A Pick-Me Up

Some people need caffeine, some need coffee, others just need to go for a run. What do you do when you've had "one of those days".

By "one of those days" I mean, those days where you feel that everything that can go possibly wrong has gone wrong, and ultimately will go wrong.

I'm having one of those days, and rather than complain about it, I've chosen to blog about it. I realize its been a while since I've posted, but as I always have said in the past, its one of those things that I'd like to do more often.

Already today (its currently Noon as I write this) several things have gone wrong, and before the day is over, I'm expecting a couple of more unexpected circumstance to have come my way.

As I sit here, thinking and stewing over my situation, its interesting to say the least that the Holy Spirit is doing a work on me. In the last few moments I've been trying to decide how to write this blog, but all that is currently coming to me is scripture.

"Rejoice in the Lord, always, and again I say, Rejoice." Philippians 4:4

Do you know how hard it is to rejoice when your day feels like its been shot through?

Of course you do, we all have experienced this. We would much rather complain and murmur about our situations, but again scripture shouts at us otherwise...
"Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer." I Corinthians 10:10

But my inner spirit desires to complain, it wants to murmur. But I'm then reminded... "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9

When I am weak, that is when he allows me to be the most strong. My strength is perfected in the times of my weaknesses. It is during that time that he pours out his grace upon my life, and I am able to be lifted up at the necessary times.

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:" I Peter 5:6

But in order to be exalted I must first humble myself. I must first realize that my needs are not permanent, but temporary. I need to realize that my wants, my desires, my fears are not important, but what is important is that Christ has the ability to live through me.

"He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30
"Let your light so shine among men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

My life is not about my life, but its about being a living sacrifice.

Romans 12:1-2 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

As I shun my own lifestyle, and put on the life of Christ, I have no need to fear, I have no need to worry, besides, can worry and fear get me anywhere in life? Can I do anything about my worry or fear?

"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?" Matthew 6:25-27

As my day wears on, may I realize that this is the day that the Lord has made! May I rejoice and be glad in it! May I realize that every situation that comes into my life today, has only come into my life, because it has been first sifted through my Father's hand and he has seen fit to increase my faith through this time of trial and tribulation. May I realize that as he allows these situations to come into my life, that he has only allowed them to do so through his infinite grace, mercy and wisdom.

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." I Corinthians 10:13

He has promised to never leave me, nor forsake me, and he has promised to always be with me.

"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1