Bible Verses for the Day | Psalm 40:1-2
"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2) He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand."
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Wednesday to you all! As we begin our time together today, my prayer is that we will reach out and pursue a God who can truly keep us lifted up, when life attempts to bring us down…Amen!
As I was preparing for our visit last night, I was thinking back to a time in my life, when several circumstances came at me from all directions…and because I chose to get caught up in those moments and focus intensely on them; later, I came to see that this way of reacting to these circumstances only ended up leading me further down, until I found myself in the bottom of a deep, dark pit of despair.
No matter what I tried to do on my own, as a means of freeing myself from this pit of despair…I just remained there…and for quite some time. Little did I know; that it was my reaction to the circumstances….and what I had attempted to do on my own that kept me there…and what I mean by that; is that I became so locked into the pain and deep heartache that I was going through at the time; that my reaction to these circumstances had actually ended up being a control stick in the hand of evil…one that controlled my life so much at the time; that I found myself distant from God…and even life itself.
Later, after struggling over and over again to free myself from these very painful moments, I began to panic…thinking that this was where I would remain for the rest of my life…and from there, I began to literally cry out to God from the depth of my being…and as I sat there in the midst of the muck and mire of my own despair…a hand began to reach deep within that pit…and from there, I was lifted out of some moments that I never thought that I'd ever be free of.
One thing I learned through that experience; is to never focus and become so drawn into a problem; that I lose my focus on the One who can lift me up and above these moments of despair.
You know…sometimes I wonder why we speak so much of a strong and mighty God…only to turn away from this strong and mighty God…to focus on a weak circumstance that will never be able to save itself. Have we become so in tune with this world; that we find ourselves following after it's ways of handling a problem…or is it that we can't keep our eyes away from all that may be taking place at the time; because we feel the need to keep tabs on all that is happening around us? I would say that the only bad thing about responding to a circumstance in either way; is that we are more likely to be lead in a direction that may cause us to trip and fall into a dark pit of despair…just as I once did.
One thing I can say to you right now; is thank God that He still remains there for us…no matter where we end up in life…and thank you Lord, for a heart of compassion; that goes beyond our weaknesses and mistakes…to help us out of the ruts of life!
As we close our time together today…the thing we need to do; is to stop focusing on every detail of what may be bringing us down and get our focus back on God…the One who can truly keep us lifted up to our feet, so we can keep moving forward in the right direction. Once we choose to react to a circumstance in this way; then no matter how bad it may seem at the time; God will be there to keep us from a fall…one that Satan longs to use against us, as a means of keeping us locked up within these moments of despair…Amen!
I don't know about you; but I needed this reminder today; because even though we learn from what we go through in this life…time can once more take a toll on a person, until they find themselves tempted to once more become caught up in the present moments of a circumstance. Let's admit it…this is Satan's job; but at the same time, we don't have to take what he is dishing out…and once we get an attitude towards him in this way; then I know that we will find it easier to want to go in God's direction. So, as you walk through this day…don't give Satan the time of day, by focusing on what he so desires for you to focus on; but rather, do the opposite of what he desires…and look to the One who can keep you free from these discouraging times.
Well…time for me to continue on with my day; but I want you to know that I have definitely enjoyed our time together…and my prayer for you; is that you will have a very blessed day with the Lord…and that you will return again tomorrow and join me for another great God inspired visit! May God truly bless your heart, as you strive to walk in His direction!
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