Healing a Broken heart!

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“I will never feel good again,” you hold tightly to the truth that God “heals the brokenhearted, binding up their wounds” Psalm 147:3.

Your feelings may tell you that God is very far away from you right now. But the reality is that He is drawn to you. If you have invited God into your life, He is especially near to you now because you need Him so desperately. You may feel that no one wants to be around you. Deep down we know that it is not a lot of fun to be with someone who is sad. But God loves brokenhearted people. He doesn’t avoid them. He is closer to you now than ever, waiting to talk with you, comfort you, and offer you hope and healing as you face the future. But you might think that a loving God would always want to relieve all of our suffering as soon as possible, and I believe He does. But He also wants us to become more like His Son, Jesus. And if Jesus “learned obedience by the things which he suffered,” why do we think that God would short circuit our learning by eliminating all of our suffering right away?

Cooperating with God’s work in our lives is the shortest route to the healing of our brokenness. But it doesn’t mean that it will happen today, or tomorrow, or even this year. The process of healing is often as important as the healing itself, because of who we become and what we learn through it. God uses our difficult experiences to prepare us for the work He has for us in His Kingdom, whether in this world or in the next. But even if the relief from the ache doesn’t come as quickly as we’d like, God’s presence and involvement in that healing is as close and as real as when He lifts that ache in an instant.

Oh my dear friends… God does understand, and He is always there to mend a broken heart. He is with us 24/7, 365 days a year. He is faithful and just. He is only a prayer away. He will dry your tears my friends. So call out to Him. Not only will He dry our tears but He will also give us the strength we need to get through our trials.

Difficulities in Life

Many of you are facing difficulties in your life today. Unexplained problems. Circumstances that seem to be out of hand. Pressures that are becoming intolerable. Now is the very time to make your faith real. Look to God and ask Him to strengthen you, to encourage you, to give you peace. He knows how to make the heavy burdens lighter, the crooked path straight. Don’t become weak when the difficult times come, be strengthened by them. Let them be times of testing, and honing, and sharpening your faith.

I love you and care about you. I realize that life can be difficult. I also realize that in those difficult times, we can grow in our faith, we can learn to depend on God, we can become real people of faith. Let the difficult times help you to know God in a deeper, more intimate way. Learn to trust the Truth that He is on His throne in control of all things. Take to heart His promise that He will not give you more than you can bear. Learn how to walk through the storms of life victoriously. Be comforted that He will never leave you, never forsake you, never let you down.

For those of you who are in need of a miracle, know I will be praying for you today. Whatever you are facing, never forget this truth. God is on His throne and God is in Control!!!

Beacon of light

Be the beacon of light that shines in the darkness of this world!~Feed the poor, clothe the naked, visit the prisoners, love your enemies, encourage one another, trust the Lord with all your heart, love your neighbor as yourself, die to self, live for Jesus! Remember what Jesus said to do, and do it!!!! Don’t sit down anymore, but Stand Up and Stand Firm! Go out and make disciples! Bring joy in their hearts ~ the Joy of Jesus!light in the darkness

Winning the Battle over Afflictions!

I want to encourage you to read all of Psalm 34 as it’s theme is that God pays attention to those who call on Him and praise Him, but when reading  Psalm 34 today, verse 19  stood out to me. We often wish we could escape troubles – the pain of grief, loss, sorrow, and failure or even the small daily frustrations that constantly wear us down. God promises to be “close to the brokenhearted” and to be our source of power, courage, and wisdom, helping us through our problem.  Sometimes he chooses to deliver us from those problems.  When trouble strikes, don’t feel frustrated with God. Instead, admit that you need God’s help and thank him for being by your side.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” Psalms 34:19

David is writing this Psalm as a form of worship to the Lord. David calls others to experience the goodness of the Lord in verse 8 when he says; “Taste and see that the Lord is good, how blessed is the man that takes refuge in Him!” Even among all of the wonderful praise that David gives the Lord in this Psalm, he still acknowledges that there are things that give him trouble. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous…” shows that David is aware of all of the things that are constantly present in this world that try to steal the joy of the Lord.

If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that there are times when small insignificant things steal our joy and pull us away from the Lord. It has been said before that admitting that there is a problem is the first step in overcoming the problem. David is admitting that there are constant problems in the world that cause us pain, distress and suffering. When we realize that these things exist in our lives, the solution to overcoming these things is much clearer. David’s solution is found in the second half of verse 19. “But the Lord delivers him out of all of them” shows that a true reliance on God’s power is the only way to fight against our afflictions. The things that cause pain, distress, and suffering will always be present in our world. The good news is that the solution will also always be present, and His name is Jesus Christ.

So what does this mean for you and I today? This Psalm tells me that I have a chance to win the battle over my afflictions. My own strength is worthless against the things that cause me pain, distress and suffering, but the strength of my Savior is powerful enough to remove any of the things that seek to cause me harm. As you go through your day today, pray that the Lord will make your afflictions known and deliver you from each and every one of them.

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Remember that even when you feel weak, the Lord’s strength is still as mighty and powerful as it has ever been.

You are the light of the world

you are the light of the worldYou are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)

You cannot make yourself the light of the world. Jesus says you are the light of the world because of your relationship with him. “The God who said, ‘Out of darkness the light shall shine!’ is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts, to bring us the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

God speaks the light of Jesus into our hearts, and his light shines so powerfully through us that we are like stars in the universe that point the whole human race toward real life (Philippians 2:15-16).

This is a portrait of discipleship. Jesus, who is the light of the world, re-creates us into the light of the world. We are light, not because of anything in ourselves, but because we are in a supernatural union with the light of the world. He calls us to follow after him, and he says, “Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness” (John 8:12)

Our focus must always be on the light, humbly trusting Jesus to reveal the light through us. Prayerfully remember –My influence and visibility is a result of who lives in me, not because of what I do. It is God who puts me in a place of influence and visibility. I am merely a steward of my influence and visibility, so it is important I get out of the way and let Jesus work through me.Only God can measure the significance of my influence and visibility. I may influence one person who will then influence the world. My focus is on following Jesus wherever he leads.

Why me God?

Why me? Why this? Do you ever wonder why? Do you feel guilty for even daring to ask? I think we all have had times when the loss was so great in our lives that we cried, not upon our pillow in a quiet voice in the silence of our darkened bedroom. No we screamed it with all the angst and heartache and brokenness our voice could muster in the public streets for all the world to see. At times, our why was resolved with the still small voice of God and a touch of warmth from the Comforter pouring Himself out upon us. Other times, our felt alone, abandoned. The psalmist did the same. Prophets have cried out. Kings.

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent. BUT You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.” Psalm 22:1-3. Image

It’s odd that we, who think our God does not hear us in the darkness of our nights and the bright light of our grief and pain, continue to cry out. If it were so futile, if God was so deaf, if God was so far away, why would we bother? Because deep in the recesses of our tribulation, emptiness and agony, we know that God is God and God is steadfast and sure. We may question our circumstances, our losses, our trials–but we know that ultimately our answers are in God. And we cry out in search of them. We may not feel our God hears, but all scripture denounces that lie of Satan. We may not think God is present, but Jesus, our King, says differently. “Lo, I am with you always, even to the ends of the world.”

With every “why” I’ve ever voiced, my God’s assurance has answered. With every darkness I’ve ever encountered, God pierces with Light and gives me faith to dispel the doubts of my human fraility. So when you wonder why, remember we may never know all the answers. We have the Answer–Jesus is Lord of all and has overcome the world.

Really Trusting in God!

Trusting in God is one of the hardest things to do as a Christian. Life seems like a mystery and as we observe life around us…sometimes we wonder if God is even involved with us at all. It’s not easy to believe and trust Him with everything going on with us. Is He REALLY listening?

We want to believe in Him, but why is it so hard? Trusting in God is vital to our spiritual lives, yet our faith is so weak. If we only knew the amazing way that the Lord would open up to us if we would just open up to Him in belief. And the Lord has done an interesting thing…the more we trust in Him…the more He rewards us and reveals Himself to us. But when we doubt Him and don’t have faith, nothing ever happens. He doesn’t try to prove Himself or surprise us with a revelation to show us that we’re wrong.

You see the point is…it’s all up to you. If you don’t believe that God will do much for you… then guess what…He pretty much won’t. You’re life will likely stay the same old way for a long time. But if you trust in God to come and make your life new…be ready for Him to come in like gang busters. It’s very exciting.

This is the key: Belief and trust…and keep on trusting regardless of what is going on around you, even if things seem hopeless. Relinquish your mind’s control over all situations.Take your hands off and let go of your fear & unbelief. Stop trying to figure things out. TRUST GOD TO WORK.trust god no matter what

Encouragement

Encourage people in the spirit! Love in the spirit! Give in the spirit! Understand what Jesus said when He said, Love Thy Neighbor- that’s everyone! We are here to help others and love others and make them thirsty for Jesus! The Living Water! Jesus was a friend of sinners (us)… food for thought! Don’t worry about what others think… just do it like Jesus would!

Remember non-Christians don’t read the Bible; they read Christians!

TRUSTING GOD THROUGH THE STORM!

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The Apostle Paul knew that each step of his journey was put in place by His Savior. He learned how to wait on God for all that he needed. He was able to be content even in suffering and persecution because he trusted in Christ. Paul expressed his trust in 2 Timothy 1:12 when he said, ” For I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that he is more than able to care for that which I give to him for this day“.  That is faith in action!

God is not late to help us even when all hope appears to be dwindling down. Even the  timing of Christ’ suffering and death on the cross was planned long before the world was formed.  It happened at the perfect, precise moment that God chose it to be. There was no detail left undone as Jesus completed the work of redemption for a lost world. Sin and death was overcome by the cross as Jesus uttered this powerful promise saying, “It is finished!”  

Take heart, dear beloved, and know without a doubt  that your situation is not dead.  It is being worked out in the timing of God who already knows the outcome.  There is an eternal purpose for your suffering.  You are not waiting for God to show up for he already has.  You are holding on for the perfection of the plan he is now working out  in your life.

The struggles and trials you suffer are always an opportunity for God to reveal his power to you.  Each time a painful situation brings you to your knees, use that position to give glory to God!  It frustrates the devil when you do.  Never let the enemy convince you to surrender in the heat of battle for you are nowhere near being defeated.  You have been made more than a conqueror through Christ and he is not about to let you fail.