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God & Me – Through the darkest nights.

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This post is different from everything I’ve written for this blog. This is a personal learning from challenging experiences and struggles in my life. 

I believe in community and God’s heart for people to love each other by rejoicing with those who rejoice and mourning with those who mourn. I have seen the benefits of being part of a community and I believe God has placed people in our lives for a reason. I believe God works and speaks through people and I know that relationships are what makes life more meaningful. I have favourite sermons, songs etc that has helped me take courage and rise up again after a fall.

Having said that, here is something I’ve had to deal with in my life. In-spite of having many friends, there are times when I’ve felt alone, I’ve had issues I could not share with anyone, I’ve been broken and nobody ever knew about it and I have had to live through the darkest nights all alone. No sermons or songs could speak life into me and I’ve ran out of motivation.

A mentor of mine once told me, “End of the day, all you have in life is yourself and God”. There is a limit to what man can do for you. The people who you value the most may not be with you when you need them the most. The more you rely on people, you only find more limitations they have.

Psalms 146:3 says, “Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.”

Have you expected help from people and never received anything?

Those are times when you need to find God for yourself. Somebody else’s story wont be enough, theology does not provide relief and religion doesn’t have an answer.  Encouragement fails to uplift you and everything that kept you going does not work anymore. Those are times when every cell inside you cries out for an encounter with your creator. Everything in you becomes aware of the only person who can answer your hearts cry and intimacy becomes necessity. 

The greatest cry in a person’s heart is not for love, success, breakthroughs or blessings. Whether you realise it or not, the greatest cry in us is for an encounter with our creator. Often, all we need in a storm is Jesus in the boat. The struggles in my life have always set me up for an encounter. Knowing God is with me in every mess becomes more important than the answer to a situation.

Encountering God in the midst of your struggles positions you to respond to it and not react. Seek God in crisis; seek Him in success. He is the only constant & an encounter with Him is what you need to face the darkest nights.

Discuss :

1. How do you prepare yourself to run to God when in trouble?

2. How has encountering God changed your situations?

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“I am fine”, the most told lie in the world?

“I am fine”, the most told lie in the world? 

How often have you been in the lowest valleys and yet responded saying you’re well?

Sometimes, our ability to hide emotions can give the biggest actors a run for their money.  In faith, you are declaring you are well? Thats good, but you may still need help! 

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.(Galatians 6:2)

Is it ok to say you’re not alright? : 

I love david because of his honesty. He was so open about every emotion he went through. I once sat and read about 30 Psalms continuously and it was nothing short of an emotion ride. 

We all make mistakes. We all have valleys and mountains. God has placed people around us to be our motivation system. We are not designed to live in isolation. We were created for relationships. First, with God and then with the people around us. The more you isolate yourself, the more the chances are of you going further down in that valley. 

Could it be true that God is sending people into your life to help you and you are busy calling out to God? 

Well, you may say why would someone care about my problems, trust me there are many people who care. I would not have been where I am today if it wasn’t for the people who stood with me during the tough times. 

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another(Proverbs 27:17)

  • You don’t need to tell the whole world your problems but identify the right people God has placed around you to build you. Remember God uses people. 
  • Not every person is a brutus. There are people you can trust and who are willing to stand with you no matter what. 
  • The person who weeps with you in tragedy will be there to rejoice with you in your success. 

 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.(1 Thessalonians 5:11) 

Blessings, 

Joel.

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