Have you ever formulated a plan, prayed about it, and felt a peace…only to move forward and watch it fall apart?
Have you ever caught yourself saying something that surprised you? Maybe you heard yourself talking about someone else in a negative way; or maybe you caught a pessimistic attitude taking root through your speech.
If you’ve lived life with people for any amount of time, you’ve probably experienced pain and frustration. None of us are perfect this side of eternity. Forming authentic relationships necessitates that we develop conflict and forgiveness skills.
In my leadership journey, I’ve come across some strange Christians. These individuals seem to think that, if we pretend something isn’t so, it’s going to go away. For example, they ignore emotional and physical pain, claiming that it doesn’t exist. Some Christians see acknowledging the pain as a lack of faith. They think that, if they simply claim victory over it, it will disappear immediately 100% of the time.
The disciples each had an integral role on the first Easter Sunday. From Mary Magdalene, John, and Peter, we learn how to handle dark, confusing times:
In the story of the centurion, we see that God keeps his promises. The centurion wasn’t puffed up by his title. Likewise, we must remain humble, remembering that all we have is by the grace of God. We can’t have faith in ourselves, but must continually place our faith in God.
When you are a true worshiper of God, there will be times when you get weary because you are carrying the weight of yourself
When you are a true worshiper of God, there will be times when you get weary because you are carrying the weight of yourself and others. You must have supportive people behind you to lift you up until God moves.
When God gives us a sign, sometimes others around us cannot see it. We must trust the sign and follow it until the end. When you make it to the end and see the glory of God, you praise and worship God like the three wise men.
Sometimes it may feel that God has left us because we have been dealing with a problem for so long. God hears and sees our sorrow but to get His attention, we must cry out from the bottom of our hearts. When God sees that you are tired of being sick and tired, He will bring you out. It may take time for God to answer your prayers, but He will always answer. God protects His people. We are the people of God and he has heard us and sees us. Sometimes God waits until we are sick and tired of being sick and tired. We use prayer as a last resort instead of our first defense. The Bible says whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved