In the midst of the storm, how do you keep the hope? When nothing seems to be going right and nothing has for so long. How do you hope for a better future when today is so hard? When the joy is all gone and it all seems hopeless, where is God?
Don't get me wrong. I know He is out there, somewhere. I know He hears the prayers. I'm just not sure He answers. When the pain becomes excruciating and the sadness keeps mounting, where is the Savior?
I keep waiting. And waiting. I see the pain others bear for years and years. I see how the person I have loved so much stopped acknowledging that I ever even existed...that we existed....and I feel so small. So irrelevant. I was so disposable. Thrown away in an instant and completely forgotten.
Even when encouragement and help is offered to me, I don't feel worthy. I think to myself, if the person who knew me most refuses me completely, what had I done to deserve this? I feel that I must be a scam...that there is something in me so hideous and it could just come out of nowhere. And yet I don't know what it is but I seemed to have chased off my own husband in the most remarkable way.
I hear that satan has strongholds on us. I'm told my husband has clearly been overtaken. I pray for him always. But I wonder...is it him or is it satan? If someone so pure and loving can change so fast, aren't we all at risk?
The best advice I have ever been given is that when you don't know what to pray, just pray "Jesus." Tonight I pray "Jesus."
The one who recognizes that life in Christ is mostly about denying self, taking up the cross, suffering for Christ's sake and looking for a heavenly home and reward, rather than an earthly one, is the one who, I think, knows the truth. I would, my dear friend, remind you that there exists no undecided contest between God and Satan where the souls of people, even those close to us, are concerned. Pray, by all means pray! But commit your mind and heart to God's sovereignty in all things and when the enemy attacks with doubt and fear you will be able to withstand the lies and stand up, straight and tall for the truth, knowing that allthings work together for good to those who love God and areunder His sovereign calling and purpose (Romans 8:28).
I know, personally how hard it is to be forsaken by loved ones. I've had plenty of expereince with a father and a wife. But God was, is and always will be sovereign over my life and over all of the affairs of my life. He brings me through them and sets my feet upon a rock because I trust in Him and not the world, the people of the world, nor myself. Every one and everything that is against me in this world and this life is for me, and for my good because of Christ. Remember Joseph; what was done to him, by his own family, was intended to destroy him, but God brought the best possible good out of it (Genesis 50:20)!
There is always a clearing after the storm...blue skies return..~ Think of an actual storm~selah
Our Lord always answers, Are we listening? We seem to talk and ask, more then we take time to listen/hear...true of us all..
There should be no condemnation for those who are IN Christ Jesus...Romans 8:1...If you are IN Him...You are worthy.
Greater is He that is in you, then he that is in the world~ John 4:4
Satan only has strongholds we give him...The flesh is weak..but HE/God is strong....And if you know His love, you will walk in an assurance that He will never leave you or forsake you...and you will stand ON victory ground...not fight for the victory....Our battle is in the mind...so
Cry out for understanding...Seek it, search for it...He will show you..Put your focus on Him and not your circumstances...For whatever we focus on becomes bigger in our mind....I'm sorry for the void you have in your heart..and I pray our Lord will fill it with more of Him.
Lord I pray for my sister right now, that she will know your Love,that her mind will be made new daily in you..that she finds hope and peace as she waits upon you to do what only you can.
Hope, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1