Perils and Blessings

Posted by on August 27, 2013

Life is unpredictable.   He giveth and He taketh away.

Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”

As a Christian, trust and faith are basic. When we humble ourselves, we give ourselves over to God and allow Him to take charge.  The challenge is in remaining humble. Self and the enemy are continually trying to reemerge. Without an unbroken intimacy with God, we are quickly out of His control.

 At birth, I was a throw away child. My mother was grieved that she had a boy instead of a girl and purposely broke my arm before I was two years old. My father was a career air force man and would not be able to care for me. In essence … I was abandoned by both of my parents.

 I praise God that my aunt and uncle, who are firmly planted in the faith of Jesus Christ, were impressed to adopt me. But oh what severe damage and disconnect had already taken place. I arrived broken and remain broken to a large degree today. But unlike earlier in my life, I have HOPE because of Jesus Christ. Today I believe that He has my very best interests in His heart.

 However there are still times that I question this and begin to ride the rapids without my life jacket on. In order for us to learn valuable lessons, God allows us to go through some pretty intense trials. You don’t have to look far. Perhaps not any further than you. It’s easy to recite verses about Jesus not leaving us or forsaking us. But there are times of incredible pain and misery that pretty much all of us are tempted to say “really?”

 Living by fact rather than feeling is the great challenge before us and the devil is certain that we will believe what our feelings are telling us. For many, feelings equal truth. If I don’t have a solid grounding in God’s message to me through His Holy love letter to me, I’m going to cave into my feelings.

 I recently experienced months of what I was certain was a gift from God. I believed that I mattered, belonged and am loved. I had affirmation and confirmation and well… become somewhat dependent on those “feel good” messages. Having had such a brutal childhood that lacked solid, meaningful, nonjudgmental friendships, it wasn’t long before my focus was slightly and dangerously shifting to a dependence on others.

 God truly created us to be relational. There is strength in unity. There is also danger. Even in a marriage, it is vital that God remains “King” in our lives. I have watched some around me suffering through broken marriages and relationships. It can shake someone’s faith in God if they are not deeply connected to Him, allowing Him to bind our wounds and carry us through. Our faith and confidence in God is continually tested through life’s experiences.

 No matter what the extent of our brokenness, Jesus is always there to put us back together in Him. He truly has our best of interests in His heart. We may be in pain…but He will never let us down. Be wise and don’t allow Satan to rob you of the joy and comfort that is always available to us to claim in Jesus.  

 Satan is counting on us blaming God for every scrape, cut and injury that enters our lives. Refute the enemy with the many truths and promises God has given us for such a time as this. Sometimes even a painful lesson has to keep repeating itself for us to fully recognize that we are totally and completely reliant on Jesus and Him alone. In the end….nothing in our lives matter more than our relationship and connection with Him.

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