This morning, as I am looking out to a beautiful sunny day; I am looking and longing for the presence of God. When the difficult times attempt to overwhelm me, I have found Him to not only be the anchor to hold to; but I have also found Him to be the only One who can calm these storms within.
You know…there was a time in my life, when I would turn to everything but Jesus. The food and material things, which once brought happiness into a day, only lasted for a short time…and then I was back to where I once was. I don't know what to say to you today; but finding Jesus in a very real way has not only given me the help, hope and strength I need each day; but His presence has also become very special to me…like a very good friend. I now know that when I'm hurting…and I need someone to listen to me; that He will be there…and He won't walk away or grow tired of all the things I face in this life.
Sunday morning, as I got up and began to move around and check emails, I was sharing my heart with God, as to how I had been feeling over the weekend, which was really rough. After pouring myself out before Him and resting for the day, I decided to sit up a little later that night and spend time in God's word. As a well used Bible was opened, I could see the highlights and little sticky notes that I had placed within many pages of this Bible over time. As I began to read some of them, I began to go back in thought, to the times when I had felt broken and beaten up by life. As my hand lightly went across each page, I just knew that the same God who helped me then, could help me now…so I continued to look for a verse that could connect me more deeply to Him, rather than what I had been facing that day.
As the pages of that Bible continued to turn, God led me to a verse in Proverbs 30:5, which reads…"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him." Immediately, this verse began to stand out amongst all the rest…and it reminded me that every word of God is true. In other words, it's something we can count on to help us through these times…and on top of it…He will also protect everyone who runs to Him for help.
There is one thing that I have never come to figure out…and that is why we choose to remain closely connected to a problem, whose only aim is to bring us down and defeat us. I would think that we would instantly run away from these times and run quickly in the direction of a powerful God. I don't know…maybe we tend to see the problem as something that is more powerful than anything…so this is why we choose to remain with the problem and attempt to fight the problem on our own. For one thing, we aren't strong enough to fight these problems that evil brings our way. Especially now, as we are facing the end times, I am finding more and more that evil seems to be increasing in strength. Even though we may feel as if this is happening, we must remember in our hearts and minds; that there is still One who will always remain greater than evil…One who can help us overcome times such as these. In fact, I truly believe that this is the only way that we will survive these times.
You know…sometimes I sit in the evening…and while praying for those who haven't accepted Jesus…my own heart begins to become overwhelmed with joy…and why, because I already have hope living within me…and that is the thing that I'm most thankful for, because I can go to Jesus anytime of the day or night and talk with Him, which truly brings me alive, with a heart of praise and thanksgiving.
Why do we choose to let Jesus live within us, while never turning to Him for help. I have come to see that when we do this; that it's as if we have tied His hands up and have made Him powerless within our lives.
As I close this letter to you today, I pray that we will come to see that cozying up to a problem will only continue to allow that problem to manipulate us and control our lives. What we need during these trying times is Jesus…the only One who is powerful enough to help and sustain us through it all. So…may I encourage you today, to take Jesus by the hand and make Him your best friend, rather than a problem, whose only aim is to slowly bring you down to nothing.
Well…more work awaits me; but I hope that you have been encouraged today…and that you will return again tomorrow, as I will have another letter of encouragement waiting just for you! Take care…and many blessings on your day!
With love & prayers…
It's Always & Only Because of Him…