Believe it or not, there are quite a few people who need to be set free from abuse. In fact, there are people in abusive relationships who don’t even realize it. For one thing, when most people hear the word ‘abuse’ they only relate it to physical harm.
Abuse is not just physical
But sadly, that is not the case. In addition to physical harm, abusers often use verbal and/or emotional abuse tactics. Furthermore, abusers use those tactics to intimidate, manipulate, and control another person.
So, when we look at abuse from that viewpoint, a person can be in an abusive relationship totally unaware.
Much like David, we can find ourselves in a wilderness, lacking and searching for something to quench our thirst and refuel our fire for living. Sometimes, you may feel like you’re alone in this, struggling in life with its many tugs and pulls. And, you need some help to continue on your journey.
The exhaustion can take its hold on you and you can feel EMPTY. You are about to give out, feeling weak with every step. Without a doubt, you’re spiritually weary from all the worry, and you’re tired.
You ever met someone that changed your life and you couldn’t help but think– “This was meant to happen”? Well, this is what I’d call a divine appointment in God’s Perfect Timing. It’s not just something you can explain—But God.
Our steps can be guided by God’s hand. And, this was the case in the story of a Samaritan woman who came to a well on THE day that Jesus was there to meet a need she did not realize that she had.
Although we are not talking about the weather, we know that storms have three stages: a start, a duration, and an end. This is also true about the storms of life. In other words, everyone falls into one of the three stages mentioned above. But what part does faith play in the whole scheme of things?
What is faith and why is it important?
Believe it or not faith impacts every area of our lives in varying degrees. Moreover, according to Dictionary.comfaith is confidence or trust in a person or thing. Now, when we look at faith from that perspective it is easy to see that we use faith every day.
They all got into a boat and began to cross over to the other side of the lake. And Jesus, exhausted, fell asleep. Suddenly a violent storm developed, with waves so high the boat was about to be swamped. Yet Jesus continued to sleep soundly. The disciples woke him up, saying, “Save us, Lord! We’re going to die!”
But Jesus reprimanded them, “Why are you gripped with fear? Where is your faith?” Then he stood up and rebuked the storm and said, “Be still!” And instantly it became perfectly calm. The disciples were astonished by this miracle and said to one another, “Who is this Man? Even the wind and waves obey his Word.”
Above all, God is the greatest giver. And, God’s giving comes through LOVE and GRACE. Likewise, as we give, we must give with a heart of love and grace.
Beloved, God sees and rewards those that help others. You see, God has promised that when we give, we will receive at some point in our lives. Undoubtedly, sometimes your giving may go unappreciated—but give anyway. Blessings await the giver!
Naturally, there are times you may feel that you’ve emptied your treasury of giving to others–when you need a refilling yourself. Consequently, it may feel like God has forgotten about you—but He hasn’t. Because, He never sleeps or slumbers (Psalms 121:3-4,NIV).
It is that time again–the holiday season has begun. And for many of us, it is a joyous time to behold. For the most part, people look forward to spending the holiday season with family and friends. Of course, others are happy for the long-awaited vacation time from work or school.
Well, Christianity is misunderstood because some Christians do not understand Grace. You see, grace and truth come by Jesus Christ. He showed love to everyone He met. Unfortunately, there are Christians who don’t represent Him well. Thus, causing others to not want anything to do with Him.
So then, some people give Christians a bad rap. They stereotype all Christians as angry, judgmental, hypocrites. And that’s not true for so many of us. I say us; because Lady V and I are Christians too. And we have experienced those reactions first-hand.
Trust me, we get it because there are Christians who present themselves as perfect. And that is far from the truth of the matter. Jesus is the only perfect person to ever walk the earth. Believe it or not, we all needed a savior; that’s why Jesus came, died, and rose from the grave.
So then, we must cling in faith to all we know to be true. For we have a magnificent King-Priest, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who rose into the heavenly realm for us, and now sympathizes with us in our frailty. He understands humanity, for as a Man; our magnificent King-Priest was tempted in every way just as we are, and conquered sin.
So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.
not perfect. Shockingly enough, that’s no surprise to God. I recall growing up
thinking I had to be perfect to believe in Jesus, and yet I had it twisted. My
believing in Jesus was my having faith that He did something I could not do for
myself. He justified me before God.
There was absolutely nothing I could do to make myself righteous. I needed a Savior! Jesus atoned for my sins and the sins of the world so that those that believe in Him would be made righteous through Him, by justification, through faith in Him, and not by works.
Galatians 2:16, (NLT), states “Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law…”