“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” Jeremiah 10:23
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy that you decided to stop by and join me this week…and my prayer for you; is that you will truly come to experience God…in a very real way, while you are here today!
How many times are we going to try and muddle through the tough times on our own…before we come to realize that moments such as these only land us flat on our face? Sometimes I sit and think, as to why we invite Jesus into our hearts…if we are only going to turn around and walk in our own direction.
As I walk through the struggles and challenges of my own life, I have truly come to see that I can’t make it through one morning…afternoon or evening, without holding tightly to the hand of God. You know some people feel that affliction makes God seem more distant in their lives; but I have come to see the complete opposite…for the hard and difficult moments definitely have a way of nudging us further in God’s direction…that is, if we are open to that.
One thing we need to realize, while walking through the difficult moments of trial and affliction; is that some of these paths of affliction may take us up the steepest mountain…and I don’t know about you…but I cannot do this kind of a walk alone. The pain and difficult moments of my present life only seem to make that mountain even steeper. In fact, there can be days when the mountain becomes so steep that I just want to sit down and not go on any further; but then God comes to me and sees these difficult struggles I’m facing, as an opportunity to take hold of my hand and help me the rest of the way.
In one of my favorite songs, titled..."I Can't Even Walk," there is one part of the song that truly takes hold of my heart…and it reads… “Down on my knees; that's where I’ve learned to stand…” In other words…having a true connection with God through prayer; is what is going to keep us standing strong…and if we are standing strong in the Lord; then these moments will not only allow us to feel connected to Him; but these moments will always give us a feeling, as if we are truly holding tightly to the loving and powerful hand of God.
Are you feeling the weight of a circumstance...or even what is happening in this world today? Are you finding it difficult to press on? Could it be that you are trying to muddle through, with your own plans and ideas, as to what should be happening in your life right now? May I encourage you, to let go of the hand of circumstance and come to truly see that the only hand that’s going to keep you pressing on, while leading you through these most difficult times; is the hand of almighty God.
We need to realize today that the hand of circumstance is only going to pull us further down. We need a hand that is strong…one that can help us to walk through these troubled times...times that seem to make it so difficult to press through.
You know…we can make it and we can overcome these difficult times in our lives; but I have truly come to see that we can’t walk through it alone. Take hold of God’s hand today, by saying this little prayer… “Lord, take hold of my hand and don't let go...for I’m not strong enough to travel this path alone…but you, oh Lord, have the strength to keep me standing…no matter what; so come and hold me up with your almighty powerful hand, until you have walked me out of despair…Amen!”
No matter what you are facing, just know that God can walk you out of these difficult times. I have experienced His hand in my hand many times and I’ll tell you; there were times when I didn’t think I’d walk out of what I was facing at the moment…but you know what…I walked out…and only because of a strong hand that was leading the way. God knows the way and He will be your strength; but first you need to let go of yourself and the problems you’re facing…and take hold of a strong God!
Many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth.” Psalm 71:2
“I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.” Psalm 30:1
“He delivers me from my enemies; Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man.”
“He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the needy from the ash heap…” Psalm 113:7
“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” Psalm 40:2
Hello everyone…and a big welcome this week, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad you stopped by today…and my prayer for you; is that you will find a piece of hope to hold to, as we spend this time together…hope that will truly help you to rise above the despair in your life!
As I look back on my life, I remember a journey that took me through much pain and deep heartache. As depression set in…on top of all the surgeries I was facing, while being counseled for a past sexual abuse; I began to see this journey taking me into a swampy dark wilderness. These difficult moments I walked through actually made it seem, as if I was being surrounded by a dense forest, where long strands of dark moss hung from the trees. With each step I took…fear set in, as I just didn’t know how I would ever be able to find my way out of this wilderness. It seemed that every time I tried to walk away from one specific spot within this wilderness of deep despair; I would find myself right back, to where I first began. As I sat there looking around, with no hope in sight; I began to cry and call out to Jesus for help. I truly believe that this was the moment, when I had finally let go; so He could take over.
Within a short time…Jesus came to me and took me in His loving arms and lifted me, out of fear and the moments that had attempted to take me down to nothing. As He lifted me high above these moments of despair; His strength became perfect in my weakness, as He gently led me out of the wilderness; that I had been lost in, for so long.
As I began to see the light of day, while leaving the dark moments of despair behind; I began to feel as if we had entered a beautiful meadow…a place that was at the base of a huge mountain…and the more we traveled together; it was as if I was now climbing that mountain with Him. No matter how tiresome the journey was; Jesus was right there, to walk through it with me…for now, I was no longer alone…walking aimlessly in circles.
Once we had left the wilderness of despair behind; to climb a mountain that had truly taught me to trust Jesus all the way; we were now approaching the top of that huge mountain…and as I looked at Jesus…within my mind’s eye; it was as if He wanted to show me something…and as I looked down; to the place that He was pointing to…He reminded me, as to how far He had brought me…for now, I was no longer lost in the wilderness of despair that was now below me; but I had been found and led safely to a place, where I would no longer have to live in bondage.
This story only gives you a glimpse into my life…and the hardships and struggles I’ve faced. No one but God will ever know or understand the life I’ve truly lived, for so many years…and even to this day…the journey continues on. Yes…I am free from the wilderness; but there have been more rugged mountains to climb…and more lessons to learn; but one thing I can tell you for sure; is that Jesus has journeyed all the way with me…and has carried me through times; that I never thought I’d survive.
No matter what you’re facing today…don’t walk these difficult roads alone. Call out to Jesus and let Him carry you through the times, where you are just too weak to walk on your own. One thing I know for sure…when we let go and let Jesus walk us through these troubling times; we will be set free, from the wilderness of despair.
Many blessings on your day!
It’s Only & Always Because of Him…
“For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” Romans 8:11
“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. 21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.”
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to “Sunday Inspiration”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to have you with me today…and my prayer; is that we will leave these moments, with a piece of hope that will help us to keep pressing on…especially during the hard times!
Recently, I was asking my friends on Twitter, if they had any specific topics that they would want me to write on…that is, with God’s help…and one of the topics someone wanted me to write on, was based on the difficulties of accepting God and the afterlife. After thinking this over and praying about it; God began to move and lead me in a direction that I believe, will truly give us the hope of heaven and all that awaits the one, who truly places their faith…belief and trust in Him.
As we begin today; let’s read the first Bible verse that I have posted for this week, which is found in Ecclesiastes 12:7…and we read...“For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.” We must remember that even though the body passes away…the spirit lives on…whether that would be in heaven or hell; for it was God, who breathed life within us and as He has given us His spirit; that spirit will continue to live on…whether it’s through death or the rapture.
While preparing for this writing…God was working with my heart and some of the thoughts that came out of our time together was this…just think, when we were created; God created us in His image. The body only became the shell of our being; but once God breathed new life within us; then a spirit was born and that spirit brought that body alive. This spirit is what helps us to function…think and become, who God created us to be.
You know…one thing that never really penetrated my mind, when I was younger; is how the spirit cannot die within us. In other words…God designed us and created us in a way that would cause us to live on for all of eternity, which is so amazing…so even though the body returns back to the dust; the spirit returns back to God, as the Bible verse says above. One thing we must remember though…even though our spirits return back to God; He “will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:14
One thing we need to remember today, as we share these thoughts together; is that Jesus…God’s Son, died to set us free…and through that freedom, He gave us a choice, as to what direction we would choose to take in life. In John 3:16, Jesus made a promise to us; that whosoever would believe in Him, would not perish but have eternal life with Him…a place where our spirits would be given new bodies…and a place where our spirits would live on, for all of eternity.
When I think on the spirit that lives within us; I see our bodies as a glove. Once that glove or body is removed…either through death or the rapture; the spirit will be taken to the place; for which we chose to live for in this life.
Whether we want to admit it or not; there is an afterlife…a place, for which our spirits and souls will live on…and the choices we make in this life now, will truly determine where we will spend all of eternity. Let me ask you a question today, as we close… “Is your spirit choosing the path of this world…or have you chosen the path that will one day lead you to heaven…a place where your spirit will live on eternally with Jesus Christ? Remember one thing…even though our bodies may not live on forever…our spirits will continue to live on for all eternity; so the choice is up to you…will you choose to pick up your cross and follow Jesus?
No matter what you may be walking through at this time; just know that hope awaits the one, who truly gives their life over to Jesus. Let Him not only be everything, for everything you need; but let Him be the One, who will eventually lead your spirit to a place, where there will never be pain…heartache or suffering again…a place where you can live in peace, for all of eternity with Him.
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
If you haven’t given your life over to Jesus, may I invite you to say this little prayer…“Lord Jesus, I am a sinner, in need of a Savior…One, who I believe has died for these sins I carry within me. Please come into my heart and be the Lord of my life. Forgive me and renew me in your spirit; that one day, I may be with you, for all of eternity…Amen!”
“He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.”
“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.”
“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,” Phil. 3:8
“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.” I Corinthians 6:12
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy that you stopped by today…and my prayer for all of us; is that we will come to lean on a strong God…a God who can truly fill every empty void in our lives!
You know…when we think of the word addiction; we tend to focus on drugs and alcohol alone; but I have come to see through time; that we can become addicted to other things around us, as a means of dealing with the emptiness and pain of the past.
Personally, I guess I could say that I struggled with 2 forms of addiction in my life. The first was the addiction of food. Before I even came to know Jesus, in the way I know Him now; there was definitely emptiness deep within the heart, which actually stemmed from a lot of hurt and pain from the past. As I look back, I realize more and more that I used food, as an addiction, in two ways. The first was a means of protecting myself from being further abused sexually, which meant that if I was overweight; then just maybe, my grandfather would leave me alone. The second, was to keep myself happy. To me…food seemed as if I was having a party…a time, when life could look better and feel better, then what it really was at the moment. You know…it’s amazing, as to how we can be drawn into these forms of addiction, without even realizing it; that is until later…when our eyes become opened to the truth, as to what is really taking place within us.
The second addiction that attempted to take over my life, was the use of pain meds. It wasn’t an addiction, like what you see on the streets; but rather, it was an addiction that caused me to lean on pills, more than God. In fact, I was so caught up in the pain and everything that had taken place, for so many years of my life; that I couldn’t see it any other way…that is, until I came to a place, where the medications weren’t even touching the pain; then it was time to come off of them. But one thing I can say; is that when I did come off of them; these moments actually became the time, when I was either going to lean on God or fall prey to the pain. Even to this day, I struggle with a lot of chronic pain; but God has now become my pain pill…One I cry out to, when I can’t handle what is taking place within my body.
You know…I have personally come to see that addictions of any kind…in other words…anything that controls our lives; only places us in a prison cell of despair…a place where our only companion; is the addiction that’s ruling and reigning over us.
Today, we need to realize that these forms of addiction; are only Satan’s way of controlling our lives; so we aren’t able to discover the One, who can truly fill these empty spaces with Himself. Think of it this way…when we experience loss or any other kind of hurt in our lives…that alone, can make the chambers of the heart feel as if they serve no real purpose, which only makes us feel empty within. Once our hearts become empty; we tend to look for other ways to fill that emptiness; so we can continue to feel happy in life; but we don’t always realize that when we allow the wrong things to enter the heart…things that can control our lives in the wrong way and take us further away from God; that these forms of addiction are only adding to the pain of a once empty heart.
The only way we are going to find a peace that can truly fill these empty chambers of the heart; is when we first allow God to break the chains of addiction within us. Once these chains have been broken…chains that have connected us to Satan and his control; then that is when God will truly move into the heart and fill the emptiness…brought about by evil, while filling us with His perfect peace. Let go…and let God break the chains of addiction that are keeping you addicted to evil and reach out and connect your heart with a God, who longs to fill every moment, with a love that will truly fill the emptiness within!
Blessings on your day!
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."