10 Hammocks for Anxious Souls
Jeff LyleJeff Lyle is a ridiculously happy husband to Amy with whom he shares the privilege of raising a daughter and son in metro-Atlanta. Serving the people of New Bridge Church, Jeff is also the founder of Transforming Truth Ministries. Through their global media outreach, Transforming Truth serves the Body of Christ via television, a Roku channel and written devotions on the Transforming Truth website. Jeff pours his life into strengthening the Church according to God’s Word, avoiding non-biblical traditions and passing trends in ministry, in order to come alongside people who long to be transformed by God’s truth. Transforming Truth PO Box 1990 Flowery Branch, GA 30542 1.800.930.5194 TransformingTruth.org JeffLyle@transformingtruth.org
- 2015 Feb 19
For years I courageously refused to heed the lie of my own fallen conscience, that oft-unreliable inner voice, which tempts me to doubt the exceeding broadness of God’s grace. There have been moments where I have literally shouted down that nagging sense of anxiety or dread that bad things would just turn worse. In moments when Guilt, Shame and Accusation desired to show up at my doorstep unannounced, I have responded with words of grace, gospel and God’s goodness on my lips as I turned those trespassers away. My wrestling match of the soul has never been about whether I have been forensically justified by a Holy God but, sadly at times, whether or not I wasrelationally embraced by the Him. It is not a struggle of theology but, rather, psychology – it is what I sometimes think or feel, not what I believe. So over the years I’ve chosen to preach the following to myself and have found a few hammocks for my sometimes restless, doubting soul.
- It pleases God when I run quickly to Him after I fail Him. There is no legitimate reason why I should not trust in His goodness when I have fallen short.
- My sin never diminishes His love for me or His acceptance of me. It is impossible for Him to love me less than He always has. He loves me as He loves His Son.
- On the days wherein I don’t even want to honor Him He still fulfills each of His promises to me. I can force Him from my mind if I choose … but He will never loose me from His.
- He never, ever tires of hearing my confessions of weakness and pleas for His help. Never.
- He doesn’t need me at all but He will continue to love and pursue me with omnipotent love until there is nothing within me that does not ultimately glorify Him.
- No matter what the remainder of my days hold for me, it is an unavoidable reality that, in the end, I will be perfected and living forever in the exact same righteousness that Jesus Christ has always possessed. Nothing can prevent this. This is my destiny in Christ.
- I will personally witness the final destruction of Satan and each of his demons who ever tempted or attacked you and me. They, nevermore, while I, forevermore.
- I will see the face of my beautiful King. I will experience the ecstasy of full deliverance from all that presently disheartens me. I cannot work my way to that reality. It is the most precious facet of His work on my behalf. It began with grace, continues now in grace and consummates by grace.
- The big secret that needs to be revealed is that your greatest deliverance is the deliverance from you. This is what we are really waiting for and it is coming soon enough.
- We are invited by Him to breathe easily and to worship Him without regarding our personal unworthiness as the determining factor. He knows our failures, struggles, weaknesses, sin, and fickle hearts. That’s the reason He has come for us.
So you might have to wrestle through your own unease at the idea of climbing into the grace-hammock and resting. It really does sound almost too good to be true. But it isn’t. These are not restful times in our world. We were never supposed to rest in our circumstances anyway. Terrorists are setting people on fire or cutting off their heads. Wars and rumors of wars are abounding. The love of many is turning cold and we cannot deny that there is a great departing from the true faith which is occurring. I am going to be brave in the midst of it all and dare to enter repose in God’s promises and providence. He is too good to fail us. He has to come through because He promised that He would. In the end, we will not be patting each other on the back in Heaven and recounting our powerful, impressive exploits on planet earth. No, those hands of ours will not be available for back-patting because they will be raised in enthralled worship before the occupied throne of Heaven’s Lamb. This is our rest today. These are my hammocks.