In the middle of Darkness

     There comes a time of darkness in everyone’s life, it is something that we cannot escape from. Moments of roughness, tears, frustration, and sickness. We were not created immortal in fact we hurt and we bleed, emotionally and physically. In moments of darkness, we tend to want to run away and escape from all the pain, the hurt that we feel in that current situation. We always look for a place to run, a way to escape the reality that we are living. Many of us blame God and push him to the curve, because we always expect everything to be sunshine and roses. Or we look for substances to numb the pain or erase the moment of darkness. However, we need to learn that there are things in life that we cannot stop or withhold from happening. Certain things that we cannot erase, numb, or forget. We simply must go through them. That’s the only option we really have, simply moving forward and going through the darkness and pressing forward.
       Paul is a great example and through his life he shows a way to get through the roughness and darkness. Paul states “For I have learned in whatever state I am to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer the need” KNJV Philippians 4: 11-13. Paul was able to press forward, when his life was in sunshine, but also when gloomy days appeared before him. Paul was able to press forward and keep his head up and stay sane, it was all because of Jesus. Jesus was his helper, healer, counselor and true friend. There is not one moment when Jesus states in the bible that everything is going to be okay, and that we are not going to be stressed, trialed, pulled, torn, hurt, or sick, he never said that we will be untouchable. In fact, he states “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earth quakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven” KNJV Luke 21:10-12. Jesus explained this to his disciples, that nasty, and scary things were going to take place on earth, he prepared them and warned them. “You will be betrayed, even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death KNJV Luke 21:16. Jesus was honest and blunt with his disciples, and opened his heart and informed them of the truth that was going to come, it was not going to be sunshine and roses all of the time, he let them know straight forward that it was going to be cruel and dark.

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      However, Jesus offered his disciples hope, He offered them redemption and an eternal glory, where there will be no pain, no hurt or frustration, but Love and Gods sweet presence, which is in heaven. Jesus was the immovable rock that Paul was standing on, Paul learned to lean on Him, to call to Him, to cry to Him, also to bless Him. Paul learned to say “I can do all things through Christ whom strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. I will like to end with this thought, the word of God can be spoken and declared over our life, but there comes a time where we can only live by mere experience the word of God. Paul was persecuted abused, mistreated, he had moments of darkness, trials, failures, however he learned to live knowing that Christ was his strength and refuge. We all go through moments of darkness, believers of Christ and non-believers of Christ. The difference in having Christ is that in Him we find, peace, hope, and love, in moments of darkness with Him we learn to dance in the rain.

 

Unstoppable Love

Try to stop Your love and You would wage a war
Try to take the very thing You gave Your life for
You would come running
Tear down every wall
All the while You’re shouting
“My Love, you’re worth it all”.
God you pursue me with power and glory
Unstoppable Love that never ends
You’re unrelenting with passion and mercy
Unstoppable Love that never ends.

This song Unstoppable Love by Kim walker Smith has been blasting in my head this entire day. There are moments when we feel worthless, useless, we feel like sinners and, that Jesus is just going to abandon us. However on the contrary, the bible say’s in Romans 8:35 NIV, Whom or what will separate us from the love of Christ. Will it be hardship, persecution, or famine. Paul the author of the book of romans states “I am Convinced neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39 NIV. The devil is a liar and the father of them, our situation does not define us, our past, our pain or our current struggle, does not define who we are in the eyes of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are worth it all in the eyes of Jesus. The love of Christ is so immense for us, that it covers a multitude of sin, this is the thing humanity forgets. That Christ loves us, and he became the ultimate sacrifice just to save you and me. The song continues to say:

No sin, no shame,
No past, no pain
Can separate me from Your love
No height, no depth,
No fear, no debt
Can separate me from Your love

I will like to end with this thought, sometimes we let certain situations define us and remove the love that Christ has for us. We are not perfect, in fact the bible says “No man is good except God” Mark 10:28 NIV. The fact that we are not perfect does not give us leeway to sin. In fact we are suppose to strive to be like Christ, however men fail. When we fail our mind creates the mentality, how am I going to get up from this sin, we think that Jesus has abandon us, and that he gave up on us. Jesus is actually sitting on the right hand of God interceding for us right now to the father. Jesus is waiting for us to call on to his name for forgiveness and freedom. He knew who we were since the day we were forming in the womb of our mothers. He knows our weakness and our struggle, the beauty of Jesus is that he extends his hand not to judge us but to lift us up, and he covers us in his mercy and provides a way to escape from sin.