I THINK WE’RE ALL BI-POLAR
Do you feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster? Feeling on top of the world one moment and then right back at the bottom the next. Life throws a lot our way and it can feel very overwhelming at times. We can feel like we’re drowning, like there is no way out, and that we might as well not even try. Now, I can’t fix your problems, but God’s word does have some insight on dealing with them. These are things I meditate and ponder on daily to help me deal with the daily madness.
As long as you’re human, as long as you live on this earth, you will have trials. You will be tested to your limit. You will have heartache and pain. The person who wakes up not expecting to have tough times is in for a rude awakening. Life is not a walk in the park and this world is far from perfect. I never wake up asking God to make my day perfect, but rather I ask him to help me deal with the imperfect day that I know is front of me.
(John 16:33)(NLT) JESUS SAID, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
FOCUS ON THE PRAISEWORTHY
How has God blessed you? What is going right and still remains in your life. We all have things we don’t deserve and blessings that are always worth celebration. There is always something worth thanking God for in your life.
(Philippians 4:8)(NIV) Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS, NOT THE PROBLEMS
When all I see is my problems I feel overwhelmed, out manned, deflated and ready to quit. But, when my eyes are on my hero, my advocate, and my ever present help in time of need I am reminded that I have nothing to fear. It is not my job to question and solve everything, but to know that I can trust God with anything.
(Hebrews 12:1-2)(NIV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
DON”T OPERATE OUT OF THE FLESH
There are many times we want to say things we shouldn’t say, do things we shouldn’t do, and just have an “I don’t care attitude.” The flesh will only lead you down a dead end street and add further chaos and regret to your life. You can’t trust your feelings as they will change like the weather. This is why we have to be led by our faith, not our sight. Let God be your stabilizer, not your ever changing feelings.
(Galatians 5:16-17)(NIV) 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
REALIZE EVERY TRIAL HAS A PURPOSE
I used to try to get out of the fire as quickly as possible. I now realize that God is up to something as He uses all my adversity to mold me, develop me, strengthen me, and teach me to depend on Him alone. There is no doubt that God uses the tough times to help us appreciate the good times.
(James 1:2-4)(NIV) 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
STAY ON YOUR KNEES
Not literally, but spiritually speaking. Everything you face is bigger than you and can’t be handled alone. Great news, you’re not alone. In Christ we can call on our Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere, and for anything.
(Philippians 4:6-7)(NIV) 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
LET GOD, BE GOD
Best words I’ve ever been told as a pastor. “Pastor, There is a God and you’re not him.” I remind myself this daily and it helps me keep everything in right perspective. All I can do is my best and then I must trust God with the rest.
(Psalm 46:10)(NIV) He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”