God has brought us a mighty long way…while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life (Romans 5:10).
People around us are hurting and want to give up because their pain seem so great. Their pain may seem so crippling that they do not see a way out, recognize how their situation will ever change, or realize that God is bigger than any problem they will ever encounter. Some people are able to hide their pain whereas others not so easily, displaying it through their demeanor and emotions — remember 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” The enemy doesn’t care. It’s for us to know who we are in Christ and walk in the authority (power) God has given us. Resist the devil, and he will run from you (James 4:7).
Our coworkers, family members, friends, enemies, and strangers whom we walk pass every day are dealing with these issues. It’s when we slow down to ask someone how they are doing that we realize the person is hurting. We learn from a simple “How are you doing?” conversation that the person feels lost without a sense of direction – they just lost a loved one, is experiencing a broken marriage, or children are out-of-control, to name a few. This is why it’s so important to check on people or heed the warning signs that someone is broken.
In today’s generation of Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, it has become easier to send a Direct Message or text message then to pick up the phone. When someone feels rejected, they want to know someone cares. It’s not always likely that the person who is hurting will reach out to you to find out if you care about them. This is where picking up the phone to say hello and making the extra effort to check in on them matters. I’ve heard people say, “Well, they know I love them.” My question is how does the person know you love them…through silence? No calls, no contact?
Let’s take the time to put the dishes down, turn off our favorite television show, sacrifice a visit to the outlet mall for a sale, and pick up the phone to check on each other. My mother has always said she becomes concern when someone continuously comes across her mind. Let’s not ignore God when He places someone on our hearts. Don’t assume the person will be around tomorrow or at the next family event for you to check on them then. As I am typing this, the Holy Spirit brought this verse to my mind – Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? (James 2:15-16). We have to help each other and not put it off on someone else to handle.
Sometimes people choose not to call because they do not want to get caught on a long drawn out phone call. Haven’t we all been here? This is where the convenience of sending a text usually comes into place. Let’s not treat each other in this way. One way we can help is by sharing our testimonies. I don’t know about you, but it is encouraging to hear a testimony from someone who has been where I am and is a living witness of how God turned it around in their favor! It causes me to exclaim, “Finally, someone who has been through it, understands how I feel, and has survived it by the grace of God!”
It’s here that our testimony can give someone just what they need to hold on for another day or continue to stand in a challenging situation. God is not a respecter of person (Acts 10:34). Since He has done it for one, you can be assured that He can do it for you. His track record is flawless. We may have our own way of how we think our situation should turn around; however, we have to remember that God’s plan is always best, including His timing to turn it all around. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8)
Please do not hold your testimony in. It will be a blessing to someone else. Allow God to use you to share the good news of Jesus, visit The One True Healer to read more about our healer. He saved us from the devil’s attacks and schemes; let someone else know He will do the same for them. We have to trust God no matter how grim the situation looks. And if you’re a believer and are still struggling with faith, ask the Holy Spirt to help you in this area. See how AWESOME God is! He has given us everything we need to win a battle. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Jesus will help us. We are overcomers in Christ. God didn’t bring us out of a trial (we’ve all had one) to sit on it, or pretend we haven’t been through anything. Don’t keep quiet about your deliverance. This is what the enemy wants us to do. Allow your testimony to keep you encouraged and give hope to someone else. I know it may seem tough right now, but Jesus nailed every one of our sins to the cross. Why would He endure the pain at the cross to leave you in your mess? Think about it…
Don’t give up. God has not given up on us.
All these promises I have spoken of here are for those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. If you have not accepted Him, then you do not have these promises. God wants you to have these promises. In order to receive them, please accept his Son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior and He will immediately come into your life and help you through whatever you face today.
Salvation occurs when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Visit the Salvation Prayer page to read more about it. Walk toward your VICTORY today.
Love you all in Christ! God bless.