in times of trouble or despair, Jesus
Years ago a friend of my phoned me sobbing on a winter night. As I listened to her speak between sobs about how broken she felt, I was sad, but also frustrated with my inability to really help. We had spent hours discussing her situation. Without disclosing more, I can only say it was both physically and emotionally destructive. She needed help. From afar, I helped her find a place to go for safety. However, beyond that, I knew what she really needed I could not personally give her. She needed the place to go in her brokenness, a very present help in times of trouble. My friend needed a transformative relationship with Jesus.
Isn’t that the crux of every problem in this world, great or small? We all need more of the one who saves, forgives, satisfies, and transforms. We need Jesus.
Cultivating a relationship with Jesus will carry you across a battle field, through illness, a broken home, or the death of a loved one even if you are physically alone. But to truly know him, you have to both meet him and then spend time with him.
Light daily conversations and highlight meetings won’t do it. To be clear, if you want to know Jesus, you need to open your heart wide and dive in.
But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray …
The best relationships are two way communication, emotional meetings of the heart.
A transformative relationship requires involvement beyond a public experience.
It is only within where we find out who we are and allow Jesus to soften and strengthen us, humble and lift us. Pride and ego have no place in our relationship with Jesus.
Without question, I know of no other healing and help for the wounded and weary that lasts than Jesus. In fact, every bit of advice and help I have in my own as yet incomplete arsenal for the broken came from my relationship with Jesus, God’s word, and his people. There is a wealth of wisdom available to you.
You have the same resources when you seek Jesus and ask him into your life.
John 3:16 and 17
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that everyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son in to the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
I would not survive without the assurance that he is alive and living in me.
Rest assured, God is not dead and he is waiting patiently just for you.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When you decide to follow Jesus, nothing can separate you from him, but you. Our free will is a gift of God. It is your decision to walk with him or not.
If you are a Christian and mad at God, feel empty, or have what seems to be an unanswered prayer, then it stands to reason that you ask for help with that. You probably already have, but…
Ask God to do a profound work in you so that you can know him at a level deeper than you ever have.
The name of Jesus and the word will stir up trust in you beyond anything you have ever known. Strength and trust do not come about by accident.
Simply by asking we can have a relationship that will transcend anything this world throws at us.
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Seeking the deep things and praying for anyone who desires it too,