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July 2019

How to Keep Going When It Feels Like Your World Is Crashing
Life has a way of stepping on itself. When we are busy doing good and godly things, the evil intentions of our seen and unseen enemies will get in the way. I often wish I could stop the world and just face the issues in front of me, but life doesn’t work that way. Most often we have to persist even when it feels like we have nothing remaining in ourselves. King David could relate in times of trials. King David wrote many Psalms about persevering even when times are rough. Psalm 27:1-3, “The LORD is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.” Psalm 31:1-5, “O LORD, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. Save me, for you do what is right. Turn your ear to listen to me; rescue me quickly. Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I will be safe. You are my rock and my fortress. For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger. Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me, for I find protection in you alone. I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, LORD, for you are a faithful God.” David sings of God’s protection and His justification of the repentant and righteous person in many other Psalms, such as 7, 34, and 52.

God hears our cries for help and delivers us when we repent of our sins. So whether our circumstances are consequences of our own sin, consequences of another person’s sin, or simply because sin exists in the world through the heart of man, we can trust that God will give us the strength we need to keep going, as long as we remain humble and contrite in heart (Psalm 51:17).

We need to keep persevering even when we think we can’t. I remember when Blake was first diagnosed with Autism. I was in shock. No parent wants anything to be wrong with their child. We all want healthy, smart, and active children. I remember thinking “what did I do wrong when I was carrying him in the womb.” I started to blame myself -- I must have been the one that caused him to have this disability. I also became very angry with God and questioned even pursuing a relationship with God. Why would God give me a son who was going to be a challenge? Who would love my child except for his parents and family and how was I going to be strong enough to raise my child? During Blake’s diagnosis I was pregnant with Courtney and she was born with a partial cleft palate. By this time, I believed I must have upset God in so many ways. It was very difficult to have delivered two children with disabilities. In addition, I was going through post-partum depression. What else could go wrong!

However, I now look back at all this and look at how far I have come. God sent my children for a reason--to teach me to enjoy life each day. Also, I now realize God did not give them to me out of punishment. God gave them so that I can lean on him even more. God wants us to be relational. God wants us to turn to him when we struggle. I know that through trials God never leaves our side and, as Psalms states, God is our strength.
When tragedy strikes and we are hurt, we must get a grip on ourselves. With God’s grace, we must go full speed ahead with all our strength. What we value most will determine what we live for most. When we have had a major loss or attack and we feel what has been done to us is unfair, we may be placing too much focus on our own feelings or rights. If we value Jesus Christ as supreme in our life, we will push ahead in devotion and faithfulness, no matter the circumstances. We will be able to say, I live for God, even when…

Character is a victory; it is not a gift. God doesn’t just give a person character (Psalm 1) but He asks us to have deep character with faith in Him. He will always remain devoted to us, so let us live a life for God and have a clear display of devotion even when… [fill-in the blank] …happens in our life.

Scriptures for July 2019
07-07-2019 The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath Romans 12: 17-21
07-14-2019 The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride James 4: 6-10
07-21-2019 The Seven Deadly Sins: Envy Galatians 5: 13-23
07-28-2019 Guest Speaker: Francois Mukosa (Intern from our network)

In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Debbie Senters