WATER AND FIRE
“…I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass though the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy one if Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:1).
“Have you ever been in a crowd of strangers and felt alone? No one called you by name, and yet God, your wonderful creator knows your name and summons you. Even in the roar of people’s voices, if you listen carefully, you will hear Him. When you feel you’re drowning in the river of life’s troubles, God promises they won’t sweep you away. He is faithful to hold you in the palm of His hand . . . never allowing any more than you can handle. When it seems your problems can’t get any worse, sometimes, you can be tested by fire … a ‘grand hurdle.’ But, God promises you will not be burned … maybe singed a little, but never consumed. … the flames will set you ablaze. Your ‘test of fire’ will leave you ablaze with newfound courage, confidence, character and strength.” Author unknown (if this is your writing please let me know).
FOLLOW ME AND I WILL LEAD
Does God Know I’m Alive?
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).
Yes, God knows you’re alive because He knows everything about you. After all, He created you. He loves you and cares about you more than you’ll ever know. No matter where you are. His hand will guide you and hold you fast . . . if you’ll allow Him.
“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb . . . my frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. As the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:13-16).
How Did I go So Wrong?
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong” (Exodus 23:2).
“Cursed is the man who leads the blind astray on the road” (Deuteronomy 27:18). We dig a pit for ourselves when we follow evil doers. But the Lord God is patient. He will wait for your cry for help. He will untangle your messed up life if you just call upon Him. He is the Good Shepherd. He will not lead you astray. He will straighten your path if you ask. It’s never too late.
“We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning, craftiness of deceitful plotting, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head . . . Christ” (Ephesians 4:14-15).
I have Made Many Mistakes. Will God Forgive Me?
“Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out” (Acts 3:19).
Like the young man in the Bible who set off to squander his inheritance on worldly pleasure only to lose it all, ending up literally in the pig pen, we too make poor choices. We soon discover there is no life eating with the hogs. The good news is it doesn’t matter what you’ve done wrong. If you are truly repentant and ask God for forgiveness, He will forgive you of all your sins. Not only will He forgive you, He remembers your sins no longer! “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sin no more” (Isaiah 43:25).
God’s supernatural love for you is beyond measure. He never loves you less when you mess up. He never loves you more by your good works. God’s outstretched arms are waiting for you to run to Him. Accept His forgiveness. Let Him reveal His plan and dreams for you.
Why Did God Allow My Abuse?
“I am the Lord who heals you” (Exodus 15:26).
Evil is everywhere we go. Everyone can expect suffering in this life. But, God can bring hope and restoration into the worst circumstances, and He has a perfect plan for judging people and justifying the righteous. All injustices, one day, will be set fight. “God will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motive of men’s hearts” (I Corinthians 4:5). You may have been damaged, but you are not dead. Evil and its wreckage can be destroyed and God can create new life in you.
We will not always have the answer to our “why.” But, God can lead us out of the darkness of sorrow (if we ask Him) and into the light of acceptance. God loves you and wants to heal your wounds. Look to Him and let Him reveal to you His master plan for your existence. He will move heaven and earth to re-establish you to health.
Why Was I Abandoned?
“Through my mother and father forsake me, the Lord will receive me” (Psalm 27:10).
Some people were left as babies on doorsteps. Some grew up with two parents, but were never loved or properly cared for. Some have been abandoned by friends and co-workers. Spouses aband their marriages. Children aband their parents. “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jeremiah 17:9). That’s why people hurt people. Never is a wound as painful as abandonment. It leaves a hole so deep in the soul, only God can fill it. God, our heavenly Father said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
Pour out your grief to God. Tell Him how you feel. He will heal your broken heart and bind up your wounds. Forgive those who have forsaken you just as God has forgiven you. “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14). Let the God of Comfort fill you with joy; peace will follow.
I’ve Made a Mess of My Life. Dare I Hope For a Better One?
“There is surely a future hope for you and your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 23:18).
God is always seeking you. He pursues you, wanting to awaken you. He will show you the way out of the pit . . . if you ask. “He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit . . . he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth” (Psalm 40:1-3).
God wants to take your messy life and turn it into something beautiful. Only the power of God’s Son, Jesus Christ with His infinite love, can make all things beautiful. Your hope is in Jesus Christ. “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
I want to Change, but How Can I?
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. I am doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43:18).
When we choose questionable beheavior, we don’t always realize the consequences. God has given us free will . . . meaning we can make good or bad choices. Change starts by moving to a safe environment and leting go of friends, acquaintances, and relationships of bad influence. It means getting help to stop destructive addictions. It means connecting with God-fearing, moral people. You were never meant to be alone in your struggles. A sorrow tht is shared is cut in half. Let others help you heal.
Don’t dwell on past sorrow. If you hope for a brighter future, seek God, the source of wisdom, comfort and healing. God, the Father of Jesus Christ, the Father of Compassion comforts us in all our troubles.”The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:2).
My Father Didn’t Love me. How Can God Love Me”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
God knows everything about you, and yet He still loves you! Maybe, unlike your earthly father, your Abba Father (God) is crazy about you! “If you seek Him with all your heart, you will be found by Him.”. . . and those who see me find me” (Proverbs 8:17).
Puppies are a little like God. They wiggle and jump for joy when they see you, not matter how you treat them. Their love is unconditional. God’s love is unconditional. You don’t have to perform to receive His love. You already have it. Your heavenly Father (God) loves you! And, His love for you includes a special plan for your life. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). Embrace Him!
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