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Reach Up, Reach In, Reach Out Pt3

“…For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17, NKJV).

  We live in a culture that is largely directed by how we feel.  Our society espouses the idea that if you feel it, it must be right, even though feelings are fleeting.  The Bible states God’s intention for our lives very clearly: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7, NKJV).  You might say, but Pastor Rob, I can’t shake these feelings of dread, or that “something” is about to happen.

  If that is where you are, you have a wonderful opportunity to get alone with God.  I know that’s difficult today, but rather than spilling everything on Facebook, for the world to see, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (2 Peter 5:7, NKJV).  I encourage you, get off of Facebook and get your face in the Book! That is where your problems will be solved.

  Remember how David handled the incredible stress of discovering that his wives and children and those of his entire army had been taken hostage.  He and his men wept until there was no more strength to weep (see 1 Samuel 30).  His men even spoke of stoning David!  Most people in our society have never dealt with this kind of stress.  And yet, “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” (1 Samuel 30:6, NKJV).

  When dealing with a stressful situation, I have found it necessary to get away for even a few minutes.  Well, that’s fine for you, pastor, but what if you can’t just get up from your desk at work and go spend an hour with God?  God knows where you are, He knows every issue you are facing and He knows your schedule.  He can even meet you at your desk.  Just a take moment and breathe His name… Jesus!  In that moment, just lift praise to Him.  Worship releases Kingdom power that will drive the enemy away and bring the peace you need.  In that atmosphere, you will also begin to understand what to do.

  Ephesians 2:14 says, “For He Himself is our peace…” (NKJV).  “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17, NIV).  Invite the presence of the Lord into your pain; into your trouble.  You might say, “I don’t feel like it.”  You are welcome to enjoy your suffering all alone, but if you want to experience the freedom Jesus will bring to you, worship Him.

  A great example of this is found in David’s service to King Saul.  “And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.”         (1 Samuel 16:23, NKJV)

  Worship is powerful! When we reach up to God, He is faithful to respond.  This is your step of faith. You may have to spend a few moments before that sense of peace comes, but it will come.  More next week!

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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit for further information.

  The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Times-Advocate.

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