As Christians we are encouraged to count our blessings. Most of secular society agrees that focusing on what we have instead of what we don’t is a safe bet toward a better mind set. Medical Research supports thankfulness and an attitude of gratitude has physical and mental health benefits.
But what do you do when you find yourself slowly sinking into a murky swamp of apathy because of the circumstances of your life, regardless of how hard you try to keep your head above water-spiritually, or otherwise?
I’ll tell you what you do…first of all, ignore the insensitive, thoughtless comments that may come your way from well meaning fellow believers.
Let’s face it, not everyone goes through the same level of intense opposition in their spiritual journey, and that’s none of your concern. The fact is, some Christians are oblivious to the degree of protection they’ve experienced due completely to the Lord’s grace. They just have no clue to many of the struggles others have after being brought into the faith by a faithful God. I am convinced of this at this time in my life after the multitude of conversations I have had with multi-generational believers. Just remember when Peter asked Jesus about John (John 21:21), “Lord, what about him?” Jesus redirected his focus with the words, “You, follow me.” We’d do well to do likewise. The Lord knows what He is doing as He molds each one into His own image, and keeping our eyes on the prize- the Author and Finisher of our faith will keep at bay a plethora of spiritual hurdles we don’t need to add to our race.
So what to do when you are feeling out of sorts with your Christian walk, journey, or dare I say, adventure?
Well, you get with your God and let Him do what He does best…binding the wounds of His children and ministering to them His healing grace and truth.
I did just that after a series of events that left me a little war torn, recently.
I felt myself feeling that urge to flee the country…yeah, I really feel that way sometimes…but I don’t have a passport, so I am limited on how far I can run. Also, I know my feelings need to be brought to the feet of my Savior as I bow before Him and let Him lead me to the soothing places where He can whisper His precious words of life and love into my heart until I am back on my feet again.
Where do you turn when life hits you hard? There’s a lot of places to turn in our super saturated distracted world. I know I sometimes fall into those traps of temporary satisfaction. But, only Jesus can right my wrongs. My wrong attitudes, thinking, behaviors. Only He can deliver me from all that would sweep me away from Him!
So, here I am with a spiritual reboot for you, after having myself rebooted by the one who knows exactly what “virus” needs to be cleared away. As I sat with the Lord this morning, He reminded me of these IDENTITY affirmations…for lack of a better way to say it. Sometimes sitting with my Bible and His Spirit leads to some cool epiphanies. These aren’t new, just what came to my mind as I sat with my Savior while He nurtured me back to my feet and reminded me of who I am In Him.
It is God’s word which brings His presence and power into our lives. Let us not neglect it. These are not all inclusive, all of the Bible reflects these truths for God’s people throughout scripture, but especially in the finished work of Jesus Christ in whom they are available for ALL, freely.
Redeemed– (Job 19:25, Colossians 1:13-14) I belong to the One, True Living God, who was and is and is to come!
Able– to do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
Saved by Grace through Faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) Apart from His grace I can do nothing.
God’s Handiwork (Ephesians 2:10) Created by Him, for Him and His good pleasure!
Loved with an Everlasting Love- (Jeremiah 31:3) No other love is greater, or more satisfying.
Not Ashamed of the Gospel (and Jesus is NOT ashamed of me!) – No matter what the devil whispers through others – EVEN fellow Christians and YES, that has happened! (Romans 1:16)
A Child of God – (1 John 3:1-2) Again, whether or not all of God’s children approve of me, or like me- or can’t stand me – it’s none of my business- again, hard truth. BUT Jesus embraces me regardless of the approval of others (whether believers or unbelievers OR family members!) His opinion IS what matters.
More Than a Conqueror through Him who loves me- (Romans 8:31-39) His love allows me to conquer anything that opposes His good and perfect will for my life.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit– (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) – He leads me into all truth, protects me from evil and will keep me forever. I am secure by His seal and power.
Indwelt with Christ- the innkeeper of my soul. (Colossians 1:27) Because He lives in me I am filled with all hope and destined for eternal glory. With Him now AND forever. A word about my enthusiasm and connection at this link- https://enthusiasticallydawn.com/2014/02/19/why-enthusiastically-dawn/
Well, it’s been a long time since I have written a post like this. I hope it has been useful or encouraging in some way for you. Let me know if you have something to add.
As for me, going forward I think the Lord is leading me to get back into prioritizing writing for Him again (which means attempting to share more regularly as He leads-schedule can be challenging)) … I’ll be prayerfully considering His redirection. I hope you’ll pray for me too? Sometimes a bit of ass whooping from the enemy reminds us of where we belong- and where we will be joyfully content. And we know that is in His safe charge.
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