YOU’VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS….
Many Christians doubt the legitimacy of their salvation because they still struggle with the same hurts and destructive behaviors that they suffered from before they were saved. They wrestle with their belief in the power of Jesus Christ because the pain of past trauma, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex, or pornography is still very present in their everyday lives.
Here’s what I hear from the Christians who come to me for help:
“I go to church every Sunday and attend weekday services. I’m a member of a small group that meets almost every week. I read my Bible and pray every day. I’m active in church ministries. I was baptized. I even got up the courage to share my struggles with a pastor in my church. I’m doing everything the pastor told me to do. I’ve read the books. I’ve confessed the sin. I’m trying to live my life right.
I don’t want to keep on feeling like a failure or a disappointment to God. I don’t want to keep on doing the things that I’ve been doing! But I still feel trapped and powerless. I believed that God would heal me when I got saved. I believed that he would take this pain from me. I believed that my faith in him would give me the power to stop doing these things.
Why can’t I just get over it? What am I doing wrong? Why do I feel so alone? Why do I feel so afraid? Why do I feel so ashamed—so different from everyone around me? Doesn’t God love me? Doesn’t God care? Why isn’t God helping me? Is God even real?”
If you identify with any of these sentiments, you are not alone. Whatever you are thinking or feeling about your faith in Christ is normal and to be expected given your particular life experiences. You’ve been searching for answers to your questions and hoping to be healed. Here’s what I want you to know: God does care, and you will find the answers you seek by learning to access the power of Jesus Christ.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)