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What’s Eating You
My dad lives on the lake and I remember seeing quite a bit of driftwood. Now if you’re on the lake, driftwood can be dangerous. You hope that it gets washed to the shore, and out of the way. A lot of driftwood doesn’t make it to the shore, it just drifts out in the middle of the channel. When it continues to drift, it usually gets eaten away by bacteria and organisms and over time, eventually disintegrates while it drifts.
There have been times where I’m a lot like that driftwood being eaten away. When I have doubt, my stomach churns and I can feel as if I’m being eaten from the inside out. It’s a great way for the enemy to render me useless when I doubt, especially in my faith.
How many of you are drifting where we even question if we were ever faithful in the first place. Is this Christian Life really worth it? Is it worth the struggle? Maybe God let us down and we’re angry with him, to the point that we’re not even speaking to him. I believe that is the main root from which atheists come.
Or we may be drifting away because life is really going well, we’re distracted by our new promotion, our new opportunity, our new home, various things can keep us busy enough to distract our focus.
“If the devil can’t distract you, he’ll make you busy.” Brady Boyd – Addicted to Busy
It may get to the point to where we think we’re doing something right and then we can lighten up on living out our faith.
Being busy has a tendency to make us feel important. Remember, “Pride comes before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
We drift because of one of three reasons, The first is when we feel like nothing has happened the way we want it, we question what’s the use. The second is when we’ve been doing okay and we feel that we don’t need him for everything after all.
The third reason we talked about it a few episodes back. It’s God’s people, or those who appear to be God’s people. Sometimes all it takes is one person saying something a little abrasive at just the wrong time, it can be someone in the parking lot, in the lobby, even from a leader, or a judgement from a church click to send us packing and on our way.
After all, why would we want to follow a savior who’s followers act that way? Aren’t they the ones that are supposed to represent him? If that’s what a follower looks like, I definitely don’t want to eventually look like that.
While I can tell you, that scenario plays out in a lot of churches across our nation, it’s not always true. There are healthy, caring, and compassionate people in the church. We just have to be willing to search them out. Once we find them, there is no greater healing than finding people to Live the Freedom Life.
You will eventually drift, all of us do, if we’re honest. If you feel like you’ve drifted, don’t lose hope. Talk to Him. That’s called prayer. Ask him for opportunities to be healed, ask him to shed light and to give you clarity on how He sees the situation.
1 Corinthians 1:8-10 says, and I’m paraphrasing on this,
It says that He will sustain you to the end so that you will be blameless. God has called you into fellowship with his son Jesus and he is faithful.
I beg you that all of you agree together, in other words, get along so there will be no divisions among you, that you may be united in mind and conviction and receive healing.