Recalling Sunday Morning

Dark and early this morning I was feeling discouraged, a little down. I needed to vent a little, to share my feelings in a vulnerable sort of way. Some of you let me know you would be praying, and I appreciated it.

The service went well, the sermon was from the Lord, and I felt the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit as I preached.

Many times, when I am at my weakest, the temptation to feel defeated overwhelms me. What I have a hard time describing is the weighty burden of the task ahead, a task with eternal implications. No one can convince me that in my own strength I can effectively expound the living Word of God and connect with a multi-generational congregation. To do so is akin to feeding 5,000 with just a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish.

That’s why I rely on Jesus.

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:21-23

 

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10 responses to “Recalling Sunday Morning

  1. Pastor Marshall

    I appreciate your honesty and perspective. I actually shared your words from that very Post with my Congregation as I closed out my Message this morning. I used it to help our people to have a little perspective on the fact that they too need to trust in God’s power and filling to enable them to go and do the same in their everyday lives. I think it also allowed them to have a little perspective on how a Pastor can feel without my having to come down on them about my own sense of discouragement at times. Thank you for sharing.
    Pastor Marshall

  2. Roy

    🙂 good words

  3. I remember many a Monday where I second guessed myself and thought why am I doing this? But then someone would send me a letter or see me at the supper market with an encouraging word. Being pastor means you will feel lonely and unappreciated much of the time. One thing that helped me was to lower my expectations about my performance or actions, rely more on God and leave the results to Him. Keep being faithful to your calling. God sees you and knows your heart. Blessings my brother!

  4. Hi, I know this is not going to sound “wonderful” at 1st lol, I’m not sure how I started getting your posts in my emails lol but as I came over to your blog, here the name did ring a bell of a post I had read earlier and enjoyed very much. 🙂
    Anyway, I work at a very large christian bookstore. I work with pastors almost daily. And if its not pastors, its missionaries or everyday people over whelmed with doing personal ministry work.

    That feeling over being over whelmed- I had one pastor friend tell me that is a GOOD thing, It makes you humble really fast and that is right where God can help you the most. All you have to do is ask. He is a Powerful God and He and do Powerful things through you.

    You are a humble person, a very human one too- that is what makes you a great pastor for the Kingdom. Only trouble is, you have an enemy who hates what you do and will stop at nothing to stop you. Don’t let him beat you up, in your thoughts of yourself. He will whisper stuff like “You’re a Pastor for heaven sake! You’re supposed to be beyond all that weak faith stuff.” Don’t buy the lie from the Father of Lies. Humble yourself before God. And resist the devil and he will flee from you. I remember reading that somewhere lol 🙂

    Pray without ceasing and fasting doesn’t always have to be about not eating food. The devils days are numbered and they are getting shorter all the time. He is ramping it up because he knows this.

    But you are a Man of God, Chosen by God, Its not so much what you do but what He will do through you… and I’ll be tugging on the royal robes for you!

    May the Lord bless you & keep you…

    • Thank you! Your analysis is spot on, and greatly appreciated. The main reason I wrote what I did was because I wanted others to feel free to admit their own need for strength in a very real battle. The Enemy would have Christian writers and pastors such as myself to only speak of the positive, as if the REAL Christian soldier should be a superhero. In actuality, it’s only the wounded warriors who are most dangerous, because they must wholly depend upon Christ and His victory.

      Again, thanks for stopping by.

  5. Chris Jordan

    Thanks for your open, honest, vulnerability transparency in your sharing… blessings to you today as you serve the Lord!

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