The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Exodus 14:14 NIV
Being still is not always easy to do. Most have so much going on daily, the noise of life can easily distract us from our connection with God. I have not been to church in over a month. I am going to be honest I chose not to ….. Life got noisy, stressful, busy, overwhelming, I was mad. I chose to stay home, I chose not to fight back, I chose to not care. I need to be still, be quiet, and listen for the Lord. I know he is there. I can not allow life to keep me from my relationship with God. He is what drives my passion. Anger is what kept me from pursuing the Lord, love is what will bring that back. I can do that. Amen.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
It is very easy to get burnt out over life and all its responsibilities. I go to work to make sure food is on the table, a roof is over our heads, clothes are on our backs; I never feel caught up or like I have gotten ahead. When I come home we have kids, a lot of them, lol. I have to deal with this one breaking this, the other painted the wall, one of them wants this thing, and the other wants that thing… it never ends… hahah. I Love them all so much but it would be nice for the wife and I to get away just the 2 of us. We don’t get this chance often so we do the best to make work what we can. My wife, is a rock star. She does an amazing job staying home with the kids during the day, and at the end of the day, believe me she has ran a marathon with all the chasing around she does. She deserves a gold star and a blue ribbon. We get wore out.
Life will throw all it can at you to discourage you, tear you down. When we are down and out we dont pursue christ. I haven’t been… I am tired…I am wore out. The truth is, he is my answer. He is my refuge. He is my strength. I cant take on all of life and its responsibilities on my own. Neither can my wife. With him we can conquer anything. I just have to reach out and take his hand. I will get there. He knows my heart. Amen.
Growing in our faith may require stepping back and questioning said faith at times. Reflecting on all that you believe and why. Its easy to become discouraged in our pursuit of God’s love and grace. I looked up faith. Faith by definition is a spiritual apprehension, meaning your to hold or to seize it. If you lose sight of why you believe, than your faith is for not. I stepped back this last month. To be honest I didn’t want to pray, didn’t want to go to church or group. I didnt want anything to do with God. I was upset and was giving him the silent treatment. I was like your not listening to me, so here you go… I will be silent, see how you like that.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
Believing to believe or simply because it’s what you think your supposed to do isn’t faith. I don’t want to be an ant that just follows because it’s what others are doing. I want to inspire others to seak out his glory. To be that, I need to take hold, seize my faith. If Demons believe, than I can walk in faith. Always. We are truly blessed because we are loved endlessly. Amen.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
I have to be honest right now my trust in the Lord is lacking. I believe he loves me, I believe he wants what is best for me, and I believe he is always there and believe me I know all things are in his timeing. However often times i have to ask myself if all that is true, than why? Why have I waited years for answers? Why are you using me to inspire those on the outside yet I can’t inspire those right next to me? I guess this passage is the answer, lean not on my own understanding. OK, Well I hope God understands, all that is well but I have feelings too and my God thermometer isn’t always going to be at the top. He knows my heart. Amen.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
Have you all seen the move The Shack? If you haven’t go see it. It illustrates what this passage is all about. If your not willing to forgive someone who has hurt you then dont expect to be forgiven yourself. Forgiveness or lack there off is a root in our lives. It controls ones emotions, affects thoughts, drives actions. Forgiveness can only be given and never bought. It’s up to you… give it and it will be given to you. Amen.