I’ve recently found myself walking into a new season of my walk with the Lord and I was slightly unsure of how to respond to this new season. . . until now.
For the past couple of months I’ve been in a place of “lots of questions”. Questions like:
“What am I going to do once school is over?”
“Once I get out of school am I going to make enough money to support myself. . . and later down the line, a wife and kids?”
“I’ve got some big things coming up that are going to require lots of money. . . where’s that money going to come from?”
These were just a few of the hundreds of questions that shot through my mind on a daily basis. I found these questions causing a lot of worry to arise in my life. (and worry is something I don’t do)
My prayers were mostly “Jesus, I don’t know what to do. . . HELP!” Side note: just in case you don’t know, Jesus really likes prayers like that because it takes all the pressure off of us, and puts it all on Him. (1 Peter 5:7)
That brings us to this morning, Sunday, April 27, 2014. This morning we had a guest speaker at Crossroads named Wes Martin. Wes is on staff at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. He talked about how our primary purpose in this journey of life is to love Jesus (Matt 22:36-37) first and foremost. Everything in a Christians life should stem from that one thing. . . to love Jesus rightly. He went on to talk about how Paul compares this journey of life to two things: a race and a fight in 1 Cor 9:24-27. Wes mentioned that in order for us to succeed in this race or in this fight we must be focused, we must be disciplined, and we must be prepared.
Being prepared? This was the question I began to ask myself during the service, and in that question is the key to answering the questions I had been asking myself over the past couple of months.
In order for me (or us) to be prepared for this race/fight I have to know what to expect, right? If I’m going to train for a triathlon I’m going to need to know what to expect during that triathlon. Now I’m not going to begin to say I know all the “ins and outs” of what the enemy is going to throw my way (that’s where I/we have to continually rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit) but one thing I do know is that the enemy will try to tell me/us things or cause me/us to worry in order to get our focus off of Jesus. John 10:10 says “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” So obviously the enemy is out to get us, plain and simple.
That was my answer, remembering that the enemy was out to destroy my life, and he was trying to do it by causing me to worry about my future. He was trying to get my eyes set on the bad rather than fixing my eyes on the good. Jesus tell us in Matthew 6:31-34 not to worry about to tomorrow because tomorrow will have its own trouble.
So for you, the reader of this blog, know that the enemy is out to get you and he’s always going to start by attacking your mind. If he can get you to think contrary to the Word of God (which is 100% true) then he’s won. Be prepared for the attack and recognize it when it comes. When the attack comes remember: Jesus is fiercely committed to you. . . committed to the point of death (Wes said that this morning and I couldn’t wait to use it). (John 10:11)
If you’re worried or anxious, if you have hundreds of crazy thoughts flooding your mind, if your stressed, just sit back and relax. Put those worries in the hands of Jesus. He’s just waiting for you to give them to Him.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11: 28-30