Remember who God is.

March 4, 2013 under Unlikely Christian
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Remember who God is

 

Once upon a time, my church made me mad.  It was one of those moments that really had me questioning if I can do church.  I drove home with steam coming out of my ears that day, not knowing if I was going to go back. 

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But…..I did.

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It wasn’t easy for me to get over, but what eventually helped me is, I know these people.  I know their hearts and what they’re all about – reaching the lost.  So looking thru the lenses of truth, if you will, I was able to see past what I didn’t like.

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It was a great lesson for me.

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That was awhile back.

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Then today I realized that the same can be said about God (insert Captain Obvious joke right here.)  What can I say other than sometimes I’m a little late to the party.

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Seriously, there have been a couple of, okay MANY, times when I haven’t exactly been happy about my circumstances or things I was going through in life.

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Now I didn’t blame God for my circumstances…..but I did wonder and question why I was going through it.  Why wasn’t God helping me, moving me, rescuing me or at least helping me to understand.

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So I would get frustrated.

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At God?

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Yeah, sometimes.

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Take lately for instance.  I’ve been spending so much time in the state of frustration that I’m wondering if I’m even still considered a Texan.

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I’m worn out, stressed out, got a ton on my mind and need some questions answered! 

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Umm…..God, you’re seeing this right?!?!  Have my prayers been getting through?  Any time you’d like to step in…..

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And then today I got smacked upside the head with some truth.  I was reminded that if I could so quickly forgive the church for ticking me off, based on knowing their hearts, how much easier it should be for me to remember who God is during the crappy times, storms of life etc…..

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How could I have missed that?!?!

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I may not be happy all the time.  I may visit the state of frustration more times a day than I’d like to but I just need to remember who God is.  And because I know who He is, trust in Him, put my hope in Him, and believe in His words.

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Like:

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“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”Romans 8:28 NLT

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and

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…..but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”Isaiah 40:31 NLT

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and

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“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

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And of course the one that I struggle with the most, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

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As long as I can do that, I know I’m gonna be alright.

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Frustrated?  Stressed?

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Calm down, take a breath, and remember who God is.

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The peace He offers truly exceeds anything we can understand.

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