YOUR LIFE is not easy. It never was. Struggles rise up all around you and within you. You might be tempted to lose hope. You might want to shut down and go numb. The world is full of strife and trouble.
So many are afraid. So many feel buried under their failures and pain. The world whispers that faith is dying.
But I say no. I say resist. Stand firm. Remain steady. Hold the line.
You may say to yourself, but I’m tired and weary. I’ve tried and I’ve struggled for so long. There’s nothing left to look forward to.
But just for an instant clear your mind. Let it all go — let go of your worries, your fears, and pain. Open up and give in to clarity.
You are not an accident. Your life has meaning. There is a deeper purpose to it all. Even in the desolation, a flower can bloom. Even in the darkest night, a new dawn awaits.
I have no more fight left within me, you might say. I’m worn out and tired. I’m just going through the motions. But know this: the Spirit of life keeps you going.
Even if you don’t feel it, even if you are not aware, the Spirit works in you. Your history unfolds going back and forward for generations. You are a vital piece of the human story.
You are the fruit of Adam, of Eve — part of the sacred lineage of humankind. You are a miracle made flesh by the hand of our Creator.
And if you accept it, by the blood of the Lamb, by his loving grace — you are a brother or sister to the Son of God. You are a beloved child of the Almighty Father.
By every means they have, some try in vain to destroy this truth. But truth cannot be destroyed. God’s Kingdom is eternal. His love endures forever.
Is this really true? Could it be possible that God came to earth as man? So many get tangled up in worldly arguments and distortions about the Messiah and his message.
But what would your heart say to a God that gives you what is most precious to him?
We can try to reason around it and understand it — or even deny it — but the final answer to love is love.
How long will you resist this? How long will you continue to blame others or yourself as a reason to deny God?
Let your heart be pierced as you see the Man hanging on the cross.
Let your spirit come alive with the resurrection of the dead.
You may have wrapped yourself with layer upon layer of protection. You don’t want anybody to see or touch your wounds. It hurts too much. So you hide in a shell of isolation, but the Spirit reaches beyond all this… if you let him.
He gently peels back the layers. He cleanses the history, the hurt, the failure, and shame. He brings deep healing and revives the dead places.
And at the core of your soul, he reaches something solid. It’s diamond-hard — it shines — brilliant, indestructible. It’s your deep desire to know and love God.
The yearning for forgiveness, for home. The need for a loved one to embrace you. The deepest desire to say, yes I love you. The hunger to know that you are loved beyond all measure. The burning need to tear down, once and for all, everything that keeps you enslaved.
There could be no other way to reveal this to you than through the power of the Word. And that Word is a person, a human being, a brother of the sacred lineage of humankind.
He is Christ Jesus, from whom all good things come.
If faith seems far away, understand this: God is never far. Your faith is there, right in front of you. Take it. Lift it up again. Do not be afraid.
Hoist your faith, carry your cross with conviction. Gain strength from the core of your inner self that hungers for God. Let that hunger come alive. Once and for all, let it out, let it thrive. Let it drive you to seek, to trust, to believe. Be not afraid.
Let your hunger find nourishment in his life giving flesh. Let your thirsty soul be calmed by his sacred blood.
Then your history will unfold gracefully — going up with the angels and saints to heaven. Satan will fall like lightning from the sky. And mercy, peace, and blessings will flow out from you like a river.
Your life is not easy. It never was. It never will be. But you are never, ever alone. So return to life. Seek joy relentlessly.
Let the Lord love you. In return, love him and others with the passion of the Spirit of God.
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Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”Lucas 17:19
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