DO YOU feel like the world is exactly how it should be? Who is living life now exactly as they imagined or wished it would be? Nobody. Still, we get through each day somehow and push forward. But then maybe something triggers you to recall past decisions you made. You see where things went wrong. And you might think: What a mess. That’s why my world is all wrong. It’s all my fault. And a negative narrative gets unleashed in your mind. The result? You lose confidence. You get emotionally numb. You think nothing will ever be right again.
Meanwhile, life goes on. There’s work to do, a loved one gets sick, bills and dirty dishes pile up. The roof leaks. And as you process the old and deal with the new, the weight of it all crushes you. So you end up feeling even worse. Suddenly, it’s as if you’re in the bottom of a big deep hole. And it’s dark down there. You might look active, but you feel all alone.
Did the devil put you there? Did he set a trap and build up your confidence only to pull the rug out from under you? Or is it God, leading you to a new place of growth? Maybe it’s a little bit of both. God lets you be free to make mistakes. The enemy is also really good at building up your ego, only to make you look like a fool later.
The tempter doesn’t stop there though. Once he starts a fire, he likes to fan the flames higher and higher. So he pushes you to think horrible things about yourself. Or he drives you into attack mode. He tricks you into avoiding hard truths. The more exaggerated the reaction the better. The enemy wants you to become a disfigured version of yourself — anything but the truth. But who are you really?
Yes. You made mistakes, even some big ones. Who hasn’t been negligent, selfish, arrogant, or proud? We hurt others. We hurt ourselves. And there are reasons for the mistakes we make — not excuses, but explanations. Meanwhile, the world has become obsessed with pointing out other people’s failures. The wrath of the wounded is relentless.
What’s behind all this pessimism and finger pointing? If you have the courage to look, you realize that many of the narratives we relied on all these years are crumbling down. The promises of freedom, democracy, truth, and justice seem hollow to many of us now. It’s not that these things don’t matter. But nobody seems capable of making them real anymore. It’s happening at the personal, community, and global level. As a result, things like fear, self-hate, and deep resentment drive the actions of many, especially those with great power. We can’t stand our own sin and the sins of others drive us mad.
Some are in denial about the events that are unfolding. Others harden their hearts. Some end up with a nervous breakdown as they sense the growing instability. Others seek emotional or psychological support to get by. Good or bad, these are all ways we might try to cope. But what if we took a risk? What if we decided to seek a supernatural solution? What might this look like? How might the hand of God move to make a change?
First, you might let everything be stripped away, once and for all. Maybe you finally say ‘yes’ to God in the most free and truthful way possible. You let go of your allegiance to self-preservation at all costs. You might say: “I don’t want to try to defend myself anymore. I have no real defense. Explanations and excuses are of no use to me anymore. Time is too short. The image I built up all these years is showing its age and the cracks reach the foundations. This moment — in my personal life and in history — cries out for a revolutionary change. So I cry out to God. He must be my defense.”
So I ask again, who are you? There is only one complete answer. You are a child of God. And the children of God are born of God. This is the only thing the world cannot take from you. You can lose your reputation, health, all your money, your entire family even — nothing is guaranteed. Today, humanity is being pushed to the limit. Like it or not, events force us to face profound questions about our future. And it all circles back to one answer. You are a child of God. Your identity is eternal and indestructible. Everything else is temporary.
What if you return to that most basic inner core and build again from there? No more expectations, only truth and transparency before Almighty God. Then there’s nothing to be afraid of anymore. Your mistakes are part of your history, but they do not define you. You may not understand it, but you know God has a plan. Even though we are powerless and lifeless without God, he forgives us out of love. And from that truth, we have a chance to be humble at long last. We can find ways to forgive, as did our Lord Jesus, even from the cross. Humility and forgiveness — how much is our world hungering for these things now?
Nobody even imagines that humility and forgiveness might be the solution to our problems. Nobody talks about these things. Instead we want to win. We want to blame. We want safety, even if it means wiping out others, even if it means becoming slaves to security. But our souls desire the goodness of God. And God answers this call, our deepest desire, by giving us his Son. His message is humble. He forgives. And in giving himself, he saves the world.
The world will never accept this kind of solution, but the children of God will understand. They will live for Christ, and some may even die for Christ. I don’t know how world events will play out, but I do know that humility and forgiveness will transform lives. But you won’t see it on TV. The headlines won’t announce this. It will be incredibly difficult. It will require deep faith. Yet those who experience these things will see God.
By worldly standards, humility and forgiveness are positions of weakness. But by heavenly measures, infinite strength is found in the grace of God. Like your identity, it is indestructible and eternal. Those who embrace it will stand firm together and shut the mouth of the demon. They will spread their wings wide, and their spirits will soar free.
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Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.2 Corinthians 4:16-18
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