How many women have had sex and then instantly knew they were pregnant? I know for sure that has never happened to me and I have 3 kids.
I feel it’s almost impossible for something like that to happen, though I can be wrong so instead of impossible I’ll use very rare.
Now how many people have ever had a moment when you feel a shift in the atmosphere of your mind? Like you knew something was up but you weren’t exactly sure what. Something inside of you was conceived at that moment?
I know these moments can happen for some brilliant business idea you get or maybe a new recipe you just thought of while lying in bed. But what if it was something more and it happened right after we fail God?
What if you felt pregnant but your conception was with sin?
What if the moment you let go of your God-values and submitted to your flesh you felt the shift?
Now I believe it is worth mentioning that in order for a shift this dramatic to be felt you have to have been fully committed to God. Meaning though we mess up and sin daily you cannot have been living in sin.
Let me explain. When we walk directly next to God our lifestyle shifts. We talk differently, we think differently, we act more intentional, and our entire life shifts to a heavier God-valued life.
So when we mess up daily trying to live Gods way it is completely different from forgetting about Gods way and doing something that you know is not good for your relationship with Him.
God requires us to be more aware of life, more intentional with how we live every day. So He expects us to be mindful of what we watch, what we listen to, who we’re friends with, how we dress, what we think, what we believe, and so on.
He wants for our lives to look and feel completely different than before He was actively involved in them.
So it goes without saying that when we live a life like that and then fail Him in a more intentional, I-knew-what-is-was-doing-when-getting-into-this-sin type of way then a shift in your atmosphere is definitely felt.
A little into a pregnancy a woman’s body starts to feel different, she is now aware of hormonal changes happening within her. She KNOWS she is pregnant.
It is the same when we fall into sin.
If we’ve become pregnant with sin it is because we have CHOSEN to sleep with the enemy.
And because it is something we have chosen to do it is not something we can simply breeze by as if nothing happened and everything is still cool.
When you have a Christ-centered life, falling into sin isn’t something that tends to be a habit but because we all fall short of God’s standards (see Romans 3:23) then these moments can and will happen if we aren’t vigilant about everything coming into our lives.
1 Peter 5:8 (MSG)
Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The devil is poised (always on the ready) to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up.
We must always remain aware of the fact that the reality is everything we face in life is an opportunity to either move closer or further from God’s presence. I know a lot of people preach about people who turn everything into something spiritual. But the truth is that it is. (see Ephesians 6:12)
With every choice we make in every area of our lives we project who we serve. That’s why the Bible tells us over and over that, we must do everything for the Lord, pray constantly and for everything, lose our lives to find His, etc.
Sure some choices we make bring its own trials but sometimes it is the enemy trying to trip us up and sometimes it is God trying to shape our character. Regardless of where the storms come from the point of the storm is still the same. Who will you serve?
The great part about our God, (see the second half of Romans 3), is that He is generous with His kindness and grace, and though we don’t deserve it, He freely shows mercy on those who believe in His son and the meaning behind His sacrifice.
Life is real, sin is real, the devil is real and always on the ready. However, God is so much more than any and all of it! He has promised us so much more than what this world has to offer. And though the temptation of giving in to our desires and old habits is a real and constant battle we face daily, Gods mercy is new with every sunrise we experience. (see Lamentations 3:22,23)
Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve.
Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.