I was feeling very stressed out and discouraged last night, for many reasons. I’m just tired….weary would be a better word. I try really hard to be positive and to just be a joy to be around, or at least hope that folks enjoy my company. It is getting harder, though.
So, last night I was watching a sermon on television. The minister was discussing how the past gets a grip on us and “tells” us we’re just destined to be that screw-up or that person that has obstacle after obstacle in front of him or her, whether it be health, finances, ungodly living, and so forth. Our brains tell us we suck, basically.
It is hard to live as if all of that self-destructive thinking is not true, because we are given to our own understanding so much, we have to remember that we can go forward and that God is bigger than everything.
So here are a couple of verses and ideas that were brought up during the sermon:
‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not as nothing in your eyes? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the LORD. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the LORD. Work, for I am with you, declares the LORD of hosts, according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not. For thus says the LORD of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the LORD of hosts. The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the LORD of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the LORD of hosts.'”
The “be strong, work, and know I am with you” shall be with me when I make food choices and try to do everything asked of me at the gym. My brain tells me trying to lose the weight and working on my health are futile; meanwhile, my heart just wants to fight.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Another verse that was discussed was something I paraphrase while I’m on the treadmill: With Christ I can do all things…through His strength and His power.
The true impact of the sermon was that God is the One with the power and the One who has control over everything. No matter how big or small the issue, problem, or even blessing. God is at the center of it all.
I still can’t believe I spent all of those years rebelling against God. What a waste.
I hope you all take some encouragement from my failures and my hopes.
(P.S. I was really, really tired and drained when I wrote this…hope it made some sense.)