“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27a
“The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.” Psalm 145:14
“Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.” Psalm 37:24
“When I said, “My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.” Psalm 94:18
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad to have you with me today and my prayer is that we all will leave this time…feeling truly loved by a very caring God!
Did you know that God is even closer than you could ever imagine, while walking through the difficult times in your life? In fact, I have come to truly see how God can actually hold us close to Him, even when our problems take us down to a place, where we feel defeated.
You know…many times, we seem to get caught up in what the circumstance is conveying to us; that we can’t even feel the presence of God. It’s like the circumstance has drawn us into a foggy cloud…where all we can feel; is what is going on around us. How many times have we cried out to God, while wondering where He is…never realizing that He’s been there all along.
I remember a moment in my life, when I felt as low as I probably could have been at the time. As I stood before a mirror in our bathroom, I began to pour out my heart to God…and as tears began to stream down my cheeks, I said… “God, I’m just not making it.” Within a short time, God reminded me that I was standing…walking and breathing…and even though my problems had brought me down; they had not defeated me and taken me down to the grave.
Have you ever had a moment, when you felt as though you weren’t making it in life; but yet, you were still alive and functioning? Well…I have come to see that these are the moments, when God is truly holding us close to Him, with a sustaining power that can keep us above the problem, rather than face to face with it.
It’s amazing to know that at a time, when we feel the most defeated and abandoned by God…actually becomes the time, when God is closest to us. A very special Bible verse that has truly touched my heart through the difficult times; is found in Psalm 34:18a, which reads… “The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking…”
You know…if we were to stop for a minute and think…we probably would find that we feel the most distant from God, when we become caught up in the circumstance or when we view the circumstance in a defeated way. Today, we need to get away from the negative thoughts that are being conveyed through the circumstance and get our thoughts on God and His word; for this is where we will find hope and arms of love; that will always hold us close…no matter what we face.
No matter what you’re facing right now, just know that God has not forgotten you; but rather, He is holding you, in His strong…loving and powerful hands and He will never allow you to fall defeated, into the hands of evil!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…