Chocolate For Your Soul with Sheri Rose Shepherd - Sunday, June 1, 2014
Under Attack by Sheri Rose Shepherd
Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you. — Jonah 3:2
Jonah wanted to quit before he even started, but God raised him up. Even though Jonah had run from God’s will for his life, our Lord loves us so much that even when we don't feel like living for Him, He still believes in us... Even when we do not believe in ourselves. It may take a storm or two before we finally call out to Him to pick us up and put us in the center of His will, but He will not let us stay down. He knows how hard it is to get up when you fall down or when others put you down. Today He tenderly says to you, "Even if you fall seven times, I will always help you get back up again!"
One of the greatest battles we fight every day is the one in our mind. Our flesh tells us to quit trying to live for God. It screams the message that we will never be good enough, and that is a lie. Too many times we allow our failures to define us.
So let me take the pressure off of you. Absolutely no one in the Bible or in history who did something great to further God’s Kingdom lived a perfect life. Each hero of the faith loved the Lord and, despite their failures, never quit. This is the key to our success in serving the Lord. They answered His call on their lives despite their failures, despite difficult circumstances, and despite people who hurt them or discouraged them.
Our King loves us no matter how many times we fall. In fact, He is always there to pick us up, heal our hearts, and help us start walking again.
God's Letter to You
I believe if The Lord was going to write you a personal letter about battles this life brings it may read like this....
I know many days you feel like a weary warrior, too tired to fight. I see you when you have exhausted your faith and lost your passion for My people. Today I want to paint an eternal picture for My beloved warrior. Every act of kindness you share will water someone’s thirsty soul. Every time you pray for someone, you are changing their destiny from darkness to light. You are more than a light in the darkness. Your faith will continue to be a raging fire that will burn in the hearts of many generations who follow your works on earth.