What really painfully honest answers can you give to the following questions? Do you read God’s Word? Do you study it? Do you share what God puts in your spirit with others? How often do you pray? How long do you pray? Why do you pray? Do you praise God—not only in the good times but also in the bad? Is worship of Him something you do 7 days a week or is it only on church day? Phew…did you think I didn’t take a breath between them. My answers to the questions above—I don’t read His word like I should…I’m not sure I know how to actually ‘study’ the Bible…I don’t pray as often as I should…I don’t spend enough time on my face before God…and sometimes I think I am praying for all the wrong things. I try to praise Him in all things. And I’m trying to make my worship of Jesus a lifestyle. He is, thankfully, still working on me.
Deuteronomy 31:3 says, “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the one who goes before you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor forsake you.” Wonderfully encouraging words aren’t they. Another verse is Psalm 55:22—”Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Guess what—we are supposed to speak these kinds of words to each other all the time. God wants His daughters to lift each other up—to strengthen each other. This world will do all it can to tear us down and who better than our sisters in Christ should we be able to count on for love, fellowship, encouragement and holding us accountable for our walk with Jesus. Uh oh…I said a bad word—accountable.
We like being encouraged…we like it when people make us feel better about our life…our selves…but when it comes to being held accountable for how we act…where we are in our relationship with Jesus…what we are doing, it’s another matter. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the words of Christ, in all their richness live in your hearts and make you wise. Use His words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” We are not only to study the Bible for our own growth but to help others with theirs. “I am warning you! If another believer sins, rebuke him; then if he repents, forgive him”, declares Luke 17:5. We are to do this with a humble and loving attitude.
Do you have an accountability partner? Is there someone you can trust and pray with at any time? That’s what I believe God is calling us too. He wants His daughters to have closer relationships…to depend on each other…to grow closer to Him not just separately but together. But do be careful about the person you choose. 1 John 4:1 tell us, “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” Seek God’s guidance—really! Allow Him to show you who you need in your life and who can best hold you accountable. He will lead you to the person most able to help you grow…keep you accountable for your actions…and love you no matter what. He is an awesome God and only wants the very best for each of us. ACCOUNTABLE…not such a bad word after all.