Roll Over

Atlas

 

I hope and pray you are all doing well today and that you fully understand how significant each of you truly are to children’s ministry. The very idea that God has called and commissioned you to be a part of the ministry that has the greatest influence on a human being’s eternal destiny should create an incredible level of hope and joy.

However, the enemy would love nothing more than to cause your heart and mind to drift into despair, discouragement and defeat. This ministry, and your involvement with it, poses a threat to hell itself so it only stands to reason that we would experience high levels of attack. The reality of the enemy’s desire to come against us should be a surprise to no one.

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (NLT)

One of the ways the enemy attempts to create drift in our heart and mind is through heavy burdens. Some of you are feeling the weight of a heavy burden at this very moment. I believe that because God strongly and clearly gave me a word of encouragement to share with you today. Here it is – “ROLL OVER.”

At first glance, it might appear that I am suggesting we roll over and let the enemy win. When we see the phrase “roll over,” our tendency is to interpret that to mean “accepting defeat.” However, I am not at all suggesting we accept defeat. I am actually suggesting that our victory comes when we “roll over.” That may sound contradictory, but the fact is God’s ways are often contractionary to our natural human tendencies.

For example:

  • When we are overwhelmed, our typical reaction is to work harder. But God says to sit still.
  • When we are wronged, our human nature is to get even. But God says forgive.
  • When we are angry, our human nature is to react. But God says do not let your reaction be driven by an emotion.
  • When we do not have enough time in the day to get everything done, our human nature is to work longer hours. But God says to rest in Him.
  • When we need a solution or guidance, our human nature is to do something right now. But God says wait on Him.
  • When the weight and burdens of life knock us down, our human nature is to fight to get back on our feet and press on. But God says, “roll over.”

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you.

Psalm 37:5 (NLT)

Interestingly the word “commit” in Hebrew means “to roll over.” Not to roll over and quit, but to roll over like you would roll over a stone. In other words, instead of you and I fighting and clawing our way back to our feet with burdens we are not fit to carry, we are to roll that weight or burden off our backs and on to God’s back.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you.

1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

  If you are feeling an overbearing weight on your back today, I encourage you to stop right where you are and do two things:

  1. Acknowledge you cannot carry the weight in your own strength.
  2. Roll the burden off your back on to God’s.

God’s promises give us an anchor of hope for our souls, holding us steady in the midst of the storm and keeping us from drifting off course. Do not try to carry life’s burdens on your back relying on your own strength. Give those burdens to God, roll them off your back and on to God’s strong and capable back. Trust Him today and He will help you.

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