Posts Tagged ‘hopelessness’

  

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs‬ ‭17‬:‭17‬ NKJV)

Dusty Bernier and Brian Huddleston grew up as close friends. They attended the same church, hung out together, even married sisters! Now in their early 30’s, their relationship has spanned many years. But then Dustin’s kidneys began to shut down, threatening his very life.

When no matches could be found, Brian, on a whim, decided to see if he was compatible. And sure enough, he was! And so yesterday morning, at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, Brian gave life and hope to his best friend, Dustin, by giving him a kidney. You could almost say that their relationship was made for just this moment!

Decide today to be that kind of friend. Many will give to a certain point, but a true friend and brother/sister gives all that they have, all because of love. And say a special prayer for Dustin and Brian, that as they heal quickly, their lives and their story will continue to bless others! You are loved today! Love back! 

  

My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come.” (Psalm‬ ‭102‬:‭11-13‬ NIV)

As we sat in the car, you could feel the agony in the atmosphere. “Robert” no longer cared what anyone, even God, thought about him. His addiction meant more to him that family or career. That abandonment moment would last for several years, leaving many scars. Yet, could he change?

The scripture paints a picture of a man in deep dejection, loneliness, despair. He feels his life is ebbing away like the evening shadows and there’s so little time left for him. He says, “I’m withering away like grass.” Have you ever felt like that? And what do you do if you ever feel like that? 

Robert’s life eventually turned around, but only after great prices were paid. Do what the psalmist did instead. He looked away from himself, his own situation, he lifted up his eyes to the Lord and he saw the Lord by faith, on His throne, and he realized that the Lord doesn’t change with our situations and circumstances. The Lord is always on His throne! He never abdicates; He’s always in total control! Rest in His care and control! You are loved! 

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Even though we were dead because of our sins, God gave us life.” (Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭5‬ NLT)

As I stood before the family at the graveside this past week, a song played from a CD player, telling of looking for our loved ones on the other side of Eternity’s Veil. I glanced around the vacant cemetery, seeing the monuments shining in the bright Autumn afternoon sun. It was a gentle reminder to me of how precious and fleeting life is. When death comes, there is no place to hide.

This scripture speaks to me of how damaging and deadly our sins are to us. Sin creates a spiritual deadness towards God, making our lives living cemeteries; lives stuck in hopelessness and a continual moral decay. By continuing in our sins, we create a deeper wedge between ourselves, God, and even those we hold most dear.

The good news is that there is freedom! The cost is simply the surrendering of your life and the sinful habits you live in. The payoff, however, is your life! Freedom from self-hatred and hopelessness, and the possession of every promise God’s word has for you! Choose life over death! Choose to let Christ be over EVERY part of your life, holding nothing back! You are loved today!

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I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.” (Psalms‬ ‭9‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Tears flowed freely and unashamedly as the woman shared her testimony during the service. It was her personal story of abuse, violation, abandonment, and the subsequent years of alcohol, drugs, and hollow relationships that she ran to for help to mask the pain and keep living one more day. You could feel her hopelessness.

But then she spoke of meeting a Savior that loved her like no one ever had, giving her freedom to live, laugh, and even find love! Hearts were racing as she described her transformation by the Lover of her Soul!

While the story was heart-wrenching, the real beauty of the moment is what happened next. As the call for others in pain and life-torment to find their own freedom in Christ, people began to move to a church altar, allowing others to come pray with them. As years of collective grief began to pour out, it gave way to something more pure and electrifying: a joy and laughter that wasn’t there before, but was birthed anew, evidence that a life-change had happened!

And what was it that helped multiple souls stuck in hopelessness find freedom? Simply a soul that had found her own rebirth and did what the Bible said we should do, by sharing our personal tale of Thanksgiving with others! Take time this week to focus on what God has done for you. Share those stories because you never know when it might inspire a life-change in someone else! You are loved today! Feel it!