doubting Present Progress
Doubting present progress can cause you to regress. When you accept Christ into your life, you are adopting a new lifestyle. You change your habits, thoughts, and maybe even your friends and goals.
Initially, this new life is refreshing and promising. You willingly make necessary adaptations and expect that it will be of benefit to you in the long run.
“Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
and to put on the new self, created to be like God in
true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:21-24, NIV)
Then it happens, you feel too happy. Your future seems too promising. You begin to question your motives, and you doubt that this newfound life will be lasting.
- It is at this time that it might be helpful to make some comparisons.
- Compare the way you presently feel with the way you felt prior to accepting Christ.
Do you feel better or worse? More or less focused?
- Observe who you are surrounding yourself with.
Are they individuals that encourage your new way of life or ones who make a mockery of your beliefs?
- What about your thoughts?
Are they clearer or cloudier? Have you adopted healthier habits?
It is possible that you have noticed positive changes in your life, but are doubtful that you will be able to maintain those changes.
Such a thought pattern can cause to you regress into old habits.
But whenever a scripture verse instructs you to do something, you can be certain that God will give you the grace to follow through with that directive.
The verse above tells you to put off your old, corrupted self and adopt a new version of yourself, who was created in the likeness of God.
Sometimes you have to believe in what seems to be the least believable.
Taking on a new nature creates resistance, and often times we are surrounded by individuals who choose not to believe that you have changed, which leads to even more doubt.
In such cases, drawing closer to Spirit always results in a better outcome than placing a wedge between you and Spirit.
Downplaying your present progress will not serve you. It only serves those who do not want you to change for the better. Press forward in your “new you suit.”
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