Do you ever feel as if you are simply dragging yourself around, going through the motions, slogging through a quagmire of insurmountable, unending challenges? Do you feel as if the quicksand of life is about to swallow you up? Do you sometimes wish it would? That, in fact, is the human condition without Jesus. Unfortunately, many Christians feel the same way. Often we have a hard time breaking through to really experiencing the reality of God’s power in us as believers. The enemy has marooned us in a swamp of lies: lies that there is no hope, we will never change, our sins are too bad for even the Blood of Jesus to redeem, we are doomed to the same old patterns of death and failure on this earth that we have always experienced, nothing good could possibly be eternal or lasting. The devil bombards us with these lies, and, before we know it, we have become mired in this kind of thinking, ensnared in a web of lies. At the bottom of this morass of lies lurks the most fearsome lie of all: God does not really love us.
However, if we look at Ezekiel 16, we see what God’s response is to us as we wallow in the swamp: “And as for your birth, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor swaddled with bands at all. No eye pitied you, to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you, but you were cast out in the open field, for your person was abhorrent and loathsome on the day that you were born. And when I passed by you, and saw you rolling about in your blood, I said to you in your blood, Live! Yes, I said to you still in your natal blood, Live!” (Ezekiel 16:4-6) God loved us before we ever knew Him. He loved us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). He loves us NOW, even when we find ourselves stuck in the swamp of hopelessness, impossible-to-solve-problems, and self-hatred. He LOVES us! More than just loving us, He commands us to LIVE! He continues to breathe His life and presence into us. Christ, the hope of glory, LIVES in us (Colossians 1:27), and therefore God has given us the power to respond to His command to LIVE! May the Holy Spirit expose every lie and breathe His resurrecting power into every dead place in our struggling minds, wills, and emotions! May His life continue to de-fuse the power of every lie and fill us with the knowledge of His glorious truth. God LOVES us and frees us from the miry clay (Psalm 40:2)! He says to us, “LIVE!”