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Stop Trying to Fix It

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Underneath my car is this thing called an undercar cover or shield and let’s just say that thing has been through a lot.

One night, I got too close to the parking lot bumper and the cover split in half, but someone from my church came over with their tools and fixed it for me.

Then another night, an animal ran in front of my car as I was going home. Again, it tore the engine cover. I did everything I could to hold on to that cover. I even used duct tape.

Well, some time had passed, but I eventually ordered a new engine cover. The parts and labor was a little over $200.

My car was finally fixed and it looked good.

Then, one day as I was driving to the movie theater with my son, I saw something in the road. It looked like Spanish moss. But, instead of swerving to the right or left, what did I do? I drove over it and apparently it got caught in the cover and pulled it as I was driving. The next thing I heard was the sound of something dragging on the highway.

My new cover was damaged again and that was money that I couldn’t get back.

So, I let the cover drag as long as I could because I wasn’t getting this fixed again. When it was time for my next oil change, a young man (from a different auto shop) looked at the cover for me.

Minutes later, he comes in the waiting area holding the cover over his shoulder. I’m waiting for him to tell me the price of the parts and labor, but he says nothing. So I said, What is it going to cost?

He said, Nothing. You don’t need it. You can drive without it.

And you know what? He was right. I was trying to fix something that really didn’t need to be fixed. I didn’t need the engine cover to drive the car and it didn’t stop me from reaching the places I needed to go.

Why am I telling this story?

Because sometimes we try to fix situations that God can only fix and we try to change people that only God can change. We try to get to certain places in our life, holding on to things or people that was more of a burden than a blessing. And the enemy will use ‘what we think we need’ to get us off course, to keep us going in circles, to pull us away from the voice of God and to lead us in the wrong direction. Such distractions have cost many of us too much time and too much money.

I learned three things from this car as it relates to my life:
1) I can’t fix it.
2) Not everything needs fixing.
3) There are some things that only God can fix.

You Still Win

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It was the enemy’s plan to get you involved in situations and relationships that he knew would leave you broke, brokenhearted, hurt or bitter in the end. Like Eve, you didn’t understand what you had or what God had given you. You took the enemy’s bait because you liked what you saw and you thought you were missing something.  

The devil wants you to see yourself as a loser, but it was he who lost. How do I know? Well, just look at yourself. What the enemy was hoping would happen to you, didn’t happen. It didn’t work.

So, he lost. You didn’t.

Not only did he lose, but he lost you.

Yes, you were down for a moment, but you got up again.

You still win.

Did you want to give up? Yes. Did you want to walk away? Yes, but God didn’t let you. The word of God is so deeply rooted in you that you couldn’t walk away from the Word even if you wanted to.

God brought you through it and He brought you out of it. You’re not in it anymore. It’s behind you. Stop looking back.

No, you didn’t count the cost before you got involved, but don’t waste any more time counting your losses. Stop counting your mistakes.

You may have lost some things, but there is nothing that you have lost that God can’t restore and there is nothing broken that He cannot fix.

You still win.

You Are Not Alone

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Some of us are like Martha. She received Jesus into her home. We received the gift of salvation. We asked him to come into our hearts. Our bodies became His home, but then we stopped right there.

We received him as our Savior, but we never received him as our Friend, Deliverer, Shepherd or Healer. We never learned how to trust or depend on him because for most of our lives we’ve been trying to ‘fix it’ in our own strength. What are some of the things we were trying to fix? The people that we hurt. The past that we couldn’t let go of. Or we tried to fix or fill the emptiness and loneliness we feel at times.

Martha was in the kitchen one day trying to fix some things and the more she tried, the more troubled and worried she became. She was trying to please Jesus with her works, but all he wanted to see was her faith.

Like Martha, we have either blamed God or blamed people when things didn’t go the way that we thought they should. She was upset because she thought Jesus didn’t care and she was upset that Mary left her to serve alone.

Martha was burdened, anxious and troubled because of Who she left, not because of who she thought left her. This is exactly what happens when we spend less and less time with God through prayer and reading of His word. She invited Jesus into her home, yet she never spent any time with him and when she finally spoke to him, it was only because she had had enough, she was frustrated, and she wanted help. Tell her to help me (Luke 10:40). But what Martha tried to get from Mary’s hand, Mary got at Jesus’ feet.

The areas where Martha felt ‘alone’ were the areas that she refused to give to God. Those are the areas that we refuse to trust God with. Those are the areas that we don’t allow God to fill with His Spirit.  She didn’t understand it then and sometimes we miss it too, but what we do FOR God, can only be done WITH God.

You are not alone.