Morning Coffee with Jesus - December 10, 2009
Hello loved ones!
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from Psalm 32:1-6. “Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be— you get a fresh start, your slate's wiped clean. Count yourself lucky— God holds nothing against you and you're holding nothing back from him. When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans. The pressure never let up; all the juices of my life dried up. Then I let it all out; I said, "I'll make a clean breast of my failures to God." Suddenly the pressure was gone— my guilt dissolved, my sin disappeared.” (The Message)
When we come to faith in Christ, as the scripture above states, we are given a fresh start, our slate is wiped clean and we get to start over again with life.
As some of you may know, since last week I have had a recurrence of a peptic ulcer. While I know this is a direct result of stress associated with being unemployed, it now requires that I heal both physically and mentally. What is frustrating is that now I have to eat more frequently – every three hours, or suffer the painful consequences of an empty stomach. What is more frustrating is the fact that I truly thought I was giving my stress and anxiety to God through prayer – but my ailment is a testament to the fact that I was wrong – at least in part, and that part ate away at me, literally.
So now that I’m eating more frequently I work out more frequently to keep from gaining weight associated with eating more often. Can you see how stress creates more than just one problem?
As David points out in the above scripture, when he kept his guilt and sin inside there were physical ramifications. However, when he finally came to God, poured out his heart to God confessing his failures, the stress associated with the guilt and sin were gone – the guild dissolved, the sin disappeared.
We know the obvious spiritual benefits of prayer but there are physical and emotional benefits as well. I know firsthand how stress can affect emotions and how those emotions can affect the body. But even with a problematic ulcer I will continue to pray and continue to lift my needs before God.
What guilt and sin are you carrying around which remains un confessed before God? Don’t harbor that guilt and sin in your heart because it will manifest itself in physical ways, possibly causing medical conditions you don’t want.
Have an awesome day in Jesus! Go MAD in someone’s life today!