Rise up- in His Word!

O' Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. Micah 7:8

Are you sitting in darkness today? Do you feel like no one cares? Are you whining and complaining because things are not going the way you wanted them to? I can say I have been there done that but today I know my God shall be the light that leads me out of the darkness, and He will be the light that leads you too. All we really need to do is put our hope and trust in God.

We need to say to ourselves “Why so downcast oh my soul? Put your trust in God, for He will save us yet!” when we have days that seem like nothing will work.

We need to count it all joy, as we are told here in James.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:2-8

But just what does that mean exactly; to count it all joy? It means that we do not fret, fuss or get frustrated over our problems but realize that God has a hand in our life plan and that He will bring good from the bad; beauty from ashes.

For a good visual; back in 1980 there was an eruption of Mt St. Helen in Washington State. The ash, not lava, that spewed out of the cone was scattered quite far and quite thick, it was turned to mud in some areas. In the line of the flow all trees and other vegetation was completely wiped out and what appears in pictures as twigs sticking out of the ground were what was left of a beautiful forest.
It was a mess. Then someone decided they could make something out of all the ash. Kids began scooping it up and selling it in baby food jars. Pottery was made from the muddy ash that had a unique look to it even when glazed; it was truly beauty from ashes.
Today the forest is back the mountain is green once again.

That is how God works in our lives; He brings us out of the mud and the mire and creates in us beauty.
From turmoil He brings us peace.
From our weakness He brings us strength; when we remember to trust Him to take care of us we can truly say “No worries”.
Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25 -26

Lately, for half a year in fact, I have had to learn this over and over. I have to keep my focus on God because if I do not I will trip up on the emotional roller-coaster ride of pain, discouragement and frustration. When I choose to adjust my focus on the positive that God is doing in my life, to focus on Him; then I can rejoice even in the midst of my trials; even in the midst of my pain.

Sometimes physical ailments cause us so much pain we just want to give up; that is when Christ can step in and take the lead in our lives; He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him, remember?
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, and he will make me walk on my high places. Habakkuk 2:18-19

Sometimes the emotional or mental anguish can out weight the joy in our hearts and we do not think we can keep up the worship, praise and rejoicing in the Lord; sometimes we just want to give up trying to be who we think we should be in Christ.
When we stop trying to figure out who we are supposed to be in Christ and start doing the things His Word, our Bible, tells us to do we will find the peace that passes understanding and joy unspeakable automatically overflowing in our hearts and minds.
I know, it is so easy to allow the cares of this world to pull us down but we have to rise up above that, right? We have to decide to follow what God tells us to do even when we do not feel like we have the strength, the will, or the know-how; for God is with us in all that we do.
We must believe that He is, and since He is we must believe that He will.
Believe that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Believe that He will direct our paths.
Believe that He loves us unconditionally and that means He will love us even if we blow it; His Grace is sufficient for us.
Believe that He has done and will do more for us in our lives than hang on a cross; His love conquered sin and death.

Once we believe, we must pray and ask for His help, admit to ourselves we can't do it alone. Sure we can try to cheer ourselves out of depression but that will only last a moment. We can try to exercise ourselves out of an injury on our own; but only God heals to the core.
We can tell ourselves we deserve the pain and suffering, but God heals regardless of deserving or not.
Remember that we are weak, and when we re weak it is because our flesh is human. We have to remember we are not God, we are man. That may sound funny to some of you but when we try to do it all on our selves; whether it is tackling a problem physically, emotionally or mentally if we do not use God on our team we will not meet our goal.
Jesus told his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane that “the spirit was willing but the flesh was weak” Mark 14:38

When we need to strengthen our body we work out, sometimes it is necessary to work through the problem with God as our personal trainer. Our body, or flesh, may be weak but through His Word we can be strengthened to resolve to know that God is in control. We can be stronger in spirit than we are in body and grow closer to Him in the process.
The closer we get to Jesus the more we will have the strength in our lives to continue through the trial that we are in. Amazing isn't it? He truly is our strength and He will break down every wall and become our peace when we put our trust in Him.
Our strength is in Him.
Our joy is in Him.
Our hope is in Him; when our trust is in Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to trust you. Help us to listen to Your Words as we read our Bibles every day. Help us to follow the examples you have laid out before us and find the hope, peace and joy in the strength that comes only from You. In Jesus name. Amen.

Suggested reading: Mark 14:1-39, Psalm 37:1-40, Psalm 42:1-11, Psalm 43: 1-5, Psalm 73:1-28 and Proverbs 3:5-8.