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"Upside Down"

During the past few weeks I have been preaching on the theme of what we can do when our life turns upside down. Our lives can turn and become confusing, or scary so quickly. Or, perhaps life is changed and overwhelming due to something we’ve seen coming for awhile. Either way, what can we do when life gets confusing? What does the Bible say? The first message in this series focused on filling life with “I Believe statements.” The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 27, “I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord, in the land of the living.” We can affirm our confidence in God, through I believe statements too. I suggest several affirmations, such as: I believe in God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), and I believe God is at work in my trials. I want to encourage us to affirm that “we believe that God hears our prayers.” There are so many “I believe statements” that we can make. I also invite persons going through tough times to pray. Ask others in your church family: “How can I pray for you?” Ask them as well, “Will you pray for me?” We receive mutual support and inner strength through knowing that people are trusting us with their difficulties. There is a bond of love that comes as we allow others to know us, and pray for us also. Through prayer, God can bring us peace, and hope. Last Sunday the theme of my sermon was that when our life turns upside down we should “stand on the promises of the Bible.” Thus, learning to know what the Bible promises can be a powerful reminder that we are not alone.

There are so many promises from God’s word the Bible, which teach us that we matter to God. Do you remember this promise? “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” (Psalm 23. 4) Or how about this one? “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” (Ps. 84.11). I hope you will take time to read and focus on some of God’s marvelous promises of hope and of confidence. What else can you do when life turns upside down? Here are a couple more suggestions of what you might do? When life is confusing, or overwhelming take time to “CLEAR AWAY THE CLUTTER.” Our lives have physical clutter. It’s in our homes, our cars, and our workspace. Life also has emotional clutter, and time clutter, and spiritual clutter. Sometimes it’s good to just “do something.” Cleaning house, straightening out life situations, getting rid of unneeded stuff can make us feel like we can focus better. Tangible actions help us see that with God’s help we can change things. We can at least do something even if it’s just a little thing. We will also be learning that when life turns upside down we need to “COUNT OUR BLESSINGS.”

We often mourn our losses and focus on our hurts while totally forgetting that we are receivers of so much good. When life is trying for us we often overlook what God has already done. Counting our Blessings is an amazing way to reprogram our minds. How often has our trial turned our life in a new direction that ended up a blessing? I hope you are learning that when life turns upside down for you, that there is a good and faithful Heavenly Father who cares. I hope you are finding hope and peace even in the toughest of times.





Our Service is a blend of traditional and contemporary. We sing traditional hymns and worship choruses. A message based on readings from the Bible is also shared each week.



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First Baptist Church of Rochester
1000 Main Street
Rochester, Indiana 46975