“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.”
“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.” John 15:5
“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…