July 27th, 2018 — IGNITE

As I read the Word today, there were many thoughts tumbling through my head about how I feel when things start falling into place and start working out for my benefit. Hopefully you can relate.

Maybe we notice it or not, but as we’ve been planning and working, and then working and plan, and things start happen, we find ourselves “in the grove.” And I’ve got to tell you – there are few things better than when your life starts comeing together.

Your relationships are good… your job is going well… financially you’re secure… you physically feel good… you’re faithfully reading your Bible… your prayer time is precious… the sin you’ve struggled with seems distant – and this isn’t a dream. This is really happening and you feel good about it.

There are seasons when our lives feel good, everything is going our way, we’re grounded in our faith and bumps in our “spiritual road” don’t bother us much.

Then, all of a sudden, one bad turn turns into another bad turn, which turns into another bad turn and we find ourselves discouraged. This happens for many reasons and it’s often because whether we realize it or not, we begin to pull away from God, believing that we need Him less. The small bumps in the road seem to suddenly turn into massive potholes.

Rehoboam is a perfect example of this. He was the son of King Solomon and heir to the throne. There were some early snags in his career, but then everything started falling into place and was going fine. Here’s what we read in the Word…
“It took place when the kingdom of Rehoboam was established and strong that he and all Israel with him forsook the law of the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 12:1

We’re not that much different from Rehoboam. I don’t know about you, and I hate to admit and confess this, but it’s so  easy to forget my God and His blessings, and start to rely on myself.

We overestimate our own strength; acting as though we are our own Superman, and as though we can tackle anything alone. We essentially abandon God for what we think is the best for us. But the truth is, Jesus says…
“… apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

But, let me tell you, it doesn’t have to happen! You and I, by the power of the Holy Spirit in us, can create consistency in our faith by intentionally remaining in fellowship with God.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: As you hit your stride and things begin to click, remember to thank the One who has brought you to this place of consistency.

If there’s a steady stream of thanks and praise coming from your mouth and mind, you’ll seldom forget the One who supplies all you needs. That Superman cape doesn’t fit you anyway.

I can’t do this life on my own. I need you this day and everyday. In Jesus name I pray this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen