Lord, Get Me Out Of This Mess

April 25, 2017

People come tome from week to week and say, “Pastor, I’m in a mess. Will you help me get out of this mess!” I can assure you that I cannot deliver a person from a situation and circumstance that he is in. I can, however, point him to One who is able to get him out of his situation and mess.
“Quick! Tell me who will deliver me from this mess?” I then look at the person and say, “You hold the key to getting out of the mess that you are in.” Now, John, are you saying that we deliver ourselves? Are you taking away the divine power of God to deliver us? No! God is able to deliver us from situations that we cannot handle ourselves. But God expects us to do everything in our power to correct the problem that we are in.
If we have a physical problem, God expects us to go to the doctor and to be willing to take the treatment. If it is an emotional problem, God expects us to go to our counselor and ask for steps to get out of our problem. If it is a marital problem, God expects us to go to someone who is well versed in marriage and ask for their help. But there are some things that God expects us to do for ourselves.
We like to excuse ourselves from exerting energy and planning to rise above the problem that we are in. We like to put it all in God’s lap and let Him do the miraculous in our life. God wants us, however, to use all of the positive, faith-filled ingenuity that we have and arrive at a point where we overcome the problem and change our direction in life.
There are some things that you and I can do to change our direction in life. If you have a problem of being lonely, without friends, then perhaps you need to reach out to others and become a friend. You will simply sow seeds of friendship in the lives of hurting people who are longing for someone to come beside them and say a good word. They long for an arm to be around their shoulder and to receive a pat on the back saying, “Everything is going to be all right.” If you have a problem of finances, you probably need to find someone who is worse off than you and sow a seed into their life. When you begin to sow seeds your crop begins to come up. Always remember that you only reap what you sow. I love the Amplified Version of Galatians 6:7, “. . . For whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap.” What would you like to reap today?
Sow your seed of goodness, kindness, love, gentleness and faith, and watch yourself change directions in life. Something is going to change. You are going to know it and others are going to know it. I dare you to try working your way out of your mess today by sowing a seed of healing and kindness and giving.
This past Sunday was a day of great learning and excitement in the Word. You can let someone else know about this message by inviting them to go online at Northwoodtemple.org and to Facebook and find this message on YouTube. Why not tell two or three people about this opportunity?
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

Your Pastor,
John Hedgepeth


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