Reflections from Quarantine

Throughout this unique time, I’ve learned a lot about myself and a lot about God. There have been times when I was so on fire for Christ and doing different projects to glorify Him during this pandemic while at other times I’ve fallen short. Being on both sides of that spectrum has taught me the ups and downs of life. During the entire time no matter how much joy I was filled with (or lack of) God has always been faithful and has never abandoned me. Which is something I can say for other believers who are going through a low point in their life? God has been teaching me different lessons each day and it is my choice to listen to what He has for me to grow in.

Through this interesting time of my life here is a highlight of some lessons God has taught me and that I am still learning and growing in:

What Happens When you “Okay” sin?

James 1:15 says “ Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death”. (NASB). I’ve learned that allowing little things to slip in that can grow into sin will cause trouble down the road. When you struggle with something you shouldn’t let things that cause you to stumble deep into your sin come into your life even if the appearance is good and not harmful. Something that might be innocent could possibly cause us to stumble. If a distraction is pulling you away from God it will eventually desensitize itself and appear not as bad as it should be. If I struggle with lying and to get rid of the habit I start to tell “half-truths” (instead of replacing this negative habit with a good one like telling the full truth) I’m okaying myself to allow a bit of a split mind just to justify the sin that (If not working on changing the habit) will grow into a full-blown sin. 1 Peter 2:11 says: Beloved I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul”

My Value Not Being Found in People

Ephesians 2:4 says “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ … that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”. Something I struggle with from time to time is not seeing myself as Christ sees me. I struggle with seeking out affirmation from the world when God gives me the affirmation that tops everything the world has to offer. During this time, it has finally clicked that even though it’s easy to stoop low to get the credit from people all that really matters for me should be focusing on God and not trying to distract myself with seeking out affirmation. God calls us to so much more than getting praise from the world. Something we must realize is that we all have a purpose and we all have an excellent example to follow. 1 Peter 2:21 says “ For you have been called to this purpose since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in His steps”

Forgiveness

Colossians 3:13 says “ Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Something I have learned about forgiveness is that it is a normal human reaction to hold a grudge against someone else but we as Christians have been called to a higher standard.

Some of the other lessons I have learned more about during this time is that. We need to be representatives of Christ here on earth meaning we can’t be caught off guard with practicing sin. To a lot of people, we may be the only representation of Christ in their lives so we must always grow and strive to be like Him. Through this time we also need to learn to trust in God more knowing He is always with us and helping us through the things that we are struggling with if we allow Him to. Lastly, In a world full of distractions I’ve learned that the best way to distract myself from those distractions is to distract myself with God’s word. 1 Peter 2:2 says “ Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.”

Warm regards,

Amanda Clark

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