Whether your in a time of prayer and fasting or you’ve made New Year’s resolutions I can almost certainly say, by now, you have been tempted to break it, break them, give up, give in or quit in some way shape or form. For me, almost as soon as it hits my lips my mind starts negotiating or talking me out of what I prayerfully committed to.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (HCSB)
We can try all day long in our own strength to cut back, cut out, stop certain behaviors or to incorporate stronger disciplines, but we most certainly cannot do it within our own strength.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
Pastor W. David Murphy and his beautiful wife Alicia lead the North River satellite campus (NRC) of Bayside Community Church in Florida. I am blessed to visit them, my love Mark, and my Florida family at least every other month, sometimes more.
Last Sunday’s sermon was timely, on point, encouraging and so relatable. It spoke to Mark and I so much that we talked about it several times in the days following and still resonates within us. I love how God uses others to witness to the multitudes in such a personal and intentional way, don’t you?
Ps. David celebrated his birthday December 26th and his wife surprised him by flying his parents in from Ireland where he’s originally from. She had him blindfolded rendering him completely and utterly helpless requiring him to totally trust her. He went onto say how originally he didn’t like being blindfolded. He wanted to see where he was waking, where they were going, he wanted to know what was happening at every turn. Well, that is so me!
Close your eyes for a moment. Think back on your life. Have you ever felt blindfolded by God or as though God abandoned you in the quiet, still of the wilderness or left you in a hot and secluded desert?
“He may have to blindfold you to get you close to Him.” Pastor W. David Murphy
Trust His Character
Ps. David explained how, while blindfolded, he had to completely trust his wife. He knew she loved him and would not let anything bad happen to him. He trusted her character. It was then that he could truly enjoy the experience, but not a moment sooner.
So what happened? Well, the surprise was a complete success and knocked his socks off. So many were involved in the plotting, planning, scheming and yes, even untruths were told. I believe it is important to remember that the surprise could very well have been spoiled, ruined, deflated had David not been obedient in keeping his cool, trusting his wife and being obedient. It is important for us to model David’s behavior when we are walking through the surprises God has for us. We must prove faithful, be obedient, keep our cool and trust God to give us more than we can possibly ask for or imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21).
I can only speak for myself, but I am totally that way as well. I’m a planner and want to know what’s going on, how will it play out, what can I do to prepare. All those things keep me busy and while admirable to some it is not always where God wants us to be nor is it what He is asking of us.
“You need to get into God’s word to know what God wants.” Pastor W. David Murphy
Put God First
With so many distractions in this world, unfortunately, it is very easy to drift away from God, His word, His church and ultimately His will. Procrastination and lack of discipline will prevent us from putting God first. You must put “action to your words”!
Next time we feel blindfolded by God let us quickly and without hesitation settle in for the surprise. Just like Ps. David finally settle into all Alicia planned and prepared for him, let us fully receive and embrace the meticulous planning our King Jesus has so lovingly prepared.
Rather than worry while we walk through the unknown let us see every step as an opportunity to trust Him more. Rather than be tempted to rip off the blindfold and spoil the surprise let us step forward in faith and see all God has for us.
“The walk of faith is the walk worth walking.” Pastor W. David Murphy
I pray Ps. David’s message blesses you as it has blessed us. I’ve included below additional scriptures Ps. David referenced in his sermon Sunday. Click on the verse and it will link you to the entire verse or chapter. Take a look and see if God speaks to you through them. He may very well have a surprise for you as well. I pray it blesses you. I know our God will. He’s awesome like that.
God bless you!
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