ARE YOU IN A TIME OF SPIRITUAL ” BARRENNESS “? Have you prayed and prayed but still haven’t birthed your miracle? Hannah’s barrenness is ascribed DIRECTLY to the activity of God. “But to Hannah her husband would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the LORD had closed her womb.” I Samuel 1:5 God had withheld children from her in order to prepare her for the birth of her son Samuel, who would become a great prophet and the final judge of Israel. Hannah’s experience of BARRENNESS, FRUSTRATION, SHAME and WAITING was a TRIAL of her FAITH. But the desperate intercession it produced PREPARED the way for her MIRACLE to come forth and for God’s prophetic plan to be birthed. IN THIS SAME WAY, at times God may cause YOU to experience disappointment, SPIRITUAL BARRENNESS and brokenness so that you would cry out in desperation to Him for His holy intervention. Are you experiencing barrenness?? God has a GREATER PLAN! Your pain will be used for His glory when you take your unbearable situation and pain DIRECTLY to Him and WAIT upon Him, not taking matters into your own hands. Hannah went up to the temple “year after year”, it doesn’t record how long she continued to pour out her heart and pain to the Lord. DO NOT LOSE HEART dear friend! GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR PAIN TO PRODUCE GLORY!
President Obama yesterday, while talking about a ‘jobs’ bill that he was trying to push through congress made the claim that “God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work”. Carney, the White House press secretary followed up by stating “I believe that the phrase from the Bible is ‘the Lord helps those who help themselves,'”.
Clearly politicians. Clearly not theologians.
I can understand that desperate times call for desperate measures, and Mr. Obama is doing whatever he can to try to influence the members of congress to push through a bill that could possibly affect the unemployment rate, but more importantly affect his re-election campaign. It is no wonder that he has invoked the name of the most high as a top level endorser of his plan for America.
There is a problem with this tactic, and Mr. Carney’s statement about the good book. God never said that he helps those who help themselves. Its a good idea, and it sounds really biblical and all, but its just not in there.
Here is a verse in the Bible that speaks about work that I would like to share with you this morning.
Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
I think that is a more important statement about work and one that is actually in the Bible versus making something up. I love this verse. Not in regards to the Jobs bill, but in regards to our own lives. I think it is a great idea to be people that work hard. Now, there is a point of working too hard, but we still were designed to get some work done. It was never intended for us to sit around.
There is a huge difference between talking and doing.
This verse specifically is not talking about a Congressional jobs bill, but I think that the essence of the verse may have been better for the President and Mr. Carney to quote. Perhaps they should have said something to the affect of “God doesn’t want us talking about work, He wants us to get to work”. I think that would have been better.
Application for today? Are you a talker or a doer? Do you merely talk about what you are going to do, or do you do it? Don’t be a person that talks a big talk and then doesn’t put any action behind it. I believe that God does want us to work. That he does bless the work of our hands, and that we should be more than just talkers. We should be workers.
Search your heart. Shut your mouth. Get to work.
You can read the article here- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/03/biblical-blunder-at-white_0_n_1073011.html?ref=politics
This morning, it has been a bit of a struggle, because it seems that no matter what I am doing to try to come up with a topic, I keep focusing on the pain in my back. I didn’t injure it or anything, its just really really sore.
Yesterday I was at the gym and did some deadlifts with my friend Dan, and my legs and back are smoked.
I’m not sure the last time you went to the gym or worked out, but often when I am done I’ll be remembering the workout for days. Not because it was momentous, but because of the pain in my body from it. For some reason, when that happens, it constantly goes through my mind- the pain in my body.
It makes me want to quit.
Now, this pain is self-inflicted, its not by accident or anything, but I’m sure you can agree that when there is some pain in your body, you’re aware of it all day every day. You feel it when you get up, or move, or are just sitting there. Its a constant.
It makes you want to quit.
I wish there was something I could do to make it go away, but I think the only thing that will help is time. Time to recover. Time to heal.
Here’s what happens when you are in pain- it has the possibility to consume you. You can spend every waking moment thinking about it, and focusing on it because it is so painful. It limits what you want to do, or can do, and you can spend too much time focusing on it.
It got me thinking- often emotional pain is the same way. It can become very painful and debilitating to the point where you are no longer able to function because of the focus on your pain. When this happens, you run the risk of being directed by your pain and your attempts to alleviate it. Emotional pain can be just as bad as physical pain.
People avoid pain, and pursue pleasure. So if there is something painful, you’re going to run from it.
What’s my point today? You can’t let pain be your guide. Physical or emotional. Sure, it can give you an indicator of what you should or shouldn’t be doing, but it can be a deceiver also. If the only guide in your life is your pain, you can be directed away from something that is critically important in your life- growth.
That’s right. Sometimes when you’re growing it hurts.
Now I don’t describe to the ‘no pain no gain’ camp, but I do think that sometimes the growth in our lives can be painful. Its painful to change and have to re-evaluate where you are are at. Its not easy.
It might come through weight training, or spiritual growth.
Don’t focus on your pain today, don’t allow it to be your guide. Its a horrible compass. If God has birthed a vision and path for you, follow it regardless of the pain you may be perceiving. What you may find is that the pain will pass, and you’ll grow in the process.
Pain is what it is, but its not what should direct your life.