Often times as a believer I have struggled with carving out time to commune with the Lord. From the time I was a young teenager I would have this constant reminder in my spirit of the importance of reading His word and spending time in prayer. At times it would be the enemy reminding me of my failure and most times it was my Savior who would lovingly call me to spend time with Him.
It wasn’t until in my young adult life that I realized if I continued to listen to the voice of the enemy who reminded me over and over again of my short-comings, then I would never be able to live in the perfect grace of God. Once I realized that His grace covered my short-comings, then it was as if a switch was flipped. You see listening to the enemy actually kept me in a cycle of falling short, feeling extremely guilty, repenting and then trying to rise up to what I knew I needed to do as a Christian, but ultimately falling short again.
What I have realized thru the Grace of God is we are going to fall short, but we do not need to live in the awful guilt the enemy will heap onto us. You see living in that guilt will never allow you to grow past that point and to fully live in the grace of our Savior. He wants to forgive us and for us to move into a position of fullness in Him. For me being a slight perfectionist :) this was a pivotal point in my Christian walk. You see the Lord understands right where you are and He wants to help us in our time of need. Just as Hebrews 4:15 & 16 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”