I’m sure you have heard or used the expression, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” That is pretty much what we are experiencing in our modern culture. We are so bombarded with details and choices that we can’t distinguish between the vital and the important, that we can’t focus on the key issue. What are we to do when we’re feeling overwhelmed by the demands and pressures?
The writer of Hebrews was ministering to a group of people who were experiencing a lot of pressure and persecutions. In chapter 10, verse 32, he told them, “But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle affliction.” The readers needed to stop focusing on all the pressure and persecutions and remember what they experienced the first time they heard the Word of God and were illuminated.
Do you remember what you experienced when you were first saved? You felt loved, peaceful, joyful and clean. You couldn’t wait to tell someone how God had touched your life and changed you.
Do you remember what you experienced when you were first filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues? The joy just bubbled up, and you couldn’t stop rejoicing. You were thrilled that you could pray in tongues, and you wanted everybody to have what you had.
Do you remember what you experienced when you received that rhema word from the Lord, when a particular passage of scripture just jumped off the pages and touched your heart in a fresh, new way? You got so excited that you couldn’t wait to tell someone what you had just learned. I know that when the Lord spoke to Buddy and me about starting FCF, we couldn’t wait to return to Tulsa and tell my parents. We were excited to obey God. Those were exciting days as we watched the Holy Spirit move in marvelous ways and show us how to pastor supernaturally.
When we are tempted to become discouraged and give up, we need to tell our minds to be quiet and our emotions to become peaceful so that we can meditate God’s Word, rehearse His faithfulness and past victories, and rejoice in Him.