What a roller coaster these past few years have been for me. Sometimes, people must see me speak on Sunday mornings and think, “Wow, with faith like that, he must be invincible!” The truth is that I have to fight just as hard as anyone else to live the principles I preach. I have to fight for my health, family, church, and dream. There are weeks like this one when it seems like the Devil declares a full scale war on me. Sometimes, all I can do is dive face-down onto the floor with my hands over my head in prayer, and lay at God’s mercy, wondering if I’m going to make it out alive.
The obstacles scattered throughout the path of a God-sized dream are too enormous for any average person to comprehend. To complain about it, only increases the certainty of defeat… because the things we focus on, we magnify and empower!
In the storm, we must be quiet and trust Almighty God to bring us safely to the destination. We must not over-think or overanalyze. We must not seek for the sympathy of other humans.
Go ahead: Thank God for wise and caring counselors, thank God for dear friends and family, thank God for empathy, sympathy, and compassion… but really, sometimes, you must lift your eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh your help? Your help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:1-4 KJV)
Here are a few of the verses I meditate on when I’m challenged beyond my own ability to win.
Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
Psalm 25:1-2 “In you, LORD my God, I put my trust. I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.”
Psalm 16:1 “Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.”
Psalm 84:11-12 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.”
Psalm 118:8 “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.”
Micah 7:5 “Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”
2 Chronicles 20:12 “Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
Here is a great video for this morning. Jason Upton, Teach Me How To Pray.
I’m praying for you this morning… hope you feel new strength to face your challenges and win in spite of them. Remember this: “The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)
Have a great weekend everyone!
With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!