Friend, You’ve Got This: Restored

Kim CrabillBy Kim Crabill5 Minutes

So, I found this crumpled up, wasted, overused, worn-out, seemingly discarded “something” in my garage recently. I had no idea the lesson God had for me within it.

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strengthen Your Walk and our study, “Friend, You’ve Got This!” I’m Kim Crabill delighted to be with you! Are you finding yourself feeling a bit tired, worn out, weary from the battle? Do you feel a bit discarded, and perhaps not even completely sure of what God wants of you? Are you thinking it’s time to stop, just settle for the way things are, or maybe just give up?

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Well, you probably ARE exhausted. But it’s not because you’ve done anything wrong, or held anything back. It’s because you’ve given all that you have in the great battle you’ve been facing AND, you probably haven’t taken the time to let God take care of you!

Last time we talked about the fact that, because we are called to be the salt, the light, and the fragrance of Christ, we are going to find ourselves in some dark, dull, and uncomfortable places. It’s not easy, and when you get to the place where you are to be the light, the salt, and the fragrance, oh friend, that’s when the battle really begins to intensify.

This is what happens: First, the INTERNAL / MENTAL battle begins with your thinking. You immediately have doubts, thinking where you are can’t possibly be of God (even though you know it is). Then you doubt your capability with thoughts like: “I can’t do this, this is impossible.” So your first battle is – CONFRONTING YOUR OWN MIND.

Next is the EXTERNAL / ENVIRONMENTAL battle: God will be calling you to do the exact opposite of what you see others around you do. You’ve been sent to be kind to the unkind, say nothing when you are accused, be a peacemaker when you could justifiably lash out.

So … while you’re CONFRONTING YOUR OWN MINDSET, you’re also in CONFLICT with the culture around you. And then, the enemy sees this as an opportunity to jump in with every lie and doubt that he can think of to flame the battle fire. So, as you are going about doing what God has CALLED you to do, You will be:

and CONTENDING with the enemy.

Do you see why you are tired? It takes a lot more energy to FIGHT than to FLEE. But there IS an answer, and it’s tucked within the secret of this crumpled up, wasted, overused, worn-out, seemingly discarded “something” I found in my garage. Picking it up to take it to the trash, I absentmindedly placed it on my kitchen island. Within seconds I began to see something happen … unbeknownst to me there was water on the island, and when the water and the crumpled up, wasted, overused, worn-out, discarded “something” came together … well, let me show you what happened. (sponge) What once had been still remained. It simply needed to be restored with what it had given from within.

Friend, the battles will sometimes leave you feeling used up, drained, and worn out because you have been fighting and giving with all that you have, but it’s in that time, Jesus whispers:

“Come to me … I see that you are weary … I see that you’re tired … and I am ready to give you rest. I am here to strengthen you!”

IT’S NOT TIME TO GIVE UP, my friend. It’s your time to be restored. Take some time to be still, to be filled, to be healed by letting Jesus, the living water, be poured out and into you!

Thank you for joining me today … I look forward to seeing you next time on Strengthen Your Walk.

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