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.