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Sunday, July 6, 2008

My Soul is at Rest

Today's message at church was just for me! (Well, I am sure that God had everyone in mind, but it FELT like it was for me! I love how He's a personal God like that!)

I have been dealing with some real insecurities lately. It has been a little hard to admit, but sometimes I deal with being insecure in my relationships. I sometimes get caught up in what others do or say, and get my feelings hurt, rather than keeping my eyes on Jesus and what HE has for me!

THEN today at church Dr. Rummage reminded us that God has a vision for us! AND it's a greater vision than we have for ourselves!! MAN did I need to hear that!! Mainly because it reminded me to get my eyes off of myself and onto what HE has planned!

I really think that in whatever insecurity I might deal with the enemy gets in there and uses it to tear me down. He deceives me into thinking that I am less than I am. I find that he takes one little thought that I might have and magnifies it so that I dwell on it and make it bigger than it is! THEN that insecurity gets so big that it consumes my mind... and THAT does not honor God!

I loved the sermon today because it reminded me that I can do ANYTHING (including overcome my insecurities) because "God can and God lives in me!" I was reminded that I can rise above because of God's strength and that "His presence is more intimate that I can imagine." I sure needed to hear that!!

When we are struggling with feeling inferior to others or feelings of loneliness God is right there! He is carrying us and He loves us so much that He wants to carry us through! It's funny how you can feel lonely in a crowd, isn't it? But we sure can feel that way! How awesome to know that even in that crowd our God is there and He is loving us more than we can imagine??


The awesome scripture passage was from Ephesians 3:14-20:

Eph 3:14
For this reason I kneel before the Father,
Eph 3:15
from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
Eph 3:16
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
Eph 3:17
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
Eph 3:18
may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
Eph 3:19
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Eph 3:20
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us...

Lord, thank you that Your love is SO deep, SO wide, SO high and SO long that I can not fathom it! To know that you have an endless supply when I feel lonely or sad is such a comfort. Help me to be so rooted in Your Word so that I might be strong in You! Sometimes I don't understand how I allow my circumstances to take over my thoughts and feelings. Thank you for knowing that about me and for loving me anyway!! Please forgive me for being insecure and for not trusting You in the everyday life sometimes. Help me to live victoriously everyday and free in all areas of my life! I love you Lord! Help me to love You more!
Amen-

6 comments:

Valarie said...

Don't you just love how the same Word is divided 1000 times for each of us!! I just love this Scripture (do you remember it from WV?) and it was just what I needed today too! I was ballin' about 1/2 way thru and then Dr. R. looked right at Jimmy and I as he was talking about God's vision for us. It was PRECIOUS!! I just love that even in a church that big our pastors love us and care about us all! So glad they reflect the Father!!!

I love you girl so don't go bein' insecure! You are a daughter of the King and He is enthralled by your beauty!!!!
Love ya.
V

Heather said...

OH- I LOVE verses 17 and 18!!! I have prayed those so many times in my life!
I will be praying for you as you allow Him to work in your life!

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

I loved that sermon too! It was awesome!! I love Val's comment, that's so neat!!

Leigh Ann said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing this Melissa! I needed to read this today. It has blessed my heart and I thank you for that!

Faith said...

Love you my friend, and I'm praying for you!! So thankful to have you in my life!

Belle-ah said...

Beautiful! I have taken time this week to spend extra time in the word (vacation has been a blessing to me in so many ways!) and I have been reading a great book that just brought the right focus on my scripture reading. You are blessing (in your transparency)as usual!!!!!