Prayer: The Struggle Is Real

I read an incredibly real and honest blog from one of our college students on his spiritual struggle to pray. I promise you, this read is worth your time. You will relate, be encouraged, and be challenged. This is taken from James Robertson’s blog at http://jamesurobertson.blogspot.com

jamesrobertson“A Call to Prayer
I haven’t posted in a long time. Lately, I’ve been facing a lot of spiritual attacks from the enemy and lately, honestly, he has been winning. I have not been standing firm in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and it has been hard to even spend 5 minutes in prayer. I’ve lacked joy in the Lord and in my life and I’ve retreated to a life of complacency. I’ve stopped memorizing scripture, reading my Bible, and spending adequate time in prayer. Not because I don’t desire to know God and be found in him, but because I’ve stopped trusting in His promises and I’ve decided that I can do life on my own. My hearts desire has and always will be to Glorify the Lord in all that I do, but lately I haven’t been able to bring myself to that. I’ve faced attacks of doubt on all levels, and it has been hard. It’s hard not being able to pray. It’s hard to have to ask God to be able to spend 5 minutes in prayer. It’s hard walking through campus, wanting to have joy in the Lord, but failing on all levels. And what’s worse, is that I was so prideful and ashamed of myself, I didn’t tell anyone. Continue reading

REBUK’D: Struggle and Strength by Jacob Reed (Jeremiah 11-20)

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3 – Jeremiah 11-20 – The Struggle (mp3)
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3 – Jeremiah 11-20 – The Struggle (ppt)
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3 – Jeremiah 11-20 – The Struggle (small groups).doc
3 – Jeremiah 11-20 – The Struggle (service).doc
Jacob Reed absolutely brought the funk while preaching God’s Word and pointing CBSM to Jesus last night! Jacob really challenged us on how to face our struggles head-on when following after Jesus. Here’s the deal…we will struggles. Its inevitable! Jeremiah internally, emotionally, and genuinely struggled when doing God’s call. Jesus struggled as well. Check out His intense, internal, and emotional struggle in the Garden of Matthew 26. If you’re NOT struggling, you might need a salvation check! Satan hates that we’re saved, Satan wants us to give up, and Satan wants us to stop living out God’s call on our lives for Jesus’ glory. So check out this message which will teach you all about how to face your struggles head-on and continue your call for Christ!