Trust God in your struggles

“And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ ” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your disease.” (Mark 5:24–35, ESV)


I’ll be honest I never really gave this story much thought when I was younger. But now, after seeing friends and family struggle with things for years I feel this woman’s pain.
Twelve years is a very long time to be struggling with a issue that “not only [left her] defiled, [but caused her to] defile anything and anyone she touched. Her illness had left her personally, socially and spiritually cut off” (WBC). And that is not to even mention the fact that the very doctors that were meant to help her caused her to suffer. And on top of all of that she suffered financial hardship as she “spent all that she had.”
Now I don’t know about you but if I were in her same situation, if I were an outcast who has done nothing wrong , who was physically ill, has been mistreated by them ones meant to help me, and if I had spent everything and still saw no relief, I might just be very angry at everyone around me including and most importantly God….and yet as tired and worn as she must have been, she noticed God enter her space and she reached out to him, Not only that but she vocalized her faith.
I do not understand why some people go through life with relative ease and why some people seem to face one challenge after another, and I get how it can make one weary and at times feel unloved. But while I do not always understand it, I do know that God is no respecter of persons. He loves you and I just as much as he loves any other person on this planet. He does not have it out for us, or is ignoring us, thought it may feel that way at times.
What I have witnessed is that the struggling has brought me into a deeper relationship with God that I would not have ever had otherwise. It forced me to get real in a way that I would never have done if everything was all sunshine and daisies. It strips off everything until all that is left is just me and God, and the hem of his robe, that I must reach for.
If you are going through a tough season, whether it has been one week, one year, or twelve, like this woman, I am so sorry for what you are going through, I have no words, because hard is hard is hard, but my encouragement is that you think on this story, She reached out and God came through. Yes, God does not always come through immediately. But, I do believe that he does not leave his children without hope, he does not leave them with out the help they need.
He loves you, you are not alone. I am praying for you!
Twelve years is a very long time to be struggling with a issue that “not only [left her] defiled, [but caused her to] defile anything and anyone she touched. Her illness had left her personally, socially and spiritually cut off” (WBC). And that is not to even mention the fact that the very doctors that were meant to help her caused her to suffer. And on top of all of that she suffered financial hardship as she “spent all that she had.”
Now I don’t know about you but if I were in her same situation, if I were an outcast who has done nothing wrong , who was physically ill, has been mistreated by them ones meant to help me, and if I had spent everything and still saw no relief, I might just be very angry at everyone around me including and most importantly God….and yet as tired and worn as she must have been, she noticed God enter her space and she reached out to him, Not only that but she vocalized her faith.
I do not understand why some people go through life with relative ease and why some people seem to face one challenge after another, and I get how it can make one weary and at times feel unloved. But while I do not always understand it, I do know that God is no respecter of persons. He loves you and I just as much as he loves any other person on this planet. He does not have it out for us, or is ignoring us, thought it may feel that way at times.
What I have witnessed is that the struggling has brought me into a deeper relationship with God that I would not have ever had otherwise. It forced me to get real in a way that I would never have done if everything was all sunshine and daisies. It strips off everything until all that is left is just me and God, and the hem of his robe, that I must reach for.
If you are going through a tough season, whether it has been one week, one year, or twelve, like this woman, I am so sorry for what you are going through, I have no words, because hard is hard is hard, but my encouragement is that you think on this story, She reached out and God came through. Yes, God does not always come through immediately. But, I do believe that he does not leave his children without hope, he does not leave them with out the help they need.
He loves you, you are not alone. I am praying for you!

The Closer

That’s the day Noah and his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, accompanied by his wife and his sons’ wives, boarded the ship. …Then God shut the door behind him. – Gen 6:13, 16

As we do what God called us to do, he will open the doors that need to be open and Shut the doors that need to be shut. We are not on this journey by ourselves. God is with us!

If you are going through a season where some doors are being shut, take peace in knowing that it is God who is the one doing the shutting.

God is with you

If you are going through a hard season where you feel so alone, as if the darkness may overtake you, be encouraged, you are not alone. God is with you and has made a way through your present darkness.

Keep close to him, He knows the way.

A Prayer for when you have no words…



Breath of heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
Breath of heaven


Breath of heaven
Lighten my darkness
Pour over me your holiness
For you are holy
Breath of heaven

written by and Amy Grant and Chris Eaton.

Our ever present help

 

altanaka (Tatiana Kostareva)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah” (Psalm 46:1–3, ESV)

Sometimes just getting out of bed, and facing what a new day brings, may feel like it takes more strength then we have left. Sometimes life’s cares and worries chip away at our peace, until the doubt and fear hold the place, that faith and peace used too reign supreme. 

No matter the problems we face, or the reasons behind them, the truth is that the creator of the universe, the one who hung the stars and who put the moon into place, wants to carry our load. 

God is our refuge and strength – Just like a small child will run and hide behind a parent when they are scared, we must remember that we have someone to run to. We need to get in the habit of running to God first (not to people to complain or share worries), and trust that he has the strength to keep us safe.

a very present help in trouble – Whether we are in a season of blessings or in a season where everything seems to be going wrong, we have to know that we are not going through it alone. God is with us. As we turn to God in times of distress and ask him for help, he will not let us down.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling  Fear comes from Satan, therefore it is a sign that we have not allowed God’s peace to invade our thinking.  We need to be so faith filled that though earthquakes, and volcanoes, and tsunamis sized problems come,  the peace of God in us will surpass understanding and keep us from fear.

Selah It is good to regularly pause and think about how faith filled we are verses how fear filled our actions may show us to be.

Father God,Show me the areas where I have let fear eat away at my faith. Help me to know you more and to keep my eyes on you, so that my faith may be strengthened. Help me to remember that you are always with me, and remind me often, lest I forget, that I am your beloved child and that you will not turn you back on me as I look to you.In Jesus name I pray! Amen

Just say no

Copyright Chris Lamphear

 

He would not permit the demons

to speak, because they knew him.

– Mark 1:34 (ESV)

 

How profound is that statement  He would not permit the demons to speak. Why  wouldn’t Jesus do so “because they knew him.” 

As we are disciples of Jesus it follows that Satan and his demons also know who we are, how we think, where our weakness’s lay.

And because Satan is the father of lies, and is our enemy who wants to take us out at any cost, we need do as Jesus did and not permit him to speak his lies over us and our family

We need to say “No!” whenever he tries to tell us lies such as:

You will never control your eating.

You will never accomplish anything.

Your kids will never amount to anything.

Your marriage is doomed to fail.

Your business will fail.

Your stupid.

Your ugly.

You will never change.

God does not love you as much as her.

Just give up!

We need to keep a watch for the lies of the enemy and Just say no to them. Remember what the Bible tells us…

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

– James 4:7 (ESV)

Christianity is not a spectator sport. Be watchful, resist the enemy, and follow God’s leading and you will be amazed at where he leads you to.

 

Someone NEEDS to hear this

I believe so clearly that God wants me to give this word to someone struggling to trust him to let the old go…

“You are safe, You are  Loved. Trust in me and watch in amazement as I put everything in order so that you may step safely into the things that I have called you to do.”

Blessing on your day!