CAN I EVEN THINK TO AM HIGH AND REACH FOR THE STARS WHEN ALL I SEE ARE PROBLEMS AROUND ME?
ANTIDOTE TO WORRY
When I worried about how I am going to do ministry, I asked, “Lord, what am I going to do? I don’t know the way to go”. He settled me down and filled me with His peace. He said, “Let me worry about the ministry. Give that responsibility in my hands. Do you want to run the ministry or do you want me to run it for you?” He changed my heart and started giving me plans. When you give him all the control, he will start showing you plan after plan.
We read in Mark 5: 21, 35-42, about a man called Jairus who came running to Jesus, worrying about his daughter. He called Jesus to heal her but on the way people told him that his daughter has died and that there is no use in bothering Jesus. Jesus heard it but didn’t care about what they said. He said “Jairus, do not worry. Don’t be afraid. Believe in me. I will come and heal your daughter” and He went and raised her up to life.
God wants us to wake up in the morning happy, singing and praising him saying, “Lord you’re in control. I have nothing to worry about. Thank you Jesus".
STONE OF SIN
The problem with sin is it prevents us from having real freedom with God and in our life God wants us to be free.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
Sin is already destroyed on the cross. Don’t be enslaved by sin. You need not carry it upon you or you will not be able to enjoy the glorious life that He has planned for you.
“For we have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
We have fallen short of his glory, that’s what happened to Adam when he entered into sin. He went and hid himself. He was having a glorious life walking with God, but after he sinned, he went hiding in fear. Sin makes us hide from the Lord. So check up the source of your sin today which is keeping you away from God, the evil habits which stands in between you and God; habits like smoking, alcohol, drugs and sexual sins which destroys our body ruins our lives. When you allow sin to grow, you begin to live in mediocrity. It causes us to doubt our ability, the calling which God gave us and the anointing of God. Sin makes us move away from the glorious life our God built for us. God told me, “Sam, I cannot bless you if you hold on to the pleasures of this world. Whatever things you desire above me, you have to leave them and surrender completely to Me. Sin won’t give you a great life,‘The wages of sin is death’” (Romans 6:23). Then I said, “Lord, it’s so tough because I am just a human and these pleasures, I don’t know how to get rid of Lord because they are a great desire before me. Help me Lord to throw away the pleasures of the world. I choose you above all.” The life God gave me after that was filled with joy and peace.
“If anyone is in Christ, he becomes a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
The old ‘you’ is caused by the stone of sin. But, in the hands of God you see the real you. When Peter betrayed Jesus, he said, “Lord, forgive me. I have betrayed you, help me throw away the stone of sin” and he pushed it away by asking God for forgiveness. His life changed. In Acts, people called Peter a ‘courageous man, a man of great wisdom’ (Acts 4:13). They all wondered how a coward became so bold and spoke with such wisdom. Yes, God transformed him into a new being.
THE VICTORY PATH
After you push away your worries and sins, there is nothing holding you back. You are now ready to enter into the life Jesus has for you. For that, first you should have a willing heart.
Exodus 35:5 says, “Take from among you an offering to the Lord. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the Lord: gold, silver, and bronze;
There was a boy in my class who would always be the first to answer the teacher before anyone else could. Angered by this, we back-
benchers would shout out at him, “always ready for everything” because he was the teacher’s pet. God also wants us to become the teacher’s pet; ready and willing to do anything for him. Whatever our teacher Jesus tells us, do it with a willing heart. Peter was also such a person He was always ready to do anything Jesus told him to do. He threw the line into the water in the morning because Jesus told him to and caught the fish which had a coin as Jesus told him. God loves a heart with a willing spirit. As you read the Scriptures, God will speak to you through it and guide you.
Psalm 37:34 says, “Wait for the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land”
So wait on the Lord and be patient as Jesus was when He was tempted in the wilderness by Satan. Yes, he was not deceived by the devil. Jesus didn’t get ahead of God’s plan. God has chosen you for a purpose and not to settle for a mediocre life. He doesn’t want you to waste time. Get ready to sit with a willing heart and wait in his presence. God is waiting to show his power and the glory of his works through you. He wants you to shine for His glory. God is going to give you a new grace by which you will shine in your field. We see in Acts 1:8 how the disciples went out as witnesses filled with the power of God. Similarly, you will shine like stars in the sky (Philippians 2:15) and God will give you amazing wisdom and understanding and use you (Ephesians 3:5). Wait on the Lord early in the morning, receive his word and apply it to every situation in your life; that is the secret of our life. That is the difference between us and anyone else in this world.
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