Revive Me, Week 38– A Year of Growing Stronger in the Lord
Don’t Let Satan
Have you ever mishandled a situation and ended up hurting someone’s feelings?
Have you ever given bad advice that turned a minor incident into full-out drama?
Have you ever felt inadequate to the task or overwhelmed by your responsibilities?
Have you ever felt too immature? Have you ever wondered when you’ll gain the wisdom that’s supposed to come with age and experience?
And have you ever had one of those weekends where you felt ALL of those things at once?
If you’re anything like me, perhaps you then start wanting to retreat. That’s it…I quit. I’m obviously not the right person for the job. What was I thinking? When those types of thoughts start swirling around, we need to remember the source. How does the song go? “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. Don’t let Satan…..”
Of course we’re going to make mistakes and demonstrate immaturity or lack of wisdom. When those less than stellar moments happen back to back, it can be tempting to walk away. We might think we’re doing it for the greater good (“Someone else can do a better job”) but we need to remember that sometimes it takes humbling events to catch our attention and cause growth. Just do better next time. Learn from it. Pray for wisdom and spiritual maturity. When we feel frustrated and idiotic, we have a choice. We can allow Satan to blow out our light or we can trust God to help us do better next time.
For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers (1 Tim. 4:10).
Suggestions for the Week:
1. If you’ve messed up somehow, do what you can to remedy the situation. Do you need to ask for forgiveness? Do you need to consider the big picture? Do you need to help clean up a mess you’re partly responsible for?
2. Pray for patience with yourself. Pray for wisdom.
3. Don’t indulge in a pity party.
4. Open the Word. Study passages that have to do with spiritual maturity and determine to apply them to your life.
Read it. Memorize it. Live it.