How are we coming before the Lord?
Ministry is busy. Work is busy. Home is busy. Life is busy. With the holiday season coming up, it’s only going to get busier, but in the midst of all of this, with what attitude are we coming before the Lord?
Many of us serve and it’s something we all thoroughly enjoy doing, but there are times when it seems like too much and it starts to overwhelm us. Then what? We start sinning and get stressed out, start wallowing in our thoughts, start growing bitter, but there a few things we have to remember in the midst of this. One part is that God doesn’t need us to serve, but allows us the privilege and the opportunity to serve Him in light of what His Son did for us on the cross.
Here is an encouragement and exhortation that comes from Philippians that I hope encourages you!
“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to god. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."
God commands us to REJOICE! But He doesn’t just leave us with that. Alongside, He encourages us to come to Him, as we are and honestly with thanksgiving and pour our heart to Him. But wait...this is the best part –He promises us a peace that SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING that only comes from truly trusting and relying on God. It’s an amazing promise that should bring us comfort as we dwell on this =) The verses that follow have also been a tremendous encouragement to hold on to in the midst of everything. Our thoughts are not to be trusted, but we need to fight to keep the promises and truths of God in our minds. Paul tells us to “THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS” so we must, with the power of the Holy Spirit dwell on the truths daily. We can’t let sin take a foothold in our lives!
Our prayer is that the Word of God and the truths of His Word would encourage, exhort and refine you as we walk this Christian walk together =)
Have a great holiday season!