Is your Christian life hard? Are you going through a rough time? Are you always climbing but not gaining ground? Do you keep trying only to keep failing?
Take a moment to relax: you may simply be doing it wrong.
Do you feel like your life is but a torn empty book? Do you wish you could rip pages out, or skip ahead? Friend, rest assured the story God is writing for you is not over! Don’t put it back on the shelf – God is just finishing the prelude!
I challenge you to take a moment and recall the good things God has done for you. As a Christian the point stands that in your past you have known Jesus personally. You have believed. You have seen power.
You may say, “Yes, yes, but life is happening right now.” This is true. Now you need to get through this. Now is the critical moment of your life. Your future depends on now.
Perhaps you are emotionally unsettled. Perhaps you spirit has been crushed and left exposed to the elements of pain, disappointments, doubt, and hopelessness. Dear friend, do your humanly hopeless situations and problems outweigh your truly powerful God? Yes life if for real and it’s extremely hard at times, but remember the defining factor that separates your life from the watching world around you – a relationship with God.
Jesus is worthy of all faith. Oh, how soon we forget. Call it human nature all you want, but I call it a huge mistake. Having a faith in God isn’t just a nice way of saying you are a Christian. It’s actually a nice way of saying you believe in God, serve God, and trust in God completely.
Here is an interesting Jesus quote in response to Martha’s complaint that Jesus had not come soon enough to heal Lazarus: John 11:40 “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” This is a modern day promise. It’s really hard to see that which seems impossible. Trust me, I know all about that. I wonder if God understands how we feel. Regardless, He wants to hear you tell Him about it. Then afterwards He wants to watch you tell the world all about it!
God is alive forever. God is the ultimate being, Creator of the universe, all powerful, all knowing, everywhere present, and fully in control of everything in the world. God is love and sent a precious Redeemer, the Father’s own son, to come and provide an opportunity to save you from helplessly being tossed into eternal Hell. This is the God you forget. Do you seek Him anew every morning? Do you remember Him as you get frustrated and busy? Do you see His hand in all things, both good and bad? Do you worship Him and reverence Him with deep respect, awe, and love. Do you obey Him and His Word instead doing things in ways that seem more logical and right in your own eyes?
Scripture is clear on the competence of God to heal, forgive, and redeem. By not embracing this power you offer a statement of unconcern claiming God and His power unnecessary for your life. In contrast, when you embrace God, you embrace the ultimate power source. (Ephesians 3:14-21)
In order to embrace and utilize the power that is available you must first abolish self and surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord and Master. When you are controlled by the Holy Spirit, you then have access to that power from the One who can do so exceeding abundantly above all that you can imagine.
Exodus 15:1-2 “I will sing to the LORD, for He has triumphed gloriously! The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him.”
The Children of Israel had no trouble singing praises to God after crossing the sea and seeing the greatness of God unfold before their very eyes. Yet I wonder if there was regret among the people for not also praising God on the other side of the sea when the situation looked hopeless.
Wouldn’t you rather proclaim boldly a testimony of an awesome God like the Hebrew children in Babylon? When faced with a seemingly two-option decision they courageously presented option number three. When a great furnace of fire is better suited than a compromising faith in God the world will notice that you have been with Jesus.
“Lord, I crown You as the risen Son of God. I come to You in all my confusion, doubt, fear, sin, and brokenness and fall at Your feet, and I worship. I let go of myself and all of my ideas, planning, logic, conniving, schemes, goals, and visions for my life, and Father God….you drive…you take control. I trust you with my life. Help me to honor you and your plan for me.”