Are you really okay?

If you think you’re okay despite what other people say, because society’s standards have changed and everybody’s messed up anyway, and that you’re doing your best considering what you have to deal with everyday — if this is how you feel when you say you’re okay — then chances are, you’re not.

The first step to being truly okay — a state of having inner joy, contentment and peace of mind– begins with first admitting that something in your life is missing, broken, not quite alright, or simply wrong. We need to admit that we need to be fixed before somebody can fix us. We have to stop being proud of the mess we are in and face the reality that we are like “lost sheep who have gone astray; each one has turned to our own way (Isaiah 53:6).” Only when we have humbled ourselves to accept this will we be able to turn to the only one who can truly set us free: free from the bondage of past sins, free from addictions, free from desires that cause us shame deep in our hearts (for we have all been given that still small voice inside us we call conscience; we know what is wrong and right–we simply choose not to listen until that small voice is silenced from making us feel guilty for choosing the wrong things), free from the worldly pressures of having to make a name for ourselves, to always be conscious of how we look, dress, and act, free from having to pretend to smile and enjoy the company we share just because we do not want to be left alone and free from having to choose not the best among the rest but the lesser of two evils.

Jesus came into this world to set us free. He tells us in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Jesus came into the world to save us from our sins and give us real peace. But until we see our true condition, we won’t see the need for a savior. We will remain broken, messed up, not quite alright, just making the most out of our mediocre lives, thinking all is well and nothing better exists. And that, my friend, is a lie. For God has so much more in store for us, if we only ask Him to come into our lives.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10

Satan wants us to continue to believe in the lie that we are okay so he can steal from us the blessings of God. He has blinded us from the truth under the disguise of, “modernism,” “equality,” and “popularity” among others. And so we justify what we do and how we live using these lies. But you know as well as I do that when we continue to in live this way, deep in our hearts we know we have done wrong, and we are not in peace. For the truth is, unless we have accepted the peace that comes from Christ, we will never be okay.

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