Shattered

Over the past three weeks, we have been in a series called “Shattered; When Life Falls to Pieces.” This past Sunday, we saw the life of Job and talked about living in the land of Uz.

All of us have a shattered experience that we can speak of. We all have been disappointed and frustrated by the circumstances of our lives. I would never pretend to know exactly what you are going through. I wouldn’t dare to assume that I understand your unique set of circumstances or the pain and confusion you are feeling right now. But, I do know pain, I know hurt; frustration; sadness; dark times; and even depression. I have personally experienced shattered dreams, bad decisions, bumps and major roadblocks.

I have caused many of my shattered experiences myself. That really hurts! I have also been on the end where someone elses decisions or responses have caused major heartache, and the pieces went everywhere. I have been stuck in a rut, in a hole, and felt like I could not climb out. There was a time in my life a little over 5 years ago when I wore my pajamas every day for months. I have lived in the “funk and fog.”

I also came to that fork in the road, you know, that critical crossroad where you know you can’t figure it all out or you really can’t do anything about your circumstances, but you can make a decision. A decision that says “I’m tired of being this way, feeling this way, and living this way.” I’m tired of being sick and tired. I’m fed up with life as it is. Then do something about it!

Let me give you five things that you need to do to start fresh.

1.       Throw yourself at Jesus

·         Surrender everything you are, everything you hope to be, confess, repent, experience his cleansing, and forgiveness. Trust Jesus to give you a new start.

2.       Constantly renew your mind

·         Feed your mind the right things every day. Read, pray, listen to sermons, get a healthy diet of good things in your life.

3.       Spend time with positive, faith-filled people

·         Who you associate with will be extremely important. Who you hang around or do not hang around with will “make or break you”. Surround yourself with positive, faith-filled people. It will make a difference!

4.       Know that God is working

·         Knowing that God is working causes you to trust, to depend on Him. God is not finished… what He starts, He finishes. He is molding you and sculpting you into a trophy of grace.

5.       Share your story

·         Tell others how faithful God has been. Tell them how He worked in your life. Don’t waste your pain.

 

 

BONUS: 

I want to hear from you. In a hundred words or less, share with me how God has worked in your life. I will chose two of you and send you a free CD set of my Shattered series. We Need Your Address!

6 thoughts on “Shattered

  1. Pastor Steve,
    This is such a real-life, down-to-earth topic for people today. I know it is for me and my life, and I don’t believe i’m the only one either. For Years, i keep doing the same things, the same way, and wonder why my situation doesn’t get better.
    Your ministery is like a lighthouse in the storms of life. you have a way of breaking down the struggles of life into managable pieces, and point the direction to where my help comes from.
    I’m Raising 4 children, Unemploied for 1 1/2 years, God provided LESS than I wanted, but MORE than I needed. Day by day, he walked with me, i was never alone.

    Thanks for pushing me to pray constantly, and to memorize His word daily. The C.D. would be nice too…. 🙂

  2. Wow!!! where to start!!! Wayne and I have been married for 20 years and after 11 years of another woman in our life and the opening of New Season Church, faithful to tithing,and retirement to get my health back in order,( and God worked all that out),I am now in my season, doing what I believe God wants me to do. He pulled me out of the miry clay and molded my life anew.
    There are still problems, everyday problems, family problems, but each day I am more able, as I trust Him more, to let God handle these daily day problems.
    I am a blessed woman and look forward to the next season of my life!!!!

  3. I had just bought a new car. I had the car exactly 7 days I let my husband drive it and he wrecked it. A guy on a motorcycle hit him it killed the motorcyclist The cops thought my husband was drinking now he has all kinds of charges against him I had no idea what to do at this point we started going to new season the week you started the series shattered that message has pulled me through i gave it to God and now i know he is in control before i had the thoughts go through my head the what if’s or how was i going to take care of a baby by myself and work the two jobs that i have but God is going to pull me thru thank you!!!!!

  4. This series has really hit me hard. My life has been hard. I was emotionally, physically and sexually abused by my mother. When I was six years old I was taken away from her because she tried to kill me. I have struggled everyday with the pain and the anger of that abuse. It was not till I came to New Season Church and was able to start talking about what happened to me that I started to heal. I asked Jesus into my life on October 14, 2009 and I have been a different person since. I am still struggling with what happen to me and the aftermath but I know that God has a plan for me and he is with me always and I am not alone anymore. I now know that God had me go through these trials so that I can help someone else. Things are not perfect, but with God, I can handle anything!

    1. God is always working in my life… I have witnessed at least 2 miracles in the lives of 2 of my sisters.. Ten to twelve years ago, two of my sisters were in the hospital for 4 months.. They were unconscious the first few months… The doctors said they were not going to live.. Joann was in a bad car accident, and Peggy just went in for a simple hydial hernia surgery… Joann’s husband kept the faith the whole time… He would not accept anything negative from anyone, especially the doctors.. He wrote Bible scriptures and pinned them to her bed, and played music all the time… He took her to Emory, and the first thing they did was wake her up… She came home a month later, and has been doing great ever since… Peggy still has some problems, but is alive after 12 years… This was totally amazing… God is still in the miracle business.. All we have to do is have faith, and believe!!!!

  5. When me and my family started going to New Season we were all definitely in need of a new season for our loves. Our family of 5 had gone through a horrible church split and really did not understand how it all happerned…why Christians make the choices that they do. We searched for awile for a new church but really believe God had us where we needed to be before he planted us at New Season. There was so many things going on that it was refreshing to be at a place where you really felt the love of God. I experienced the seperation and divorce of a close family member, a health problem that nagged at me daily that eventually led to surgery. My husband lost his job 1 week after my surgery. I remember telling my husband that this is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to us belieiving God to provide. Finally after thinking things were settling down my son had an experince that led to many months of lost sleep, anxiety and just plain loss. Once again through the prayers of the saints and believing God for healing there was a big turn around. There is so much more I could add but just want to say that God has been faithful to us through it all……never allowing us to really fall. There were times that I felt so overwhelmed but remember asking God just to help me each day. He really did hold me up when I felt like giving up. I am so thankful we found New Season and to be honest are slowly finding our place to belong. Pastor Steve you really have sewed some wonderful seeds into our lives ones that are everlasting and just knowing that no matter what it looks like in the flesh God is in control. That is where my real healing began.

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