Falling Apart

Things are just falling apart! Words we have all uttered, perhaps, or heard spoken by someone close to us. There are many times when parts of our lives should be condemned or demolished because they do not fall within the will and plan of God, but we continue to fight to hold on to what never should have been allowed in our lives in the first place. There are instances where it is possible that we need to stop trying to keep it all together and let the broken pieces fall. After that, we will be in a position to allow God to work through us to rebuild the shattered fragments […]

Things are just falling apart!

Words we have all uttered, perhaps, or heard spoken by someone close to us.

When things appear to be caving in around us, we tend to want to do something, anything to salvage what we deem important and necessary to us. Often, we do not even pray and ask questions like,

“God, are You trying to change something in my life? What are You trying to show me, Lord?”

There are many times when parts of our lives should be condemned or demolished because they do not fall within the will and plan of God, but we continue to fight to hold on to what never should have been allowed in our lives in the first place. There are instances where it is possible that we need to stop trying to keep it all together and let the broken pieces fall. After that, we will be in a position to allow God to work through us to rebuild the shattered fragments.

Let us take an excursion with Nehemiah for a bit.

Nehemiah 1:3-4 (NLT) says,
3 They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” 4 When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.

Nehemiah hears a discouraging report and turns to God in prayer.

Nehemiah learns that the wall of Jerusalem has been torn down and the gates have been destroyed by fire. When he was informed of this, he sat down and wept. In fact, for days, he mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. He did not just go running in to the situation trying to resolve things on his own. He grieved over the chaos that had been allowed because of the sin and eventual exile of God’s people.

Nehemiah did what we should do when things have fallen apart. He sought the direction of God.

That needs to be my first response when I hear discouraging news. I must go to God in prayer.

The reason for the destruction of the wall was because of the Israelites continued disobedience. They were taken captive by the Babylonians and were in exile for 70 years. This happened during the time of the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah was to bring God’s words to nations and kingdoms (“to build and to plant”). His work was to warn not only the Jews but all the nations of the world about God’s judgment for sin.

To make a long story short, God’s people would not take heed to the warnings that God spoke through Jeremiah. As a result, there were some things that the people had to go through. When we fail to take heed to the warnings that God sends our way through His Word, the Bible, or through messages or sermons we may hear or read, we are in for some tough times ahead.

But God! He promises restoration when we repent and turn back to Him.

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Have Joy Much? You Choose!

(Intentional Prayer)
Pray the Scriptures: Lord, oh the joy that fills my soul. Lord, You have promised me that I can have joy even in the midst of everything that comes my way. Lord, there are times when life can become overwhelming and my heart grows weary. You never said that life would be easy; but, because You are omnipresent, always with me, I can take refuge in You […]

(Intentional Prayer)

Pray the Scriptures – My Prayer:

Lord, oh the joy that fills my soul. Lord, You have promised me that I can have joy even in the midst of everything that comes my way. Lord, there are times when life can become overwhelming and my heart grows weary. You never said that life would be easy; but, because You are omnipresent, always with me, I can take refuge in You. God Your Word tells me that those who take refuge in You have every right to rejoice. I can sing joyful praises forever.

I will rejoice in the Lord, the God of my salvation!

God, I pray and I petition for your protection to be spread over me and those who are Your children, so that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.

Lord, waiting can be strenuous. Waiting is a test of my faith and the process sometimes puts me in difficult and trying situations, in which the joy and hope that I long to exhibit escapes me. Yet, when I become weak in my faith, I can celebrate because the joy of the Lord is my strength. I am renewed in my spirit and I can begin a new day knowing that You are close to the brokenhearted and You save those who are crushed in spirit.

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In the Darkness

“God, I just don’t understand!“ Have you ever uttered those words. It seems like darkness is all around you, like God isn’t really hearing your specific prayers. John 13:7 (NLT) says, Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

“God, I just don’t understand!

Have you ever uttered those words. It seems like darkness is all around you, like God isn’t really hearing your specific prayers.

John 13:7 (NLT) says,
Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

God does things His own way and we just have to trust that He knows best. It’s as simple as that. That financial struggle that you are in, those wayward children, those stresses on the job can seem as if it is too much to bear. You try to move forward with hopeful anticipation in what God is doing and is going to do, but anxiety seems to rise up again at every turn.

“God, it seems like things are getting worse, yet I know that you are moving!” 

God tends to only show us one step at a time. During these times, we must hold on to our faith and know that God is in control. Things may appear out of sync and out of place, but God knows what He is doing. He has an order to the steps that He is taking in our lives.

Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) says,
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

We must allow our faith to show the reality of what we hope for, when we cannot see it.

While we wait, we can worship the Lord, and in so doing, we can forget about all of our troubles and rest in Him. We can rest knowing that He’s got a plan and a way that He is choosing to bring about our deliverance. We have to trust in His ways, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense to us. We must choose to see with eyes of Faith.

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