Welcome back for part three of my back injury saga. 🙂 Before I get into what I believe to be the spiritual “backbone” (get it?! backbone?! back injury?! punny!!) of this Christian life… for new and returning readers, let me give a recap of what I’ve learned thus far, and in turn, have shared with y’all.
In my first post of this series, Calling All Control Freaks, I talked about trusting God in difficult situations. I also talked about changing our mindset and that this change happens through prayer.
In my second post of this series, Pity Party for One Please, I talked about how I did not use my time while I was on bedrest wisely. Instead of having a pity party for my condition (which is what I did the majority of the time), I could have used that time to be an absolute prayer warrior for myself [but more importantly for others] while I had “all the time in the world” (which I did not do). I talked about pride and anger being factors as to why I did not pray. To combat this anger and pride in difficult circumstances, we have to search our hearts honestly for these negative attributes and ask God to cleanse us of them. Then, I asked us to remember two things: God forgives, and He extends grace.
In light of the last two posts, you may be scratching your head in confusion (like I was).
How do I trust God in the difficult times? What’s the formula for that look like?
How do I change my attitude instantly?
How do I pray when I really don’t feel like praying?
And the one that gets me every time:
How do I accept God’s forgiveness and grace… feeling remorseful and repentant without living in defeat at my failure?
Let me give you the secret recipe… the backbone of everything I have discussed thus far.
THE. WORD. OF. GOD.
It’s as simple as that, and I want to shout it from the roof tops.
How do we trust God in the difficult times? Read and apply God’s Word. How do we change our attitudes instantly? Read and apply God’s Word. How do we pray when we really don’t feel like praying (or maybe don’t have the words)? Read God’s Word, use the Words that He gives as your prayer back to Him… and then, you guessed it, apply God’s Word. How do we accept God’s forgiveness and grace without living in defeat at our failures? FRIEND, READ GOD’S WORD AND APPLY IT!!
He has such wonderful thoughts about you and I (Psalm 139:17-18), and He wants us to have those same thoughts toward ourselves… ones of forgiveness and love.
If this is the only thing that I learn in my lifetime, it will be enough… I have to immerse myself in God’s Word to be able to make it day to day.
There is no way that I can make it without God. I tried for so long to live this life in my own strength (before I became a Christian and even as a Christian)…
And I was unsuccessful.
I couldn’t do it.
Think about this, friends. Another word for immerse is submerge. I want you to picture this with me.
If y’all have ever been to the South in the United States (or you live here like me), you’ll notice one thing. IT’S HAWWWWT. Like seriously hot. And there’s nothing better than doing a cannonball right into a pool with the coldest water you can imagine.
Submerging your dying-of-a-heatstroke-self in ice cold water…… hmmmmm I can’t even explain in words how good it feels. How it rejuvenates you. How it revives you. How it enables you to continue on in the heat. How it gives you inexplicable joy when your strength was fading.
Friends, the Word of God does the same when we submerge ourselves in It. His Word will rejuvenate us, revive us, enable us to continue on in the midst of difficulty, and will give us inexplicable joy despite our circumstances.
Sadness —> Submerging yourself in the Word of God will give you joy
Anger —> Submerging yourself in the Word of God will give you peace
Loneliness —> Submerging yourself in the Word of God will give you comfort
Jealousy —> Submerging yourself in the Word of God will give you contentment
Self-criticism —> Submerging yourself in the Word of God will give you self-love and confidence
Fear —> Submerging yourself in the Word of God will give you courage
Rejection —> Submerging yourself in the Word of God will give you belonging
Hate —> Submerging yourself in the Word of God will give you love
It doesn’t matter which negative emotion we come up with or experience or feel, God’s Word can change it… but we have to make it a daily habit to read God’s Word for that to happen. I would dare say we should go a step further because the Bible says we should.
“Fix these words of Mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframe of your houses and on your gates…”
“My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.“
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
“I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
“…I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.“
Oh, friends. Let’s treasure God’s Word more than anything else. Let’s submerge ourselves in it… not just daily but every second of every day…. and not just at certain times (like only in good situations or only in bad situations) but at all times.
Thank you for hanging with me through the series. 🙂
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