When your Heart to Hurting turn to God!

Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live. (Mark 5:22-23, NIV)

God knew we would struggle with difficulties. In His Word, He lovingly points us to Hope. In this passage Jairus fell before him. His daughter was dying. Jesus was his only hope.

Like Jairus the best thing you can do is take your needs to Jesus. Purposefully place your faith in the Faithful One. When you fall before Him in prayer, He will sustain and strengthen you – but, rest assured, if you try to handle things in your own strength, you will remain weak and ineffective.

If you are desperate for healing, help, and hope, ask the Lord to increase your faith today, and make a determined choice to trust Him. When you do, He will meet you at your need and carry the load of your burden.

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This is my testimony that I gave 2 years ago… Forgive my nervousness, I pray I have improved since then. I also pray this helps someone more than anything and brings them closer in their walk with Jesus!

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He called you out of darkness into His wonderful light!

It’s pretty amazing that, as Jesus followers, we have been called out of darkness. Yet what does that actually mean when darkness seems to cast its shadow all around us? How do we escape it when discouragement tugs at our coattails? We are called by Jesus to walk differently: to share joy, show gentleness, have patience, bring peace, have self control, and walk faithfully with Him. God gives us His Spirit to help us demonstrate these qualities of His Light. Yet every one of us knows the temptation to dwell on the negative, be critical, let discouragement wash over us, or settle into a pity party. Things don’t always go our way, and when they don’t, it’s natural to feel the pull of darkness drawing us away from God’s Light. Well I hope this message minsters to you in your time of need.

“…that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

God knows us better than we know ourselves. Along with His Spirit, He gives us tools to help us live in the Light. Declare His Praises when the darkness of doubt, discouragement, or just plain depletion of strength and joy creep in, turn intentionally to offer praise to God. Thank Him that He is your Rock, your Strength, and your Shepherd who will guide you and prepare a feast for you, even in the middle of that pull of darkness.

We often think of “unfruitful works of darkness” as the big bad things. Yet when you feel drawn toward a pity party or embracing discouragement, stop and ask yourself if you have opened the door to have fellowship with any unfruitful works of darkness. This could simply be entertainment that pulls you to the dark side; engaging in negative, critical thoughts and conversations; acting selfishly; or forgetting to thank God for who He is. Recognize the doors you may have opened that led you to unfruitfulness and ask for God’s help to close them.

Is discouragement or temptation tugging you downward? If not, thank Him for His wonderful presence right now. When you do feel darkness crowding your soul, stop and ask what door you may have opened to the unfruitful works of darkness. Pay attention to your thoughts and the things you allow into your mind. Ask for God’s help in closing those doors so that you may remain in His Light and walk peacefully and joyfully in His presence.

Jesus learned obedience from the things he suffered!

Although Jesus cried out to God, asking to be delivered, He was prepared to suffer humiliation, separation from His Father, and death in order to do God’s will. At times we too will undergo trials, not because we want to suffer, but because we want to obey God. Let Jesus’ obedience sustain and encourage you in times of trial. You will be able to face anything if you know that Jesus Christ is with you. I thumbed through my bible to Hebrews and I stumbled upon theses verses below in chapter 5. I sat there reading the lines over and over…amazed. I know Jesus suffered. I know He asked God to take the cup. But for some reason, perhaps it hit me in the most beautiful way…Jesus did cry out to God. He asked God to remove the cup he would soon drink from (Matthew 26:38-42; Mark 14:36). Jesus was troubled and hurt, knowing what was coming (John 12:27-28). Yet, He continued to move forward into even greater suffering (the tangible experience on the cross). He continued to move forward as God led Him. Hebrews goes on to tell us that though He was a son, He learned obedience through that suffering. The outcome was eternal salvation being made available to the world.
“While Jesus was here on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with a loud cry and tears to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.” Hebrews 5:7-9

I don’t think we get it…and we don’t really want to accept the reality of it, but I will. Suffering is inevitable, no matter how trivial or serious it may be. The crazy thing is that even through Christ’s example we can see that while our tears and prayers are heard by God, He doesn’t always take the suffering away. Maybe He does, BUT maybe we cry out and pray and cry out and we are lead into greater depths of suffering, it can happen…it happened to Christ. The part that we don’t always see (especially when our focus in these moments is almost always on ourselves and the greatness of our hurt/suffering) is that there is purpose in that suffering. Again we don’t get it, but often times we can’t see the reason for anything until time has passed (hindsight is 20/20) and we are able to look back on a bigger picture of our lives.

Sometimes we just don’t understand it. But I know that regardless of what I or you or anyone around us is going through…God is a few words away…Sometimes He’s even closer than that (Romans 8:26). We will all walk through life experiencing a suffering of some kind. The question to ask is not when or why, but rather ask yourself how will you respond? Hopefully we will all continue to move forward, knowing and trusting that God is with us, no matter how hard it gets. Hopefully our response is not anger and bitterness because of what we face. Rather that our response would be to look upon the example of Christ, continuing to move obediently and prayerfully through the hard times…praising God the day/moment/year we realize just how incredible and purposeful He was in allowing us to hurt and suffer in the way we are today.

Maybe one thing to remember is trusting that God is who He says He is and that while it may hurt…God will only work to bring us closer to Him and closer to being the people He created us to be…a people bearing and reflecting His image.

Rest

God’s presence can give you peace in any situation, including a difficult workplace or a home that is in constant upheaval. It can enable you to show love in the face of abuse and patience in the midst of stress; to bring positive change without a lot of words, and to end up feeling good about the way you handle things. So today, spend some time in God’s presence and allow Him to give you the rest you need. Love you all.
The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

What is true for Moses is true for you and me. If we’ll humble ourselves before God, He will be faithful to teach us His ways and guide us on the right path. As we go His way there is this wonderful promise of His presence. When we live in His presence, this is the place of true rest. His Word is true when He says: “I will give you rest.” We all can experience this rest today as we hear His voice and allow Him to speak reassuring words to our hearts.

I find in this conversation between God and Moses the secret to true rest for all of us. We need to set our heart to always be in a listening and learning mode so that our Heavenly Father can teach us His ways and guide us in making wise choices. I find this morning that as I let the Lord speak to me, He calms my spirit and my heart and reassures me that He is in control and He will be faithful to accomplish His purposes in me and through me.

Life is so busy, and schedules can be so full, that there seems to be little time for rest. It is important to take Sabbath rests to give our bodies and minds a break. It is also important to acknowledge that there’s a rest we can experience each day when we know we’ve obeyed and pleased our Lord.

The promise of His Presence is there for me, as it is for you. By God’s grace, we no longer have to ask for it as Moses did. But perhaps we have taken all that for granted and totally missed the significance, Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Will we run into His Presence? Will we enter His rest?

Thank you, Father that in your presence there is fullness of joy and true rest. I set my heart to please you this day as I follow you. Lord Jesus, come and fill us with your love and your Spirit, so that we can recognize your voice and direction for our lives. Thank you for giving us rest in our soul and spirit as we walk in your ways. In Jesus name Amen!

Hardships

Hardship tempts us to think that God is unmoved by our plight or is against us, and so we despair. When we experience difficult times, we need the strength of God to show us by the riches of the cross of Christ that he is for us, and not against us. When we experience difficult times, we can be strengthened by the knowledge that God was so filled with love and concern for us, that he came in his Son to suffer hardship and to die on our behalf, to transform our suffering into something worthwhile. If this powerful truth dominates our lives, then we can face the worst human hardship with a strong faith, and we can rest assured that God is working out our salvation, even in the midst of hardship.

We need this strength as much when we experience affluence as when we experience poverty. When life is comfortable, we are tempted to forget the grace of God and rely on ourselves. We forget easily that many have worked as hard as us but have not had our success. God has given success to us, not because we deserve it, but as a concrete reminder that he is a gracious God. In the midst of affluence as much as in the times of deprivation, we need God’s help to survive spiritually.

Stop the world, I want to get off!

We create much of our own unhappiness and we create much of our own frustration by constantly resisting and fighting what’s going on in our lives. We don’t understand why our prayers aren’t being answered; why things aren’t changing sooner, then we end up with all this unrest and uneasiness on the inside. But I want challenge you today to learn to relax and to just accept where you are it may not be a great place we all have things we want to see change, things we want to see happen sooner, but if we really believe God is in control, if we really believe he is directing our steps then each one of us is exactly where we’re suppose to be and we shouldn’t be resisting it all the time we shouldn’t be fighting and struggling with it turn it all over to God.

Our attitude should be God I’m trusting you I know that you’re in control of my life and I may not understand everything that’s happening but, God I believe you have my best interest at heart so I’m not going to go around resisting and struggling, I’m going to relax and start enjoying my life, that will take all the pressure off of you.

The Bible says “to be still and know that I am God”, you need to get at peace of where you are right now. Things may not be perfect you may have some areas you need to improve in, but as long as we’re living upset, worried stressed out we’re just tying the hands of almighty God.

If you can just get to a place of peace then God can fight your battles for you, then He can turn those situations around. The scriptures says “those who have believed enter into the rest of God”, being in God’s rest means that you have a problem but you’re trusting God to take care of it. It means that you have a situation that you don’t understand but you’re not constantly trying to figure it out. It means you have a dream in your heart, but you’re not in a hurry you’re not frustrated because it hasn’t come to pass yet. In other words when you’re really in God’s rest you know that God has you in the palm of his hand and no matter where you are you accept it as the place God wants you to be right now.

I’m not saying God wants you to stay there but if you’re really trusting Him and if you really believe He’s in control then wherever you are, either good or bad, is exactly where you’re suppose to be. We have to understand that God has promised He will use whatever comes into our lives for our good he’ll use that difficult to do a work in you. It may not be good but if you keep the right attitude he’ll use it for your good. Just remember where you are today is exactly where God’s want you to be learn to embrace the place that you are that will take all the pressure off of you.