Dealing with Disappointment

Have you ever felt disappointed?  Of course you have! We all have.  What do you do when you feel disappointed?  You might get angry, you might recluse, you might do something else. 

There was a man who was paralyzed.  He had four friends and might I add they were the right kind of friends!  These friends heard that Jesus was a healer, so they decided to take their friend on a mat to Jesus.  Jesus fame was growing in the city and when Jesus would teach crowds would gather.  On the day these friends were going to bring their friend to Jesus there was a crowd so big there was no room in the house and there was no room outside the front door.  The man on the mat was probably used to disappointment.  I am sure he felt like today was not his day due to there not being any room.

His friends would not be defeated so easily.  So they decided to go up on the roof and create a door. Here is what happened next:

5 When Jesus saw the extent of their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are now forgiven.”

6 This offended some of the religious scholars who were present, and they reasoned among themselves, 7 “Who does he think he is to speak this way? This is blasphemy for sure! Only God himself can forgive sins!”

8 Jesus supernaturally perceived their thoughts and said to them, “Why are you being so skeptical? 9 Which is easier, to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are now forgiven,’ or, ‘Stand up and walk!’? 10 But to convince you that the Son of Man has been given authority to forgive sins, 11 I say to this man, ‘Stand up, pick up your stretcher, and walk home.’” 12 Immediately the man sprang to his feet in front of everyone and left for home.

When the crowds witnessed this miracle, they were awestruck. They shouted praises to God and said, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

Mark 2:5-12

Notice that Jesus saw the faith of the friends and extended forgiveness, but when he saw the thoughts of the haters he brought forgiveness. 

What if your faith for others is bigger than you thought?  What if your choice of friends is a bigger deal than you thought?  Do your closest friends take you to Jesus when you have settled in disappointment?  What if you haters are what is using to bring your healing? What if the issue you were known for became the very place Jesus decided to show His strength and power?

Where are you facing disappointment?  Who is someone in your circle facing disappointment?  How will you face disappointment today? Just Accept it? Take your friends to Jesus? Make your own door to Jesus?

Live a better story

Brandon Sereg

Travel Light: Stuff

Every time my family gets ready for vacation I get nervous. My nerves are caused by the thought of figuring out how I am possibly going to fit all of our stuff into the car. When I say “our stuff” I really am referring to my wife’s stuff. By her own admission, she is incapable of traveling light. She has to bring every object that there is at least a .0001% chance she may need. The result is that one needs an engineering degree to figure out how to cram everything into the car. I think this is an apt illustration for our lives. We carry way more baggage around in our lives then we should. Over the next five weeks we are going to reflect on five things that we need to deal with in our life in order to travel lighter: stuff, distractions, bitterness, control, and failure. Today we’ll kick things off with stuff

It seems that every year the number of things that are “necessary” in our lives grows. It’s hard to imagine my life without a smartphone, laptop computer, and an Ipad. Its also getting hard to imagine how all three could not be seamlessly connected to one another (plus my TV and car radio) via the cloud. Every year more products are rolled out that the world screams that we HAVE to have. Put another way, a pretty prominent message the world sends us is that the purpose of life is to collect the most stuff possible. The Bible, however, paints a very different story. 

And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Matthew 19:16-22

The real problem with the young man in this story was his inability to trust that Jesus was sufficient for his life. Following Jesus was simply not enough for him. He chose to instead buy the world’s lie that our happiness and purpose is found in stuff. The problem with the world’s view is twofold. First, we can never accumulate enough stuff to really be happy. Second, no matter how much stuff we accumulate, we can’t have it forever. The only way to have happiness that lasts forever is to realize that Jesus is sufficient. To realize that Jesus’ love and grace is what we really need to be happy now and forever. Jesus is sufficient for our lives. We need to stop desiring so much other stuff, and instead realize that we already have what we really need, and that is the love and grace of Jesus. 

Special Strength

1 Kings 18:46 New International Version (NIV)

46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

Can you imagine the sight that it must have been to see Elijah out run a horse and a chariot. When I looked into how fast that was, it stated that a horse and chariot could go as fast as 20-25 mph.

Now get this thought in your mind. A sprinter in a 100 meter race can run about 27 mph. This is a sprinter not a distance runner. In the time of Elijah, Mount Carmel to Jezreel is approximately 17 miles. It is unheard of a person running that fast for that amount of distance.

Now men, here is the connection. God gave Elijah special strength. That special strength came from above. Nowhere in the Bible do we see this kind of speed. God gave Elijah that strength to show King Ahab that God was without limits, and Elijah lived and saw the miracles.

How does it apply to every man today? Choose to believe and live in the miraculous. That same God, our Father, still is in control today. Ask him for special strength for whatever you are going through in your life right now. Ask him to give you special strength to endure the challenges you are experiencing in your lives.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Gathering for the Family

In one month we have our Vital Gathering. This is for everyone. Bring the entire family. Bring friends.

November 10, 5:00-7:00 pm

Debbie’s Celebration Barn

Supper Provided at 5:00

Dessert and Coffee to Follow at 7:00

Come have an inspirational evening!

Let It Go

Born from love, forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts one can bestow upon another.  The personal cost is virtually nothing.  Actually, the opposite is more often the case.  The reward the giver receives is incalculable.  Peace, freedom, joy and unburdening are to name a few, but most importantly a righteous foothold.forgive2

 

Ephesians 4:31-32  (NKJV) Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

God’s word tells us in numerous passages of the importance of forgiveness, no its necessity.  It’s frequency in scripture is due, I believe, to God’s understanding of how easy it is for us to lose sight of its vital importance, to cling to our hurt and grudges.  

Speaking for myself, I find it hard to let go of grudges, bitterness and resentment.  Often times I hold tightest to the grudges against those closest to me, my wife in particular.  Presumably, like many reading this, I find myself believing I’m justified in it.  They did it before and I forgave them, only to have them do it again. Why should I be the one to forgive?  Why should they get off so easy?  They should be punished.  They’re only going to continue to do it.  The answer to questions and statements like those is this…forgiving another is as much about you, your freedom, your spiritual health, your peace, your righteousness as it is about freeing the wrong doer.  It’s poison straight to the heart.  Also, it renders any positive outcome or change in the offending party that much more unlikely.  If you want God to work in someone else’s life, you might try showing them God’s work in you.    

Matthew 18:21-22 (NKJV)  Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

If anyone has cause, justification to withhold forgiveness it’s Jesus.  I know I cannot get through a day without perpetrating some a front to God, hurting Him.  But, He forgives.  Every time, He forgives.

I John 1:9 (NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

 Even from the cross, that He went to for us, upon which He was being brutally tortured by us, He had nothing but love and forgiveness on His lips and in His heart.  

Luke 23:34 (NKJV) Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

If you choose Jesus, choose to live out the love of Christ, forgiveness cannot be separated from that love.  It is a vital part of what it takes to free yourself from the burdens and chains of resentment and bitterness.  You will be hurt.  You will be wronged.  But, you too will hurt and wrong.  Will you choose to forgive, regardless?  Will you choose love?  

Colossians 3:13 (NKJV) Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 

 

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

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