A voice in the darkness

Ever felt like you are stuck in a dark place? Then this post is written just for you….

Gods first words in the human story were words spoke in the darkness – words from the darkness. Spoken by God. Spoken to breathe life into the darkness.

Out of the darkness these words were uttered:

“Let… there… be… light!”

And there was light. The first light in the universe came from the voice of God in the darkness. Gods first breathe in the universe created light.

This was the beginning. The first beginning. The first of many beginnings. This is the work of God in our lives. God enters into the darkness, unperturbed or disturbed, to bring light, growth, love, joy, peace that surpasses understanding, and all other manner of blessings as he wills.

Whenever God wants us to grow he leads us into the darkness where we are led by the spirit into the place of deepening faith and holy trust. And into our darkness He speaks ever so gently… let there be light, and Christ enters our darkness. He walks in it with us to lead us through the dark wilderness into his promised land for our lives.

Where there is darkness today God is already at work. New life will spring up at the sound of his gentle voice. Do not listen for a booming voice in the darkness. Look for the still small voice of the Spirit speaking and breathing the new life of God. God is speaking light into your darkness.

Faith moves mountains 🏔

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Have faith in God.

Have faith in yourself.

God has faith in you.

Ever thought that?

Never thought that?

Thought worth thinking, that.

Believe for the best.

Believe you can do it.

You’ll get through it.

Trust in yourself.

Trust God’s help.

He’ll see you through.

Can we have Certain faith in an uncertain world?

How can we ever know that the Gospel of Jesus and the words of the bible are really true? I mean, they were written thousands of years ago in a culture that is so different from ours – no phones, no bank accounts, no McDonalds! It was orally passed down before it was written down! How can we believe that today?!

I hear this a lot. It doesn’t surprise me any more. There’s no simple answer except to say that faith is both simple, yet difficult. It’s hard to believe facts that you can’t verify easily (unless you have a time machine, which so far we don’t Dr!).

It’s hard to believe when you have not yet experienced the power and presence of the Gospel in true encounter with God.

As a Church we need to be encountering God more than we do. We should be seeking to meet with God daily. Our experience and our bible understanding need to come together to infuse into faith that is solid and certain. The Bible claims we can have certainty of what we have been taught, and we place our faith/trust in those teachings. This does not mean there is no doubt – Thomas was not removed from Jesus for doubting – in fact he was blessed as a result of it. Perhaps doubt is part of the strengthening process of faith?

In the Gospel written by Luke he writes the book to show the stories surrounding the life and work of Jesus in order that…

…you might know the CERTAINTY of the things you have been taught (Luke 1:3-4).

Our faith can be certain and steadfast. We can know the certainty of what we believe. Remember, there can still be some doubt – faith is not the removal of doubt: it is trusting God in the midst of it. In the aftermath of Christmas we have opportunities to share our faith with friends and family – it’s a time of year when discussions about Jesus are in the social consciousness.

I pray that we will take these opportunities to share our faith with confidence in the Gospel, understanding of the truth, and sensitivity to those we are sharing with.

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

Life is a funny, yet not so funny, thing at times. I’ve recently had news that a friend was unexpectedly ill (they are doing well), and I also recently lost my job (and am looking for another in a positive manner). I have friends who have lost loved ones; I have friends who have sunk into depression; I have experienced abuse practically and spiritually (I have also experienced great healing!)

And the world… well it’s in a mess! We constantly hear about acts of terrorism and violence; we don’t really know if we can trust our world leaders; many people are afraid to travel for fear of what ‘might’ happen; Italy has recently had a huge unexpected earthquake; and so it goes on.

What’s wrong with the world?

What do we do when we don’t know what to do?

What do we do when our world and our lives are shaken to the core (no pun intended with the shaken)?

In my 42 short years I have experienced much pain and brokenness. I have been wounded psychologically, emotionally, spiritually. I know that most people have experienced wounds and brokenness in this life so I am not alone in this.

But in my 42 short years I have also experienced something that inspires and motivates hope deep within me DESPITE the harsh reality of what I experience and what I see in the world.

What do we do when we don’t know what to do?

We turn to God.

Now you might be thinking “no way, not ever! He allowed this to happen!!!”

So often we are able to blame God, yet not turn to Him. God is NOT to blame for what goes wrong in this world – people are: we abuse and hurt each other for our own ends. We abuse and hurt our world and it aches with the pain we inflict on it. We start wars in God’s name – he doesn’t.

In my 42 short years I have experienced much healing for my hurts. I have experienced emotional and mental healing as I have prayed for his strength to forgive others. I have experienced joy as I have taken the time to silently listen for his voice speaking His truths to me.

God is the one we can turn to with our worries, our fears, our anxieties, our wounds, our frustrations. He knows how we feel. He knows what we are thinking. He knows how to take our wounds and use them in ways that eventually bring real deep joy to our lives and our world. He is the one who sends relief to the poor, the widow, the orphaned, the broken, the marginalised, etc.

Jesus said come to me everyone of you who is tired and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. He really does do this for us because he loves us deeply. He gives us rest by sharing the load, or even by lifting it from our weary shoulders.

Remember that it was Jesus who was broken, battered and bruised on the cross. He knows pain.

Remember it was Jesus who was ridiculed, spat upon, humiliated. He knows isolation.

Remember it was Jesus who died an innocent death on the cross. He knows what death feels like.

He did this in order that we would KNOW him and HIS life in this life.

So when life feels crushing around you. When you are worried about the future. When you feel lost, alone, afraid, helpless, etc… you can turn to the one who has been there and experienced that – Jesus is our wounded healer who IS ABLE to help.

What do we do when we don’t know what to do?

We turn to Christ.

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