My Friends, there are things God wants us to stop doing because they damage us physically and emotionally!
These things keep us from being secured and safe in the life Christ so absolutely wants us to thrive in. And, they hurt our relationships with others and most sadly of all, our relationship with God.
Just know this! God deals with these things much differently than how we would address them!
He doesn’t just come to us and say, “Stop it! Knock it off!” Or… “I’m going to withdraw and withhold healing and communication from you until you grovel and do things an absolutely specific way!”
No! He doesn’t “punish” in order to get us to behave, believe, or change. Instead, He lowers Himself.
He stoops down and says, “Let Me show you a better way. Let Me empower you with My Holy Spirit to make a change.
Let Me deliver you from addictions, from bitter rage, from the fears of being rejected or abandoned.
Let Me break the bindings of self hatred, from a critical and moody “exacting spirit” of demanding your own way.”
He says, “Let Me break away your fetters and bondages. Let Me love you to wholeness…
“Follow Me, and I will lead you out of the hole that you are in.I know you are weak, but I am so strong.
Abide in me, (walk WITH me) and I will abide and walk WITHin you, and I will make everything possible for you if you trust Me and obey Me.”
People who truly love us extremely (not just those who simply might tolerate us), want to know when we are hurting!
They look for ways to soothe or comfort our aches and hurts. They also at times, point the way to others who can better help us walk out of the darkest despairs of addictions and mental health upheavals.
They don’t mind listening to us share our pain and grief over lost time. Our Heavenly Father is that way!
The scriptures show us the “acts of God” because of the “compassion of God” when it comes to hearing the cries of His people.
Do you remember the the cry of the Hebrews when they were slaves in Egypt? This wasn’t a cry from people who simply wanted an easy life.
They had NO life! They were being treated viciously! They were being abused. They were enslaved. They couldn’t do anything about their circumstances to make them any better.
Some people are suffering because of choices they have made, and many of those same people can get out of their suffering by making different choices.
While God is still concerned about those people, His concern takes a different tone when the suffering isn’t just the result of selfishness and a willful, stubborn disobedience.
God gets fired up when there is injustice going on! The Hebrews cried out, and it was the kind of groaning and wailing that moved the heart of God.
God came down and raised Moses up to deliver His people. Woo Yeah!
When you are suffering, God WILL demonstrate His love for you and bring about help and deliverance for you.
He said He would!
“Call upon ME in the day of trouble and I WILL answer and deliver you from all your troubles,” Psalm 107:13.
“I love the LORD, for He heard my voice. He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live,” Psalm 116:1-2.
You might not “like” the discomfort you will feel when the LORD points you towards skilled helpers who will challenge your ability to be honest and accountable with behaviors and addictions.
Nonetheless, He will wait for the prodigal heart in all of us to turn toward Him and accept His outstretched hand.
A hand that will direct and guide us to a new serenity and hope for tomorrow.
Reach out… and Reach up.
Help is within the very grasp of His hand.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.