For Fans Who Fear They've Failed the Father
Wed., Mar. 18. 2015 11:25am EDT
Ever think you've pushed God's grace too far with your failures? That's seems to be a common enough feeling among Christians.
APX lead singer/lyricst J. Jackson shares this testimony we hope will encourage you:
Many years ago, I was struggling to overcome something and really felt like I was failing God. In despair I prayed, "God please remember all that I've tried to do for You and don't give up on me."Of course, we don't believe we're saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8-10), however, those works are often a sign to the outside world that God has already saved us (James 2:18). Remember that "He he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6).
I opened up my Bible without thinking, and my finger was on Hebrews 6:10: "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."
That's why I wrote the song "God Knows You've Tried," which we released last year. Here's a nice fan video for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiQNpK-wZ6s
Romans 7 is also very helpful at times like this, and don't forget to read the sequel, Romans 8!
Failure is not an option; it's something we all experience. "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" (Hebrews 4:15).