When You've Had Enough
Good Afternoon Harvest Church Family,
Paul tells us in Philippians 4:4-7, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
After all that has gone on this last year and yesterday, we are reminded that our world is not peace-filled. But the great news is that our hearts, minds and lives lived in Christ Jesus can be. I found myself sucked in yesterday with chaos that was taking place in the nations capital. But yet in my heart and mind, there was peace. Peace knowing that God is still in control and that His plan will ultimately come. I take comfort in knowing that it is His peace that can transcend all the circumstances and is the one thing that protect my mind and heart.
We talked Sunday that Elijah is great example to look to for us, in the fact that he got anxious, depressed, discouraged and doubtful even after seeing the amazing things of God. We too easily forget how amazing, faithful and good our God is during the difficult seasons of our lives. We get anxious, depressed and discouraged as well.
Like Elijah we often make the same mistakes. When we come to the point that we have had enough we too, find that we run ourselves into the ground and became exhausted which doesn't help us when we are anxious. It just compounds the very issue or issues that we are having in our lives.
Like Elijah we shut people out. We isolate ourselves instead of being with others and sharing what is happening in us. We close down and begin to have pity parties which leads to the third mistake which is focusing only on the negative. We begin to play the what if... or why me...or no one understands. And we think we are the only one going through what ever it is we are going through. That leads us to the fourth mistake which is that we forget God.
We forget that He is always with us and never will He forsake us or leave us. We forget the awesome things He has done in our lives and the protection that we have seen from Him. And even if the worst comes to pass the goodness of God always carries us through. Remember that he is our breath, He is our the very air we breath as His disciples. He is our strength and why Paul could say, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: REJOICE!"
I want to close this by again asking God to just whisper that You know, that You care, that You're involved, that You are working even when we don't sense it. that You are active, God, even when we don't see it. Amen.
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Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene