The Journey Thoughts

November 28, 2016

I once walked into the office of a friend, and found him crying.  He was
distraught over his thoughts of what a poor example of Christ he was, and
this was killing him.  We talked for awhile, and although I don't believe I
could do much to help, I noticed some things in retrospect.  Even though he
was lamenting over his state, he was still witnessing.  He was an example of
righteousness even though he hardly had the energy to pray.  Have you ever
felt that way?   I know at times we all get to the point when we think that
that our ministry is a failure.  People won't listen; our words sound hollow
and empty; we view ourselves as failures for Christ.   I want to share
Scripture this morning for all of us who have ever been to that place where
we felt that we were just not righteous enough, but it didn't change the way
we behaved to those around us.  "For God's wrath is revealed from heaven
against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their
unrighteousness suppress the truth, since what can be known about God is
evident among them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible
attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly
seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has
made. As a result, people are without excuse." Romans 1:18-20  Even Paul,
who penned this under the direction of the Holy Spirit would also write,
"What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this dying body?" 7:24
We all have moments in which we feel that our righteousness is but filthy
rags, that we are poor excuses for being called a Christian, but the one
question remains, Does this stop us from telling the truth, when faced with
a question about what the truth is?  I doubt it, because the unrighteousness
that is deserving of God's wrath is the unrighteousness that will suppress
the truth; it will cause the person to not speak truth, even when confronted
with the question of our faith.  My friend was able to continue to be a
witness for Christ because it wasn't the truth he was doubting, but it was
his capability to live the truth.  Christians everywhere will at some point
in their lives feel like their righteousness is like a play being lived out,
when in actuality they are falling apart inside.  So then even when we feel
worthless, even when we feel like we cannot pray because of our state, God,
through the Holy Spirit, will pray for us with groanings that we can't even
understand. So friend, stay the course! For our God knows our hearts, and
even though we feel beat up at times because of the world around us, the
truth will remain in us, because He is in us. Our faith will not suppress
the truth, but when confronted, will express the truth, even when we don't
feel worthy of being called Christian.  There are many things that affect us
in this journey homeward, but our faith will sustain us. Remember, the same
man who wrote the question of what a wretched man he was, would also write:
" We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in
despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not
destroyed. We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life
of Jesus may also be revealed in our body."  2 Corinthians 4:8-10  So hang
on, and hang in there, for your deliverance will come, for you are being
prepared for life as a believer, and you are being strengthened for the
fight.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, Lord, we are Your children, and we need You so much.
Father, for those who struggle with their unworthiness, please fill them
with Your strength. I pray for all those who either through trials or
circumstance no longer have the strength to pray, I also, pray for them,
asking You, Lord, to be their strength.  I pray today for: Cherie, the
Barret's, Josh, Carlee, Eric, Peggy, Rheba, Ada, Carol's family, Mary,
Dillon, Tara, Kristena, Kristen, Marcy, Kenny, Carolyn, Gene, Terry, Angie,
Isabel, Ellen, Virginia, William, Don, Dwight, Jim, Vanessa, Becky, the
Markle family, the Young family, Travis, Eva, Max, Rita, Pastor Berkey,
Nancy, June, JT, Candace, Meredith, Barbara, Mike S., Ramona, Lorne, Ben,
Robby, Kathy, Montella, Charlie, Kim, Nada, Shelly and her mom, Richard and
his dad, Pam and her son, Kelly and her son, Julissa, Abby, Malachi, Corbin,
Ryan, Olivia, Jeremiah, Joanna, Tom, Evelyn, Joy, Ruth, Bj, Ida, Betty,
Briggs church, Jackie Ann, Tonia, Todd, Liam, Aiden, Alan, Fisher, Tuly,
Michelle, Trevor, Maria, Choya, Alex, Ken, Sandy, Andrea, Shannon, Robert,
Pat, Ryan, Tyson, Wendy, Joyce, Shelby, Gus, Lisa, Alice, David, Phyllis,
Devon, Marliana, Cynthia, Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Laurie,
Heather, Codi, Ron, Deane, Dan, Pam, Mike, Austin, Harriet, Fred, Dotty,
James, Scott, April, Craig, Hunter, Asher, Lynette, Patrick, Kathy,
Jennifer, Abe, Trent, Garret, Mayeaux, Ben, Jason, Ashley, Marc, Macy, Jade,
Bob, Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Mike, Megan, Matt, Liz, Matt, Bethany,
Jeff, Laura, Carmello, Kaitlyn, Tim, Michele. Lord, reveal Yourself to all
of us who need to hear from You today.  Strengthen us for the journey we are
on, for I ask this of You in Jesus name.

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