God spoke to me this morning, and His words were so encouraging and so needed.
I went to church this morning feeling discouraged about a lot of things, but He blessed me so much in my choice to seek Him out in the midst of it.
The teaching today was on the life of Joseph, and about the choices we make when we are going through a crisis. The first thing God brought to my mind was this: “I am not going through crisis, I am undergoing refinement. Sometimes they feel the same. Often times, God uses crisis as a vehicle for refinement.” It was this simple thought that initially encouraged me. It is so uncomfortable going through that process of refinement, but God uses crisis, stress, and the things that worry me to bring the things up in my life that I need to deal with. This has been such a recurring theme for me in my life over the past few months. It is so cool to think about what God might be doing in me right now.
As the sermon progressed this morning, the Pastor asked if anyone needed to work on chosing to remain faithful to God, or ask for forgiveness, and I realized that through all the crises or feelings of crisis I’ve been experiencing, I’ve kept close to God and sought Him. It was encouraging that God revealed to me something I’m doing right when I constantly feel like I can’t do anything right, or that the things I do don’t matter or make a difference. It was also so humbling to realize that the only thing I can truly claim is good about me is actually all about HIM. It’s all Him.
There are so many ways and so many things God spoke into today, and the things I’ve learned and ways I’ve grown in just a few months is absolutely breathtaking…the only thing I can do is just keep thanking God for his faithfulness, and the only credit I can take is my faithfulness in continuing to rely on God for everything.
My prayer is that He would reach down to the deepest parts of me and take it all, that I would hold nothing back, and have nothing left that I have not surrendered completely.
“I believe everything that You say You are
I believe that I have seen Your unchanging heart
In the good things and in the hardest part
I believe and I will follow You”
“I will Follow” by the Vertical Church Band
Have a blessed Sunday friends, and I hope and pray that you would look for the things God is revealing to you today.
Also, enjoy the game 🙂