“Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.” Philippians 4:6
Is Life Overwhelming? I have heard some people say in the past that they do not want to bother God unless it is a crisis emergency situation. Some have said that God’s help is not to be used for small things.
Sometimes, life can become overwhelming. No matter how much we plan, or how much we prepare for it, sometimes things happen, and we feel out of control. We feel as if we do not have the power that we had before. Something has happened, but we don’t know exactly what.
Do you remember the story of the giant in “Gulliver’s Travels?” Here was a person, like us, who was all-powerful. Here was a person who could walk above problems. Here was a person who could seem undefeatable but the giant’s thoughts were working against him. The giant in “Gulliver’s Travels” falls asleep on the beach. While he is sleeping, all these tiny, little people come, put strings over him, and then stake down the strings.
A few strings would be no problem at all. He could easily pull those up, sit up, and go about his way. But these little people worked all night long. Each tiny, little person came up to the giant and placed strings across him.
The giant wakes up and finds that he cannot move his arms or legs, and he cannot sit up, no matter how hard he tries because he is all tied down.
You and I have had the same experience, haven’t we – of being all tied up in the thoughts and worries about momentary circumstances of our lives.
These little people can represent those little worries and thoughts, those little things that scramble around inside of our mind and seem so uncontrollable. Every time they move across, they take a string with them. Soon we are tied down. Soon we are weak in thought and we don’t feel like we can get up again. Soon we think the weight of life is pulling us down, and we are powerless.
You might say, “God, can I ever stand again? Can I walk tall and free? Can I ever be all I once was?”
You can! You can! With God’s help you can.
Sometimes, the things that happen to us can seem so overwhelming. But whatever they are, we can! We have the power—because God has the power and the know-how.
We have the ability to have a transfusion of thought where we totally change our mind; where we have a fusion (if you will) with a Mind that is greater than our mind. God’s Mind knows how to lift us up and out of our problems. When we are free from selfishness, limitation, greed, fear, anxiety, hatred, and inferior feelings, we can stand up to anything.
Revelation 21:4-5: “The former things are passed away . . . Behold, I make all things new. “
Imagine if God came up to you, tapped you on the shoulder, stood right by your side, looked into your eyes, smiled at you and said, “Don’t let the past burden you. Don’t let it tie you down on the beach of life any more. Don’t worry about those waves. The past is no more. It has passed away and you have a brand new life in Me.”
To truly follow Jesus Christ, we have to do this in our prayers and truly embrace His truth.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do
he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” John 14:12
When we do this, we’re recharging; we’re getting ready; we’re going apart for a while like Jesus did, and then coming back into the world fully powered, super-charged, ready to perform miracles. Nothing can stand in the way of the Divine power coming in and through us. We are then FULLY working with God. We’re so much of God in action and God’s love in demonstration that people cease sensing us; and, instead, they sense God. That is Christ within us.
We have seen, or sensed those in life that manifest this degree. Mother Teresa is an example that comes to mind. St. Patrick, the famous monk, is another. I bet we could name many more.
Is this a one-time experience? It’s not even a one-time daily experience. It is something we have to constantly decide upon, choose, and do. When we do, we truly follow Jesus, we live up to our potential of all we can do and be.
Jesus told us: “Leave your nets.” for us, in today’s time, We can look at these as nets of our own personal involvement.
What do your nets pick up? If you are putting down your nets in your mind and catching things, your nets are picking up thoughts of people who are telling you that you can’t build your future, you can’t prosper, or the dying-nosis that says you can’t rebuild the cells in your body with God’s help to produce new wholeness and life.
Jesus said, “Leave your nets – and follow me.” What does that mean?
It doesn’t mean to follow Him with just your feet. It means to follow Him with your head and heart and feet.
There are a million miles between the two. We can run to every church and religious service and still never “get it.” But we can close our eyes wherever we are in prayer and “get it” right where we are—in an instant. We have that within us to always be able to rely upon.
Walt Whitman said, “I am not contained between my hat and my shoes, and neither are you.” We are much more. Any time we might think we are contained, we are like that giant tied down.
Any time you sit in a chair and think this is all there is to your life, you are like that giant tied down. If something is going wrong and you’re depressed and you think this is all there is, you are like that giant tied down.
Christ IN YOU—the hope of glory!
We are not just to stand at the foot of the Cross and look up. We are to take Jesus with us and follow Him by becoming what He said to become; by becoming an active disciple on the quest; by becoming that inside of ourselves, which will cause people outside of us to say, “Now there is an example—a sample of the great example—of Jesus.” We are active examples of our faith, OR not. Remember the message a few weeks ago telling us that we are the channels of God’s word? Always remember that.
Following Jesus, we become living examples of our faith. We sense it working in us, and so does everybody else. We realize that God is big enough to tackle and manage any problem we may EVER face.
We are not tied down to anything on earth, but instead tethered to heaven itself.
How do we do this? Let me give you three words:
There are three “D’s” to discipleship.
The first D – Discipline.
The second D—Dedication. Matthew 6:22 Jesus states, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light.”
In John 18:37 Jesus says, “For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth.” [RSV]
The third D—Devotion. “Draw near to God and God will draw near to you.” James 4:8
When we are tied down and locked into the pattern of thinking (tied down), we have an inadequate self-image. We need to change our self-image, realizing that we are a partner the Lord.
We do not think of ourselves in wrong terms. In truth we are children of God. In truth, we are native citizens of the kingdom of God. And the kingdom of God is our house. God’s house is a mansion of love, joy, happiness, and a thousand other individual gifts awaiting us.
The little thought people with the strings are always trying to tie us down.
Whenever anything in life gets you down, God can get you out of it. God can cut the rope that is tying you down. Nothing has to be an overpowering weighty experience.
We can turn weakness into strength, limitation into fulfillment, fear into an all-knowing faith, hate into love, and prejudice into open-mindedness, compromise into integrity, falsity into honesty, ugliness into beauty.
I believe that with God as the center of our universe we can accomplish anything, and be happy doing it.
As we look at these words that are concepts of our human mind and concepts of Christ, we have to realize that, as native citizens of the kingdom of God, we have a free will choice—we can choose. I suppose that is the whole lesson and the destiny of each one of us. In this moment, tomorrow, and the next day we have the choice.
In this and future moments, do we follow the little people who are scurrying around on the beach trying to tie us down, or do we follow Christ?
If we follow Christ, we have to get up. At first, it may appear a struggle… We may begin on our knees. We may have to struggle up the rest of the way until we stand. BUT when we stand on the firm foundation of faith in God, we are a free soul.
We are flying high above our problems (flying high like the eagle), looking down and saying: “My, don’t they look small and insignificant? I can’t believe that I allowed that to bother me so much.”
Let us pray.
Dear God, I know that I am more, I can do more, be more, and manifest more in my life. I agree to follow You, dear God in my spirituality. God, I totally consent to You NOW. Manifest Divine ideas through my human brain, through the words I speak, and the sounds I hear and perceive when I am hearing. Help me to keep my focus single, manifest through my eyes so that I am no longer blind or tied down —so I can see and touch beauty everywhere in a new degree, higher, better and deeper than I ever have before. Manifest in my physical body so I can express radiant health. Manifest in my being – ness so wherever I go I will radiate spiritual love to everyone without saying a word or making one action. I give myself totally and completely today. I untie myself and leave my nets; I follow, and I become.
In Jesus Christ’s name we so dedicate ourselves—each one of us—to this lasting truth we hold true.