Updated: Apr 15
Why is it important to refine our faith? Perhaps a better place to start is this:
~What does your faith mean to you?
~Why is faith important in your life?
~Who is God to you?
~Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?
If you don't have answers to all of these questions that is okay. My hope is to lead you in recognizing truth by not only knowing scripture but living it out every single day. Our faith and hope is strengthened when we are grounded in the Word of God. Let's build a solid foundation together that is strengthened through the refining process.
Have you ever met someone who tries so hard to appear perfect? They never leave the house with a hair out of place and every Facebook photo makes their life look spectacular. Every. Single. Disneyland day.
I am sure we all have someone who comes to mind. In my experiences I have learned the more perfect one tries to appear, the more hurt they may be trying to hide.
A house of cards will eventually fall.
Everyone of us sins. Everyone of us makes mistakes. We really are lying to ourselves if we try and act perfect all the time. God knows we are not and so do most people around us. Maybe the only one who is being deceived is the one who tries so hard to look perfect. There is beauty in sharing in the honesty of our imperfections.
We all have the natural tendency to sin and when we do we break fellowship with God. We are fortunate that when we become Christians He forgives every sin we will ever commit, whether it was 20 years ago or 20 years in the future. We are not only hurting ourselves when we sin and deny any wrongdoing, we break God's heart too. But why would we carry that weight if we don't have to?
There is freedom in confession, it's not meant to be a burden. God will always offer His grace and forgiveness if we are willing to take it. But just because His grace is always there doesn't mean we take advantage and commit whatever sin we feel like.
"What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?" Romans 6:1-2
We cannot say we live for Jesus if we continue to sin and it does not have any affect on our conscience. So I ask you to ponder these questions today. Is the Truth in you? Have you experienced the freedom that comes with confessing and letting go of your sins?
*Refined definitions sourced from Oxford Langurages