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From Bitter & Beat Up To Being Blessed
2/15/2012

From Bitter & Beat Up, To Being Blessed

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagles. Psalms 103:2-5 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself not wanting to go to church because you just felt bitter?  Maybe it was because you were angry about something or someone and you just didn't feel like worshiping.  Have you ever found yourself not wanting to go because you were flat out tired or maybe even felt beat up do to an overwhelming schedule?  

Well, if you answered "Yes" to either of these questions I want you to know you are not alone.  The fact is most of us can relate to these times because most of us have experienced them.  It is interesting to me what I have found during these times is if I would simply press forward and make a decision to go to church and simply decide to sit at the feet of the Lord and spend some time in prayer and worship; I find myself being restored and cleaned up.  Jesus knew we would have times like this, and He knew we would need to come to Him to be refreshed.   

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)

We need to remember the enemy is going to do everything he can to keep us from spending time with Jesus.  He knows the effect God can have on us, and if he can get us to focus on our own problems, someone else, or even ourselves, then we will not be focusing on our Lord.  God wants us to have a perfect peace, and He has provided a way for us to have this peace.  

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's seek the Lord everyday.  Let's choose to not allow our personal issues to keep us from coming to spend time with Him.  We will find as we seek to worship God in spirit and truth we will begin to align His truth with our spirit, and we will be led to lay down any bitter feelings towards others and be reconciled to Him.  We may find ourselves coming into worship bitter and beat up, or simply fatigued, but we will soon find ourselves leaving totally blessed.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to the scriptures contained in this devotional, what can we learn with respect to our coming to the Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to press through any fatigue or bitter feelings to worship the Lord and to seek the His will for your life?

APPLICATION: Let's decide to make spending time with the Lord our priority.  Let's choose to push through those times we may feel beat up or fatigued and allow Him to minister to us as we worship Him.  Let's choose to submit to His will for what we are facing and allow Him to deal with it in His perfect way and time.

Let's Pray…

Father, thank You for Your amazing love for us.  Thank You for refreshing us and ministering to us; especially during those times where we are feeling beat up or fatigued.  Help us to push through the times when we are tempted to skip our time with You Lord.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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