Overcoming Loneliness

Praying for my Husband A to Z: D is for Discernment

Discernment:

 Wisdom, Insight, Perception, Perceptiveness, Perceptivity, Sageness

The day I got married, I was given the right to say one of the most liberating sentences on earth, “I need to check with my husband, I will get back with you.” Isn’t it wonderful to be able to place the pressure and burden of a decision on the shoulders of someone else!  I can go to David and ask for counsel and advice but even better than that, I can go to him and ask him to make a decision for me. I can tell him the facts, tell him my desire, and then hand the burden of choice over to him. I can even use him as an excuse, something he has told me he is totally fine with. He is a good boy, willing to protect and go to bat for me any time of the day and for any reason.

There are many things my husband and I have agreed to discuss together before making a decision. We make sure we are in agreement with our budget,  major expenses, and choices that affect the family, but for the most part the burden of many decisions fall squarely upon David’s shoulders. Weather at home or at work, his decisions effect many lives and the burden of that responsibility is a heavy one to bear.

My prayer today has been that the Lord would fill my husband discernment as he leads our family and runs a business.

Father, give my husband boldness and courage as he assumes the role of father, husband, businessman & leader. Help him to filter, with spiritual eyes and godly discernment, as he leads our home.

Praying for my Husband A to Z: C is for Calling

Calling

2 Peter 1:10

10 Wherefore the rather, brethren,

give diligence to make your calling and election sure:

for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

 

My husband never ceases to amaze me. He assumes so many roles during a 24 hour day. He wakes up early every morning and is my breakfast buddy, Bible study partner, leader, husband, and friend. We chat over coffee, cramming in as much “us” time as we possibly can before footfalls on the wooden stairs announce the arrival of our kids. With the quiet morning interrupted David assumes the role of “daddy” to three energetic kids who clamor for his undivided attention. Once David backs out of the driveway and passes through the doors at work he adds boss, accountant, teacher, counselor, advocate, and mediator to his growing list of duties.

 

Not all his tasks are enjoyable, but in order to provide for us and help his guys provide for their families, he does what has to be done. His days are spent sustaining, leading, and sacrificing for others, but his day does not end when he clocks out return home. He has been chosen and set apart for the Lord’s work and and for the Lord’s glory and testimony. A fifty hour work week, demanding wife, sick child, or broken down car does not excuse him from his God-given calling, “Be Holy as I am Holy, Love the Lord with ALL your heart, study…rightly dividing the word of truth”….Somewhere between the necessities, duties, and responsibilities of life, my husband is called by the Lord to embrace and fulfill God’s purpose for his life, to live, love, and serve his Creator with every ounce of strength and passion within him.

 

Our husbands are amazing men, with complicated, stress filled, demanding lives.  Somehow a midst all the physical demands and battles they endure, they have to simultaneously wage war on second front, the spiritual one.  Today my prayer is that the Lord’s calling upon my husband’s life would embolden, impassion, and drive him throughout  every aspect of his day.

 

Father, your hand is upon the life and work of my husband. He is flesh, with limitations and weakness, yet at the same time he is a spiritual, redeemed, and living creation called out by you. As he engages in the spiritual and physical arenas of life, help to never loose sight of eternity, and the only thing that truly matter or will stand when he meets you face to face. Help him to discover, fulfill, and accomplish the one calling that matters most, his relationship, walk, and service to you. Give him eyes to see, ears to hear your voice, wisdom, and council. Let his heart be consumed with a desire and passion for you alone. Amen

Praying For My Husband A to Z: B is for Boldness

Boldness

Philippians 1:20
According to my earnest expectation and my hope,

that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness,

as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body,

whether it be by life, or by death.

Boldness is a requirement for all who lead. Leaders bear the burden and responsibility of life & death, success or failure, profit & loss. As the leader of our homes and marriages, our husbands take the first step into battle, placing themselves squarely in the line of fire. They take this leap because it is their calling and duty but also because they love us. They sacrifice, labor, and fight trusting we have their back and are going to be there right beside them.

Our husbands fight in many different arenas throughout their week. Every building they enter can become a war zone. Factories, offices, gyms, the home, and even church can provide a host of challenges & opportunities, temptations & trials. Most of our husbands work in secular arenas, with people who disagree with and even challenge their beliefs and standards. Life can be lonely when you take a stand and choose to do or say what is right instead of what is popular.

Today I am praying the Lord gives my husband boldness  as he works, leads, and interacts with his employees & customers.

Father, you have promised that today you will give David all the grace and strength he needs in order to “walk worthy” of the calling you have given him, but this doesn’t mean that every decisions and interactions with others will be easy. Father, give him boldness when faced with situations that challenge the holy life you have called him to. Lord, fill his heart with the power of your Spirit enabling him to stand and fight for truth, honor, and your glory. Give him a boldness and passion for you that makes sharing his faith and your presence in his life a delight instead of a duty. Amen

Praying for My Husband A to Z: A is for Asking

Ask

Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

Jokes abound when it comes to the subject of how impossible it is for men to understand women. My husband and I were speaking with a couple in our flock one evening when this very topic arose. An older husband had the most incredulous look on his face as I explained how quickly unchecked emotions, driven by fear, can reduce women into a puddle of tears. In just a single millisecond, I explained that I could have my “late/tardy” husband mangled in a ditch on the side of a road, dying in a hospital bead alone, stuffed inside a coffin, buried at the local cemetery, the house repossessed, and myself receiving a ten-year service award at the local iHop, where I worked nights to support myself.

 

Yes ladies, we are an enigma, sometimes even to ourselves, but if the truth be told, often times when it comes to our men, we are just as clueless. We are emotional creatures, wearing every feeling, presumption, and crisis we encounter on our sleeve. We want to air it all out, and ‘talk” until we feel the issue is resolved, but this isn’t how the typical man handles life, stress, anxiety, trials, and failure. They are peculiarly silent creatures, but their silence in no way indicates they have life under control. I can’t comprehend how my husband bears the weight of running his business, providing for his family, and keeping me content and happy with any time left over to take care of his own physical, spiritual, & emotional needs. I look at this world and the unabashed assault satan wages against the leaders of our homes and I am horrified yet if the truth be told, despite what I see, I can not begin comprehend the magnitude or scale of the spiritual warfare my husband endures on a daily basis.

 

My husband is the authority of our home, and the spiritual head over me, just as Christ is the head of the church. If satan was evil, brash, and rebellious enough to oppose Christ by hanging His Son on the Cross, he will not spend any less effort to destroy our men, homes, lives, and marriage?  The accuser despises the Glory of the Father and He is literally “hell-bent” to rid any semblance of  God’s presence here on earth. Our marriages and our lives display the wondrous glory and power of Christ at work. We are images of the Son. Our lives are examples and a testimony of the redemptive work of the Father in the lives of sinful fallen man. Satan loathes us and he despises our men because of this. Simply put, our men are clothed in bright red bulls-eyes each and every day.

 

If David was drafted into the army and shipped to the most dangerous battlefield on earth, I think I would struggle to live a normal life because I would want to be on my face praying for him 24/7. Ladies, my man has been drafted and he is in battle. Satan is out to kill, steal, and destroy the life, fruit, and work of our men, family, and homes! Sadly my prayer life does not always reflect the gravity this spiritual reality.
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Praise be to God for the work of His Spirit, for “greater is He that is in us than he who is in this world.” Hallelujah  and thanksgiving to our Loving Father for “he has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” This corrupt body of flesh has been put to death and victory is ours. Our Father stands with all we need and with every ounce of power and grace that our husbands need to stand, fight, endure, and conquer but there is something He has called us to do, “Watch and pray.”

Vigilance and sober mindedness is my calling. To see with spiritual eyes, the battles that truly matter is my goal. The ability to discern the true enemies of my life, marriage, and home, the ones capable of destroying not the body, but the spirit, is my duty. When it comes to comprehending the battles and temptations my husband has to fight today, while I might be clueless, I am not powerless and I am definitely hot hopeless.

 

As I begin day 1 of prayer for my husband I am simply crying out to the Lord, “ASKING” Him for wisdom. I do not know how to pray for my husband, and I do not always know what to pray for him, but the King of Creation, who sees all does! I need the wisdom and discernment of the Holy Spirit to help me navigate through the emotions, fears, and weaknesses that oftentimes gets in the way of the Truth of His word and the reality of my husband’s true needs.

 

Oh Father, you knit the substance and essence of my husband together and He is the glorious work our you hands. You are his Creator and you know and understand his heart in ways I never can. You have a purpose and plan for his life beyond what I could ever fathom or comprehend and you have given me the precious gift of walking along side him as He discovers this amazing calling. You delight greatly in David, and it has pleased you to bring glory and honor to yourself by redeeming him and calling him your son.  Father, give me wisdom and discernment as I lift him up in prayer. Lord let my prayers for Him be a sweet offering of faith and love to you. Give me wisdom to navigate through my own weaknesses, fears, and failures so that I can be to him the help meet you have designed me to be. You have declared that if I ask, it will be given, that if I seek, I will find. Lord I am asking for the wisdom and grace I need to be the prayer warrior I am called to be. Thank you for hearing my cry, and for the transforming work you are accomplishing in my life, our home, and our marriage. Amen

A to Z challenge: X is for eXist

eXist

1. To have actual being; be real.
2. To have life; live
3. To continue to be;
At the heart of why I strive to overcome and want to overcome in life, is the existence of God.  I am compelled and driven by a desire to fight, obtain, and conquer not out of fear, self preservation, or gain,  but out of sheer delight and love.

 

My heart was bound to His the day He took my place on the cross and died the death I deserved. His Grace, mercy and love did not stop there, for my entire life He has walked with me hedging, protecting, correcting, loving, giving, and transforming me from the inside out.

 

To suggest that God does not exist and that I can not prove it, when I am standing before you as living proof He  lives, rules and reigns in the affairs of man, is ludacris. It would be akin to the pharisees who demanded Jesus prove He was God’s son after he had walked among them for years doing sings, wonders, and miracles. If man refuses to accept what has all ready been said, done and proven, nothing more will.

 

God is not a genie bottle to be rubbed or shaken in order to receive what we want or need. No man has the right to demand God prove Himself to be who He claims by performing a series of tricks or magic acts. He created the world, He foretold the wondrous plan of His redemption of man, and then He came and fulfilled every word of prophecy written about His birth and life. He lived in submission and obedience to His Father, taking upon Himself the sins of the world. He Bore the punishment of all mankind on the cross, enduring a violent, gruesome, excruciating painful death and then He defeated sin and death by rasing from the dead. If none of these things move a man’s heart, nothing will!  Man can’t reject all this and then sit in his living room and cry out for God to prove He exists by making  a,b, & c magically appear. God will not oblige an unbelieving heart. You will never discover “Truth” by setting out to prove it doesn’t exists.

 

It is akin to an total stranger telling me my sister Amy does not exist. Amy lives seven minutes down the road. She is an amazing wife, mother, and friend. For over twenty years she has given much to me on both a physical and spiritually level. She has blazed trails for me my entire life, always going before, making my path a bit easier to walk. She has offered advice and at times cold hard truth that was hard to swallow but spot on. She loves me, and I love her. We are family. Her impact in my life is monumental and I would be lost without her. I am a better person because of her. I have become a better wife and mother because of her wise and godly council. She has rubbed off on me and often times people remark  how alike we are, and that they can tell we are family, sisters, related.

 

Those of you living on the other side of this computer screen have not and can not see Amy, but it would be illogical for you to say she does not exist simply because you have never met her or received a phone call from her. It would be illogical to declare is impossible that Amy has ever given me advice, gifts, or visited me in my home simply because you were not present when she did so or because she has never done the same for you.

 

To declare that you have searched extensively online, read books, and asked those around you if she exists and they said no, proves your conclusion that she can not exist would be illogical. No matter what research, books, or opinion you form, you can’t make Amy disappear from my life nor could you disprove the physical, mental & spiritual impact she has had in my life. I could produce physical records that verify, her existence and accomplishments. If that were not enough, I could present thousands of others who have met her personally and benefited from her life, but if your heart is bent on her not existing, chances are you would not accept this proof either.

 

To emphatically demand Amy does not exist would be foolishness yet this is the logic of so many seeking to prove God doesn’t exist. They set out, not to find Him, but to prove He can’t possibly be real. They seek proof to substantiate their claim using the research and writings of  others who don’t know God, but they will never accept the living testimony of millions of men and women past and present who stand as living witness to His presence and the liberty, freedom, and transformation He has given to them .

 

Yesterday I wrote about the wisdom that is from above. Without God’s grace poured out,  opening the hearts and eyes of man, this wisdom is foolishness.  Until God opens the eyes and heart of man, up is down, right is wrong, reality is fiction, and death is life. Do you know someone shackled by unbelief? Is your heart burdened for one who can’t see truth and freedom when it is  standing before them beckoning?

 

Would you join me, committing to pray for loved-ones, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and neighbors whose eyes and hearts are blinded. We are surrounded by so many who have never experienced the triumph, hope, joy, and peace you know and revel in. Will you lift up those who remain shackled and imprisoned though hope and freedom is just inches away? He has overcome the evil one, victory is His, it is ours, and it can be theirs!

 

“Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world”

A to Z Challenge: W is Overcoming requires Wisdom

Wisdom

1. The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.
2. Common sense; good judgment
3.a. The sum of learning.
4. A wise outlook, plan, or course of action.
5. the ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.

1. The Need for wisdom

Proverbs 4:6-8 (ESV)

Do not forsake her (wisdom), and she will keep you;
love her, and she will guard you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.

I Love this verse, it makes me laugh. Here is my Jody paraphrase
“You want to know what wisdom is? Here it is, You need wisdom and you better get some! How is that for a direct and blunt verse!
You need to value it, prize it, and pay whatever is necessary in order to obtain it.”

The acquisition of wisdom begins with the understanding and acknowledgement that I don’t have it and I need it!

2. The Source for Wisdom

James 3:13-18

13 Are there any among you who are really wise and understanding? Then you should show your wisdom by living right. You should do what is good with humility. A wise person does not boast.

14 If you are selfish and have bitter jealousy in your hearts, you have no reason to boast. Your boasting is a lie that hides the truth.

15 That kind of “wisdom” does not come from God. That “wisdom” comes from the world. It is not spiritual. It is from the devil.

16 Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there will be confusion and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom that comes from God is like this: First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others. This wisdom is always fair and honest.

18 People who work for peace in a peaceful way get the blessings that come from right living.

Rule #1, When seeking wisdom as it relates to life and eternity, ‘”Source” is everything!

The wisdom that matters, liberates, and empowers is not earthly, it is spiritual. Man’s wisdom is faulty, and prone to change based on circumstances and emotion. The wisdom of the world says do what is best for you, what feels good, what gives instant gratification. Man’s wisdom denies the validity of faith in the existence of something greater than himself while at the same time demanding faith in itself. The wisdom of man is at its core selfish, leaving others in a wake of shattered dreams and broken hearts.  The wisdom of man does not liberate or empower, it shackles and oppresses.

The guiding principle of a man seeking wisdom from within himself is in essence “I am god, I will decide what is right, true, and just.” This presents a problem because if every man adopts this line of reasoning and wisdom, the word would be filled with billions of self-seeking gods, all  attempting to  co-exist in harmony with others, who live with not only opposing views and goals, but violently conflicting ones.

Wisdom demands a source for its existence. Can created, corrupted men claim to be the author and creator of wisdom? We can not look to ourselves or within ourselves, or to fellow-man for wisdom. If you need wisdom and do not have wisdom, it stands to reason you’re not going to be able to sit in the middle of a dark room & meditate wisdom into existence from the depths of your soul.

3. Wisdom requires Grace:

With grace wisdom can liberate, without grace it shackles.

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Wisdom is not always easy, nor is it always fun. Sometimes wisdom illuminates my heart and energizes my spirit but there are other days when it requires sacrifice. Restraint,  suffering, and sacrifice can be a frequent companions in our search for wisdom.

While the acquisition of wisdom and it’s application in my life might involve some blood, sweat, and tears, its fruit is liberating and well worth the sacrifice. When I am in a situation where I need God’s wisdom to overcome a sin, endure a trial, or even offer encourage a struggling sister, I find it helpful to ask for God’s grace so I will willingly and obediently receive his wisdom, before I actually ask for the wisdom.

Without God’s grace wisdom is foolishness, light is darkness, and weakness flaunts itself as strength.

Are you seeking and searching for wisdom? How is your life spent daily? Do you spend your hours, energy, and affections seeking her and searching for her?

Is your heart burdened by a friend, loved one, or co-worker who lives in darkness, shackled by the foolishness of the world.  Pray for Grace. Pray that God would open their eyes to the light of the gospel of Truth! Grace clears the way for wisdom and truth!

Seek her, search for her, cling to her and do not let her go!

Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get it!

Five Minute Friday: Community

Today I join The Gypsy Mama and a community of amazing, passionate, like-minded women who are writing about community.

“So let’s spend our five minutes of writing today, sharing about community. Fight it, love it, hate it, hurt or healed by it, we were certainly built for it.

Set a timer and just write. Don’t worry about making it just right or not.

Go all in with your words.

Are you ready?”

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:

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Community…

For many years I robbed myself of the gift of community. Insecurity kept me prisoner to my pew, yard, and home. There is risk when you step out and make yourself vulnerable, but  praise God  for the times He kicks us out of the nest. Over the past year or so I have learned the rewards oc community far outweigh the risks!

The Lord knew I needed a community of believers, women who would speak the truth in love. Women who accept me for who I am, while not allow me to make excuses for being anything other than who I am supposed to be in Christ, “A new Creation.”

It is encouraging to fellowship with women who share the same passions, struggles, emotions, and battles I do. We are all in different seasons of life. Some with tiny boppers, some with teens, and some with empty nests. There is seasoned and tried wisdom in our community. Women who have experienced death of spouses, children & parents. My community has suffered through infidelity, broken hearts, and tragedy. All of us have felt the loving and gracious hand of God upon our lives and as a community we come together to bind up, encourage, challenge, exhort, and even rebuke one another.

Community isn’t just a luxury, it is a necessity!

A to Z: V is for Victory!

Victory

1. Defeat of an enemy or opponent.
2. Success in a struggle against difficulties or an obstacle.
3. The state of having triumphed.

I Cor 15:42-45, 50-58

42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

43It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

45And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit……

50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

“Death is swallowed up…..Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory”

Are there any other words as sweet and liberating as these? Over the last few weeks, I have blogged about the atonement of Christ that gave me freedom from the condemnation of sin. I spoke about the liberating power of faith, truth, grace and God’s love. What a great way to wind down this challenge, by speaking about the ultimate fruit and reward of our battle to Overcome and to walk worth of the amazing gift we have been given.

The truth is alive within my heart. Grace has been poured out upon my life. God’s love has transformed me from a condemned sinner to an adopted daughter and joint heir of Christ. I am His and He is mine. My death was swallowed up when Jesus rose from the dead. He bore the sting of death on the tree fulfilling the law of the Righteous and True, the Only Wise God.

Because He is, I have Overcome!

Thank you Father the the Victory that is mine through you!

A to Z: U is for Overcoming Unbelief

Unbelief

Hebrews 2:18
For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

 

When Jesus walked this earth, we are told He was tempted and suffered just as we are. Our pain and suffering moves Him with compassion. Our Father understands our pain, weaknesses, and needs but what He will never tolerate nor allow is a faithless unbelieving heart. He is True and Faithful and in Him is no deceit or variableness. He has never failed to prove Himself to be who He has proclaimed Himself to be,  nor has He ever failed to fulfill the promises He has given us.

 

Unbelief  is an extremely dangerous thing to harbor in our hearts, and scripture spells out clearly what happens when we allow unbelief to take root and grow in our lives.


Dangers of Unbelief:

1. God can not work in a heart of unbelief

Matthew 13:58
And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

2. A heart of unbelief leads to a heart of stone & Rebuke from God

Mark 16:14

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.

3. Unbelief steals our peace and keeps us from finding “rest”

Hebrews 3:19

So we see that they were unable to enter (into rest) because of unbelief.

Unbelief = Heart of stone = God’s Rebuke = No Rest….

Hebrews 3:5-30 (ESV)

A Rest for the People of God

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
on the day of testing in the wilderness,
where your fathers put me to the test
and saw my works for forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
they have not known my ways.’
11 (I)As I swore in my wrath,
They shall not enter my rest.’”

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned,whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

 

When my faith falters and the trials and burdens of life press down upon me, I find victory to overcome unbelief by remembering, recording, and recounting the goodness of God. My history with Him is the lifeline of my faith. He has never forsaken me or withheld His love or goodness. Who He was yesterday is who He will be today and tomorrow. There is no room for unbelief. 

 

What has become bigger in your life, your problems or the “Solution” to your problems?I Overcome unbelief by switching your focus from the problems to the “Truth.”  Remember yesterday’s A to Z! “The truth will set you Free.” Hear His voice, believe His words, overcome your fears, pain, anxiety….

A to Z Challenge: T is for Truth

Truth

“The quality of being in accord with fact or reality.

Fidelity to an original or standard.

That which is considered to be the supreme reality

and to have the ultimate meaning and value of existence.

John 8:32
And you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.”

What do you say to the friend who suffers in an invisible prison, held captive by a smothering blanket of depression? How do you comfort the grieving woman who has miscarried her fourth child and has to bury that tiny life and with it her dream of being a mother? What can you say that will encourage the single woman who sits alone her apartment tormented by insecurity and the unfulfilled desire to “just be loved by somebody?” What words can sooth the raw aching heart of a wife who has stumbled upon the sordid details of her husband’s infidelity? How do we find hope when life seems hopeless?

The Bible tells us that Truth is the key to freedom but it is not merely the presence of truth that liberates. This is evidenced by the fact two people can go through similar circumstances with totally opposite results.

 In “The Passion of the Christ” Pilots wife makes a profound statement to her tormented husband who has begged her to explain the truth.

“What is truth Caludia? Do you hear it, recognize it when it is spoken?

Pilots wife replies, “Yes I do, don’t you?”

Pilot answers back  “No. How? Can you tell me?”

With sorrow Pilots wife whispers, “If you will not hear the truth, no one can tell you the truth.”

 

Truth has the power to liberate and conquer BUT only if that truth takes root deep within our heart and soul. Once truth is heard it must be received, seized, and hidden deep within our needy hearts. It is here, in that deepest part of man’s heart that faith gives voice to truth.

To the hurting and needy I say, it is in “The Truth” that you will find freedom, but if you will not hear truth, you will not experience freedom.

Are you willing to hear the truth? Are you willing to have the scales washed away, so that you can see life as it truly is? If you are hurting and looking for answers, your only hope is found in Him who is “Truth” and who offers that truth to all mankind.

John 1:14
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.

Will you listen to His message and plan for your life? He posses the truth capable of setting you free.

Are you seeking to comfort or council a friend imprisoned in hopelessness? Unless they are willing to hear the truth and to allow its roots to be buried deep within their hearts and minds, the truth will not do them any good. The first thing they need is prayer, that their ears would be opened.