“But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15
“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.” Psalm 36:5-6
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1
Hello everyone and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad that you chose to stop by for a visit today and my prayer for you; is that you will truly come to see that no one could ever love you like Jesus loves you!
You know…there can be times in our lives, when the circumstances we go through, attempt to convey negative messages…messages that say… “God has abandoned you!”…or “God doesn’t love you anymore because He hasn’t done a thing about your problem!” One thing I have come to see through moments like these; is that these negative messages that enter our hearts and minds; are only deceptive lies…a part of Satan’s scheme, to separate us from the true love that God has for each of us.
I think the first thing we need to remember today; is that God would have never sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to an old rugged cross, unless He loved us. Also, I have come to see that God does not create something that He cannot love. In fact…to me; it’s as if God did create us; so that He would have someone to love and care for…so see how our circumstances can twist up that truth and become deceptive?
Within my own life, I have had many people tell me they loved me…but in the end it was never real…for love does not molest or abuse…or even cheat or hurt deeply. For many years of my life, I clung to this so-called love…thinking that if I was to let go; then just maybe I would fall to the ground and never get up again.
Through time, I came to see that this broken down love was only hurting me deeper…to the place, where I felt as if this so-called love was actually abusing my heart and making life, even more miserable, than what it had been before.
It took a long and difficult journey…down a broken road of so-called love, to see that I was headed in the wrong direction. As I prayed for God to heal these moments in my life; so that I could remain committed to the ones who had hurt me; it was as if God was saying to me…“But Diane, what about me?” Instantly, it was as if my mind and heart were awakened to the truth, of what I had been doing to myself…and even more…to my relationship with God.
I wonder why we choose to please those who hurt us…over a perfect and loving God. How is it that we are more willing to remain locked up within abuse…hurt and deep heartache, rather than experiencing a love that is real and everlasting?
Over time, I came to truly see what was taking place in my life…and most of all; what was making my life so miserable. It came to some hard and difficult decisions; but I did eventually come to see how God’s love is so real and important to me!
No matter what you may be facing…and no matter how lonely life may seem; I know a love that will never hurt or disappoint you…a love that will constantly reach out to you and care for your every need and that perfect love only comes from Jesus Christ.
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18
“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9
“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13
Hello everyone…and a big welcome this week, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I want you to know that I am so happy to have you with me today and my prayer for you; is that you will come to see that you are never alone, in your hour of need!
I’m sure that every one of us has experienced lonely moments; that made us feel, as if we were in a world of our own…and the bad thing about that; is that this kind of a world can become too lonely…to the place, where we want to leave that world and not feel alone any longer.
I remember a time, when I had an emotional breakdown. I came to the place, where I felt as if no one could ever understand the painful moments of my past. These moments that I once held tightly to on my own, were now beginning to slip through my fingers…to the place, where I could barely hang onto life any longer.
After getting up one morning, I went into the bedroom to make the bed and all the feelings that had been mounting up on my shoulders, were now weighing me down to the floor, where I sat and starred at a bed; that just seemed impossible to make. How could anyone ever understand these feelings?
Within a short time later…God began to show me that He did understand…but in a different way; then what I would have expected…for these moments of loneliness and hurt, were now leading me to a mental ward, in a local hospital.
As I paced the halls, with tears falling down my cheeks…never really knowing the reason for the tears; that’s when God began to step in and show me that He was truly with me. You know…He knew that no one could understand this deep embedded loneliness and pain from the past like Him…and I truly believe that this was the reason, why He took me away from the broken down life…where I barely existed…to draw me to Himself, in this hospital. I have to admit; that at first, I didn’t know where He was, in all that was taking place; but then the still small voice of His presence began to whisper love within my spirit…letting me know that He was going to bring me through these hopeless moments.
Later…after being discharged from the hospital, I sat in our living room…still struggling to figure out why I felt so lonely at times. I thought to myself…if there were 100 people in this room…I would probably still feel lonely…and Lord, why is that? I was so desperate for an answer…but as I continued to sit there and pursue what was bothering me; God began to once more speak to my heart, with that still small voice and say...“It’s because I would be missing.” Instantly, His words woke me up and made me realize; that even though I had accepted Him into my heart…I hadn’t allowed Him to share that heart and the past with me; for I was trying to muddle through these awful moments on my own, which finally became the reason why I felt so alone.
No matter what you’re facing right now…there is one thing that I can truly understand…and that is how a circumstance can place us in a world of our own. Today, we need to realize that this is a part of Satan’s plan…to get us alone with him; to the place where we can no longer find hope.
May I encourage you today; to get alone with God and let Him be a part of the problems that are weighing you down? One thing I can say from experience; is that even though the circumstance may attempt to place you in a world of your own…you will never be alone…because when you invite God into the problem; then He will also be in that world with you…giving you love…hope and an understanding heart; until He is ready to walk you out of that world...into something brand new!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” I Peter 5:7
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Hello everyone…and welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to be back…and as we spend this time together, I pray that we will truly come to see how we can gain God, in a much greater way, just by simply letting go!
Do we ever stop to actually think about what happens, when we hold tightly to our problems…loss…pain and heartache? The one thing that I have come to see over time; is that when we hold tightly to these things; then we end up holding tightly to something that can’t help us; but instead, only makes our situation much worse.
As I was preparing to spend this time with God and write, a thought came across my mind…that just maybe we could be afraid to let go of these things that are hurting us; because we are afraid, as to what the final outcome could be, when we choose to let go. In other words…we could be holding tightly to our problems because we feel the need, to always know what is happening…or to be on top of what is going on. For some…letting go can be a big step because they may feel that by letting go; that could also mean losing out on something. You know…it’s amazing, as to how Satan can convince us that letting go, can end up taking us in the direction of defeat, when all along…letting go is truly the only way of finding freedom from the problem.
One thing that I have come to discover, through this time alone with God; is that letting go should be a hope that not only allows us to release every broken moment, into the hands of a powerful God; but these moments of letting go should also be a way of discovering an even greater connection with God, as we make an exchange…His sustaining love, for every moment that has weighed us down and put us into a deep pit of despair. I truly believe that letting go also teaches us that we don’t have to lean on the problem, when there is a strong God, who can keep us lifted high above despair.
I think that if we knew what we could experience, just by simply letting go of our needs; then maybe we would find it easier to let go…so the one question that I would like to have us ask ourselves today is this… “What do we feel would actually take place in our lives, just by simply letting go of everything? I would say that the first thing we would definitely notice; is that the heavy weight that had made life so difficult; would no longer be there…and then the second thing that would probably happen; is that we would begin to see that God is now Lord of our lives, rather than the problem. In other words, the problem would no longer be there to have control over us; but instead, a powerful God would fill that emptiness left behind, by the problem.
Let’s face it…letting go isn’t always easy…but it can happen and the only way that’s going to happen; is when we learn to truly place our trust in God, rather than the problem. We also need to remember that the problem was never put there, for us to safely lean on or help us through these times; but rather, the problem was put there by Satan, as a set up…to weigh us down and make us distant from God, while bringing about needless moments of suffering.
Today, we need to realize that the longer it takes to let go; is only going to result in more needless suffering, as Satan continues to have control. Isn’t it about time; that we stand before a powerful God and allow our hands and hearts, to become emptied, of all that is weighing us down? Remember one thing…you will never lose out by letting go; but you will lose out, by not letting go!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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About the Author
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."