*Let this God inspired writing, from His heart to yours, help you to focus on the journey set before you, rather than the obstacles that attempt to get in your way.
Oh how my heart aches, for relief from these moments that continually attempt to bring me low. There was a time, when the problems of the past had come to a halt...thinking that these moments would never more be; but I have come to see that they were only the beginning of what was yet to come. That doesn't mean that I serve a weak God...that only means that I am fighting a battle with the enemy...one who is attempting to bring me down and away, from the One that I've chosen to serve.
Even though these battles can be fierce at times...and even seem unending; they do find their end, as a great and mighty warrior stands before me. As the fiery darts come my way; His shield protects me from the hard blows; that could otherwise bring me down to total destruction.
Some say that Christians shouldn't have battles to fight...after all, they now belong to God; but I say differently because the more I seek to serve this God who reigns within me...the more it seems that these battles rage on, as the enemy works harder and harder to steal my soul away from this God I serve. Nothing is ever going to be easy, when we choose to follow God; but the one who chooses to press on through it all, will be saved in the end. Even though the passageways ahead can seem narrow and almost impossible to get through; somehow I survive...and that is because of a God who is greater than these weak moments I walk through.
If only, I can keep my thoughts away from the "thorn" that once pierced my side...and if only I can gain a strength that is not of myself; then I will be able to focus more on the journey that God has set before me to follow. Pain can be distracting...and tiredness can weigh me down; but one thing I know...my God is there for me...and He will be my focus and the everlasting arms of strength that will keep me lifted up.
So now, I continue to press on, until this journey finds its end in Heaven...where these steps will lead me out of despair, for all of eternity... "for I have fought a good fight...I have finished my course...I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day...and not to me only; but unto all them also that love his appearing."
Do you love Christ enough, to walk through the narrow passageways of life?
*Let this God inspired writing...from His heart to yours, help you to connect with One, who can understand and connect with you...while feeling forsaken, during difficult moments of suffering.
How is it that I pray and nothing happens? Have my prayers become weak in faith, due to the size of what this circumstance appears to be...that's standing before me? Is it that I'm trying to tell God, as to how my needs should be met; that I find myself greatly disappointed, when they aren't answered, in the way that I feel they should be answered?
Here I sit in the midst of pain and a broken life...pleading for God to make me whole again; but yet there is no response. Does God love me anymore? Has He grown tired of me...to the place, where He has chosen to walk away, like others in my life?
Oh the pain that racks this tired body of mine...and oh how the rope I once clung to, has now become a thread that I can barely take hold of. Where are you God...have You forgotten me? I can't continue much longer down this path that seems so broken, with no end in sight.
Trust me, My child; for just because I haven't placed all the broken pieces of your life together; that doesn't mean that I have forsaken you. Remember, My child...even though the pain in your life remains...I'm still your Father...and I am holding you within the palm of my hand...where I will always have control of your life, just as My Father had control over mine.
There was a time in My life, when I too suffered greatly, for the sins of this world. The pain and agony I suffered through was beyond all words. The very same people that I was dying for, were the very same people, who had loved Me one moment...only to reject Me the next. In fact...there were some who even spit upon Me.
After being beaten to practically nothing; I was then taken to a cross, where spikes were driven into my hands and feet. As this death became even more agonizing...I cried out to My Father and said... "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?"...and here I was God's only Son.
I understand your pain, My child...and I understand your brokenness, for I have suffered too; but it was all in accordance to My Father's will...just as it is for you...and once the purpose behind your pain and heartache has been served; then My Father will remove you from these painful moments, just as He did for Me.
Remember, My child; that these moments of affliction serves a greater purpose...one that will always be controlled by the hand of almighty God, My Father...so hold on My child...for better days are coming...days that will allow you to rise above this despair; that you may now live out the true purpose, for which this suffering was first allowed...Amen!!
*Let this God inspired writing...from His heart to yours, become a strategy
that can ward off the works of evil.
Life has it's up's and down's for sure. One day, the sun can be shining brightly within the heart...with the sweet aroma of God's presence everywhere, while other days the sun seems to hide behind darkened clouds, as the presence of evil attempts to hide the light of day that once made life beautiful.
When these moments come into play; they seem to pull on our weaknesses, in a strategic way...and that is when these darkened clouds have now become the battlefield between good and evil.
As evil takes aim...to destroy the soul and remove it from the presence of God; it starts at the point of weakness. At first, the blows that come our way, are meant to instill fear within us...a fear that attempts to weaken the soul even more. As we turn to God, we become strengthened for the battle, which makes it even harder for the enemies strategy to take hold; so in return, the blows become even more painful, as the heat of this battle intensifies with greater struggles and obstacles to get over. There can be times, when these battles become so fierce; that all we want to do is run and hide...but where will that take us? For as long as we remain weak in spirit...Satan will continue to hunt us down, like a weak and wounded animal.
What we need is a better strategy...to fight off these evil forces; that are attempting to take us down. Once the enemy is destroyed; then we can live victorious...with a peace that can truly bring about a freedom that we never thought could ever be...but before we can even experience this true freedom; we need to be seen as strong in the Lord. We know that Satan is lurking around, for someone who is weak in spirit...and why? Because he doesn't hold a power within himself that is equal or greater in strength...to the strength of almighty God. As long as we are seen as a weak and vulnerable person, in the eyes of evil; then we will always remain as easy prey to evil.
What we truly need; is to let God prepare us for these greater battles, by exchanging our weaknesses, for His perfect strength. In turn...God's strength will help us to be seen as someone stronger than evil, which will help to keep the enemy distant from us...for the stronger we become in the Lord...and the more we grow spiritually through these difficult times...the weaker the enemy will become, which will eventually destroy him, while making the evil schemes that were once meant to destroy us...powerless before us...Amen!!
*Let this God inspired writing...from His heart to yours, help you to see that the words we speak, can only lead us to the desire of our hearts, when faith and action are there to bring them alive.
How quickly we speak words, while never realizing that they can never come alive and tell a story, without first putting them into action. Have we come to a place in our lives, where we take what we speak for granted? Do these thoughts...we put into words, only become words with no real meaning? How can we desire something and speak it, while never allowing our desires to take us to their destination?
Could it be that we are weak in spirit? In other words...is the desire there, along with the words that match up to those desires; but yet our faith only allows them to go so far...before putting up a road block; that only allows those words and desires to fall powerless to the ground before us?
We need to realize that it's not our words alone that brings something new into existence; but rather, it's our faith that causes us to react to what has been spoken...and when we truly believe in what we speak; then this is when mountains are moved...and life goes forward, from an old weakness, to a new strength, as each spoken word takes us to a new place in life.
Now isn't the time to spew words from our lips that never take us anywhere in life; but rather, now is the time to let our faith take hold of our words; that our faith may become wings that allow our true desires to soar into the heavens...as little messages, from our heart to God's heart; that we in turn may reap His blessings and all He longs to do, as a means of helping us, during a time of need...Amen!!
*Let this God inspired writing...from His heart to yours, bring hope into your heart...knowing that as Christians...these difficult moments will soon find their end, in a place called heaven.
In the stillness of the night, my thoughts are struggling to be above these moments of tiredness and pain...moments that seem so real...to the place that I have become overwhelmed by this long journey that I've been on, for so many years of my life.
Some days, the footsteps are light...to the place that I feel as if I have made headway towards my destination, while other times, the steps seem so heavy...as if I will never make it there.
Oh how I long to take one final step into heaven...a place that's almost hard to believe could ever exist...a place where time will stand still, for all of eternity...and a place where this pain and tiredness, will instantly become a thing of the past.
Can you imagine a place where no evil exists...where nothing can take a sudden turn from good to bad? Can you imagine always feeling well, with a peace that keeps your heart and mind quiet, with no room for depression, sadness or sorrow to enter?
Thoughts like these are what keeps this tired body moving towards its destination. One thing this body knows; is to not sit down in the midst of this broken path...for this broken path will only bring this journey to a halt...where nothing will be experienced, except for what it's suffering through already.
Even though this journey may become more difficult at times...to the place I'd like to give up...I must keep my eyes on the prize that's awaiting me...and never turn away...for this prize awaiting me, will become the complete remedy, for this difficult path I've suffered through...for so many years of my life.
Even though I haven't found what I've been looking for in this world; I know that when this journey comes to an end; so will these tired and painful steps...AMEN!!
*Let this God inspired writing...from His heart to yours; help you to see the difference
between religion and a true and lasting relationship with Christ.
As Christians, are we caught up in religion or a relationship with Christ? In other words...have we become so caught up in a traditional religion, where we go to church...know the doctrine of that particular religion, while using Christian clichés? Do we realize how religion can become a form of godliness, while denying the true power that comes from experiencing a close and deeply connected relationship with Christ?
As a person becomes caught up in religion...this form of godliness becomes a set of rules to follow, rather than following the true and living God...and the power He longs to portray within our lives. When we take this route as a Christian, we become more devoted to what religion stands for, while denying ourselves the privilege of experiencing the power that is contained within this powerful God...a power that can cause us to rise above the despair; that attempts to take us down...along with so much more.
How are we ever going to connect with the One, whose power can come back to us, if we are plugged into a form of godliness or religion, instead of God Himself? How will we experience healing and His sustaining love, if there is no connection that can generate that power our way?
Let us ask ourselves this question... "Can religion save our souls from hell?" If so; then why did Jesus have to die for the sins of this world? I have come to see that religion can be Satan's way of sidetracking us, from a God that can be so much more than religion; for I believe that when we become caught up in a form of godliness; then that's when man can make his own set of rules, rather than following the truth of God's word; that can keep him free.
When we choose to come to the place in our lives, where we follow a form of godliness that contains no power; then where will we be, when the wind and waves of circumstance strike us head on. What power will be there, to spare us of these brutal attacks? Will our religion come to our rescue? No...because it is only a form of godliness. What we truly need; is God and God alone...Amen!!