Do we need help beyond ourselves?
Blessed be God my mountain who trains me to fight fair and well. He is the bedrock on which I stand the castle in which I live, my rescuing Knight. The high crag where I run for dear life, while He lays my enemies low. (The Message Bible).
In looking back at life from our current position what do you see? It makes you think, maybe lots of unanswered questions, confusion, uncertainty but through the thread and the veil do you see you His leading? The hand of God doing something amazing for you from time to time, stepping in to get you to where you are now? How are you feeling? Troubled?, unclear about things, under stress and pressure or exercising faith that God has His hand on every aspect of what is happening to you.
I admit to having been quiet over many months and not without good reason. On 18th March 2018 I planned a week off work, Sunday 18th March arrived at church 9am to set up for the musicians only to the sound of an alarm going off, someone had broken one of our big windows, fortunately I was due to meet with our local hate crime officer who arrived took one look suddenly I am caught up in the events as the informant. Our building is brand new so it was devastating for all our church members. In the days that followed the offender came back and damaged more windows and that set the scene for the rest of the week. I got called into the office for all manner of offences either to advise, help and direct, suffice it to say the relaxing week off work never happened. Such recent events has proven to be the story for many months, more busy than I can ever remember, ie was becoming very exhausting.
My mind began to see more of the frustrations and negative thought all having a draining effect on my wellbeing. For a while my way was lost, my path to faith way off track, then wild imaginings thought processes making mountains out of mole hills. The realisation soon surfaced ‘perhaps I am overstretched?’
The only way to restore balance and peace and re centre my core is to go back to basics the gospels where I came to understand the massive importance of having a quiet place with God. It now made much more sense now as to why Jesus frequently went away on His own to spend time with the Father. There is peace, tranquility, clarity and focus of thought in His presence.
I became ill and the attacks grew worse, the interior monologue rampant with negative thoughts, the body weak and the enemy took full advantage as externally a number folks had decided to email all manner of criticisms compounding an already difficult situation, such folks well meaning had become my ‘Job’s Comforters’ until a turning point arrived and a wake-up moment simply put, my life was off track and some real decisions needed to be made.
Such opposition and dilemma is often the enemies attempts to thwart God’s plan, “there must be something big up ahead” I thought! Not sure what but something amazing and all this was designed to knock me off course (sounds familiar?), similare experience perhaps with different circumstances.
In accepting I was out of sync with God and reviewing current demand some things had to be let go off no matter how it might appear to others, psychologically it’s like clearing the table give it a clean and start over with what you can do and not overstretch yourself. Better to do a few things well than to do too much and nothing gets down well. Asking God as to what is going on my bible opened to Psalm 144 – oh my goodness this is about trust and some self examination. The negative stuff had crept up on me , the busyness of life had obscured my spiritual eyes it was not possible to see as clear as I had done before.
These were hard lessons but lessons none the less. Whatever you are faced with there are answers, not always what we would like or in a timing that suits our requirements but we need a heart to understand as best we can. God does not mind if we don’t get it, He would rather that honesty than anything else.
It was then against this backdrop I began to see the huge amazing value of the quiet place. I went to St Anne,s church in Soho London to meet with a few Christian friends and to sit in silence and share a short 45 minute service with them, there was no loud music, or choir, bright lights or singing voices it was a simple, thoughtful, peaceful 45 minutes with Christian friends wow the strength, the empowerment, the renewing of heart, soul and mind the amazing restoration by simply refocusing and looking beyond ourselves at Him who died for us on a cross, however moving beyond the cross he has risen and it makes far more sense when Jesus said “Come all ye who are heavy laden, I will give you rest.
Solomon said, “People who set traps for others get caught themselves. People who start landslides get crushed” (Prov 26:27).
“My case is not hopeless for God will definitely do something about it”
Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/09/no-situation-is-hopeless-with-god-2/
Then reading from the same website:
“Some may say maybe this is my destiny and this is how God wants it to be. This my beloved is not true. The present situation is not your destiny. It is not your end. It is not how God has designed your life”.
“ I know the thought that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thought of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”. So you can see now that the devil has been deceiving you. God has a good plan for you. This is why I am confident to let you know that you are coming out from whatever predicament that you may be in right now.
The question for all of us walking in faith can we hold steady in the storm? It is a big question it is astonishing how breakthrough comes about by holding ground it may not be immediate and it may seem impossible but with God all things are possible. I had recently a lot of rejection coming my way during a difficult time even from Christian friends yet Joyce Meyer and her youtube video had something to ease that sense of worthlessness that really struck a chord with me I hope it does with you as well, take a look at what Joyce says about rejection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6djIyvu9cyo
Sickness may plague you, depression seeking to sink you, internal thought processes leaning more than ever toward the dark rather than the light but the biggest power God ever gave us is the power of decision, we can choose how we react to challenges – sometimes it is not easy to dig out of the hole in the ground, a helping hand up would always be welcome in such cases, so we can hand over to God or keep trying to deal with it ourselves it is much lighter to let Jesus take the burden. If the pressures are great find a quiet place to focus on Jesus absorb His peace and steady your storms of this life then carry on with His strength, the Holy Spirit
is with us always in power lets connect with it – Amen.