I’m going to be honest. I am tired, wore out, I feel beaten. I am only human; why does God put so much on me to endure. I dont ask for much. I have prayed a single prayer for so many years, and I know it’s a prayer that only Christ himself can make happen. So why wont he? As a believer its hard to swallow being upset with God. I know in my heart what I need to do but like a stubborn child, why should I. When is enough enough and you, Lord, will step in? I have given it all to you…… what’s next?
Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.
Psalm 69:1-3 NIV.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 NIV
My brother Jared was once giving a talk about his journey and his walk with christ. Jared told of a time when he was asked a very important question that changed his life forever. He said “I was once asked, Jared? If you were to be arrested tomorrow, accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence convict? ” That one question hit him like a brick because if he was going to be honest with himself he had to answer that question with a big NO. He spoke about the life we live and the perception we give off. How we are perceived says alot about who we are. So though he had God in his heart he was not living, acting, speaking, thinking as God wanted him too. We all should ask ourselves this very same question. What perception do I give off? We need to let the Lord shine through us so all can see the glory of his grace and love. Amen.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18 NIV
No matter how many times I think I’m alone and God is not there. No matter how crushed I have ever felt. I can honestly say I made it out and I was never alone. When we hit a wall, its usually us pulling away from God. We get so consumed in the issue and trying to solve it or fix it ourselves, we forget that God is there to fight the fight. In time of need, despair, broken heart, or crushed Spirit try to remember you are not alone and rest assured your father is there to hold your hand. Amen.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
How many of us truly give thanks in all situations? For me I know I have not and for that i am truly sad. I am so thankful for all God has done for me in my life. I prayed for a family and I have the most beautiful wife and so many amazing kids. I prayed for a good job and the lord gave me that too. I have a roof over my head, food in my fridge, clothes on my back and a car to get to and from. Yet we all have those moments where its not enough. We are upset because of some trivial reason. We pout because we dont have what the person down the street has or get to do what others do. We should be thankful we are alive this day and able to live out another day in his glory. Dont take this day for granted.. what if tomorrow never comes. Rejoice always. Amen.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21 NIV
What do you value most? I know most will say family, love and the ideal things. However the reality is different. Though we say those things, it doesn’t necessarily mean thats where are heart really is. I read that if you need things to be happy, if you need to look a certain way to be happy or feel joy then your heart is in the wrong place. Your storing the wrong treasures. This is going to be hard for some who find happiness in those things. There are too many people today who lack true happiness because they place their happiness in something that holds no true value. Looks, money, careers, material items are all temporary. In the meantime of all this, your missing out on what God truly has waiting for you. REAL HAPPINESS. pray today for true happiness and treasures not of this world. Amen. if you can be happy with what you are and what you have now.. nothing will fill that void but Christ.
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10 NIV
Who do you live your life for? Is it God? Or do you fall into the snare of worrying about what other people think? I looked into this idea of worrying about what other think, and what I found really surprised me. Women, girls, really go through a mental war. 92% of them feel they have to change something about themselves (Dove Campaign). 98% feel pressure to look a certain way. (national report on self esteem) 90% have some eating disorder. (national association of eating disorders). I am not trying to single out women. I at one time was very insecure, and I lived my life according to what I thought others (world) said I should be and even look like. I placed my worth or value in my image or even my career. If I doesn’t make enough money than I am lesser of a man. I didnt find # on me but I am sure they are also up there. These # are staggering and leads one to think who are we truly living for?? For me I stopped worrying about what others think of me because in the end my family and God are all that truly matter. If we continue to live out a life filled with false ideals then we are not truly living for Christ. As hard as it may seem to break the habit of insecurities. It can be done. Seek Christ first and worry about what he thinks instead. Amen.