The moment we said yes to God and accepted Him as our Savior, we exchanged our will for His. The moment we said I do to our spouse, we gave up our flesh and combined it with theirs. The moment we had a baby, we gave up our “right” to be selfish. Parenting is selfless and unconditional. When we start getting caught up in our “feelings”, it is time to remember Jesus. Do you think Jesus felt like praying for hours in the garden before He was to be betrayed? His disciples didn’t, they fell asleep. Do you think He felt like being falsely accused and tortured for sins that He never committed? Do you think He felt like giving up His own life for people who were yet in sin and didn’t believe? I can’t imagine Him “feeling” like doing any of these things, yet He did them because He chose to be obedient to the assignment that the Father gave Him. He chose to love even when He didn’t feel loved. His obedience brought salvation, everlasting life to those who believe.
The Race of Faith
12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Discipline of God
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
While we fall short of the perfection of Jesus, our behavior should be Christ-like. Every assignment holds purpose. Our marriage comes with an attached assignment. The devil is after the family structure. He wants to come into our homes and destroy our marriage and steal our children’s identity. He wants to kill our desire to fulfill our assignment by getting us caught up in our feelings. He wants us to “feel” like we can’t do it anymore because he is afraid of what will happen when we stay committed. His job is to keep us “feeling” dissatisfied in every situation. This will bring on bitterness and a pessimistic attitude that nobody will want to be around. We can’t become discouraged in our souls!
I was told by a prophet that I was about to enter into a season of fulfillment! What an awesome word. Many things are coming together and I am receiving the desires of my heart. But even our own desires won’t satisfy us if we have a wrong perspective. The Lord told me that fulfillment is being content in every situation while pursuing what God is doing next. We never arrive to a place of idleness. The Lord constantly graduates us in faith, glory, and strength. If we don’t find contentment where we are at, our journey will be miserable and we will want to give up. We are to expect the next great thing, but can’t despise where we start. We can have peace knowing that God is with us when we surrender ourselves to Him.
11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ[b] who strengthens me.
When we learn to be content, we learn how to do all things through God’s strength. It has nothing to do with what we feel. It doesn’t have anything to do with our own ability, but has everything to do with our surrender to Him.
Don’t give up! Remember what God has done for you. Remember why you do what you do. Remember what God has promised you. He hasn’t changed His mind and wants to give you peace. Give your feelings to God and let His peace satisfy your soul.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus
Father, we thank You that You are the One that satisfies us with Your goodness. Father forgive us for getting caught up in our feelings and falling into a place of discontentment. Show us how to be content in all situations and complete each assignment by Your strength. We choose not to give up on our marriage, our children, and those that You have connected us to. Make us finishers in our race of faith. Keep our hearts and minds in peace as we continue to seek You for every situation that we face. We speak life to our homes and come against every attack that the enemy brings to cause destruction. Give us strategy, wisdom, and endurance to stay on course and finish our assignment. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!