Starlight Church of God in Christ

From The Desk Of
​Pastor Ernest B. Lindsey

Are You Being Stretched

1 Corinthians 9:24


​So what does one do when their circumstances are less than wonderful? We had two choices: wallow in feeling miserable and discouraged, focusing on the negative, or rise up in spirit and fight the good fight of faith standing on the promises of God, declaring God’s will and purpose to be done in our lives and situation. When it feels like your being stretched to the breaking point, Don't Quit!

We didn’t always succeed in being positive, but we stopped the negative thinking spiral by quickly repenting. We called on the Lord to grant us hope and empower us to rest in Him, trusting and thanking Him to bring good things back into our situation.  As we let go of our “worries” by giving them to Him, He was then free to enter into the situation to redeem it, to restore it, and to make something good come out of what’s not so good.

We have choices as to how we can respond to these life circumstances: we can whine; we can feel woe is me; we can sit down and cry, or we have a myriad of other possible reactions. The question is how would God have us to react? We must fight with the weapons God has given us.

The desire of our hearts is to reflect Him in all our circumstances … even when the going gets tough. And that can be tough! Don’t you love what 1Cor 10:13 says – that He will provide the way for us to endure!

Let us practice truly turning these frustrating times over to God and turning away from the ‘natural’ tendency to wallow in self-pity or even in ‘righteous’ anger. Grace will help you in the time of need. Just stick with Jesus.

We all at some time or another endure the some type of hardships which may seem heavier than what we think we can handle or deserve. But it is important that remember that God’s plans for us are for good: to prosper us, to give us peace.So, what does one do when their circumstances are less than wonderful? We had two choices: wallow in feeling miserable and discouraged, focusing on the negative, or rise up in spirit and fight the good fight of faith standing on the promises of God, declaring God’s will and purpose to be done in our lives and situation.

We didn’t always succeed in being positive, but we stopped the negative thinking spiral by quickly repenting. We called on the Lord to grant us hope and empower us to rest in Him, trusting and thanking Him to bring good things back into our situation.  As we let go of our “worries” by giving them to Him, He was then free to enter into the situation to redeem it, to restore it, and to make something good come out of what’s not so good.

We have choices as to how we can respond to these life circumstances: we can whine; we can feel woe is me; we can sit down and cry, or we have a myriad of other possible reactions. The question is how would God have us to react? Everything you do should bring glory to God.

The desire of our hearts is to reflect Him in all our circumstances … even when the going gets tough. And that can be tough! Don’t you love what 1Cor 10:13 says – that He will provide the way for us to endure!

Let us practice truly turning these frustrating times over to God and turning away from the ‘natural’ tendency to wallow in self-pity or even in ‘righteous’ anger.

We all at some time or another endure the some type of hardships which may seem heavier than what we think we can handle or deserve. But it is important that remember that God’s plans for us are for good: to prosper us, to give us peace.