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Persevering Through Discouragement


I remember the night that God called me to prepare for His service in ministry.  It was Youth Camp going into my Junior year of High School. All that week we had heard about God moving on the mission field in people's lives. I heard these things but mostly I was more interested in the girls that were at camp. Our Thursday night was always dress-up nice and have a date for dinner and then chapel.  Soooo, I was a bit preoccupied looking for someone.

Earlier that day I had found a girl and we sat together that Wednesday night. I wish I could remember exactly what our speaker was speaking on but all I knew that something was stirring within me. When the close of the service came and they opened the altars I almost ran down to the front to pray. I could not get there fast enough. 

During that prayer time alone Jesus was speaking to me and giving me a vision of some choices I needed to make.  He was telling me and showing me two doors. One was my own way, which would lead to destruction and separation from Him. The other was a door to His service in ministry. The light that emanated from that door was almost blinding. But He said, "The choice is mine to make." 

That very night I said, "Yes," to following Him. That was step one. Step two and Three I will save for later. In Haggai 1:14 we read, "So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people.” In the midst of all the discouraging things that were going on God's Spirit moved and stirred the hearts of the people.

This last year we faced unknowns, fear, discouragement/depression it seems at every turn. Nothing will truly be the same because of this pandemic and maybe it is not supposed to be.  I truly believe that God is wanting, once again, to do a new thing in His Church. It is easy for us to get discouraged because we compare things to before or another great time and often we see a lack of progress.

Romans 5:1-5 tells us, "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Difficult and discouraging times are going to come, but we do know that God has a plan for them in our lives.

As I close, let me remind you to be strong and continue to do the work. His plan, even though we may not see every step, is still the BEST plan.  Let Him lead and each of us follow and we ALL will be amazed at what He will do.  I take comfort in Haggai 2:9, "The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house." Says the LORD Almighty." 

Looking forward to Sunday!

Blessings,
Pastor Tim 
Lead Pastor 
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene