Get Back in the Game

Fear. Aloneness. Anxiety. Struggles.

Failure. Losses. Stress. Falling. Disappointment.

Falsehoods. Lies. Stories. Regret. Pain.

Each of us will experience the above forms of suffering at some point in our lives.  Some of us may seemingly endure more pain and agony than others.  How do we cope?  How can we rise above the fears, failures, and falsehoods that life throws our way?

Faith.  Faith is the answer.  Easy to say – perhaps more difficult to put into practice.

One day John Wesley was walking with a troubled man who expressed his doubt as to the goodness of God. He said, “I do not know what I shall do with all this worry and trouble.” At the same moment Wesley saw a cow looking over a stone wall. “Do you know,” asked Wesley, “why that cow is looking over the wall?” “No,” said the man who was worried. Wesley said, “The cow is looking over the wall because she cannot see through it. That is what you must do with your wall of trouble—look over it and avoid it.” Faith enables us to get above circumstances and look to Christ who is over all, blessed forever.   -Knight’s

David knew about faith in the face of fear, failure, and falsehoods.  He wrote in Psalm 56:3, What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. And in verse 11: In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

Faith is the answer to all of life’s troubling events.

This solution is not “faith in faith” but rather faith in God.  David looked to the Lord for help in times of trouble.

Even though David was sidelined from time to time, he got back in the game of life.  Fear has a way of crippling our actions.  Failing has the potential to discourage you to the point of quitting.  Falsehoods, lies by others, and even lies you may believe about yourself can knock you off your feet.

How do you get back up?  How can the Christian recover from the various problems he will face?  Can God use me despite my fear?  Can the Lord pick me up after my failure?  Can the falsehoods be forgiven and a new life forged?

Life crises happen.  A life crisis always precedes a faith crisis.  Your faith will be tested and tried.

Some people never recover.  Why?  Their response to the crisis makes all the difference…

Please follow the next few posts for more about Getting Back in the Game…..

 

 

 

Published by Pastor Steve

Steve Harness and his beautiful wife, Natalie, are blessed with three children. They have served in ministry together for nearly 20 years and have been in Wilton, NY since 2009. Pastor Steve enjoys drinking Dunkin coffee and watching the New York Yankees baseball and Memphis Grizzlies basketball. Steve has a varied ministerial education, including a Bachelor of Bible from Pensacola Christian College, a Master of Ministry from Bethany Divinity Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling from Bethany. Currently, he is enrolled in the Master of Divinity (Christian Education) program at Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to pastoring the Wilton Baptist Church, he is also the principal of the Wilton Baptist Academy in Wilton, NY. He serves on the board of the New York Association of Christian Schools. Both Steve and Natalie are thankful for each opportunity the Lord has given to them, and they desire to “serve the Lord with gladness” while seeing people saved and advancing in their walk with Jesus.

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