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LOST AND FOUND AND LOST

I woke up the other morning and was in deep thought most of the day. The title of this message had my mind in a boggle all day. How can we be Christians and still so lost and confused? Now I know everyone can feel this way at some point in their lives, but we are supposed to have unmeasurable hope and confidence that things will get better; and better than they were previous to our “slump”.  I know so many fellow Christians (including myself :)) who are in search for that open door. We all know that God closes one door to open another, we all know to press on because God has a greater plan for our lives…but what do you say to someone who knows the above and still finds themselves sad, confused, angry, resentful? What do you say to someone who is needs more than what your telling them?

We, at one point, are lost. We live in darkness and sin, we walk away from the direction that God has called us; we think we are happy but deep down we are searching for more. Eventually, we find more…we find Jesus. That void that we have been trying to fill, whatever it may be is now filled. Filled with a warmth and unexplainable joy; we light dark paths wherever we walk because Jesus is dwelling within us. Unicorns and little bunnies come up to us and eat fresh oats from our hands, the sun is always shining, sunflowers are growing up all around us and sometimes we even hear the birds singing a song.

And then it happens…life.

Your start to question why you’re here. You may lose your job.  You want to know what else is in store for you. Everyone around you seems to be moving up and you…well your still trying to get up on the first step. Through discouragement and disappointment you find yourself standing still refusing to move or your walking into a “room” that looks like it might have everything you desire. Your “room” could be the very thing that you thought would bring you what you need at that very moment. As we walk closer to the door, Jesus is behind us telling us not to walk through…but no…we know better right? So we walk through–and the door shuts behind us and now we find ourselves back in darkness.

We are walking around in this space, just existing, performing daily routines and not truly feeling the joy and fulfillment that God has promised us. We’re in jobs we can’t stand…we’re grateful for it but would choose something different LOL! We can’t stand where we are, but don’t know where were supposed to be. We walked into this room, so we know there is an exit. We know Jesus is with us because He said He would be, but He isn’t speaking. So now your sitting in silence and in darkness and with no kind of direction, but you are expected to lift your head, walk tall, because after all – there is something better beyond the darkness.

So what happens to that person who was lost and found and then found themselves lost again on a different level? This might sound crazy but you must begin to speak encouragement and patience over your/their heart and mind. Now now, I know… sounds cliche but trust me, it’s what works. Proverbs 12:25 says anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad. You may feel like Jesus is silent, but He isn’t!! He has already talked to you through His word…He is not speaking because He wants you to speak to Him. So the first thing I suggest is get into your Word. I don’t mean gloss over a verse or two. I really mean, pray before you open the Bible and ask God what He has for you. Really meditate on the verse or verses that speak directly to you. Find a situation in the Bible that you can relate to and study it until the revelation comes.

-That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. {Romans 15:3-5} This scripture tells us that Jesus knows EXACTLY what He got himself into with you LOL, but He encourages you to turn to the Bible for what we need. The Scripture will characterize you and keep you alert to what He will do next!

-My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. {Psalm 121:2-3} This scriputure is telling you that you can remain calm and at peace in your darkness…you may grow weary and tired, but God will NEVER slumber. Know that everything works together for your good! Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. {1Peter 5:7}

The second thing I would suggest is to…encourage someone else. Find someone or something that you can give to. Volunteer your time, lend an ear to someone, hug someone. When we turn from ourselves and begin to focus on others we find joy and begin to reflect the life of Jesus. When you begin to reflect the life of Jesus, you will begin to think like Him. And because the Father created you, you will soon become One with His son whom will have no choice but to reveal to you the desires of your heart and the direction to the open door you’ve been searching for.

Stop getting distracted in everything going on around you. It has NOTHING to do with your ultimate purpose. Stop talking to yourself. You are you worst counselor! Only Jesus can take the mumbo jumbo in your heart and mind and make it make sense. The enemy uses the thoughts in your mind to keep you distracted. Keep your mind blinders on and stay focused on Him! Who cares if Suzy Q won the Nobel Peace prize and you haven’t won a bowling game yet LOL…IT’S OKAY! Who cares if your cousin has 12 degrees and working on her 13th! And you happy to have walked across your high school stage. Who said you aren’t able to go back to school?  Who cares if Monet Hardy’s hair is growing out of control and mine is still sprouting…LOL oops got personal!! ;).  I think you get my drift, Jesus loves you!!  You are right where you are supposed to be, because there is going to come a day where youe path will cross with someone who is going to feel EXACTLY like you. You are going to be the only person who can minister to that person. Suzy Q won’t even have a chance 😉 What is meant for you is for you, no man can take that away!

Please, please, please don’t give up the fight. Jesus didn’t give up on you, don’t give up on Him. He has so much in store for you! All you have to do is just trust Him! For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. {Jeremiah 29:11}

Stay encouraged! Your not alone and your definitely not lost my friend! Just Smile 🙂

Love Ya,

Peaches

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