Writing has been hard the last couple of weeks. Circumstances out of my control came upon me and flooded me with all sorts of thoughts, feelings and emotions. I will write more about these circumstances in the future, but currently I am going through the storm.
My strength just feels zapped. Ideas for my writing that would normally flow in abundance seem to wither. I just slump in my chair, clasping my head in my hands…
God, help me! Please hear my cry. Why downcast, O my soul?
A Real Battle Is Taking Place
Who could think a 23 year old could have so many thoughts and struggles? However, what I am coming to understand is I am part of a very real battle. A battle against my unending love for Jesus. I know that there is an enemy that truly wants my joy to wither, my trust in God to fade, my love for the Lord to diminish and my faith to be destroyed. When I am following the will of God for my life, I am to expect opposition, temptation, trial and sorrow.
Nonetheless, as the apostle Paul writes:
‘We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.’ 2 Corinthians 4:8-11
The battle has been won. It has been won by Jesus Christ on the cross who defeated sin and death! We have victory in Jesus and through our trials and troubles, Christ is revealed in our bodies for all the world to see. The death of Jesus brings life to all people.
Time is running out. Desperation on this earth is evident. There is slaughter, murder, disease, disasters, evil and darkness all around us. People are turning away from God and seeking for answers in all manner of things. Their ideology. Their political leanings. Their relationships. Their career. Their finances. Their religion. Themselves.
The Greatest Invitation
In this life, I know that there will be trouble. Jesus told us so (John 16:33). However, Jesus reassures us that He has overcome the world! He has overcome the struggles I am going through. He has made a way for you to know God personally. He accepts you just as you are – His love knows no bounds! He desires you to become more like Jesus and will never leave you nor forsake you in this life of refinement. He has overcome those that persecute believers of Jesus Christ. He has put an end to all suffering and death, paving the way to a life eternal with God in heaven.
I pray that Jesus Christ would be so apparent in my life that people will start to talk. They will stand up and take notice. They will ask questions about life, faith and God. There is a hope that I have which is in Jesus Christ who reconciles us to God the Father. His Spirit is freely given to us for all that believe in Him. This is hope. This is a firm foundation. This is trustworthy. I have seen lives transformed by God and it does not matter what you have done or what you struggle with. Bring it to the Lord. Why not place your trust in Jesus Christ and let Him into your heart today?
You have been invited by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to R.S.V.P to the ‘Risen Saviour’s Victorious Promise’. You are so loved!
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