Dealing with Inadequacy and Failure

Ever feel like you are not good enough?  Ever feel that God could never use you do to the sins that you have done in your past?  Well that was how I felt recently.  The feeling of guilt and sorrow for falling back into sin was taking over.  I did not feel adequate.  “I am a failure.”  “I am a terrible person.”  These thoughts were filling my head.  The demon of guilt was taking over.  Then the Holy Spirit brought me back to a passage that he had shown me at Passion.  It reads this way: 

“Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.  I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my cause and executes judgment for me.  He will bring me out into the light; I shall look upon His vindication.” – Micah 7Open Link in New Window: 8-9 ESV

 Jesus Christ has paid the price and taken away the guilt and shame of my sins.  There is no need for me to fear but only for me to trust in God to pick me back up again.  I get the picture of a little baby who is trying to walk.  He slowly stands and then begins to take a step.  He immediately busts flat on his face.  He then begins to cry because he has fallen.  His Daddy comes over and picks him up, wipes his tears away, and then holds his arms and helps him along the way as he returns to the walk.  I think that this description adequately describes how my relationship with Christ goes a lot of the time.  I fall down and cry out and wait for my Abba Father to pick me up, dry my tears, and set me on the path again.