Don’t Let Yourself Spin Out of Control
PERSONAL PRAYER: My heart lies open before you. You see my insecurities, faults, weaknesses, rebellion, offenses, sins, loneliness, and a multitude of others I am not aware of. Yet, you in you grace and mercy and love, call me unto yourself and blanket me in your arms. This world I do not want. Your Kingdom and sitting at the Precious feet of Jesus is what my hearts desire. I do not profess to understand why my family and I are going through financial woes again. My heart thinks: family knows our needs, friends know and yet no one steps up for bigger money issues we face. The lesson I see is God is bigger than all problems of this life and they don’t even compare to Sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for this world and ALL people in it. I am believing with all my heart you will provide the rent and all finances for bills on the first of February, 2013. I can not believe you would allow us to be homeless-we have come to close to this to many times and you have ALWAYS made a way. Keep my heart from failing Lord I pray: breath your strength into my lungs-Lord you know my take on current job front-I seriously need direction- What do you want me to do? My tears are dried up like a desert-I feel weak in strength physically and spiritually: Deliver us Lord in the name of Jesus-I can’t go on like this: I am sorry Father, I just can’t: I’m at the end of my rope and looking for the way out YOU promised to always provide when we can’t bare anymore. I am at end of myself-I know I can’t proceed without you. The spinning chair above represents how my life seems. I cry out Father, HELP, hear my plea! In Jesus name, Amen.
Today’s promise: Overcoming discouragement brings great blessing
Do you fall into discouragement after spiritual highs?
Elijah was afraid and fled for his life.… Then he went alone into the desert.… He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die.
1 Kings 19:3-4 NLT
About this week’s promise
Elijah experienced the depths of fatigue and discouragement just after his two great spiritual victories: the defeat of the prophets of Baal and the answered prayer for rain. To lead him out of depression, God first let Elijah rest and eat. Then God confronted him with the need to return to his mission in life — to be God’s prophet.
Elijah’s battles were not over; there was still work for him to do. Often discouragement sets in after great spiritual experiences, especially those that produce a high level of emotional excitement or that require a lot from us physically. When you feel let down after a spiritual “high,” do what is necessary to restore your inner resources. And remember that God still has a purpose and plan for you.
Adapted from TouchPoint Bible with devotional commentary by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers, Tyndale House Publishers (1996), p 311.
For more on facing discouragement, see The One Year® Book of Hope by Nancy Guthrie, Tyndale House Publishers (2005).
Through a year’s worth of thoughtful entries, the reader will learn how much God longs to lift us up, carry us through in times of difficulty and uncertainty, and give us true, lasting joy. Each daily step draws you closer to a God who truly cares and the hopeful life he wants you to enjoy.
If the devil cannot make you puffed up by pride, he will try to dampen your spirit by discouragement. It’s his best tool!
The upper part of The Transfiguration (1520) by Raphael, depicting Christ miraculously discoursing with Moses and Elijah. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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