Darkness cannot stay where there is light…

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When we are walking, or often more appropriate, stumbling, through trials in this life, it is tempting to lay down and let the darkness win. As God’s children though, we know we can lean on His promises for comfort in these dark times.

“His mercies are new every morning”

“His grace is sufficient”

“Even though I walk through the shadow of death I will fear no evil

Excellent verses in troubled times.  Tried and true.  Tested by fire.

But…in the last few days I keep turning to another verse that may be less known to some of you.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered“. (Click for context)

I am struck by the fact that when I do not have the words, the Holy Spirit within me SPEAKS to GOD on my behalf…with groanings.

So the Holy Spirit groans to God about me?  Not exactly.

John Calvin said it best “And the Spirit is said to intercede, not because he really humbles himself to pray or to groan, but because he stirs up in our hearts those desires which we ought to entertain; and he also affects our hearts in such a way that these desires by their fervency penetrate into heaven itself”. (Italics mine)

I am mute before the Lord and it is okay.  He still hears me. And by His Holy Spirit I am given the words to plead before my Father regarding my situation. To ask and receive the mercy and comfort and grace I seek.

On my own, I am unable to adequately pray hard enough or good enough to open the gates of Heaven. But by God’s Holy Spirit…oh, my friend, now I am on to something!

The darkness has to flee when you are holding the light… 

 

 

5 Important Promises When Everything Seems to be Wrong

I wrote this 4 years ago, after a 9/11 remembrance ceremony…

Goodnight my dear, lay down your head and drift away to dreamland
No fear here though we don’t forget we don’t dwell in sorrows
Tears made wet this sleepy space 14 years ago this night
Awakened to a new morn where the light did not shine as bright
Normal is not as it once was yet normalcy is regained
Bitterness lends way to a gentle pain
So close your eyes and know that there is safety to be found
Yes, peace and comfort, love again on this earthly ground
Store treasured memories in your heart to glimpse from time to time
The place where love and great loss were forever intertwined.

When we remember this event, do we simply pause on that date as so many did yesterday, then go on unchanged and untouched? 

Do we read a few stories, peruse a few updates on survivors and what they are still suffering through, and think “Wow, that is so sad”, yet, return to the everyday of our own lives, not really feeling much regarding the sorrow of these “others“?

We should never wallow in the pit, however, remembering what took us there and how God brought us out is important as there are lessons in those moments not to be missed.

Here are 5 Important Promises from God learned while in a “pit moment”:

  1. He will restore us.
  2. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
  3. He will make us overcomers.
  4. He will comfort us.
  5. He will sustain us.

Today’s headlines may not be about 9/11, as that day has been marked in passage for another year.  However, trials and tribulations abound in this fallen world where Satan roars about looking for someone to devour.

We will continue to experience dark times…yet when we run to the light of the Lord Jesus Christ we let that light of His glory shine through us in all the broken places.

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We gain healing, understanding and yes, even joy, when we stand on His promises.

Whatever you are going through today, rest in His arms knowing without doubt that He has your best interest in mind.  He is a good Father to His children and He is constantly at work on our behalf.