Many of God’s eagles have had their wings totally broken and decimated with some of the torpedo shots they have taken. Many of them are...PART 3
Many of God’s eagles have had their wings totally broken and decimated with some of the torpedo shots they have taken. Many of them are living on anti-depressants and pain killers because they can no longer handle the stress, pain, and heartache of this life.
Before an eagle of God can really start to fly into the heights that God has in store for them in this life – that eagle has got to break off any chains that may be holding them back.
These chains are keeping some of God’s eagles grounded. And for many of God’s eagles – some of these chains are things they are still holding onto from their past.
Jesus has said that He has come to set the captives free – and one of the main areas that we all have to be set free from is some of our wrong thinking that may have arisen out of some of the bad things that may have occurred in our past.
As you will see in the two verses I will list below, Jesus and the apostle Paul are telling us that we have to learn how to let go of our past. Jesus says that anyone who is trying to move forward in his walk and call for God – but keeps looking back – is not fit for the kingdom of God.
Paul says that the one thing he makes sure to do in his walk with the Lord is to forget those things which are behind him and press forward into those things which now lie ahead of him.
Once you put these two verses together, one right next to the other, you get perfect revelation from the Lord on this issue. Bottom line – you have to learn how to let fully go of your past before you can start to proceed full steam ahead in your divine destiny for the Lord.
If you do not learn how to let your past fully go – you will stay stuck and grounded right where you are at, and you will never fully accomplish everything that God would’ve had in store for you in this life.
And that will be an eternal regret that you will carry with you once you enter into heaven and the Lord shows you how much more you could have accomplished for Him in this life had you allowed Him to unchain you from your hurtful past. The choice is yours.
You can either choose to stay fully bound up in your past, continue to throw pity parties and blame everyone and everything for your miseries – or you can choose to rise up and make a brand new fresh start with the Lord by choosing to fully surrender your entire life into His hands – and then work with Him to get your past fully cleaned up so that you can then start to fully live in the present again, and then fly into the divine destiny that He has already planned out for your life. Show more
PART 2 Jesus and the apostle Paul make two very profound and life-altering statements in the two verses I will give you in this article. For many,...PART 2 Jesus and the apostle Paul make two very profound and life-altering statements in the two verses I will give you in this article. For many, these two specific verses will determine whether or not you will be able to fully succeed in the divine call that God has placed on your life.
As a result of the curse of Adam and Eve that is still in full operation on this earth, we are all forced to be born into a fallen and cursed world.
We are all stuck having to deal with the reality of pure evil in our lives through the activity of demonic spirits and bad and evil people who have chosen with their own free wills to live this life out on the dark side.
As a result, every single one of us will get hurt to some degree and to some extent in this life. There is no getting around it. And for many, some of these hurts will end up being extreme and traumatic.
Every minute of every day someone is getting murdered, robbed, abused, or abducted. We literally cannot go one day without some kind of this activity being reported on our local news channels. Jesus Himself said that a certain amount of tribulation and persecution would always come our way in this life.
This is why the Bible tells us that we have to learn how to become good soldiers of Christ Jesus and learn how to put on and apply the real armour of God for our lives.
We have all been born into a war zone as a result of the curse of Adam and Eve – and unless you learn how to walk in the power and anointing of God for your life – some of these torpedo shots may knock you right out of your divine call in the Lord, if not possibly knock you right out of this life for good through an actual early physical death.
All of us to some degree have issues from our past that have to be properly dealt with before we can really proceed to walk into the perfect plan of God for our lives.
Some Christians are so bound up with some of the things that has happened to them in their past – that they literally cannot get off the couch to start living again, much less ever fully fly into their divine destinies for the Lord. Show more
PART 2 HALLELUJAH, WE ARE GOD'S MESS While the minister was giving his sermon; he heard his son walking up the aisle towards him shouting "daddy"...PART 2 HALLELUJAH, WE ARE GOD'S MESS While the minister was giving his sermon; he heard his son walking up the aisle towards him shouting "daddy" His father could see what a mess he'd got himself into but carried on with the sermon. The closer he walked towards the pulpit his father became agitated; " Can't you see I'm talking now go away! and wash that muck off your face". His son then turned to walk away not knowing where his mother was; he started to cry. His father continued with the sermon as one of the congregation came to his rescue. " Come on let's go and see if we can find mommy shall we? and get you cleaned up".
We serve a Miracle-Working God
Newton's third law of motion states the world progresses toward mess. For evidence look no further than your kitchen. I know mine does not stay clean for long, and it certainly does not order itself without serious intervention. Mess is a natural part of life.
But since when have believers been limited by natural boundaries? We serve a supernatural God.
God fixes mess. It is not natural. It requires the intervention of the supernatural kind. But that is our God. Miracles are his speciality.
You Don't Have to be Perfect
A danger of social media is the illusion of perfection. On Facebook, your girlfriend in California has a perfect life. But no one puts ugly moments in their feed. It is a snippet of high points and not real life. You don't have to compete with it.
Life is not perfect. An imperfect life is not messy, just real. Philippians 3:12-14 gives an important key: forget the past and move forward. Learn to let go and press on. Life won't be perfect, but every day is moving toward Christ's perfection, no matter how small the step may be. It was the one thing Paul did so I'd say it was pretty important.
Jesus paid the price for you and I to live a blessed life. But it's not always sunshine and rainbows. Plans turn to chaos. It happens. Persevere. All things will work together for good. Choose abundance, not brokenness. Your life, my life, is not a mess. - feeling blessed Show more
2 Timothy 3, which I believe is an outpouring of the Jezebel-Narcissist spirit.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without...AMEN An excellent share Neriah Avraham This behaviour is being encouraged more than ever in these end times. PLEASE BE AWARE These traits are typical of the ones mentioned in.
2 Timothy 3, which I believe is an outpouring of the Jezebel-Narcissist spirit.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. Show more 2 weeks ago
(PART 5) Obstacles not only remind us of our weakness in and of ourselves, but they also are a reminder that God is in control. The Lord is never...(PART 5) Obstacles not only remind us of our weakness in and of ourselves, but they also are a reminder that God is in control. The Lord is never caught off guard by our problems or situations. He uniquely prepares and chooses us for the journey of dealing with our obstacles. In the process of working through and around them, we grow up in the faith and our testimony encourages others to press forward in the Lord.
Obstacles are part of the Christian Journey
When we get to heaven, we won’t have to deal with any obstacles. Our time on this earth is the process of proving our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Obstacles have destroyed many people’s faith because they gave up and turned their focus away from the Lord. Yet for those of us who stare down the obstacles just as David did to Goliath—we will walk away in victory. Show more
LETTING GO OF YOUR PAST (Part 1) Once you enter into this full surrender with the Lord, one of the first things God may do with many of you is to...LETTING GO OF YOUR PAST (Part 1) Once you enter into this full surrender with the Lord, one of the first things God may do with many of you is to take you back in your past so He can begin to clean up any wreckage that may have occurred. Before you can really move forward into the divine destiny that God has in store for you in this life, you first may have to deal with some specific things that may have occurred in your past.
The reason for this is because too many Christians are bound up in their past – and as a result, they cannot fully live in their present.
Before you can really start to move forward in your divine destiny with the Lord – you will first have to learn how to let your past fully go. Show less Show more
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Biblical Truth #4) Know that nothing is too hard for God.
“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)...Biblical Truth #4) Know that nothing is too hard for God.
“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).
When faced with an enormous obstacle, it’s easy to fall into the error of believing that the obstacle may be bigger than God. Yet we know that’s not true in our hearts; however, our actions of unbelief and doubt reveal otherwise. We must stand firm in the faith that God is who He says He is—the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Nothing is too difficult for our God to help us overcome. Show more
4. Don't neglect your relationship with Jesus.
More than anything else, this is what will bring you healing and comfort if you allow it. Psalm...4. Don't neglect your relationship with Jesus.
More than anything else, this is what will bring you healing and comfort if you allow it. Psalm 62:6-8 is a life verse for me, and what brings me to a place of vulnerability and sweet comfort is the exhortation to "Trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for our God is our refuge." When the last thing that I want to do is up-end my messy heart all over the place, God is a refuge and a safe place to do it. This can look very different, depending on what works for you. Some people like prayer walks, others commune through singing or listening to music, and those (myself included) find it rewarding if; Isaiah 40:31-1 They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint. Show more
have a great evening and I...thank you for this one I had a very traumatic birth and life as an infant. Life never got much easier growing up. I know that even when I didn't know the Lord Jesus He knew me the whole time and protected me in ways I will never fully understand. Every morning I wake up just grateful to be alive regardless of what my body decided to be like that day. Much of my health issues I believe stem from traumatic experience but all the time He does give me strength! Phil4:13
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HALLELUJAH, WE ARE GOD'S MESS ( Part 1) While the minister was giving his sermon; he heard his son walking up the aisle towards him shouting "daddy" His...HALLELUJAH, WE ARE GOD'S MESS ( Part 1) While the minister was giving his sermon; he heard his son walking up the aisle towards him shouting "daddy" His father could see what a mess he'd got himself into but carried on with the sermon. The closer he walked towards the pulpit his father became agitated; " Can't you see I'm talking now go away! and wash that muck off your face". His son then turned to walk away not knowing where his mother was; he started to cry. His father continued with the sermon as one of the congregation came to his rescue. " Come on let's go and see if we can find mommy shall we? and get you cleaned up".
God says, "I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11). A mess is not in God's plan, You may be a fragile jar of clay, but the Lord of all creation resides within. You are more than a conqueror. The head and not the tail. Called out of darkness into His glorious light. Created for more than a mess.
You were bought with a price!
God loves you more than you will ever know. You don't deserve mess, he paid the price at Calvary. Receive his mercy and grace. The more you understand the unconditional love of the Father, the less likely you will be to put up with the devil's mess.
Jesus said, "Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
Paul was beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, and went without food, sleep, or water, yet he fought the good fight. Job lost his children and wealth, became repulsive to his wife, and was diseased with boils. But he was more blessed at the end of his life than the beginning.
God works things together for good. He is not the author of confusion. Life won't be messy for long. Persevere through the trouble. Don't get caught up in what you can see. Keep living by faith and the mess will change. Show more
3. Don't spill it to the world.
Only a trusted inner circle needs to know all the details, and beyond that...it's really up to you. I would strongly...3. Don't spill it to the world.
Only a trusted inner circle needs to know all the details, and beyond that...it's really up to you. I would strongly encourage speaking with great discretion, though. Although the command to honour your parents does not mean putting up with abuse of any kind, it should guide your words about them, both face-to-face and on social media. To put it differently, you can have good boundaries with those who have hurt you, but you don't need to publicly smear them. 1 Peter 3:9 is a wonderful - although challenging - guide for this.
(However - and this is a HUGE however - speaking to law enforcement and church leadership does NOT count as public smearing. Safety for you and for others is incredibly important, and taking the necessary steps to ensure safety is never a violation of the 5th commandment.)
Don't neglect your relationship with Jesus.
More than anything else, this is what will bring you healing and comfort if you allow it. Psalm 62:6-8 is a life verse for me, and what brings me to a place of vulnerability and sweet comfort is the exhortation to "Trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for our God is our refuge." When the last thing that I want to do is up-end my messy heart all over the place, God is a refuge and a safe place to do it. This can look very different, depending on what works for you. Some people like prayer walks, others commune through singing or listening to music, or writing about your life experiences which could bring hope to others. Show more
Biblical Truth #3) Deal with the strongholds in our mind.
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have...Biblical Truth #3) Deal with the strongholds in our mind.
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).
Some obstacles that we deal with aren’t even real because we have let our fears, worries, or lies from others keep us paralysed from dealing with obstacles. Many times the key to overcoming a major obstacle is to first deal with what we allow our minds to focus on and realign our thinking to be on par with the Word of God. Meditation, memorisation, and reflection of God’s word on a daily basis will demolish every wrong thought Show more
A second warning sign that our hearts are growing spiritually cold is our prayer lives. Prayer is God’s gift of communication from Him in order for...A second warning sign that our hearts are growing spiritually cold is our prayer lives. Prayer is God’s gift of communication from Him in order for us to know and experience Him. Yes, prayer is hard work, but it is a delightful hard work. And it is hard only in the context of the warfare involved to practice close prayer with the Lord. We must work to say “no” to the flesh, the world, and the devil. Prayer is to be a priority and pleasure in the Christian. When it is not, a cold heart is starting to settle in. Prayer is the lifeblood of the Christian life. If we find ourselves neglecting time alone with God in prayer, lacking desire and practice of prayer with other Christians, and don’t have a growing desire for prayer, a cold heart is growing within us. Soon, prayer will simply be a mechanical, mindless exercise offered over meals and at bedtime, never bringing us to encounters with the Lord. Show more
Hate is something that will eat you alive. What ever it takes get rid of it, forgive, pray for those that have hurt you. Let God put back together...Hate is something that will eat you alive. What ever it takes get rid of it, forgive, pray for those that have hurt you. Let God put back together what they have broken. God is not blind to what they do or have done and he will deal with them accordingly in His time. Move forward and be obedient to the Word. This is when true healing begins and you will be blessed! Show more
Let it all go!!
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not...Let it all go!!
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27) Show more
WARNING SIGNS OF A COLD HEART. It can happen with ease and occurs in a short period of time. But it does give some warning signs before it arrives...WARNING SIGNS OF A COLD HEART. It can happen with ease and occurs in a short period of time. But it does give some warning signs before it arrives. Too often, though, because the signs are subtle, they are easily ignored. And if they are ignored, the arrival into our hearts of the greatest spiritual danger facing us will certainly come. The result will be a damaged testimony for the Lord Jesus and a shipwrecked spiritual life that has run aground on the joyless shoals of worldliness, discontent, and dissatisfaction. This danger? Jesus identifies it in today’s scripture – a cold heart. Such a condition is not only dangerous, but sad. It cheapens the Gospel. It presumes upon God’s love and grace. It ignores the sacrifice of Christ. But this is not a “gloom and doom” Monday nugget. Instead, we want to encourage by arming ourselves with knowledge of the three warning signs leading to a cold heart. If we stay alert to them, we can defeat them before they chill our hearts to the things of the Lord. The three warning signs are associated with the three most important areas of our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ; His Word, prayer, and His church.
The first warning sign that our hearts are growing spiritually cold is when time in our Bibles to seek the Lord Jesus is not a daily discipline of delight, but a hit and miss, rushed time easily ignored. If we can neglect daily time in His Word, and it leads to multiple missed days of meeting the Lord in His Word, this is a serious red flag we must see. Keep this up and spiritual disaster in the form of a cold heart will come. Yes, I know. There are people who say, “I cannot read my Bible every day. I have a lot of responsibilities in my home, at work, and other obligations.” Don’t go there. It simply isn’t true. Let me ask. Do we go throughout our days being so busy we don’t eat meals? Do we go days not eating food because of our schedules? No. We don’t. And Job said, “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). And Jesus told us, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Matthew 4:4). The first indication a cold heart is starting to take hold in us is neglect of the Bible. Show more
Biblical Truth #2) Trust in God for strength and wisdom to deal with the obstacles.
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid...Biblical Truth #2) Trust in God for strength and wisdom to deal with the obstacles.
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2).
Many people will spend a lot of time trying to think and maneuver their way around obstacles in their own strength. Perhaps they are blessed with high intelligence or wealth that can open many doors. Yet for certain obstacles—our futile attempts to deal with them in our own strength—renders us powerless. We must depend on God for the strength and wisdom to overcome. Show more
2. Realistically evaluate how much of a hold the past has upon your present.
Forgiveness does not mean pardoning the offender. It doesn't mean...2. Realistically evaluate how much of a hold the past has upon your present.
Forgiveness does not mean pardoning the offender. It doesn't mean saying, it's okay...because, really, it's NOT okay. Forgiveness is simply putting it all on the willing shoulders of the only One who can possibly bear it, and leaving it there. (And if you're like me, you'll need to do that approximately 2,592 times a month.) It goes something like this for me: "God, I can't even sort out my part and their part in this whole horrible mess, but I'm just going to give it to You. YOU sort it. You deal with them. You heal me. I can't." And when you do that - when you stop trying to sort the blame and the hurt and the cruelty and how much hurt they must have gone through to treat you the way they did - oh, friends. It's like relief. You mean I don't have to figure it all out and demand a pound of flesh for every ounce of pain? No, really, you can't. The only way that lets you free of the ugly contagion of bitterness...is the kind of forgiveness that comes through the mercy of the Savior. You don't have to muscle through to a feeling of gentle kindness towards someone who has hurt you beyond words. I always thought THAT was forgiveness. All you have to do is dump it all, daily, hourly, every 10 seconds...on Jesus. He who bore the cross is utterly gentle with your scars...and utterly able to carry the unbearable weight of your past.
3. Don't spill it to the world. utterly able to carry the unbearable weight of your past. - Feeling the Prayers Show more
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.  Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy...Matthew 6:1-4 KJV
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.  Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. Show more 4 weeks ago
Can we ever get over wounds from our parents?
There's a primal need for that nod of approval, some deeply empty place that never quite fills with...Can we ever get over wounds from our parents?
There's a primal need for that nod of approval, some deeply empty place that never quite fills with any other affirmation. Rejection always stings, and it always will, but the rejection by a parent - especially a rejection years in the making, deeply rutted into your soul...yeah, there's little else like it.
How do we forgive these deeply felt wounds?
There's nothing simple about forgiving a hurt that slices to the very center of your being and leaves you aching and broken and hopelessly inadequate.
You can forget the little details of lots of things, but the way a person makes you feel? No, you never forget the way they make you feel. You can grow up and move out, but somehow, you never quite move on from the way you were never good enough, sweet enough, smart enough, brave enough, just enough in any way.
No child should ever have to feel apologetic for their own existence. But even so...some of you know what I mean and bear the pain of it.
It is not your fault, but it is your problem. No one deserves to be treated sub-par, but you were. What now? 1.
Get the help that you need.
Counselling, a trusted pastor or wise Christian friend,- there are lots of options available. Use them! Also, check out the multitude of solid resources that are available in the form of books and Bible studies. Finally, don't forget the most potent of cures: memorization and application of Scripture. Speak it over your life, and live it out. It is a source of incredible power and healing. My house is littered with 4x6 cards covered in scrawled-out Scriptures in various stages of memorization.
Your spouse or best friend may have helpful insight for you, as well. As hard as it is, it's really important to dialogue honestly with someone you trust as you journey through your healing process. You might also find ministries through the local church that are helpful - support groups or mentors that will come alongside you. Show more
If you are like me, you might be tempted to compartmentalise this. You might restrict Christ’s burden bearing directly to those matters related to...If you are like me, you might be tempted to compartmentalise this. You might restrict Christ’s burden bearing directly to those matters related to separation from or acceptance with God. But, it seems that the biblical design includes far more than this. We are bidden to come to God in prayer to find mercy and grace in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). We are to bring all things to God (Philippians 4:6-7). He takes care of us not only to provide for our physical needs (Matthews 7:7-11) but also our spiritual needs (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). He means for us to understand that he cares for us in every way (Luke 12:27
We see that Christ bore our greatest burden and pressing priority (our sin and its due penalty). Therefore, he is uniquely and gloriously suited to bear every other burden we have. He is like Atlas holding the weight of our world upon his shoulders. He alone can bear the freight of all of our troubles.
It is to our shame that we so often attempt to carry this weight. We overestimate our ability while underestimating the weight of our struggles. And to add insult to injury, we forget our dear Savior’s willing and capable hands. There are many burdens given to us that we are not meant to bear. We can’t. The drops of blood in Gethsemane remind of us this. Show more
If you are like me, you often overestimate your ability and underestimate your tasks. Giving ourselves too much credit, we bite off more than we can...If you are like me, you often overestimate your ability and underestimate your tasks. Giving ourselves too much credit, we bite off more than we can reasonably chew. In time this pattern can not only hurt our productivity and efficiency, but it begins to weigh us down.
If this is true with projects, it’s also true with the burdens that make up our day to day life. And if we’re honest, we encounter many weights that prove too heavy. It’s like we walk through life with a magnet in our pocket and every burden is coated with metal. In general categories, we face physical, economic, professional, personal, and spiritual challenges. And, let’s remember that not only do we have this magnet in our pockets, but so does every other person living around us. We are carrying a myriad of problems amidst a world of others that struggle too.
But we too often overestimate our ability to bear our burdens even as we underestimate their weight. Like an overstuffed grocery bag, the bottom eventually gives out—regardless of our well-meaning intentions or resolve. We simply can’t bear the means required to carry our myriad of burdens.
One day this struck me as I was feeling a bit stuck and discouraged. I was doubled-over with exhaustion from trying to climb a hill through strong headwinds of adversity. Here, I was reminded again of my foolish overestimation of myself and underestimation of my circumstances, but also forgetfulness of my great resource. It came by reading a familiar passage of Scripture in Luke’s gospel (Luke 22:41-46). In the hours leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion, our Lord is praying to his Father, and he begins sweating drops of blood. This is a unique and shocking detail, but it’s included with other descriptions that heighten it even further. He was praying to his Father about removing the impending cup that has been served him; as he was strengthened by an angel. He fell to the ground and continued praying fervently to his Father.
We know that it was the cup that stood before him that was the source of his burden. The cup in Scripture is symbolic of one’s divinely determined destiny, whether blessing (Psalm 16:5) or disaster (Jeremiah. 25:15), salvation (Psalm 116:13) or wrath (Isaiah 51:17; Psalm75:8). Here it refers to Jesus’ forthcoming suffering (Matthew 26:39). Jesus sees the enormous burden placed before him, and it is the fully fermented, undiluted cup of divine wrath. It is a staggering cup.
But why is Jesus even beholding such a cup? After all, he is perfectly good, loving, and honourable. He deserves a cup of blessing not a cup of wrath.
It is our cup.
We deserve this cup. By virtue of our sin and rebellion against God (Romans 3:23), we earned judgment (Romans 6:23). But instead of us bearing what our sin justly deserves, Jesus takes our place (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18).
It is our burden.
If you are like me, you might be tempted to compartmentalize this. You might restrict Christ’s burden bearing directly to those matters related to separation from or acceptance with God. But, it seems that the biblical design includes far more than this. We are bidden to come to God in prayer to find mercy and grace in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). We are to bring all things to God (Philippians 4:6-7). He takes care of us not only to provide for our physical needs (Matthews 7:7-11) but also our spiritual needs (2 Corinthians 12:8-10) He means for us to understand that he cares in every way ( Luke 12:27) Show more
"Just where He needs me,
My Lord has placed me,
Just where He needs me,
There would l be
And since He found me
By love He's bound me
To serve Him faithfully. "
God bless you all. Show more 1 month ago
IS GOD STILL IN CONTROL IN TRAGEDY?
The Bible is no stranger to the pain of tragedy – one of the most well-known encounters of tragedy takes place...IS GOD STILL IN CONTROL IN TRAGEDY?
The Bible is no stranger to the pain of tragedy – one of the most well-known encounters of tragedy takes place in the book of Job in the Old Testament.
Job, described by the book’s author as a God-fearing man who was blameless and upright (Job 1:1), is introduced as one who is blessed with family and possessions. These, however, quickly get taken away – first his servants, then his livestock, followed by his family. In the end, even his house gets destroyed as it is struck by a great wind (Job 1:13-18).Despite this, none of these calamities are outside of God’s control – even as Satan afflicts Job in suffering, he is limited by the boundaries that God permits (Job 1:12, 2:6). This, however, is not to say that God directly causes all the suffering we experience – rather, the point we take away is that tragedy does not cause God’s sovereignty to cease.
INJUSTICE THAT LEADS TO VICTORY
The greatest illustration of God’s sovereignty in the face of apparent tragedy comes in the form of the death of His only Son – though He committed no sin (1 Peter 2:22), He was mocked by a crowd before being spat on, before being led away to crucifixion (Matthew 27:28-31). This was the worst form of execution in its day – not just due to the excruciating physical pain, but also the stigma of public shame.
Yet, it is through these circumstances that God accomplishes His greatest victory – the death and resurrection of His only Son, through which He redeems mankind by bearing their sin so that they can be in relationship with Him (Romans 4:25). Consequently, mankind is saved from eternal death, into eternal, everlasting life (John 3:16, John 5:24).In recognising this, we might not have our questions about suffering answered, but one thing is clear – God is no stranger to suffering; He is not indifferent or unattached to suffering. In the midst of suffering, it is inaccurate to say that a God whose only Son was crucified on a Roman cross, doesn’t care.
On the contrary, the message of God’s Word remains unchanged from past to present, and will remain unchanged in the future (Hebrews 13:8) – God’s attributes of love, justice, and righteousness find their fulfilment in Jesus’ death on the cross – who is God’s love manifest (1 John 4:8-10), God’s demonstration of justice (Romans 12:19, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9) and righteousness (Romans 3:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21).How then do we respond? Knowing God’s sovereignty does not cease in the midst of tragedy does not give as reason to cheapen it – we do this, perhaps inadvertently, when we use sovereignty as a positive spin on an inevitably hopeless outcome.
Instead, we acknowledge that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). In this light, we seek to display our faith through our actions (Ephesians 2:10, James 2:14).Hence, we respond by weeping with those who weep (Romans 12:15), as Jesus did with His people when He saw them mourning (John 11:33-35).
We may find ourselves unable to find suitable words to voice our lament – yet even as words fall short, only in weeping and mourning with those affected by tragedy, is the church able step into the pain of the world around us. Only then can we be the body of Christ to this broken world (Ephesians 4:4) .
WILL TRAGEDY EVER CEASE?
It is also significant to note that there will come a day when tragedy ceases, and the promise of being resurrected in an imperishable body fulfilled (1 Corinthians 15:35, 42-47).Yet it is worth noting that a resurrection without death is a cheap one – on one hand, we are promised resurrection after death for those who believe; on the other hand, this is only possible because Christ has abolished death because He first overcame it (1 Corinthians 15:26, 2 Timothy 1:10).
Jesus has said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25). Though we lament the void that death leaves in the aftermath of tragedy, we recognise that the suffering of those who believe in Jesus is temporal until we are united with Him.
Above all, it should renew in us a sense of urgency to persevere in sowing and reaping the seed of the gospel (John 4:36) – so that we may rejoice in knowing that souls are saved from eternal tragedy. Show more
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Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's. clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7:15
Your Emotions Are a Gauge, Not a Guide!
Your rest is coming. Sooner than you know you will receive your “imperishable, undefiled and unfading...Your Emotions Are a Gauge, Not a Guide!
Your rest is coming. Sooner than you know you will receive your “imperishable, undefiled and unfading inheritance” (1 Peter 1:4). And when it comes you will understand why your faith was more precious than gold (1 Peter 1:7). This is where Peter wants your hope to fully rest.
But today is a time for war, not peace. It’s a time for faith, not sight. It’s a time of grievous trials that test the genuineness of your faith (1 Peter 1:6–7). So it’s a time to prepare for the action of battle, to keep sober.
Your battle today will not be against “flesh and blood” but the deceitful forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12) and the deceitfulness of indwelling sin (Hebrews 3:13). And these two forces are going to try to use your emotions against you. So it might be helpful, by way of preparation, to remember the purpose of emotions so you can fight more effectively and know when to counter them.
God designed your emotions to be a gauge, not guides. They’re meant to report to you, not dictate you. The pattern of your emotions (not every caffeine-induced or sleep-deprived one!) will give you a reading on where your hope is because they are wired into what you believe and value — and how much. That’s why emotions like delight (Psalm 37:4), affection (Romans 12:10), fear (Luke 12:5), anger (Psalm 37:8), joy (Psalm 5:11), etc., are so important in the Bible. They reveal what your heart loves, trusts, and fears. It's good to say "pleasure is the measure of your treasure" because the emotion of pleasure is a gauge that tells you what you love.
But because our emotions are wired into our fallen natures as well as into our regenerated natures, sin and Satan have access to them and will use them to try and manipulate us to act faithlessly. That’s why our emotional responses to temptation can seem like imperatives (you must do…) rather than indicatives (here’s what you’re being told). Just remember, that’s deceit. Emotions aren’t imperatives; they’re not your boss. They’re indicatives; they’re reports. That’s why Paul wrote, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions” (Romans 6:12).
So get ready today. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). He will make promises to and/or threats against you. He will likely try and tap into your weak areas of unbelief and you may find your emotions surging in the wrong direction.
When that happens don’t be overly impressed. And remember that your emotions are gauges, not guides. Let them tell you where the attack is being made so you can fight it with the right promises. And go to a trusted friend for prayer, perspective, and counsel if you need to.
And remember that this “light momentary affliction is preparing for [you] eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17) and very soon, it’s going to be over. And God, your Great Reward, will be all the inheritance you will ever want forever. Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13).
Set your hope fully on that. Show more
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Every tear you shed is preparing for you “an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Every drop of agony and heartache...Every tear you shed is preparing for you “an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Every drop of agony and heartache sinks down into the ground like a seed, waiting to sprout up into an oak of laughter.
“The same one who raises the dead stops to linger with us in our sorrow, to climb down into our valley of tears.”
Maybe that sounds impossible. Maybe you wonder, “How could this sorrow, this heartache, this grief ever give way to joy?” That’s alright if you can’t understand how right now. God’s ways are often too high and too marvellous for us to grasp. But can you believe — in hope against hope — that what is impossible with man is possible with God (Luke 18:27; Romans 4:18)?
Believing that God will turn our tears into shouts of joy does not mean that we no longer grieve. But it does mean that we cling to him through the pain, and let every calamity crash us into his arms. And that we learn to lament to God instead of a curse his name.
We’ll keep reading our Bibles, even when we feel dead to God’s word. We’ll keep on crying out to God, even when he feels deaf to us. We’ll keep on gathering with God’s people, even when they don’t understand what we’re going through. We’ll keep on serving others, even while we carry our sorrow wherever we go. And we’ll keep on sowing the seeds of truth and grace into our barren souls, waiting for the day when God takes us home.
In the end, . . .
We’ll see how the tears that have fallen
Were caught in the palms of the Giver of love and the Lover of all.
And we’ll look back on these tears as old tales.
Our weeping may tarry for a long, long night. As long as we journey through this valley, we will be vulnerable to the assaults of loss and disappointment and death. But joy will come in the morning when God turns this valley of tears into a city of everlasting joy.
In that day, God himself will stoop down to each of his grieving children and — somehow, someway — he will dry up tears forever. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things, have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
And then your cracked and weary voice will swell to a shout as you testify with heaven’s multitudes, “You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 116:8–9). Show more
It takes a long time to get over betrayal. Be kind to yourself and talk to God daily about it. It's not easy but it can be done, and you're going to...It takes a long time to get over betrayal. Be kind to yourself and talk to God daily about it. It's not easy but it can be done, and you're going to have set backs. Just remember that the real TRUTH is not what they tell anyone. The truth for them is a whole bunch of lies they spew to serve their own Narcissist agenda… Don't feel replaced, remember, they will do this to everyone.No one is special to them. But you are special to GOD and that is all that matters. Show more
Many of us feel ashamed of our tears, especially if others see them. In a culture that prizes strength and grows uncomfortable with prolonged...Many of us feel ashamed of our tears, especially if others see them. In a culture that prizes strength and grows uncomfortable with prolonged grieving, many of us respond to our own tears with a hasty wipe of the sleeve and a quick “Get over it.”
Not so with God, whose fatherly compassion compels him to draw near to the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds (Psalm 147:3). The God who said, “Blessed are you who weep now” (Luke 6:21) will not reproach you for the tears you shed as you walk through the ruins of our broken world.
“God will not reproach you for the tears you shed as you walk through the ruins of our broken world.”
When Jesus joined a crowd outside the town of Nain and watched a widow weep over her son’s body, “he had compassion on her” (Luke 7:13). Later, when Mary fell apart at Jesus’s feet over the death of her brother, the man of sorrows went one step further: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). Jesus had compassion, and Jesus wept — even though Jesus was about to speak the word to snatch them both back from death (Luke 7:14; John 11:43).
Just because Jesus loves us and knows how to fix our problems doesn’t mean he takes a shortcut through our grief. The same one who raises the dead first stops to linger with us in our sorrow — to climb down into our valley of tears and walk alongside us.
To be sure, not all tears awaken our Lord’s compassion. God has little patience when we weep in misery over the idols he removes from us, as when Israel preferred Egypt’s meat to God’s presence (Numbers 11:4–10). But every tear you shed in faith — shattered but trusting, gutted but believing — has this banner hanging over it: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18).
“I Will Turn Them into Shouts of Joy”
A few hours before Jesus was betrayed, tried, beaten, and crucified, he told his disciples, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (John 16:20). Sorrow and sighing will flee. Tears will dry up. Grief will lose its grip. So it was for Jesus’s disciples, when a resurrection sunrise scattered the shadows from their hearts. And so it is for every child of God Show more
𝐀 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡, 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐚 𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐧𝐞. 𝐇𝐞’𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭. 𝐀 𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧, 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤...𝐀 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡, 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐚 𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐧𝐞. 𝐇𝐞’𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭. 𝐀 𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧, 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐚 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐟 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐧𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐲𝐬𝐬, 𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞. 𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲, 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐚 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐛𝐢𝐠 𝐥𝐢𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝, 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐬𝐨 𝐨𝐛𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐢𝐭, 𝐲𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐢𝐭. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝.
𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 “𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥,” 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞. 𝐋𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐥𝐢𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐦𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐛𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐦-𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧’𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐲𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐭 𝐚 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞.
𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐮𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐛𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐫, 𝐢𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠, “𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞,” 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐮𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞, 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭.
𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐦𝐞 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚 𝐟𝐞𝐰 𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐬.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐱 “𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐚” 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐦? 𝐈𝐬 𝐢𝐭 “𝐇𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐮-𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐚”? “𝐉𝐞𝐰-𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐚”? “𝐁𝐮𝐝𝐝𝐡𝐚-𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐚”? “𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧-𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐚”? 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐥𝐲. 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 “𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐚.” 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐟𝐢𝐱𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐜𝐨𝐧, 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐩 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐖𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐩𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐧 𝐃𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐦-𝐖𝐞𝐛𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐎𝐱𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐃𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐃𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲, 𝐭𝐨 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐚 𝐟𝐞𝐰.
𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐭? 𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝. 𝐎𝐧 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟏, 𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟏, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐨𝐢𝐥 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥 𝐖𝐚𝐫, 𝟐,𝟗𝟗𝟔 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐧𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐦 𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬. 𝐘𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐟𝐞𝐰 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐬 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐞𝐬𝐭. 𝐎𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝟏𝟔 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧, 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐬, 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐊𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐡𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐦 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐬, 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫, 𝐦𝐚𝐲𝐡𝐞𝐦, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐥𝐨𝐛𝐞, 𝐲𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐨𝐭𝐫𝐲.
𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝, 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐮𝐝𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲. 𝐇𝐦𝐦𝐦. 𝐌𝐚𝐲𝐛𝐞 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐞𝐥𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐲𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐝?
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But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also 1 month ago
For centuries, Christians have called this world a “valley of tears.”
Yes, Christ has come. Yes, he is risen. And yes, he will come again. But still we...For centuries, Christians have called this world a “valley of tears.”
Yes, Christ has come. Yes, he is risen. And yes, he will come again. But still we mourn and ache and weep — and walk alongside those who mourn and ache and weep. We plod through the valley with hearts heavy laden, grieving for any one of a thousand reasons: our depressed children, our distant spouses, our dashed hopes, our deceased loved ones, our ruinous sin.
“The God of all comfort keeps watch over your weeping.” we cry because life’s sorrows have become chronic, filling our life like unwelcome guests who just won’t leave. Other times, we cry because some unexpected misery lands like a meteor and carves a crater in our soul. And still other times, we cry and don’t know quite why; the grief evades description and analysis.
To such mourners, the Bible’s message is not to dry up your tears. No, the Bible says weeping is typical of life in the valley, and its message to mourners is much more sympathetic — and much more steadying.Not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from God’s notice (Matthew 10:29), and neither does one of your tears.
When Hagar lifted up her voice in the wilderness of Beersheba, God drew near (Genesis 21:17). When Hannah wept bitterly outside the temple of the Lord, God noticed and remembered (1 Samuel 1:10, 17). When David became weary with moaning, God didn’t become weary with listening (Psalm 6:6–9).
The God of all comfort keeps watch over your weeping. He gathers up all your tears and puts them in his bottle (Psalm 56:8). Like a mother sitting beside her child’s sickbed, God marks every sigh of discomfort and pain. No matter how much of your anguish has gone unnoticed by others, not one moment has escaped the attention of the God who neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4).
As God says to King Hezekiah, so he could say to each of his children, “I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears” (2 Kings 20:5). Show more
𝐀 𝐤𝐞𝐲 𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧, 𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬. 𝐖𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 “𝐥𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟, 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐮𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞...𝐀 𝐤𝐞𝐲 𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧, 𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬. 𝐖𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 “𝐥𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟, 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐮𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐭,” 𝐚𝐧𝐝 “𝐛𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡…𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞, 𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝, 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫…” (𝐄𝐩𝐡. 𝟒:𝟐𝟐-𝟐𝟓). 𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐬?
𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐲, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐢𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡 (𝐄𝐩𝐡. 𝟔:𝟏𝟒). 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐆𝐨𝐝’𝐬 “𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐟𝐚𝐫𝐞 (𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭) 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐡, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬,” 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐚𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦, “𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐥𝐨𝐟𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐩 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝…” (𝟐 𝐂𝐨𝐫. 𝟏𝟎:𝟑-𝟓).
𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞. 𝐍𝐨 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐬. 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐲 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐮𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐀𝐬 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐞𝐥𝐬𝐞𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞:
(𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥) 𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐲, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐲𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐠𝐞. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐛𝐭 𝐡𝐢𝐦, 𝐛𝐞𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞. 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐧. 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐧 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐝𝐨 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐲’𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐭, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧, 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐬, 𝐢𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐧’𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞: 𝐬𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐝𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐭, 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡. 𝐈 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧, 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐟𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬.
𝐒𝐞𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐧
𝐒𝐨, 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐫. 𝐖𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝𝐥𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐮𝐬. 𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐣𝐨𝐛 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦, 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐦 𝐛𝐲 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡.
𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡, 𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐤𝐞𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬, 𝐚 𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐮𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐢𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬.
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I remember my childhood, fetching water from the nearby village with my friends. It taught me to appreciate the simple things in life. God was...I remember my childhood, fetching water from the nearby village with my friends. It taught me to appreciate the simple things in life. God was molding me through out this process to be thankful in all things. I was born in Guyana, but came to the US in my teenage years. I give God thanks 🙏 Show more
Helen Lemmel was born in England in 1863. She moved to the States as a little girl but returned to Germany to study music. While there, she married...Helen Lemmel was born in England in 1863. She moved to the States as a little girl but returned to Germany to study music. While there, she married a wealthy European, who left her 10 years later because she developed a “malady”.
Helen died 2 weeks shy of her 98th birthday, living on public assistance in Seattle. Although nearly destitute, this much-loved woman was known in her church and her neighbourhood as “a woman full of joy and enthusiasm”. Her consistent answer to questions about her well-being was: “I’m doing well in the things that count.”
Helen wrote over 500 hymns. She wrote Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus at age 55, 20+ years after her husband left her because she had gone blind.
I think about this hymn often when I’m too blind to see. It always reminds me that I’m doing well in the things that count.
Born November 14, 1863, Wardle, England
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English Christian Hymn ~ Turn your Eyes Upon...
Hymn : Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus | A Capella Music & Lyrics : HELEN H. LEMMEL Story Behind this song: Helen Howarth Lemmel was born in England in...
𝐇𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐀𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐓𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐞 𝐈𝐬 𝐀 𝐋𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐂𝐮𝐭𝐬 𝐓𝐨 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐞…
Have you ever felt like your dream would never come to fruition? I have been thinking about this very topic recently as I have been studying the...Have you ever felt like your dream would never come to fruition? I have been thinking about this very topic recently as I have been studying the story of Joseph from Genesis 37-47. Joseph had two different literal dreams as a young man that his brothers would bow down to him. These were not just “any dreams”; they were prophetic dreams that foretold his destiny that he was to fulfil. However, his brothers despised him when he shared the dreams, which ultimately landed him in a pit.
Maybe you haven’t had a literal dream as Joseph did of the destiny you are to walk in, but you do have hopes and aspirations to fulfil the purposes God has for your life.
Joseph definitely endured a difficult process. After telling his brothers about the dream, they schemed to destroy him. His first stop in the process was a pit where his brothers cast him to die. Later they decided it would be better if they could make a profit on his demise, so they pulled him out of the pit and sold him as a slave.
Regardless of the bad things that happen to people, when God has a plan for your life, He will make you successful even when others cannot accept His favour on your life. Even though Joseph was sold as a slave, Read the passage about his success.below.
2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. 4 So Joseph found favour in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. 5 So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field.
As I stated earlier, the fulfilment of Joseph’s dream was a process. It did not end with this success. He found himself in a situation where even though he did what was right, he was wrongfully accused and landed in prison for a crime he did not commit. First, a pit, and now prison, this is where most people give up on the dream, but not Joseph!
21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. 23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.
The Bible doesn’t tell us about the feelings I am sure Joseph had to deal with during this difficult process. I am sure there were times that he felt so isolated and alone as no one seemed to understand the purpose God had put in his heart. He had this unusual destiny locked inside of him that could not seem to find a way out. I suspect that there were times when he questioned the validity of the dream and wondered if he had misunderstood the message. Since he seemed to find success wherever he was, even in prison, was he tempted to settle for a modified version of the dream? I wonder if he also struggled to maintain hope for fear of yet another disappointment.
This part of Joseph’s story that encourages me the most !!!. His situation changed suddenly! One day Pharaoh was desperate to have a troublesome dream interpreted. Because Joseph had been faithful to his calling, even when he was in prison, he was recommended for the job. This single event unlocked his destiny, the path to the Palace, and ultimately the fulfilment of his original dream. This promotion allowed Joseph to fulfil a mightily calling on his life. Look at Joseph’s response when his brothers apologised for their actions.
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Gen 50:20
There may be many obstacles in your path between the dream and the fulfilment of the promise, but I want to encourage you today to let Joseph be an example that gives you hope. The pit and the prison did not prevent the promise; they prepared him to fulfil the calling he was created to do. If God has given you a dream, stay faithful during the process and you will realise the promise. Today could be the day that suddenly happens for you too! Show more
𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭, 𝐏𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐮𝐬 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐫. 𝐇𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 (“𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐝”), 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭...𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭, 𝐏𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐮𝐬 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐫. 𝐇𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 (“𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐝”), 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐦 (“𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐬”). 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰.
𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞. 𝐏𝐚𝐮𝐥 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐮𝐬 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐲 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐬 “𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬” 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐬, 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥’𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐮𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬. 𝐁𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐨 “𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐦” 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬, 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥’𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐠𝐞.
𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬? 𝐈 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧.
𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐚 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐝 𝐮𝐩 𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐬𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞.
𝐖𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥 𝐨𝐧𝐞.” (𝟏 𝐉𝐧. 𝟓:𝟏𝟗)
𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐧, 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝. (𝐑𝐞𝐯. 𝟏𝟐:𝟗)
𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐠𝐨𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐥 𝐢𝐬 𝐯𝐞𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐝, 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐯𝐞𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐦𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭.” (𝟐 𝐂𝐨𝐫. 𝟒:𝟑-𝟒)
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐨𝐫𝐝’𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞, 𝐛𝐮𝐭…𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐝, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐢𝐟 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐬 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥, 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥. (𝟐 𝐓𝐢𝐦. 𝟐:𝟐𝟒-𝟐𝟔).
𝐈𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐲’𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐮𝐧𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞. 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐓𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥’𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐥𝐲 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐩. 𝐇𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐢𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐭, 𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐬.
𝐉𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥 “𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬” (𝐉𝐧. 𝟖:𝟒𝟒), 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐯𝐮𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨. 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭, 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐧’𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 “𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝” 𝐚𝐧𝐝 “𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝” 𝐮𝐬 (𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐬 𝟑:𝟑), 𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐞𝐝 “𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝, 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐢𝐫” (𝐄𝐩𝐡. 𝟐:𝟐).
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How would you recommend how to behave when we are confronted on the streets from people we use to know? I am born again most of my past friends are...How would you recommend how to behave when we are confronted on the streets from people we use to know? I am born again most of my past friends are not. I run into them from time to time and it is hard. When they say have you given up on this false messiah? This hurts me a lot. I tell them no and they keep at it. This happened to me today. Any advise will be appreciated. Thank you. Show more
How precious are the gifts of friends. Shalom. 2 months ago
We suffer in silence because the moment they know we are now "A New Creation" things will never be quite the same. You would think most would be...We suffer in silence because the moment they know we are now "A New Creation" things will never be quite the same. You would think most would be overjoyed to hear the Good News. Sadly its never the case; you can tell them anything else you want and it's fine. But the moment you mention Jesus all hell breaks out. Show more
We can see what your faithfulness has been used for this group. God has also provided Pete and Marcia to support You, Kevin and Jerry. May God surround you with His love and an extra special presence of Yeshua soothing away our hurtful memories. Shalom
Love you...Dear sister @Shannon. my heart aches for you both. But God often lets us go through trials to prepare for the plan He has for us. For you He had this special place. I have seen from the beginning some of the difficulties you have faced.
We can see what your faithfulness has been used for this group. God has also provided Pete and Marcia to support You, Kevin and Jerry. May God surround you with His love and an extra special presence of Yeshua soothing away our hurtful memories. Shalom
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WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING HOMELESS Most people are fortunate enough never to have to experience homelessness. But for those who do, it can be a very...WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING HOMELESS Most people are fortunate enough never to have to experience homelessness. But for those who do, it can be a very traumatic experience that is hard to escape from, damaging physical and emotional well-being along the way.
Homeless people suffer high levels of stress from their lack of control over their housing situation, combined with high levels of poverty and often poor living conditions. They often also feel very isolated, especially when temporary accommodation is provided at a distance from the household's local community and friends.
To make matters worse, many homeless people carry with them the distressing experiences they have suffered which led to their homelessness in the first place, such as domestic violence, relationship breakdown, fleeing persecution from another country, drug and alcohol misuse, and mental health problem. Many rough sleepers avoid sleeping in conspicuous locations for fear of being attacked, abused, robbed or moved on. In a study carried out by Shelter, rough sleepers reported feeling threatened not only by other members of the street community but by the general public too. Many of those interviewed also claimed to have been subjected to police harassment – this included being unfairly searched, arrested and repeatedly moved on Many factors damage the health of people sleeping rough:
Cold, hunger and fear experienced by people sleeping rough disrupt their sleep, which in turn damages both mental and physical health.
Health is damaged through a lack of basic facilities for personal care such as bathing and washing clothes.
Homeless people often have problems with drugs or alcohol, made worse through being on the street.
21 per cent of people interviewed in a Shelter study said that mental health problems Homelessness leaves parents at breaking point and children’s lives in chaos. The effect of homelessness on children can be long-lasting. A study undertaken in Birmingham found that 40 per cent of the homeless children studied were still suffering mental and developmental problems one year after being rehoused.
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To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord , that he might be glorified. 2 months ago
𝐈𝐧 𝟐 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝟔:𝟏𝟓-𝟏𝟕, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐭 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐚’𝐬 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐰 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐢𝐦, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐲𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐲 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲...𝐈𝐧 𝟐 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝟔:𝟏𝟓-𝟏𝟕, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐭 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐚’𝐬 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐰 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐢𝐦, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐲𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐲 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐭𝐬. “𝐀𝐥𝐚𝐬, 𝐦𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫!” 𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐢𝐝. “𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐞 𝐝𝐨?”
𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐚, 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡, 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐧. 𝐇𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐰 𝐚 𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐦.
“𝐃𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐫, 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦. 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐚 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐚𝐢𝐝, “𝐎 𝐋𝐨𝐫𝐝, 𝐈 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐲, 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐲𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐞.” 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐭’𝐬 𝐞𝐲𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐰. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐚.”
𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐚 𝐬𝐚𝐰 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞: 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐚’𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐧.
𝐎𝐟 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐧𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐧-𝐦𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐚’𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐦. 𝐇𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩. 𝐈𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐓𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩 𝐮𝐬 𝐨𝐟𝐟, 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐬 𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐮𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐣𝐚𝐡 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐨. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐮𝐬, 𝐭𝐨𝐨, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬, 𝐢𝐟 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐭, 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐮𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬.
𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐫 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞. 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞:
𝐏𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝, 𝐬𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐦 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥. 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐝, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐬. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞, 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐮𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝, 𝐬𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥 𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐦. (𝐄𝐩𝐡. 𝟔:𝟏𝟏-𝟏𝟑)
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How can I heal from the pain of betrayal?
There is perhaps a no greater insult to a relationship than betrayal. Betrayal robs us of a sense of...How can I heal from the pain of betrayal?
There is perhaps a no greater insult to a relationship than betrayal. Betrayal robs us of a sense of security. Someone close to us has proven untrustworthy. Most of us have felt the sting of betrayal; likely most of us have even inflicted it. So what do we do about it?
There are obvious dangers in not overcoming the pain betrayal causes—losing the ability to trust, becoming a betrayer in retaliation or self-defence, not acknowledging the betrayal and thereby exposing ourselves to further hurt, emotional numbing to avoid the pain (which will eventually lead to an inability to experience joy as well). We work through the pain so that we might trust again so that we might find the true foundation of our security.
Jesus was not immune to betrayal. Judas, one of the twelve disciples, a friend whom Jesus trusted with the group's finances, turned Him in to be crucified. What is perhaps worse is that Judas accepted thirty pieces of silver in exchange for the life of his friend (Matthew 26:14-16). He betrayed Jesus with a kiss of greeting (Matthew 26:49). Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him, yet He chose to bring the man into His inner fellowship. Jesus called Judas "friend," even after the kiss that would lead to Jesus' arrest.
On a smaller scale, Peter betrayed Jesus. The disciple who vowed to follow Jesus to death (Matthew 26:33-35), three times denied even knowing Jesus. After His resurrection, Jesus restored Peter, giving the man three opportunities to affirm his love for Jesus and confirming His trust in the disciple (John 21:15-19).
David, too, experienced the sting of betrayal. In Psalm 55:12-15 he writes, "For it is not an enemy who taunts me—then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God's house, we walked in the throng. Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart." David was no stranger to the torment of enemies, but even that seemed less painful than betrayal from a friend. Let's look at David's response.
But I call to God, and the LORD will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice. He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me. God will give ear and humble them, he who is enthroned from of old, Selah, because they do not change and do not fear God. (Psalm 55:16-19)
David's first response was to experience the pain of betrayal. He did not minimize his sense of hurt. He poured it out to God. We, too, must acknowledge when we have been hurt. And then we need to share that hurt with someone who understands. God understands. Not only was Jesus betrayed in His time on earth. God has been, in a sense, betrayed by His creation. He created us that we might glorify Him and enjoy Him. Instead of fellowshipping with Him, we sinned against Him, and He had to redeem us. Because God so easily relates to our pain, we can pour out our hurt to Him in prayer. When the betrayal is deep, it can be helpful to talk with a trusted friend or counsellor as well. Be wise to refrain from gossip in doing this.
Next, David realized his behaviours needed to be altered. He recognized that he could not trust his friend in the same way. Psalm 55:20-21 says, "My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant. His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords." David understood his friend's, true heart.
It needs to be said that not all betrayers commit their act intentionally. Judas and David's friend certainly did. Peter did not. Sometimes friends betray us simply because they are sinful human beings (just like us). It is still wise to recognize that these people may not be as trustworthy as we once believed. However, it would be unwise to paint them with a broad brush, declaring them evil and unworthy of reconciliation.
The final step in overcoming the pain of betrayal is that of forgiveness. When we forgive someone, we are really giving ourselves a gift. Especially when people intentionally inflict pain on us, our withholding of forgiveness hurts us more than it does them. To forgive someone is to give up our right to vengeance. We acknowledge that their act was wrong, we might be more careful in trusting them with certain issues, but we do not attempt to get back at them. We don't betray someone who betrayed us. Instead, as David did, we leave it in God's hands. David concludes his Psalm this way: "Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you" (Psalm 55:22-23). God will take care of evildoers. And He will take care of us.
Betrayal is a robbing of security through a breaking of trust. We overcome the heartache it causes by giving our pain to God. We call the betrayal for what it is, reconsider our personal boundaries, and recognize that only God is truly trustworthy. We tell Him our pain and allow Him to handle those who would hurt us. Show more
Social media and suicide is a relatively new phenomenon, which influences suicide-related behavior Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide...Social media and suicide is a relatively new phenomenon, which influences suicide-related behavior Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation, in the year 2020, approximately 1.53 million people will die from suicide. There is increasing evidence that this behavior of using social media affects and changes people's lives, especially in teenagers. Suicide has been identified not only as an individual phenomenon, but it is influenced by social and environmental factors.
In one of the widely known cases, the death of Phoebe Prince, it is generally believed that her actions of suicide were motivated by cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a huge problem linked to increases in suicide rates (Mason, 2008). One explanation that has arisen, is the cause and effect relationship between social media advertised suicides and younger generations being influenced by them. Aside from kids being influenced by suicide tendencies online, there is the psychological explanation behind "15 minutes of fame". The first person who committed suicide live on today's social media platforms – Octane Eben, an eighteen-year-old woman from Égly in the suburbs of Paris – explicitly said, "I want to communicate a message, and I want it to be passed around, even if it's very shocking."
The media tends to popularise videos and social media posts in order to inform the public of the rising trouble, which creates popular appeal to the young and immature minds of teenagers. Social media could provide higher risks with the promotion of different kinds of pro-suicidal sites, message boards, chat rooms, and forums. In addition, the Internet not only reports suicide incidents but documents suicide methods (for example, suicide pacts, an agreement between two or more people to commit suicide at a particular time and often by the same lethal means). The role the Internet plays, particularly social media, in suicide-related behavior is a topic of growing in concern Show more