How too I praise Him and share His love when I'm feeling broken and running out of faith.
Not every prayer or song of praise is spoken with ease and peace. Sometimes I struggle to get out the words or string together a melody that doesn’t align with how I’m feeling right now.
I recommend reading Romans 12 along with this short devotion.
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I once met a woman who would lose her voice consistently. Going about life in complete silence, sometimes for several weeks or months at a time. Instead of being angry with God over her limitations, she learned sign language and used it often. She said she had come to accept the idea that God may have taken her voice because she needed to spend less time talking and more time listening to Him. She became a part of the signing ministry in my church and was used there to help translate, teach and share her knowledge of sign with others.
How hard it is to set aside our focus on the problems at hand and see that it may not be about us at all. Just think, without sign interpreters, the deaf and hearing impaired would not be able to enjoy Sunday morning service quite the same way. Though her contribution may be easy to see and her value to ministry easily recognized, not every believer’s is. Just because we cannot see God using us right now, doesn’t mean we should give up or step out of the line of ministry. Sometimes it’s in our worst moments or our lowest points that God uses us even without our knowledge.
I’ve been struggling lately with how to speak to someone who is feeling shaking in their faith or questioning their salvation. How do we know that we are really saved? It’s all based on the promises He made us in His word, is it not? It all comes down to faith, so if I have none or very little faith left within me, how do I strengthen what little is left? Prayer. If someone you love is struggling with their faith, you can pray and pray heavily for them. The Lord listens to prayers of intersession. Pray, and when appropriate, fast in your prayers.
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”
Another struggle is praying for those who have hurt me in the past or who are hurting me at present, even when I know they are only doing so because they are in pain themselves. How do I shine my light on someone who is a black cloud hovering over me?
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”
Well, there you go. I need to keep showing them love, over, and over, and over again. God doesn't run out of love and grace for me so I should do the same for others.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Some times we struggle with even the simple things, but remember...God is with us. He has already paved the path we are on and He knows where all the twists and turns are ahead. Trust Him! Praise Him with whatever you have to give right now.
Have a blessed day Little Sparrows.