(DISTRACTED, DOUBTING, DISCOURAGED AND DIVIDED)
It is easy for mothers to become overcharged, or distracted, with the cares of a mother’s work and responsibilities. It’s also easy as a mother, young or old, to get discouraged. We pray and read (if we have time); clean house; wash dishes; wash, iron, fold, layout, change, and mend clothes; if we have babies we change diapers and fix bottles; prepare meals, cook extra when needed; garden; go to church; and daily issue doses of T L C. Then do it all over again.
When you’re young and have babies or kids started in school:
1. You feel like sometimes you’re spinning your wheels; you never accomplish anything because you never get through; and besides that, no one cares anyway?
2. You feel like sometimes as though you’re not doing any good, because look at so and so and what they have done. Their kids are in a different place every week and in church every night. How can God possibly bless what I have done, or am doing?
Then when they’re in their teenage years or older:
1. We sometimes worry about our past mistakes and what it has cost our children – what we could have done different.
2. Sometimes we feel like we haven’t done anything because we’ve spent our life worrying and caring for our children that we’ve fallen short in our service to God.
But the bad part is, once we become distracted, it is like a domino effect doubting, discouragement, division, and, destruction will follow, unless properly handled.
First of all let me remind you, the devil would like for you to believe that; but, if we have obeyed God’s Word in raising our children, staying faithful, and doing what God wants us to do for His Will and His Glory, we are serving Him. According to Eph. 2: 19-22 and I Cor. 12: 12, we are all members of the body or building fitly framed together. It even goes on in I Cor. 12: 12-21 and explains the fact that we all can’t be the eyes, the nose, the hands, the feet, the ears, or any other comely part that seems to get the most attention. In verses 22-23, that the parts that we think are less honorable, will receive more honor and our uncomely parts have more comeliness. Then in the next verse He said, “For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked.” Maybe we all can’t be the eyes, the nose, the hands, or the feet, but we can be the doers and the strength of those that do have those parts because somebody has to be the elbows, knees, etc. Little is much if God is in it. To God every member is just as equally important as the most comely. The Bible says in Gal. 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well Doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Then it says in I Cor. 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be Ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” So don’t worry about so and so; God don’t want you to worry about someone else’s’ job. He wants you to be faithful to where he has put you and do what He commands you to do.
Second of all, let me remind you of the warnings for us not to be overcharged.
Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Luk 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
Luk 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
Luk 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Luk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Luk 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Gal 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
And finally, let me remind you of warning of the coming of the Son of Man.
Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Remember Job’s children in Job chapter one, they were partying when the day of destruction came upon them. Remember Noah and the flood, the people where eating and drinking and living it up when the day of destruction came upon them. And remember in Luke chapter 10, Martha was to busy serving to sit and listen to the Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh, but Mary took time to listen. Then, twelve chapters later he was crucified.
According to these verses, we need to realize that the busy society that we leave in is just another sign of the times. And it is the beginning sign of personal destruction or failure in our lives if we are not careful. We need to also learn to be content with the job God gave us to do, stay faithful to the work God gave us to do, and to take time to sit and listen to the Lord in these last days.
STEPS TO PREVENTING OVERCHARGED HEARTS IN OUR LIVES
1. Stay focused on Jesus. (Hebrews 12: 1 – 2) “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
2. Remember past victories & claim his precious promises written in His Word. (Philippians 2: 1 – 2) “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
3. It is impossible to think about two things at once. Therefore we must think on these things to keep our minds and hearts clear and focused on Christ; and not on the things of this world that will keep us distracted, depressed, and discouraged. (Philippians 4: 8) “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
4. Stay faithful to God by reading His Word, Praying, and Attending Church regularly. (Philippians 4: 9) “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
STEPS TO OVERCOMING OVERCHARGED HEARTS IN OUR LIVES
1. Become faithful and get back in the race. (Philippians 4: 6 – 7) “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
2. Think on Philippians 4: 8.
3. “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4: 4. Remember and write down the Blessings God has given you. Write down prayers he has answered. By thinking on Him you will begin to praise Him and turn your attention to Him. Once you begin focusing on Him and what He has done, then you can truly understand your purpose in life and what He will have you to do.
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