GOD DON’T STOP, WHEN LIFE STOPS


Photo Credit: www.zealeap.comLike a spectator watching his favorite team in a losing streak; with a sullen face. You sit quietly on the floor, at the corner of your living room, staring on the ceiling with a heart filled with shame, guilt and fear mixed in a concoction of probing questions, hitting all cylinders in your mind, yet with no concrete solutions. The confusion in your mind and the uncertainty of your tomorrow drains life out of your soul like a leech. The dark clouds over your head is too thick, but it shows no promise of rain.

I am talking about the night-time seasons of life…when one is dealing with the issue divorce, separation, incurable disease, lack, unpaid bills, deportation, shame, dark secret, big time failure in business transactions, guilt or the death of a love one. That moment when suicidal thoughts run through your mind, fast and furious. Everything that defines your worth and significance, in the physical realm is fallen apart without repairs. The hand writing on the wall says; “dead-end, no turn, no exit, the end”. 

How do I go from here to there?…

WE ALL GO THROUGH IT These dark moments, everyone go trough it one way or the other. These night-time struggles and it demon, can walk quietly into a section A Indian-farmer-droughtneighborhoods and suffocate a single parent, whose young teenage boy is the only hope for the future with premature death, through straight bullet from a wrong place at a wrong time. These night time struggles is not shy of being found in the rich suburban and gated communities of your city; terrorizing and taking life out of the rich and the wealthy. The rich, the poor, the great, the least, white and the colored, presidents and kings all go through these moments. Hitting the quit bell, always seem to be the best option. Friend quitters don’t win and winners don’t quit. You are a winner through the power of Christ.

Jairus was “the ruler of the synagogue” at Capernaum; in faith, pleaded with Jesus to heal his very ill daughter. While Jesus was delayed in arriving because of the crowds, the girl died. But it didn’t matter – because of Jairus’ deep faith in the words of Christ, the girl was raised back to physical life, from the dead. Dr. Luke records it in Chapter eight of his gospel – Luke 8:40-42  “And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received Him: for they were all waiting for Him. And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought Him that He would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying.”

WHICH ONE IS DIFFICULT? Going through the long tunnel of life with a belly full of regret and pain, or falling on your knees with a childlike faith to a loving God, Photo Credit: solelydevoted.net who is always willing to lavish us with hope and meaning to live again, with smiles on our faces. Jairus was a man of standing in his community – He could have chosen the path of internalizing the pain of dealing with the ill health of his lovely daughter, but rather humbled himself before Jesus for a turn around. You cannot overcome pain by dragging yourself through the drain of self occupation and neglect the true God. Friend, God is personal, and thinks only about your welfare. God is not shaken his head over your mistakes and misfortunes. His arms are wide open to hug and invoke life into your weak heart, and power to your torturing knees. I love the humility and faith of Jairus; He fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought Him that He would come into his house. Why don’t you invite Jesus into your house, your office, your family, at your sick-bed, jail house and at wherever you find yourself now, and totally surrender to His will

Mark 5:35-36 NET…While he was still speaking, people came from the synagogue ruler’s house saying, “Your daughter has died. Why trouble the teacher any longer?” But Jesus, paying no attention to what was said, told the synagogue ruler, “Do not be afraid; just believe.”

DO NOT BE AFRAID, JUST BELIEVE – Death is the cessation of life. Sometimes life loses its savor and flavor and the writing on the wall and the signs in the blue skies are bold and clear enough, for the ignoble to read and interpret your situation as, “totally impossible”. Those moments are very frustrating; one simple decision can make you or cause you to surrender to despair.   Many have given up in life, embittered and disappointed in God and the people they thought didn’t do too much to help them sail through their storms. God is a God of miracles. He always knows the end from the beginning. He is NOT afraid of detours, dead ends, no exit and stop signs. He always has the right means to get us to the right destination. He makes a way where there seems to be no way. All He requires from us is to totally trust Him to do the impossible in our lives, by His power.

Photo Credit: synecticsworld.comTo Jairus, the arrow to his heart was the bad news of the death of his lovely daughter. The good news is that God don’t stop when all hell broke loose against us.  I have seen it time and time again in ministry; even as you love the Lord and want to do His will and fulfill a mandate on your life, you apply effort and diligence to your vision and goals, and yet it seems your efforts is always fizzled into the thin air and your own shadow keep yelling at you, “pal, this ain’t gonna work” “am tired of following you” “it is time we try something else”. That is crazy; your own shadow is even tired and burned out on every front.

In 2005, our Church landlord (New York) called me to his office, because we were struggling to pay $515 monthly rent. Paul, who was a kind Jewish elderly man, looked  into my eye through my weakling soul and said, “Young man I have observed you; I know you love God, but if you milk a cow and the cow don’t give you milk, you try something else, and in the future when the dust settles down, you can once again put your hands on the cow to see what is in store”. That was wisdom from Paul, but all that he was telling me was to quit indirectly. Those were the times, I almost threw in the towel and gave up on my calling. Man always has their opinion, but it is the counsel of the Lord that will always stand if one learn to hold on to His everlasting arm, and keep on keeping on, until you get there. To make a long story short, God turned my captivity around and ordered my step into a fruitful vineyard. I did not sail through because of any human technique; His grace was abundant in my weakness.

Mark 5:36 “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken he said unto the ruler of the synagogue, BE NOT AFRAID, ONLY BELIEVE”

Jairus heard death, Jesus saw life in a dead situation, therefore entreated him not to allow the law of fear to governed the faith persuasions of his heart, but to consciously keep up his belief. Don’t quit my friend and never allow the nay Sayers to stop you on your tracks. It might seem like you have come to the dead-end of life. If you can hold on for another day, another second, another week, another month and another year, patiently holding on to His grace; you will hear Him say, “TalithaPhoto Credit: cccooperagency.wordpress.com koum”  which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up.” Some things are going rise up again in your life, because your God don’t stop in the face of death.

And when He came into the house, He suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but He said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.” “And they laughed Him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And He put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.(Talitha koum) And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and He commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but He charged them that they should tell no man what was done.” (Luke 8:49-56 KJV)
 
LETS PRAY – Thank you Lord Jesus, through the precious Holy Spirit. Your presence fills every dark alleys of my life, and through your power, today I have been delivered from the power of depression, lack, sickness, sin and loneliness and have been restored completely into wholeness. Nothing missing, nothing broken. In your Holy name, Jesus I pray. Amen!
 

Are you dealing with an impossible situation? Send your prayer request via pray4change@gmail.com for spiritual re-enforcement. Have you overcome an unexpected evil situation, in your life? Comment by sharing with us how God saw you through, to encourage others who may be going through life difficulties, and they feel like quitting.

Thanks you!! -Grace to you, as you chart through the stormy seas of life, fulfilling eternal purposes. Lot’s of love

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This subway accepts 30 squats as payment for train ride. BRING THIS TO AMERICA!


This subway accepts 30 squats as payment for train ride. BRING THIS TO AMERICA!.

HOPE IS CALLING


God wants to fill you with the fullness of Himself, to deliver your soul, mind and emotions from the despair of life and paint a brand new image of the future He plans for you and yours. God promise hope for His people, and this glorious promise belongs to I and you to own it in perilous times;

16Thus says the LORD, “Restrain your voice from weeping And your eyes from tears; For your work will be rewarded,” declares the LORD, “And they will return from the land of the enemy.”There is hope for your future,” declares the LORD, “And your children will return to their own territory (Jeremiah 31:16-17)

Hope is an earnest expectation of good
===> The twist and turns in destiny journeys can take a breath out of your lungs and steals away the beautiful image of your glorious destination which was colorful painted into your heart by the Spirit of God, to be replaced with fear, uncertainty and a distorted image of the future by Satan. The believer has no reason to hit the quit-bell, throw the towel in the air or consider his or her position of uncertainty as fate. In Christ Jesus, we can draw the ever increasing colorful riches of turnaround grace as we place our complete trust in Him and refrain from negativity and the voice of weeping.

Job was robbed of his wealth and family, but in the midst of his predicament he found solace in his God. He hit the dead end of life where only Jehovah could reach and activate purpose and destiny when Satan thought that was the end of the story ===> …6″Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest Until he fulfills his day like a hired man. 7″For there is hope for a tree, When it is cut down that it will sprout again, And its shoots will not fail. 8″Though its roots grow old in the ground And its stump dies in the dry soil … (Job 14:6-7)

I know it my friend! When the future becomes so blurred, it’s like a driver on the wheels of the latest model of Mercedes without fog lights, going through a tunnel clouded with darkness and fog. The driver is in the latest model of Mercedes, but he is limited from clear path to his destination.

Beloved, you are a new creation; a latest model of Christ Jesus on earth…your ability to navigate through the dark tunnels of life depends on the light of Christ. It is in His light that we can see light. When we shift our focus from Him as the expectation of our lives through His great love for us, life loses it flavor and the future becomes pointless.

Here is the good news…God does not condemn you in your mistakes, neither does He leave you in the middle of the road to hassle through life on your own. I am persuaded and convinced that He who has begun a good work in you shall finish His purpose in your life until Christ returns. He is our companion and a friend who strengthens the weak and the weary and gives them strength like that of an eagle to soar up with wings against the odds and the limitation.

Will you let Jesus takes the wheel from your hands, my friend? I know how we sometimes thinks; “life is too much a mess for God to touch it”. If He can’t handle it, then don’t think you can make it work through yourself efforts. Our Savior stooped low in His earthly ministry and ministered to lepers, the dead, the rejected and the unclean sinful men, which was contrary to the law for Him to have been that personal to such ostracized men to give them hope to life a fruitful life. Your mess is not so messy to limit the power of His love to induce hope into your hopeless situation. ===> For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. (John 1:16 NET)

Carrie Underwood song, Jesus Takes the Wheel has become a fresh breath to a hopeless society which is bound into self and it sense of emptiness and apathy seeking Christ to steer her affairs into a purposeful living. Jesus is the answer for the world today…from the poor ghetto man to the crème de la crème living in a castle.

She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati, On a snow white Christmas Eve Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy with the baby in the backseat Fifty miles to go and she was running low on faith and gasoline It’d been a long hard year

She had a lot on her mind, and she didn’t pay attention She was going way too fast
Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass She saw both their lives flash before her eyes She didn’t even have time to cry She was so scared

She threw her hands up in the air

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own, I’m letting go
So give me one more chance

Save me from this road I’m on Jesus take the wheel
It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder, And the car came to a stop
She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat sleeping like a rock And for the first time in a long time She bowed her head to pray

She said I’m sorry for the way I’ve been living my life
I know I’ve got to change
So from now on tonight
Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own, I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on Oh, Jesus take the wheel

My Prayer For You: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace AS YOU BELIEVE IN HIM so that you may abound in HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NET