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Have You Ever Been Down?

Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMDear readers – have you ever been down? Being down doesn’t mean you are depressed – but it does mean that some things are not going your way. It can lead to depression if not headed off for sure.

If you’re a sports fan – maybe you get down when your favorite team loses. If you work outside the home – maybe you get down when you have a hard day with work or those you work with or serve. If you work from home – maybe the children have had a bad day and that gets you down or some other issue has arisen.

Have you ever been down? As a pastor I try to help people when they are down. I have worked with addicts who are battling for sobriety – and at times that can get us down. I have worked with folks in broken relationships – and we all know that can get us down. I have worked with fellow pastors who have had trouble in their places of service – and I know what that feels like and believe me – it can get you down.

When we are down – what do we do? Some turn to food when they are down. Some turn to drugs to try to alter their emotions. Some turn to exercise. Some turn to music or the TV or some other form of distraction.

When we are down – what should we do? The Sunday School answer is good here dear readers. Turn to Jesus of course. Here’s today’s passage in partial context – it is part of a prayer Paul raised for the believers. Ephesians 3:14–21 – 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

When I am down – I surely want the One who can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us to be at work in me. We should turn to Jesus daily – but especially when we are down. Most of the other things or people we turn to when we are down are temporal fixes – even a mask or bandage.

Let us practice going to Jesus more often dear readers. Let us be in the habit of going to Jesus often each day in prayer. Let us develop a relationship with Jesus that will comfort us when we are down – when we are facing hard times.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 4, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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