So love the one you hold, and I will be your Gold, a lover of the LIGHT. – Mumford and Sons
After the dust settles, and you have cried your last tear, who do you turn to? Where do you go? What do you see? I can tell you what I used to see-bleak, dank and dreary darkness. My CPTSD and depression were so bad, and yet I didn’t understand why, still don’t. I don’t understand, but mine eyes have seen the glory, praise God.
Becoming a Christian (meaning giving your life to Jesus) does not guarantee happiness in the present-it does, however, guarantee joy in the future. The peace that surpasses all understanding can be yours, but that is up to you. The hardest thing I have ever done is to let go and let God. Frankly, many a time have I ranted and raved; cried like an insolent child, even threw my bible across the kitchen a time or two.
When John the Baptist paved the way for Jesus Christ to enter, stage heaven, he was eventually murdered. John’s role was to baptize Jesus, a role he deemed himself not worthy of-until God gave him a good talking to. John ate weird stuff and wore weirder clothing, but he was the perfect man for the job, and Yah knew this.
What am I? The whipping post, the martyr, the punching bag? Why is this happening to me? Don’t you love me Jesus? Why can’t I see you in this desert place? Where have you gone, my Lord, my Savior?
I pled this quietly, in my bed, all alone and left behind. I can’t feel you, please, please don’t forsake me God.
This is often the case with His children. The Israelites were given manna from the heavens, protected throughout the wilderness, yet they still thought they had the short end of the stick. Looking back? I wouldn’t be stronger, wiser or more faithful had my life been easy. Don’t get me wrong, I have had and will have enough joy in my lifetime to carry me through. I’ve had a good life, and prior to being born again? I had a wild life.
The stories I could tell you.
Oh, that’s right, I have.
In a letter to the Colossians, Paul writes:
And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable in His sight.
No one is good enough to save himself.
If we want to live in eternity with Christ, we must depend totally on God’s grace. You were given a choice from birth, and although God wants you to make the right choice, He will not force His hand.
Cry out to Jesus and give Him your life. I promise you, things will change. You will be filled with the Holy Spirit, you will learn what love is-from a mighty and unfailing Savior.
How to Pray for Other Christians:
- Be thankful for their faith and changed lives.
- Ask God to help them know His will.
- Ask God to give them spiritual wisdom, and understanding.
- Ask God to help them live to honor and please them.
- Ask God to give them more knowledge of Himself.
- Ask God to give them strength for endurance, and patience.
Ask God to fill them with joy and thankfulness.
And when you are in the depths of despair?
Shout to the Lord a joyful noise!