I’ve been busy. Too busy to do much more than what is needed. Can I get a witness?
I’ve also been a bit down. (See last post.) Anyone else?
I find there is a correlation between the two…
- Start with a whopping helping of too much on my plate
- Add a cup of expecting too much
- Toss in three tablespoons of neglecting to take care of myself
- Kneed it together into a big glob,
- Cook it at 450 degrees for a few days and…
- POOF - pull out a delectable dish of disappointment.
**I’m sure I just heard a “yes and oh yeah” from out there.**
You know what?
It’s not cutting as deep as it used to. It’s not making me stumble so profoundly. The discouragement is looking more like a warning signal that I’m overdoing rather than a statement about my ability to manage life
I’m learning…I’m growing…I’m being changed a little bit at a time.
This is the journey. This is what it looks like. Bit by bit, day by day, prayer by prayer we grow.
And now we’ve come to the last requirement for experiencing more in our relationship with Christ – STICK TO IT.
I can’t tell you how many times disappointment has dogged me. How many times have I let it steal purpose right out of my heart? I’d probably get discouraged if I thought about it too long.
If we passionately surrender our lives to Jesus’ leadership, and if we truly ask, seek, and listen, then we will experience more. THEN, we do it again the next day and the next and the next one after that.
We fall, we get up. We stumble backward, we shift our weight forward. We stop, we snap our suspenders and get our feet moving again. We take a wrong turn, we go back and make the right one.
All the while, God is there. He strengthens us with the promises of his word. He helps us with his presence, encourages us through others. And he transforms us while we walk it out.
They call it the 4 R’s. Repent, Rebuke, Receive, Renew.
So, when I stumble, fall, stop, or whatever (which is everyday by the way) – I do the 4 R’s:
REPENT- I find myself repenting of my distrust more times than not. Times I feel I can do a better job at being God than God can. Anyone?
Lord, I repent of my distrust of you. I’m sorry for taking control of the life I gave to you.
REBUKE – Tell the enemy off who would come to steal, kill, and destroy.
I rebuke my enemy who would steal the abundant life from me that Jesus so freely gives. I rebuke you for telling me I can’t trust God! Get away from me in the name of Jesus!
**If we stop there, we can become the victims of shame and guilt. We need to go deeper… **
RECEIVE – We need to acknowledge that we have been forgiven – that the debt is already paid for.
Jesus, I receive your forgiveness completely. I receive your love and mercy. And I freely forgive myself.
RENEW – You need to replace the lie with the truth in order to really get the full benefit of your salvation.
I renew my mind to the truth that you, God, have plans to prosper me and not to harm me. That you are a good, good God and everything you allow in my life is to bring redemption and beauty and transformation. I surrender to your loving hands. I trust you.
Then PRESS DELETE and keep going. Do not linger on it, just keep pressing forward.
It doesn’t take long to do, but since I started using this tool, I’ve found more freedom than ever before. It’s simple to use but powerful in results.
Even our feeble attempts will help.
God isn’t interested in our perfect performance.
He wants our passion (heart, mind, soul, strength) in its imperfect form.
That’s kind of the point.
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14