“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might
depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Hello everyone! Happy Sunday and welcome this week, to Sunday Inspiration…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad that you decided to come and join me today and my prayer; is that we all will discover the depth of God’s love and care for us…especially, while facing the challenging moments of life!
As we begin today, there is one question that I would like to focus on and that is this… “How often do we really think about God’s grace, while experiencing difficult times in our lives?” We think of God’s grace, thru the death of His Son on the cross; but how can His grace work for us, during the hard…difficult and challenging moments of circumstance?
I think that before we can even begin to talk on this subject; we must first understand the true meaning of grace. I remember a time, as a young teenager, when my Sunday School teacher taught me; that grace is actually God’s riches at Christ’s expense, which is true…because it was thru the death of the cross; that a price was paid; that we might receive God’s richest blessing…“grace.”
As I continued to do a little more research, on the subject of God’s grace, this is what I found… “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it."
Today, we must realize that God’s grace is something that is given freely to us. It’s not something that God gives us, while expecting something great from us in return. I still stand amazed, at the love and mercy; that His Son, Jesus Christ demonstrated on the cross. Jesus could have walked away completely and used the power he had, to stop what was about to take place…but He didn’t. His love for us was so great; that any moment of ridicule…pain or suffering couldn’t stop His love from shining thru these awful moments of suffering.
One thing I have truly come to see thru Jesus death on the cross; was that this wasn’t the end of His love for us…but only the beginning, of all that He longed to demonstrate, thru His perfect love. Even though Jesus died and rose again and is now residing in heaven; that doesn’t mean that His grace has been shut off from us; but rather…a grace of love and mercy continues to thrive and follow us…no matter what we face in life. For it’s the grace of God that continues to flow like a river, thru every part of our being…seeking for ways to love…comfort and sustain us, thru the difficult and challenging moments; that we may face in this life.
You know…maybe it’s time for us, to step out of the presence of a problem; to step into the presence of God. In other words…we need to leave the problem behind…a problem that is only making us feel overwhelmed…discouraged and alone; to experience God’s grace…a love and mercy; that can hold us and keep our minds at peace, while the storm continues to rage around us.
I truly believe that when we reach out for God’s grace, rather than the problem that is starring us in the face; then the problem will fade into the background of our lives, while we stand amazed, at a love and mercy that becomes endless…a love and mercy that becomes crutches to lean on, during the difficult times…and a love and mercy that will always give us the strength to press on and know in our hearts; that there is hope…a hope that becomes God’s richest gift to us…a gift of grace.
Blessings on your Sunday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” I Peter 4:12-13
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” Philippians 3:7-11
Hello everyone! Happy Sunday and welcome this week, to Sunday Inspiration…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy that you came to join me today and my prayer is that we will truly be given a glimpse of hope thru Jesus Christ…a glimpse of hope that will keep us pressing on…and will help us to have a new outlook, on whatever we may be facing at this time!
You know…I remember a time, as a young teenager, when I was going thru a lot in my life. Even through these depressing moments; I actually found myself taking out my Bible and reading God’s word and I guess that even though I never really saw it this way at the time…I was searching for hope and whatever God could offer me.
Anyways…one day, God led me to some Bible verses, which are a few of the Bible verses that I have chosen for this week’s Sunday Inspiration…which are found in Philippians 3:7-11. Little did I know at that time; that those verses were about to come to life, within my own life.
One thing I can definitely say about these verses in Philippians; is that anything in my life that was gain to me…ended up being counted as loss, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Many times, I have thought to myself…if I could have seen what was coming down the road; then maybe I would’ve went somewhere and hid…but do you know what? If I would have hid myself, from God’s will and purpose for my life; then I wouldn’t be living out His plan for my life right now.
You know…life can be difficult to figure out at times. There can be a moment, when we have been struck down…either thru our health or great loss…or even thru something that has brought deep heartache into our lives. We pray and pray; but where is God and what is happening? We watch others around us, who never seem to go thru much of anything, while we continue to suffer, thru the moments that just won’t let go of us.
I guess the question that I would like to ask you today is this…could it be that we haven’t taken the time, to see our situation thru God’s eyes? In other words…maybe He not only wants to be the remedy to our problem; but maybe He is also longing for us to let go of ourselves completely; that He might rise up and become even stronger…thru the problem.
You know…I remember the very hard and difficult times I faced in my past and for the longest time, I couldn’t figure out why God was answering other people’s prayers; but not mine. Could it be that God didn’t love me, in the same way that He loved others? Or could it be that I wasn’t good enough for Him? Actually, I found out in the end; that neither one of those questions even pertained to what I was facing at the time; but rather, I came to see that God loved me so much; that He wanted to become more of my life…but in order for that to happen, I would have to get out of the way and let Him reign supreme within my life.
As I experienced loss after loss in my life, I began to see a glimpse of hope that was allowing me to see that these moments of great loss, weren’t meant to make me feel empty and alone; but rather, these empty chambers within the heart had gone thru a cleaning process; that would clear out all the unneeded rubbish within my life; so there would be more room for God to reside within my heart.
This cleaning process that took place came thru deep heartache and pain and as each room of the heart, was now being cleaned out and counted as loss; God was beginning to move in and begin a new work within my life.
You know…I think that sometimes we just need to remain silent, in the presence of God…and instead of trying to figure out what may be wrong; maybe we should just allow these moments of silence, to be a time, when God can step in and reveal the purpose behind these great moments of affliction.
You know…it seems like we’re always trying to figure out what is happening in our lives, when we really don’t have a clue, as to what is going on. We need to come to the realization; that God is the only One, who knows the purpose and reasoning, for which He is allowing these moments into our lives…and if we can see these difficult times, as a blessing, rather than torment; then we would also come to see in the end; that we have a God, who loves us so much; that He is willing to work within our lives, in such a way that would allow these moments of affliction, to work and clean out the things that He longs to count as loss; that we may win Him in the end!
Blessings so much on your Sunday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,”
“But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?” Galatians 4:9
Hello everyone! Happy Sunday and welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to have you with me and I pray that today, we will be able to find a brand new place to begin again…where everything that we may be experiencing at this present time, can be turned around and be made new once more!
How many times have we tried to press on; but yet we still find that we step back into the past…a place where we really don’t belong anymore? One thing that I have learned thru my own past; is that I’ve had to completely let go; so I can move forward and begin to live the true life that God had purposed for me, from the very beginning…and may I say that this has not been an easy road for me; but as I have learned to let go of a very painful past; to truly seek after and pursue God’s will and purpose for my life; I have actually come to see that where I am now; is what I call a “Happy Place” in my life!
You know…sometimes we can put up barriers in our lives; that keep us from moving forward. For instance…one of these barriers can be represented through pleasing others, while forgetting to just forgive the past and move on. This is exactly what I did, for many years of my life, which only brought me stress and deep heartache, while making me feel, as if I was constantly going in circles.
One thing I definitely found out, while trying to leave the past behind; is that it’s not always easy to honestly let go and move on. I guess it’s because we become immune to our actions and the way things have always been; but in order that we should experience the newness that God longs to give us; then first, we must find a way to close the door to the past and be willing to lean on God, for that first step; that can lead us into something brand new.
Something that helped me to move on quite a long time back; was actually one of our Bible verses for today, which is found in Galatians 4:9, which reads… “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
You know…there can be moments in the past that can actually become a beautiful place to visit, within the heart and mind…a place where something great took place in our lives that we always want to remember and go back to from time to time; but on the other hand, there can be moments, where God may have freed us, from certain situations; that can almost be too painful to think about. When we choose to hold to these moments; then before we know it, our hearts and minds begin to walk back to a time, when Satan had once taken hold of us…a place, where we may have even felt in deep bondage. These are the places that we must let go of…places that Satan can actually enter, while attempting once more to place us back into a very hard and difficult time, within our lives.
I guess the question that we need to ask ourselves today; is what we actually see within this Bible verse, in Galatians 4:9… “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”
You know…when we look at our past thru our own eyes, we may see; what has been, a hard and difficult road; but I have come to see that when we look at the past thru God’s eyes; it’s as though He is offering us a new place to reside...a place, where we can move on and learn to be happy once more…and just think, all we have to do; is be willing to shut the door to the past…lock it up for good…hand the key over to God and take a brand new step, into a brand new beginning…it’s that simple. There is no hard work to moving on…just a willing heart and mind.
As we close, let me ask you one final question. If God has already made your life brand new thru the cross; then why are you choosing to stand in the midst of the rubble of the past? You know…when we choose to live like this; then it isn’t God whose doing this to us…or even any other person…it’s ourselves.
Today, I pray that we will find the strength thru God, to quit looking behind us and just be willing to take a new step, into all that God longs to do for us. God never said that life would be easy; but He did say that He would be with us; so quit following the path of the past and let God take you by the hand and lead you into something brand new!
Blessings on your Sunday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.” Psalm 16:5
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
Hello everyone! Happy Sunday and welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad that you stopped by today and my prayer for you; is that you will truly find God to be everything you need…especially while walking thru troubled times!
You know…the trials that we face in life can make us feel trapped, as though there is no way out. In fact, there can be times, when we wonder if we will ever find freedom, thru these moments that seem to have placed us, into shackles of despair. Just getting up in the morning can seem to be a task that seems so enormous, as we seem to fall into thoughts of dread and fear.
Recently, as some of you already know…I went thru about six weeks of really bad chronic pain and illness. I was sleeping one night and in the middle of the night, was when it all began. Since it just came on during the night, I thought it would soon leave, as this is what has happened many times before; but to my surprise…the pain continued to take me to a place, where I began to feel, as if I had been trapped in a prison cell of despair, with no way out.
There were times, when I felt as though I could barely hang onto life; but then God came to me, thru these trying moments and made Himself known to me, in a way that kept my spirits going. As I cried out, thru the deepest and darkest moments of despair…I knew that He was there with me. I just couldn’t understand at the time, as to why He would allow this kind of suffering into my life.
As time passed by, I found out that I had become so caught up in these overwhelming moments of pain; that I was finding it difficult to keep my focus on God and from there, I began to realize that this may be the reason, as to why I wasn’t receiving the help I needed.
You know…Satan has a way of controlling moments such as these, until we begin to ask ourselves… “Where is God, in all of this?” But while we are asking the question, as to where God is…maybe we should turn the table around and see where we may be at the time. I have come to see so many times; that God is ALWAYS there; but we are the ones that tend to wonder away or follow the path of something that seems so overwhelming at the time; that before we know it, we have lost our connection with God.
I guess the thing that we need to focus on the most, during the very difficult times of adversity; is how we are making it, rather than what is going so wrong…or what we may have even done wrong. You know…I may not always succeed, when it comes to a very overwhelming moment of trial; but I have still come to see that I could have never made it, without the strength of a great and powerful God!
You know…we may not fully understand these moments and why God allows them into our lives; but the one thing we can cling to; is that our God is always there for us, when we need Him the most…even at times, when we fail Him…because you see, I have come to see that He is a God, who will never turn His back on us; but rather, He is a God, who is more than willing to pick up all the broken pieces of our lives and give us another chance to begin anew and once we have truly caught on, to what He may be teaching us at the time; then He will turn life completely around for us, which will give us more strength for the journey that still lies ahead of us.
I think sometimes; that we just need to let go of everything that seems to be hitting us head on and come to truly lean on a God, who can be everything, for every little thing we need. When we are able to just focus on Him and Him alone; then this will become a message, from our hearts to His; that we are truly ready to receive, from whatever He has to offer us.
Blessings on your Sunday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."