When It’s Just Too Much
The tears keep coming today and at first I couldn’t figure out why.
“I can’t figure it out. I can’t think straight. My mind is going in all different directions and then it feel like I can’t think at all….”
Trying to focus and get my mind to think clearly, I open my Bible.
“I want to know Christ and the power of his rising.
Share in his suffering conform to his death.
When I pour out my life to be filled with his Spirit,.
Joy follows suffering and life follows death.”
Why? Why are people being mistreated, being killed, taken advantage of and used for the purpose of others. Between processing what’s happening in Venezuela, what happened in Charlottesville, birth and life not being valued, situations going on in my friends’ lives, and so many other things….my heart just hurts for this world. My heart hungers for God’s justice and for God to save so many from this torture and heartache.
It’s cliche but this world needs Jesus!
It was the perfect time to pick weeds because it has been raining for two days. In an hour, thanks to the down pouring of rain, I was able to pick all the weeds that had over taken the area.
I couldn’t believe how many weeds there were and how big some had become. It’s been almost 3 months since I’d picked any weeds so it made logical sense that they had gotten so big and unruly. As I uprooted them, I realized something that these weeds and this world have in common.
What Weeds & the World Have in Common
We do this by going out to all the world (our neighbors, our coworkers, those God put’s in our paths) and disciplining them, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey Christ’s words (Matthew 28:19-20). As they grow in their faith and obedience to the Lord, the weeds will be picked out of their lives as they are continually being picked out of ours. Then they will continue the cycle.
Using the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
We as a body of believers (and I’m speaking to myself here) are often more content praising God from our pews and in our Bible studies than praising Him in front of others and sharing how God has changed our lives.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Jesus, John 16:33
I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.
Jesus John 14:12
It’s Time to Take a Stand
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Love that you ran to your bible in your mess. So often I want my head to be clear before I open God’s word. Silly because it’s his word that has the power to clear things up!
I love this!! Thanks for sharing your heart!!
All discouragement is from the devil says Hannah Whitall Smith. I try to remember that.
My heart hurts for the evil that’s happening in the world, but then I realize that Scripture predicted that things would get worse right before the return of Jesus. The cool thing is that the book of Joel tells us that there will be a great outpouring of the Spirit in the last days, too!
It can be very hard not to feed into the media and events happening all around us. It’s a challenge to not let it take us down. But for sure, the best thing is to bring our concerns to the Lord, knowing that this was all in His sight.
Oh this is so good! Thank you for sharing your heart. We’ve had a few discouraging things happen in the past few weeks and I’ve felt overwhelmed and just tired. I needed this encouragement. I need to run to God with how broken everything around me feels right now.
Truer words have never been spoken! You are right about taking a stand. If we don’t take a stand as believers in Christ, what does that say about our faith? We need to get messy…however the church doesn’t always like messy, but this is where we need as individuals to be bold in our faith, stand firm and be a voice! Jesus says if you are ashamed of me I will be ashamed of you. We are in a spiritual war, and we need the Word, prayer, and truth so shout to the world that Jesus is King! Thanks for… Read more »
I’ve been witnessing how much my life has changed when I let the Spirit work in my life. It’s amazing to see how I’ve changed and grown through just listening to His gentle leading.
I love the verses in John you shared. I am so thankful that Jesus has overcome this world!