So I have decided to blog today. I have been busy and working hard, at times keeping my head above the water of life, church and family. Sometime it gets overwhelming! But I am so glad that my strength does not come from myself or anything that I do. It comes from the Lord, the maker of all things and the keeper of all things. I am so blessed to be able to stand on Him because I am so weak.
As most of you know we have been working on the building for quite some time and things are going very well. I was thinking about how our spiritual lives are similar to us building this building (not the church because the church is already built). There are times that our growth seems to just be huge. I mean it seems like everyday God is teaching us something new–like the day we framed almost all of the downstairs. We stepped back, looked at what had been finished and said, “We have accomplished a lot today!” Then there are days that it seems like we are working hard and life is hard and at the end of the day we look back and it seems like little or nothing has visibly been done. Have you ever felt that way? I guess we could say it this way, “We feel like we are stuck spiritually.” I want to share with you something that I am learning and would love to share with you some encouragement in all of this.
What I am learning: I have been learning through this building project that the days that seem like nothing has been accomplished are the most important days of our work. Those things that seem so small can be the most important. Think about those times in your life when you have felt like nothing has been “accomplished” in your spiritual life. Aren’t those the times that you have learned to trust Jesus the most? I was thinking about the story of Joseph (beginning in Genesis 37). There was a time that he was stuck in prison and all of his “outs” seemed to be gone and he felt just like he was alone and that nothing was getting accomplished. Genesis 40: 23 & 41:1a says, “Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. Two years later Pharaoh had a dream.” Did you see that Joseph was in prison and you know he is feeling a little low and then he helps out this guy who promises to remember him, but he doesn’t. Joseph sits there for two more years. I believe Joseph was not feeling like he was accomplishing much. I know that he was working in the prison and he was doing things, but he was still in prison and was not free! I believe it is in these times that Joseph learned to trust God and not to worry about what He was doing. In all that he did he would serve the Lord and things would be okay. He had a lot of learning time thanks to his brothers and his employers. So, maybe you have felt stuck and maybe you think that you are not doing anything well. I guess all that could be true but I think that if you are doing all you can with what you have and you, like Joseph, are serving the Lord with all your heart and you are loving those around you, I believe that God is working. He is working in you probably some of the most important work. He is setting you up with stronger faith, hope, and love because He has great things in store for you.
Let me encourage you with the same story. So, after all the sitting in prison and being forgotten, God used Joseph to save a nation and his own family. God exalted him to a place of authority. Here is something to remember: you have been exalted with authority in your life. You have been given the spiritual authority over the enemy in your life. Remember that enemy is not a person but it is found in the spiritual realm. So, if you feel stuck, ask God for wisdom to recognize the spiritual enemy that you are facing. It might might be fear, it might be unforgivingness and bitterness, it might be a lack of faith or belief and it might be pride. But listen, you have the authority over these spirits and you have been given people in your life that will stand with you and all you have to do is speak in the name of Jesus. I promise that God will show up and He will hear your cry and you will be set free like Joesph. Before I go I must tell you this that when you speak in His name there comes a responsibility that you need to follow through. If you speak to fear of something, have faith (action word) and face your fear. If you speak to unforgivingness then you must forgive. God will give you the strength and courage in all these things. Don’t be stuck! Be free in the name of Jesus!
In His Grip,