Friday, July 1, 2022

 
 
 
 
Don't you love to get into God's Word and experience the revelation of what He is saying for your life and what He is doing among us in the world today! Through this blog, we will explore the heart of God and the flow of His Spirit. At times we will discuss those spiritual issues that many of us want to know more about. Get ready to go deeper into the Word of God.

DEEPER IN THE WORD for June 2022                          

DEEPER IN THE WORD for June 2022             

 



             Are You 
         
           Stretching

          Too Much?


      by Jeanne Alcott

 

     There are times that we need a breather.  We must come aside and focus on something else for a while.  Think of it like this: We've got to have a break so we don't break down.  Step away for a while from whatever God is pulling us away from.

     It may be a process that we're going through or some circumstances, and we need to have a lull in the process, so we can recuperate.  There are times when we need a timeout from the rigors of life, some pressure we’re going through, or some duties.  Think of something in your life right now whether it's a health issue, or it’s financial in nature, or it concerns your responsibilities, or a family situation; perhaps it's something in your ministry to others, or a business, or a relationship with someone.

     Whatever is feeling as though it's pressing in on you, know that God provides times for you to come aside and let Him change your focus and refresh you.  There are many different ways we can do this.  God will show us the best way at the best time in our life.

An interval of rest.

     The apostle Paul accomplished great things for God, but he was still human and needed a recess time just as we do.  He wrote a letter to some companions and said, I am happy because Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus have come to me, for they have made up for your absence.  In other words, “I'm glad that Joe and Bob and Al came to keep me company,” because he says, They gave me respite from labor and rested me and refreshed my spirit as well as yours.  Deeply appreciate and thoroughly know and fully recognize such men (I Corinthians 16).

     These men had come and helped Paul have a time of refreshing in his spirit.  He obviously couldn't preach 24 hours a day and handle the pressures that were coming against him and the responsibility of growing the body of Christ.  Also, he had personal issues just as we do.  The scriptures describe how he had health concerns and had to take care of relationship situations and financial needs.

     You see, we all have to avoid the temptation of stretching and stretching and stretching in order to meet our goals or respond to demands around us, or deal with pressures, or try to get a hard issue resolved.  Those are all good things that responsible people handle and do in life.  But we can't forget that one of the rules of life is we must keep from stretching too far!

     Have that interval of rest.  Have a respite from laboring toward something or in a situation.  As I said earlier, take a break so you don't break down under the strain, because that's not going to help you or anyone else.  Then you won't be able to carry the load at all.

Take care of your bow.

     Someone once wrote this.  "You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched."  Now obviously that's talking about a bow and arrow.  If the string on the bow is continually stretched, it will break.  Then it ruins the usefulness of the bow until it is repaired.

     Think of all the uses for which a person needed a bow and arrow centuries ago.  One reason is they used it as a weapon.  The arrow is what is used to defend the person but it's the bow that powers it.  The elasticity of that bow is activated as it’s drawn.  Did you know that energy is stored in the limbs of the bow and when that string is released, it transfers that force to the arrow.  That's what gives the arrow so much force, so it can be used as a weapon.

     But it also is used for hunting, which many years ago was a person's livelihood.  That was their provision.  Then, also a bow and arrow was and still is also used for sport.  So, if a person's bow was stretched continually and broke, they were out quite a bit.  They didn't have a weapon for defending themselves, they couldn't get certain kinds of food for provision, and they couldn't participate in the sports and social gatherings.  I guarantee you those owners take care of their bows.  Are we doing the same?

     The string that is within us, which contains the power and force to make our bow work, is it being stretched too far?

     Are we losing our ability to defend ourselves spiritually?

     Are we missing out on some provision and blessing because the string is broken?

     Can we not participate in the good times with others and develop our talents and skills because we simply have been stretched too far?

     After hearing all of that, you may feel that way!  Maybe the Holy Spirit is dealing with you at this time to show you how to have a time of recess so that as Paul said, your spirit can be refreshed.  You won't be extended so much that you lose some of your power and potential. God doesn't want you to lose your power and potential.  If you do, then you won't be able to bear up.

A way of escape so you can bear up.

     First Corinthians 10 tells us that God will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently (verse 13).  He provides a way of escape so that we can be capable, strong and powerful to bear the trials and pursue goals and simply live our daily lives.  Be able to stay powerful and use our potential that God has given us every day.

     See you aren’t supposed to take a breather just once every ten years!  If you're stretching yourself far, remember that God has different times for recesses and they need to come often, not just every ten years.  It may be a brief time or long period—just whatever God decides the string on our bow needs in order to stay forceful and full of ability and energy.

Hurry destroys the soul.

     There was a man who took a new career position in Chicago and when he arrived there, he immediately called a friend for spiritual direction.  He told his friend about the pace of life he had.  He said that his job moved at a fast clip.  Also he had a family life that was a van-driving, soccer-league, piano-lesson, school-orientation-night type of life.  So after he went through just a part of life he faced every day, not to mention the unusual challenges that come, he then asked his friend what he needed to do to stay spiritually healthy.

     After a long pause, the friend said, "You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life."  So the man said, "OK, I've written that one down.  That's a good one.  Now what else is there?"  There was another long pause.  "There is nothing else," his friend said.  "You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life."  The man finally got it!  He knew that his life and the well-being of the people around him depended on following that prescription.  He learned this lesson:  that hurry destroys the soul.  There have to be those pauses in life.

     Sometimes we have to be ruthless at eliminating the desire within us to keep stretching.  We may be stretching our mind to think about a problem continually, or to handle a responsibility, or how we can get a desire we have.  Pause from those thoughts.  Pause from stretching to try to meet demands or goals in life.  Pause and reflect on those demands and goals.  That's what's going to keep us spiritually healthy, and mentally sane, and physically well.  Not to mention what it will do for our relationships and financial well-being and growth in God.

     Listen...if we want to really grow in God, we need to learn how to take recess and come aside with Him.  Spend time in His presence listening to Him.  Luke 21:34 describes how deadly it is if we don't do this.  It says to take heed to yourself lest your heart be overburdened and weighed down with the business of life.  God doesn't want people who are overburdened and weighed down.  He wants you to be happy and productive, fulfilling the potential He's placed within you.  It’s His desire to see you receive the wondrous blessings of goodness He has for you.

     He's provided an escape so that you can keep from being overextended in your life.  Take that escape in the way and when God lets you know it is needed.  Without that, you can't grow in Him to the level you desire and receive all that He has for you and accomplish His will and purpose in your life.  Such an important lesson for us!  Don't stretch too far!


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Are You Willing?
five-part message
by
Jeanne Alcott
Airing
June 27-July 1

 
 

God is continually asking our heart the question, "Are you willing?"  Being willing isn't just about a future vision, but it's about what we do and say and where we go today.  Our everyday actions.  When we say, "I am willing," those words open up everything God can do for us and through us.  He will show us the wonders of what happens when we are willing.
I.    To Go With God.
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         You’re Given.
III.  To Change Positions. 
IV.  To Receive the Blessing. 
V.   To Be Daring.   
  
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