“Shaun it must be nice to not have any problems. You just wake up every morning singing worship songs and thanking God because everything is peachy keen.”
Believe it or not, this is something I’ve heard several times. I think that sometimes people believe that because I’m a pastor that I don’t have hard times or go through difficult seasons in life. But the truth is, I do. When I face challenges and my faith is struggling or when I feel burdened, I preach to myself.
David preached to himself in the Old Testament. He told his soul what to do because when the natural problems of life become overwhelming then the supernatural promises of God must be spoken.
1 Samuel 30:1-6, “David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them but carried them off as they went on their way.
When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in The Lord his God.”
I love this verse, “But David found strength in The Lord his God.” In other words, “David preached his soul back up.”
What typically happens to us when we have a crisis?
- Walk in a place of desperation?
- Walk in a place of anger?
- Walk in a place of blame?
We can’t control what happens to us…but we can control what happens through us. I thought that I would share some insights to what I preach to myself when I’m going through a difficult season in life.
THREE THINGS I PREACH TO MYSELF:
- I am not alone.
It’s not about what’s happening around you…but it’s about what’s happening in you. Remind yourself that you are not sitting alone. Even though it feels like you are, you aren’t. God has promised to be with us always and God does not go back on His promises. When we give our hearts to Jesus Christ we are His. Satan has lost us forever and he wants to do everything in his power to make us feel like we have made the wrong decision.
- This too shall pass.
You have got to remind yourself, “No matter how bad it is…this too shall pass.”
Matthew 6:25-27, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Worry does not change anything, only your blood pressure.
It’s normal when you are going through a trial to just look at the burden you’re under. It’s natural to just see the problem staring you right in the face. When you’re facing a trial it’s all you know. When you’re afraid of the future look back and remember how faithful God has always been.
- If God is for me then who can be against me?
If we look in the story from 1 Samuel 30 it says that David’s men were “bitter in their spirit” and they were ready to stone David to death. You know it’s a bad day when your friends are bitter in their spirit and they are ready to stone you to death. I’ve had some bad days…but thankfully never that bad. The truth is that we’ve all had bad days. We’ve all had days when we feel like the world is against us and we don’t have a friend to our name. That’s because we spend more time listening to our critics than our cheers.
You have people cheering you on. But the noise of the critics has gotten so overwhelming that it’s drowning out the cheers of your family and friends. Cut out the noise and hone into the sounds of those cheering you on.
Romans 8:31, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
We are all going to have those days when we just gotta preach to ourselves. Remember that God is with you and you are never alone.