Hello everyone…and a happy and very blessed Monday to you all! Well…here we go again…another brand new week…and my prayer, as we start this new week; is that we will be open to new possibilities, rather than past problems…Amen!!
As we begin our time together, I would like to ask you a question. What does it mean to rise above despair? One thing God has taught me over the past years of my life; is that there is a place where we can be closer to God and above the problem. In other words…this is a place that keeps and sustains us emotionally and spiritually, until the storm has passed.
Sometimes I think that we find it easier to succumb to the storms that hit us head on. We either are too weak spiritually to stand up to these storms or we just don’t know how to get beyond these storms that attempt to keep us pushed back in life.
The one thing that God has taught me over time…is that with His strength, we can go beyond the circumstance and remain connected with Him; but that is our choice. Do we believe that the One that lives within us is powerful enough to walk us emotionally and spiritually beyond these times of affliction…or have we become so in tune with the affliction; that we have given into its ways?
This afternoon, I was looking for a Bible verse that would help us and God led me to one in I John 5:5…and we read… “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” In other words…we need to put our thoughts and minds into perspective and claim Jesus as our Lord, rather than the circumstance. You know…it’s so easy to get sidetracked in life…to the place where we begin to worship the ways of our problem, rather than a God who can take us above the problem. Don’t we realize that when we begin to succumb to the problem; that we only find ourselves continually face to face with the problem? If we are ever going to truly reach a place, where we can find relief from the storm, until it has passed; then we need to reach for a God who is greater than a weak circumstance. When we choose to reach up to a God who holds more strength and power; that is when we will begin to see the difference between a mighty, powerful and awesome God…and a circumstance, whose only strength and power is meant to take us down.
Right about now, you may be saying… “Ok Diane, how can I reach this place in my life, where I am no longer face to face with the problem?” As an example…many of you already know that I live with chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome…and there are many times that I either experience pain or tiredness or both. If I had my choice, I would probably give into these things and stay in bed; but that is only what Satan wants, as a means of keeping me at his level… so how do I go beyond these difficult times…to write and do what God has called me to do? First of all…I ask God for His strength; because times such as these; is when my emotional and physical strength is gone. By doing this first, I find that it does make it easier to press on, in the midst of whatever I’m facing at the time. Then from there; I leave the pain and tiredness behind…to care more about someone else, rather than just myself. I find that when I allow my heart to go in this direction; then my heart becomes distant from the pain and tiredness…to the place, where I am uplifted and truly connected heart to heart with God, which keeps me from being face to face with these problems.
I think so many times, we either try to ignore the problem or give into the problem. I have found that either one of these ways will only keep the problem alive…to the place where our actions only allow Satan to continually remind us, of what is taking place in our lives…which only keeps us continually connected face to face with despair.
If we are ever going to reach the place in our lives, where we can find peace and hope during the troubled times; then we need to start by reaching up to God, rather than reaching out to the problem. In other words…we need to seek a strength that can help us to keep pressing on…no matter what we may be facing at the time. From there, we also need to keep moving forward and pursue something that can keep us connected with God, rather than the problem. Yes…there are going to be times, when we have to deal with the problem; but we should never come to the place in our lives, where we end up making friends with the problem.
No matter what we face in life…and no matter where these difficult times attempt to lead us; there is a way to go beyond them…to a place where they are left behind…so God can work with them…and that will only happen, when we choose to keep moving forward and rise above despair.
Have a great day…and may you always find yourself deeply connected to God, rather than what is attempting to take you down…Amen!
Many blessings on your day…see ya soon!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain