People love clichés. A well-placed cliché makes conversations, speeches and even sermons more interesting. One very popular cliché used when people have misfortune is or difficulty is, “When life gives you lemons make lemonade”. BUT WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY SUGAR? What if you have a health condition that doesn’t allow you to have sugar? Sometimes in life we have to faith our way through some difficult days. Sometimes we have to take some medicine that just doesn’t taste good. Sometimes you have to swallow a really big pill that’s hard to get down. Some people can’t have sugar in their diet. Sometimes your healing comes from something bitter.
AREN’T YOU GLAD THAT JESUS DIDN’T MAKE LEMONADE ON THE CROSS?2 Timothy 2:3 tells us to endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 12:2 teaches us to look to Jesus, who endured the cross for…
Some days…Some days…. Some days life can be so HEAVY!
You want to stay in bed, but as you close your eyes…your troubles are STILL staring right at you.
You get up and they follow you everywhere you go…
Even if you forget them for a brief period of happiness, they come rushing from the back of your mind whispering loudly…RHHEMMEMBER USSS???
Some days, even the strongest of us don’t feel we are going to make it.We feel overwhelmed emotionally, physically, financially and most of all SPIRITUALLY.
There are days that we may not even feel like praying or worshiping. It’s okay, you can admit it. God knows your heart anyway…and that’s a blessing.
It’s a blessing that God knows His children… because He knows we are flesh.
Psalm 103:13-14 (NKJV)
13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
Isn’t that good to know?
Remember when Jesus prayed in the garden before He was betrayed, he found His closest disciples, His inner circle sleeping in His darkest hour….
Matthew 26:40-41 (NKJV)
Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Jesus knows that no matter how willing we may be, and how good are intentions may be, that the flesh HE PLACED US IN, GETS WEAK. He knows this…
Peter, James and John were overwhelmed physically and were about to be overwhelmed spiritually and scattered, that’s why Jesus told them to WATCH and PRAY, then acknowledged and warned them and us that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
When we don’t FEEL like praying or worshiping is when we need to most.
PRAY and PRAISE your way through. It doesn’t have to be deep, eloquent or profound.
“Lord help me!” “Lord have mercy”,
Or, the battle cry of praise…“PRAISE THE LORD, YOUR MERCY ENDURES FOREVER!”(2 Chronicles 20:21, Psalm 106:1, Psalm 136:1).
The truth is that, when it comes to your UTILITIES, if you don’t PAY you lose CONNECTION to your POWER SOURCE.
If you don’t PRAY you lose CONNECTION to your SPIRITUAL POWER SOURCE.
You still have your account with the utility company, you just have to PAY to stay connected.
And yes, you still have your ACCOUNT with God through JESUS CHRIST . You just have to PRAY and PRAISE to stay connected.
If you’re OVERWHELMED today, God is STILL worthy of your praise, and still listening for your prayers. Pray and praise your way through, because just like Jesus in the garden, even though your situation may not turn around, God WILL give you the strength to endure.
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