Have you ever felt completely worn down both in spirit and in body? We are sometimes overwhelmed with obligations, responsibilities, tasks that we may want to do, and tasks that maybe we might even dread a bit that are necessary so we just do them, obligations to family, church, ministry, employer, and the list goes on and on? Let me be honest, here: I have felt that way at times, and it is a challenging thing to go through.
For example, something as routine as washing dishes can get overwhelming. Really now, how hard can it be to wash two of everything for a meal? In my head I am thinking that maybe this once I can just fill the sink with soapy water and let the dishes soak. After all, I rationalize, I am so busy and too tired to stand there to finish the dishes, so here is the way that I overcome that urge to do nothing, every time: I get up from the table, and purposely gather all of the dishes we have used and put all of the condiments back into the refrigerator. I start to empty the sink, and run the water. I put some Dawn in the sink and begin to put the dishes in. By this time I’m committed. I might as well wash the glasses, and before I realize it, every dish has been cleaned, and it didn’t take too long to accomplish it. After I wipe down the counters and the stove, I am done.
There have been times I think, I tricked myself into taking care of dishes, or William will start running the water and we end up doing dishes together. Either way it wasn’t such a terrible task.
We can either allow Satan to become a stumbling block in our lives, or we can stand behind the Lord as he goes forward before us.
It may be easier to do nothing, but the consequences of doing nothing are great.
Without acting on our faith we lose our victory, and feel defeat.
We lose our strength to keep trying because we have lost our joy or more accurately, we allowed Satan to steal our joy from us. How can we keep him from stealing our joy? by praying in the Holy Ghost. It says that the Joy of the Lord is our strength. In Isaiah 12:3, it says “…With joy shall ye draw waters from the wells of salvation.” If we want true joy and strength, it requires action on our part. We must believe that the Lord is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think, and by faith act on our beliefs.
No longer will we settle for table scraps when the Lord has prepared a feast before us. We must reach for it. We must desire it for the Lord to bring it to pass. In this week’s Lattereign, I challenge you to expect God to do miracles in your life. What do you have to lose? Are You expecting a Miracle