Saturday, July 13, 2013

DON'T CONDEMN YOURSELF!

TEXT:   Psalm 42:5 "Why are you cast down, O my soul? and [why] are you disquieted in me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him [for] the help of his countenance".

It really hurts deeply when someone rejects you or puts you down. Perhaps you tried really hard to show love. You gave the best you had to offer. You hoped that maybe you were doing right, but instead you failed. You didn't have the effect you were hoping to have, and now there comes a set of mixed emotions inside of you.

Perhaps you feel hurt. Maybe you feel guilty. Possibly you are confused. But one thing is for sure - your soul is troubled. The excitement that was bubbling up inside of you has been stilled, and your soul is cast down. The confusion within causes your feelings to go out of control. You are not sure what you feel anymore. You are restless within.

David knew all about this. At one time he got so excited about serving the Lord that he forgot he was the king, and let rip with a mighty dance before the Lord. In fact he got so carried away that his robe even fell off in front of all the people. But the joy of the moment was so great, that he didn't even think about the consequences.

He forgot that kings are supposed to be prim and proper and show an example to the people. But when it was over and he arrived home to his wife, instead of her rejoicing with him, she put him down. She criticized him and told him what a fool he had made of himself. She stole all the joy that he had.
Are you facing a time of deep hurt or rejection at this time? Are you feeling down and discouraged? Is there a restlessness churning inside of you, and you cannot get a hold of your feelings? Well then, why not try what David did. Try talking to yourself. No I'm not kidding. You would be amazed how it will help you! Besides, since no-one else cares enough to encourage you, you'll have to settle for the only person apart from the Lord that really cares - you.

Go and stand in front of your mirror and look yourself right in the eyes. Then say to yourself, "Edith (put your name here), what is your problem? Why are you upset and discouraged? Don't you realize that people will always let you down? Don't you realise that the Lord is the only one who will never fail you? Why don't you try praising Him? You'll find that He always has something positive to say to you. You'll find that He never condemns. You'll find that you are very special to Him."

Then comes the most important part of all. Take your own advice! Get your eyes off yourself and on the Lord. Start praising Him and telling Him how wonderful He is. Then stop and listen carefully to your heart, and you'll hear Him say deep within, "Hey you're pretty great yourself. I think you're brilliant. I'm so proud of you. You're so special to me. I love you so much"

Then the whole world will disappear from view, and you'll know that you are loved and special and important. And life will be worth living again.

Jesus Christ is Lord!
Pastor Edith Chima