In your deepest darkest moments the enemy is there… BUT GOD!

#TrustGod #PutOnTheArmorOfGod #WalkInTheLight #NoItIsNotYourFault

This month has been a difficult month for many families. I do not believe that a single week has gone by where someone I know has not lost a loved one. Last week there were 3 funerals in my town. I knew all of the deceased. I sat in my office on Saturday evening totally exhausted from their grief and wondered if they were feeling the warmth of the Hands of our Father God holding them in their time of despair.

The loss of a loved one is terribly difficult for us to fathom. We know that we are not supposed to live in the flesh forever, but the fact that the chair at the dining room table will remain empty is an ever-present reminder that the person is no longer here with us. The favorite chair in the living room that is no longer occupied is a thought that crashes down on one with the blackness of emptiness that only our Father in Heaven understands.

But when one loses someone to suicide, or someone dies unexpectedly, the enemy dances and prances about, and attempts to fill one’s mind with blackness. He will aim his hand right for your heart and attempt to rip it out with any of the following lies-he is a liar and the father of liars:

  1. God chose not to stop it. So, that proves He does not love you.
  2. You are the reason why your loved one committed suicide or died early.
  3. You didn’t love them enough.
  4. You didn’t do this that or the other thing enough.
  5. Or worse yet all of those doom and gloom hellfire and brimstone sermons that you have heard in the past become your present. Your unworthiness becomes the focus of your thoughts instead of your Father’s unconditional love.
  6. The video reel of your struggles begins to play in your head over and over again and every weakness you have ever had becomes his talking point. He will whisper his lies of defeat.
  7. He will make us feel all alone.
  8. He will pile on condemnation, guilt, and shame of our past lives. He will tell us that we are not worthy of the unconditional love of God because we have so many things hidden in our past that no one knows about.

He will rob us of the one thing that keeps us solidly planted, rooted, and grounded in our faith-our vertical relationship with the Father. He will steal our time and fill our minds with worry, pain, defeat, and unworthiness so much so that we forget to put on the armor of God. We race in slow motion throughout our day without a single conversation with our Father. We drop our shield of faith and we find will find ourselves feeling as if we are circling the drain of life. BUT GOD! We are not truly experiencing those things. Those thoughts are not from our Father. Our Father loves us no matter what life throws in our way.

His love

 John 15:13 NIV declares “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (Unless otherwise cited this study will utilize the NIV version of the Bible.)

One does not give up their life for someone they have left alone or for someone whom they do not love unconditionally.

“But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”  Psalm 86:15

There is nothing that we could think of that could cause our Father’s unconditional love to leave us. Yes, we will become distraught and even scream out at Him in our moments of intense pain.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8

But His compassion knows no end and is love is not based on “If you love me I will love your back!”

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:18-19

So, yes, scream at Him your moments of aloneness. Tell Him how you truly feel inside. Ask Him why your pain has to be so intense. Rest in His arms knowing that He will massage it all away. Why? Because His love is perfect and ..

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:18-19

Be as real with Him about your emotional state as you can possibly be. He loves you and He understands. Do not fear retribution. Our Father does not love from the standpoint of retribution theology We do not have to fear what he will think when we have moments of doubt, emptiness, fear, grief, and or pain. He has experienced all of that. Just know that . . . .

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17

His love for us reaches beyond what we can see in the sky.

“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.”  Psalm 36:5-6

God already has a solution for what you are feeling and it is buried deep in your soul. Allow the Holy Spirit to make it your current reality. Grieve, but grieve with God at your side. Live and live with His love wrapping you in every situation that you are experiencing. In your deepest darkest moments the enemy is there speaking His lies. Chose this truth.

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”  1 John 3:1 

Go to your Father He knows your best! It is good to be His child and it is good to be alive!

If you just need to talk through your pain, your, grief, your anxiety, your feelings of hopelessness contact us. We are a human listening ear.

Hold on Is this really the life I’m living? Cause I don’t feel like I deserve it Every day that I wake, every breath that I take you’ve given So right here, right now While the sun is shining down I wanna live like there’s no tomorrow Love like I’m on borrowed time It’s good to be alive, yeah Hold on If the life that we’ve been given Is made beautiful in the living And the joy that we get brings joy to the heart of the giver Then right here, right now This is the song I’m singing out I wanna live like there’s no tomorrow Love like I’m on borrowed time It’s good to be alive [x2] I won’t take it for granted I won’t waste another second All I want is to give you A life well lived, to say “thank you” I wanna live like there’s no tomorrow Love like I’m on borrowed time It’s good to be, it’s good to be alive I wanna live like there’s no tomorrow Love like I’m on borrowed time It’s good to be alive I won’t take it for granted I won’t waste another second All I want is to give you A life well lived, to say “thank you”

 

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bueller
    May 24, 2018 @ 11:26:14

    They have the Celebration of Life for our friend Chris on the same day as Sierra’s wedding. I would rather be happy for my granddaughter than attend the Celebration of Life only because I’ve seen how those go and you really don’t celebrate the person tho passed away, but rather all those still here.

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  2. Joyce/EM
    May 24, 2018 @ 12:59:43

    It appears that you have made the best decision that you could for the living. I wish I could be there to see Sierra get married. DO FB Live while you are there if you can.

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