From Deep Water To Higher Ground

There's a phrase I heard not too long ago which is "I'm wading through deep water'! It came to mind how true this might be for a lot, if not all of us, a majority of the time. For example, you have a project that you're working on and however much you envision the finish line, how often the end result is at the forefront of your thinking, you just seem to never be able to reach it. In fact it's just a constant struggle day upon day to gain momentum. The same might be said for school, our jobs, family situations, ministry, vision.....the list goes on but the concept is the same: we're sinking in deep  water.

Now I suppose the first question is, why is this? Well more often than not it's not the situation to blame but ourselves. The biggest thing that can be used against us is our thoughts. This is a fact that scares me: 80% of our thoughts in a single day are negative. Of course if this is the case then right from the moment we wake up we are fighting a battle not against that which we are about to do but actually against ourselves. If we can win over the mind when it will have an impact on our every day lives and the stations we face.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. - Philippians 4:8 (ESV)

I've looked at this topic before but titled it "The power of negativity"", so to draw a different focus, how can we reach higher grounds? How can we be in the place where we can have a clear focus, see clearly the road ahead and be in a place where we wake up in the morning with the desire, motivation and mindset to face the challenges thrown at us? Well for one we cannot do it on our own.

Keep in Step with the Spirit
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. - Galations 5:16-23 (NIV)

I can guarantee when we try and do things in our own strength we will stumble and fall. The wading will get harder and the waves will never stop. There is only so much we can do in ourselves before it can become too much to bear. For example, if you picture a submarine it is designed in a way to withstand a lot of pressure when it submerges to incredible depths. But it can only go so far. If it goes too deep the pressure become to much the bear and can cause the hull of the submarine to bend and buckle and altogether flood, resulting in the submarine to sink. The same can be said for our minds. We can go so far tackling things in our own strength but the more we allow the world to push down on us, the more our thoughts will turn against us and the more we will crack under pressure. 

But look at the difference when we walk in line with the spirit of God. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.....against such things there is no law. I would personally prefer to walk with these characteristics than that of the world. It goes hand in hand with another point. To die to our needs and look to those around. We can become so self-absorbed that we don't even turn an eye to those who are in more need than ourselves. When in fact if we put the needs of others ahead of our own, the satisfaction and the reward outweigh anything else we choose to do.

A word of encouragement; you are not alone. We have a God who cares. Whenever we wake up and sense the negative vibes swarming around our head, take a second to be thankful for the good things in your life. When ever you face a situation that is too tough to handle, remember this:

6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all you anxiety on him because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV) 

We can't do it in our own strength but the strength He gives us. When we realise this, humble ourselves and lay it all at His feet, we will begin to walk on higher ground.....why? Because God cares for you.


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