Staying on Track

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I never thought in a million years that I would write overtly Christian messages.  I thought I’d just write good inspirational “feel good” posts to uplift and encourage.  I never wanted to come across as preachy because I have people from all different walks of life who confide in me. A part of me has always believed that people feel comfortable talking to me because I’m NOT preachy.  I never judge and I work hard at being understanding and loving.

Lately, my covert op to “softly and subtly” spread the love of Jesus has taken on a much different turn.  Everything that I get seems to be very blatantly Christ centered.  What can I say?  Underneath it all I’m just a real life Jesus freak!

Now, on to today’s post…er…message…um…sermon…oh gosh…here goes…

As Christians our mission is to be the salt of the earth, but sometimes when life attacks we fall off track.  During tribulations we have to remember the mission of our adversary: to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).  The enemy wants to refocus our attention on life’s challenges so that we can serve his plan and not the plan of the Lord.  Broken hearts, shattered dreams, and mistakes are just distractions that Satan uses to take us off of the track that the Lord has set us on.

Allowing ourselves to get submerged in the tragedies of life derails us.  We begin to think that we are so broken that we cannot be of service to the kingdom of God.  Don’t get me wrong.  There are definitely times when we need to step down and repent.  We need to ask the Lord to reorder our steps and allow Him to heal us, but we are NOT to get swallowed up by our troubles.

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4: 17 NIV).

If we can remember that these periods in our lives serve a greater purpose, then we can thwart the plans of the enemy.  God wants to use our troubles for His glory.  Don’t you know that you aren’t the only one facing those trials? Your deliverance and perseverance through the storms of life provide hope for others.  As you give hope to others you simultaneously point them to the one whose very essence represents hope.

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Trusting in God When Prayers are Unanswered

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Have you ever wondered why God didn’t answer your prayer?  Ever been excited for something that you just knew was going to happen and then it fell apart?  I’ve spent the last three months on a similar journey.  I was so frustrated that I even took time away from writing my blogs.

Crying Out

I spent the last three months crying out to God for something very specific that I strongly believed I needed.  To date He has not answered my prayer, at least not in the way that I wanted him to.  I had come up with this brilliant plan about how I would do all these things and God would give the increase as I needed.  In my prayer time I was like, “God all I need you to do is throw down the blessing and anoint the plan.”  When it didn’t happen in the timing and in the way that I wanted it to I was so hurt.  I felt rejected.  Guess what?  Sometimes God rejects our plans, but He never rejects us.  I cried like a baby, “Why? Why? Why?” Because:

My thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways My ways (Isaiah 55:8).

God sees the things that we can’t see.  We see what’s right in front of us, but God sees what’s in front of us, beside us, behind us.  He sees how things will unfold if they happen OUR way.  He never intended for us to understand everything and that is the reason we have to trust in Him.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding (Prov. 3:5).

Our own understanding is so limited that when we go to the Lord with our plans we don’t even know if our plan is best.  It’s usually not and that’s why we ask for His will to be done.

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6).

I didn’t acknowledge the Lord.  I assumed that I knew best and in doing so I asked Him to follow me instead of me being directed by Him.

Today, after choosing His presence over my plan I finally understand why my prayer wasn’t answered in my way.  I am so glad that God rejected my plan and chose to embrace me instead.  In these moments I am reminded of the importance of trusting in Him even when I don’t understand and He doesn’t answer the way I want Him to.

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a).