MEND THE BROKEN

““They have treated superficially the [bloody] broken wound of My people, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ When there is no peace.”

‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭6:14‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Many times when we suffer pains or hurts, we spend years hiding from that pain instead of dealing with it, we use “Christianese” to cover up. ‘It is well’ we say, ‘God is in control’ we say, ‘nobody understands’ we say, and many more such words that come from our lips and not our hearts. We wallow in a place of despair, pain, discouragement, we trudge on alone, putting up a brave face, hanging on by a thread yet on the inside we are shattered and broken. We put on bandaids saying, ‘it’s not so bad’ yet the wound festers, the pain deepens. Because we don’t deal with the pain, the pain steadily and surely deals with us. Before we know it, it begins to manifest in extraordinarily low self-esteem and acute vulnerability to dysfunctional relationships.

The brethren are no help either as we either ignore or fail to notice the pain that is etched deep in the eyes and souls of outbreaks brother or sister, even when they reach out for help, we do not hear or make them feel less than just because they dared to be vulnerable.

The time has come for us to allow ourselves be open with one another in Christ, to be the ear that our sister needs, the shoulder our brother needs, the heart that feels and understands the pain in the eyes and souls of others.

Can we lay aside the religious bravado and allow ourselves to heal truly and fully? Can we help each other face the pains in their lives that have become giants threatening their very existence, can we make room for them to open up and deal with their fears that they might find peace?

We can only overcome what we have confronted and confronted truthfully! Our comforter and ever present help, the Holy Spirit is there always to help us

Your story is not over because of past pains and hurts, You can overcome, you will overcome, I am not saying it will be easy.  I am saying it will be worth it.  And YOU are worth it!

Even When You Don’t Have Words: Faith

There are times when words simply fail us. Praying in these moments can seem unimaginable. And yet—remarkably—God makes provision for us to pray even when we have no clue what to say.

In Romans 8, Paul acknowledges that we live in a broken world. We experience suffering now. Loss. Sometimes the brokenness comes at our own hands; sometimes we are the ones who are broken by outside factors. Paul first encourages us that things won’t always be this way. We were made for a whole, healed world, and one day that will be reality. In the meantime, we groan. And all of creation groans along with us.

Then Paul says that even when we don’t know how to pray as we ought, the Spirit of God intercedes for us with groaning that are too deep for words. In a broken world, we often don’t even know what to ask God for. But he still wants to be with us. He still longs for that conversation. So in these moments, his Spirit will pray for us. We don’t know what to say, but he does. We may not even know what we truly want or need. But the Spirit will do the talking. Our role is to simply enter his presence.

This is praying in faith. We don’t have the answers, but we know the one who does. The specific requests are not as important as the conversation. So we keep coming back to God in faith, not because we know how he should solve our problems, but because we know he is the only one who can. Sometimes the conversation is quiet and tear-filled, but it matters even then. Perhaps especially then.

From a devotional by Echo Prayer

WHEN THE SPIRIT SPEAKS

“Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.” So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭8:26-40‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Several things come to mind as I read this passage of the bible

1. Philip’s sensitivity and obedience to the Spirit – He heard the Spirit speak and He moved, no question! He wasn’t so bothered about where or if he ever got there, he was just ready to go as the Spirit led him. Philip was available, he was present to be used. Sometimes being produces more than doing. Philip obeys the command to go and be near the chariot. He was there, he was present, he was available.

2. The eunuch is returning from a pilgrimage to the Temple, a place laden with Spirit-filled 1st century Christians, and he leaves still not knowing Christ. Was he overlooked or ignored? Was there no one there that could see his need and help him? Was he not connected? Did he not see or feel God in that gathering? What went wrong? Was it not his time? Or was God just preparing him for a closer encounter? We may never know exactly the reason but we can be assured of one thing, God saw his heart, that he was seeking for a personal knowledge of Him and He made it possible through a Faithful, Available and Teachable (FAT) vessel.

As we go through today can we ask the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to opportunities to meet the needs of others and may we be sensitive enough to see when He is prompting us. May we take our eyes off the ‘destination’ and enjoy the journey and go as He leads.

THE SPIRIT WITHIN

“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In the lives of many professing Christians today, the experience is that of the Holy Spirit working on the outside rather than on the inside. In the actual sense, the Holy Spirit is resident “in” every Christian,He come in at the point of salvation,  but He wants more than just to be resident––He wants also to be president! How is it in your life and experience? Is the Spirit a passing guest or a permanent resident? That makes all the difference. The Spirit within! The Spirit on the inside!

Is He the parakletos––“para” (beside), “kletos” (call)––one who is called alongside to help in your life or is He just a spare wheel?