“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour…” Isaiah 43:1-3a
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
Hello everyone and welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I pray that you’re having a good day and that you will truly feel and experience the presence of a powerful God, as we spend these precious moments alone with Him today!
As we begin, I would like to say first; that I missed our time together last week because I was taking a week off with God. Lately, I had been really tired and just needed a time of refreshment with Him; so I took quite a bit of that time during the week, to just sit in God’s presence and allow Him to rejuvenate me and bring me back to where I longed to be with Him.
While I was off…spending time alone with God, I came to see how easily we can get sidetracked in life…to the place where we actually don’t know where we are at the time and how we got there. As I’ve said many times before…it’s only through our weaknesses; that Satan gains power, to work in ways that can attempt to overtake us.
During these uncertain moments in our lives, we can become so overwhelmed and weighed down, by what is taking place in our lives; that we begin to feel as if the troubled waters that surround us, are about to overtake us for the final time.
One thing I was reminded of, while I was off last week; is that God’s love is so great, when it comes to His children; that His love will instantly step into the troubled waters with us…to save us…even before we call out His name.
I remember the moments so clearly…before taking last week off. I was not only tired but my chronic pain had increased quite a bit and between the two of them, I began to feel as if I could barely keep my head above the troubled waters. I remember sitting in my office one day and saying to God…I need you so much! Well…He must have heard that cry for help because His love actually came running to me and before I knew it; I was taking a week off…to spend it with Him.
From there, God began to show me where I had gone wrong and as we faced these difficult moments together, I began to slowly feel myself being lifted up and out of the waters of despair. One thing though…I definitely found that this could only take place, when I became humble before Him…admitting my failures and weaknesses. You know…how many times, do we attempt to hide our problems or walk beyond them…only to ignore them? Don’t we realize that moments such as these are only going to put us deeper into the troubled waters?
Today, we need to allow God to lift us up and walk us beyond the troubled seas and darkened valleys and once we are willing to humbly let Him do so; then His strength alone will remove us from the difficult moments in our lives…to place us up on the mountaintop with Him, where we can remain above the problems we face, rather than standing face to face with them.
Once we are willing to let go of everything, except for God; that is when we will experience a touch of heaven…a time, when we no longer walk the path of anxiety, doubt and fear; but rather, God will place us on a new path, where we leave the darkened moments behind, to walk in the light of His love and peace.
Blessings so much on your Sunday!
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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."