Posts Tagged ‘frustration’

  

…For the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah‬ ‭8‬:‭10‬ NKJV)

“Susan” was an incredible woman. She had already outlived two husbands and one of her children. She had every reason to give up in her late season of life. Yet, every Sunday, she was in my church, worshipping with a smile and participating in what activities she could.  The joy she found in Christ gave her daily strength. 

In Nehemiah’s day, he was having to teach Israel the very lesson we need to achieve today: Move beyond fleeting happiness to a grounded joy! Israel had been on an emotional rollercoaster of emotions, up one minute and down the next. The high of returning from captivity to the low of tedious rebuilding; the up from having a Deliverer come to rebuild to the down of being threatened with terroristic violence. As they hit another low by hearing how they had failed God through sin, Nehemiah had to help them get past unstable emotions to a place of stability found only through a consistent walk with God. 

If you are living to find happiness, then you’ll find life to be one continual frustration after another. Susan got it when she found her joy in God and not in emotion. And as God blessed her with another loving man, she found an unexpected 11th hour blessing from the God of her joy! You are loved today! Live on it! 

  

Then Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!'” (2 Kings‬ ‭6‬:‭17‬ NLT)

David Douglas was a renowned Scottish botanist that helped pioneer North America in the 19th century, even having a fir tree named in his honor. He, however, mistakenly “found” two new mountains, calling them Mount Hooker and Mount Brown after two other famous botanists. But climbers never found these new mountains because they didn’t exist. It wasn’t until 70 years later that someone reread his journals and discovered the mistake, Douglas had made a “mountain” out of a “hill”.

We, too, often make big issues out of small things. When we are stressed and under pressure, it’s easy to magnify an issue that isn’t as serious as we think. Panic ensues and peace flies out the door like a spooked pheasant, leaving nothing behind but a new mess! And where there wasn’t a problem, there sure is one now!

Be like Elisha’s servant in the text and allow the Lord to open your eyes to the world as He sees it. It’s seldom as bad as you think! By looking at situations in your life correctly, they will maintain their correct proportion and so will your peace! You are loved today! Be at peace! 

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Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭10‬ NLT)

On December 15th, Craig Johnson was on his way to visit his family when his snow mobile started to sink. He survived being lost for three days in the Alaskan wilderness, 40 miles from civilization, in subzero temperatures and being stalked by a wolverine. But only after the searching helicopters flew past him did he start to give up hope.

As you look back on 2014, there may be some hopeless situations you’ve had to endure; for some, maybe it’s been longer than a year. But the amazing thing about our God is that His very presence and existence screams hope for anyone who will listen! Throughout the Bible, God is spelling out the case for divine protection for the believer: If we are His, then He will provide and defend.

Craig Johnson is a blessed man to be alive today, and so are you. We don’t have to be stuck in Alaska or the Pacific Ocean to feel hopelessness. Be free from the dungeon of the your mind by allowing God to save you. If you are His, then your eventual breakthrough is secure! You are loved today! Hang in there!

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O God, my soul thirsts for you…in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalms‬ ‭63‬:‭1‬ NLT)

In August 2006, 31-year-old Janne Kouri was playing a game of beach volleyball with his friends on a California beach. A star football player on the verge of catching the eye of NFL scouts, it all changed as Janne dove into the waves, his head striking a sandbar, damaging his spinal cord and rendering him instantly paralyzed.

He would spend the next two months in ICU and almost lose his life twice, all while battling pneumonia. But even in this dark place, Janne and his loved ones believed for a full recovery and another chance at life. Five long years later, following countless hours in the constant practice of a training routine called loco-motor training, Janne walked again, and even got married!

Life leads us at various times through some pretty dark places. Those moments are custom crafted to help draw you closer to God. When you face those moments, draw near to the God of your survival! Let His presence reassure you that you are loved and will definitely make it!

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Can you direct the movement of the stars— binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion? Do you know the laws of the universe? Can you use them to regulate the earth?” (Job‬ ‭38‬:‭31, 33‬ NLT)

Only 25,000 light-years away, the Quintuplet Cluster is one of the Milky Way’s most spectacular sights. According to Listverse.com, the cluster is akin to a cosmic kindergarten—full of young, brightly shining stars. This area of space is also very densely packed, with stars located within punching distance of each other. The center of the Milky Way is obscured by patches of white-hot gas and dust. Thus, the Quintuplet Cluster remained hidden until 1990 when astronomers were able to peer through the shroud using infrared imaging.

We like to think we control our lives and keep everything in order, but we deceive ourselves. Just like we can’t order or control the heavenlies, neither can we orchestrate what will happen today or tomorrow, keeping ourselves safe or happy. Only God has complete control of all things around us because He sees it all.

So, relax and live! Come to church today knowing that Where God directs you, He will always take care of you. Short of creating your own meltdown, you’ll be fine when you let God direct your stars! True control belongs to Him! You are loved today!

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And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” (Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭30‬ NLT)

As Jesus walked throughout Judea doing His ministry, I believe the issue that left Him scratching His head the most was the ginormous lack of faith He found plaguing God’s people. Hadn’t they been privy to all of the stories of the miracles God performed for Israel? Hadn’t they cut their teeth on the acts of Moses and the visions of Daniel? Was it so hard to believe that God could still do it for them?!

I can only imagine that the Lord still moves about the world and stays puzzled when watching the modern Believer. You and I suffer from the same fractures in our faith that ancient Israel did. And for some of us that have witnessed bonafide miracles firsthand, why do we still struggle for even the simplest of things, like finances, food, or family frustrations? God never changes, but our faith ebbs and flows like changing of the tide.

As you read this, take a moment to remember, like I’ve had to today, that God never changes, He’s never fickle, and His best plans include you in them! God is never worried or scared, so neither should we be! Have a little more than a little faith in Him! You are loved today!

Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6 NLT)

As I write this, I am currently waiting on a tire to be fixed at the SEVENTH tire place I visited today. Who knew that I’m the only guy in the world that has a flat tire on a Saturday?! And as I hit ALL these tire shops only to find them closed, I feel like James and John, the disciples known as “The Sons of Thunder”, who asked Jesus for permission to light some folks up! Aaaaand then I come across this verse. Sigh…

The point of the Christ Life is to live as Jesus did. By trekking His steps, walking the same paths in the same manner, we find life more satisfying and repenting a lot less. After all, God said “Well done!” over how Jesus was living, but He hasn’t over me yet!

So, I live with questions like, “If Jesus had a flat tire, would He have it fixed or breathe air into it & it’ll never go flat again” and “Wouldn’t Jesus sic some she-bears on bad tire shop owners like Elisha did on some bad teenagers?!” Alas, I guess it’s just better to take a deep breath, pray for strength, put a smile on our faces and live! After all, we are greatly loved today!

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