The One Who Is Always There For You

You can hear your parents arguing one night while you lay in bed. They've had a few disagreements before but nothing like this. This time their voices rise louder and you hear them say more hateful things.

Then… silence.

You’re frozen stiff in your bed with uncertainty. The next thing you know, you can barely hear them say that they are done and want a divorce.

Your heart takes a steep drop.

How can your mom and dad just leave each other like that? After all the family vacations you had together and things your parents taught and helped you with… all the good moments with them together.

An uncomfortable feeling that your life will never be the same settles in.

Your home is now broken to pieces…

Many of you can relate to the situation I've described in one way or another. A broken home is the result of whatever tragedy may have happened in your family.

What if one of your parents cheated on the other? I bet you feel torn between them because you love them both and yet feel betrayed by the one who did it.

Maybe one of your parents was abusive and you feel trapped in your own home. It causes you to act up outside of the house and get into trouble. Or you become very timid and hardly talk to anyone. Not to mention, all of the new problems that could come into the picture once you have step-parents and siblings. The family situation can get really messy - really fast.

If you come from a broken family or are experiencing conflict within your home now, how do you feel? Probably confused, hurt, resentful, angry, stressed, and insecure. It seems your whole life has been uprooted and misplaced.

God knows how you are feeling

God understands your torn emotions over your family’s circumstances.

If your father cheated on your mother, you saw your mother’s tears and feel the utter shock and betrayal. But you love them both and try to deal with the separation in your family.

God understands your emptiness from a mom who left you at birth. Your sadness from never knowing her. The bitterness you feel once you learn that drugs were more important to her than you were. God even sees the hostile home you grew up in.

He knows about the mom or dad who abused you. He knows your hopelessness of being stuck. Your stress. Your torment. Your unhappiness. But the pain will not last. Your torment will not continue. God has a plan for your life…

“For I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11)

This world we live in is not perfect. There is trouble everywhere you turn. It’s a fallen world we live in now, yet God still has a grand plan for your life. He cares about you and His plan for you is good.
You can’t help what has happened in your life. Some people ask ‘Why can’t God stop the bad things from happening?’

It’s important to remember that God loves and cares about you. And when you are in pain, God feels those same emotions.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3)

God cares about what happens to His children and He will raise you up out of your terrible circumstances. Most of the time He will use your ugly past to shape your beautiful future.

Our Father in heaven is so patient with us and loves us unconditionally. Consider how quickly your parents can fall out of love with each other. Yet God will never stop loving you. When your family has crumbled, God is your foundation to rest on.

If your family has always been dysfunctional leaving you with pain, God will carry you through it and comfort you. The world isn’t perfect yet but He is still there for you right now.

“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Mathew 11:28-30)

God has never left you and will never leave you. At times it may feel like He isn’t there. You are struggling and don’t know where to go for relief. He wants you to come to Him. Like the verse above says, ‘Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’

God can give you that needed peace in the storm. The storm may not go away now, but He can help you through it. It is your decision to come to Him. He will not force His way into your life if you do not want Him there. But He has watched over you all of your life and patiently waits for you to come to him. Deuteronomy 4:29 says:

“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

Are you at a point in your life where you don’t know who to go to for help? Consider taking a moment to reach for your Heavenly Father. Even if you don’t know how to pray - that’s OK. He knows you and He knows your heart. He knows everything about you and knows your pain.

He will hear you if you reach for Him with all your heart and all your soul. How do I know this? Because I have reached for Him and He was there. An instant peace washed over me and I was no longer afraid.

Will you come to Him? If you want to be closer to God and know who He is, I encourage you to read His Word the Bible.

If you are blessed by this article, I encourage you to share it with everyone you know. May the God of peace and the peace of God be with you. Amen.

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*** Written by Sarah Sloan | Warrior Arise Ministry ***

Let Your Knowledge Of God Become An Experience In Your Life

Being knowledgeable about God does not automatically translate into an experience. You must consciously take and apply the word of God to your life daily.

Text: James 1:23-25; Hebrews 11:1-6; 2 Chronicles 16:9

There are many provisions in the word of God for His children. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him”. This implies that he whom God finds faithful to His promises will receive a visitation from the Lord.

There are general or specific provisions of God for an individual and this provision is determined by what you know about God. God said “because without faith, it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

The secret to faith is finding out the subject of faith and its capacity to do beyond what you can ask or think. Having a big faith in a small God is not going to help but having a small faith in a big God will work wonders in your life. You must be sure of your faith. The sureness of God is built on the foundation of accurate knowledge and not guess work (2 Peter 1:16).

Jesus is real, He’s not false. God wants you to come to a place that your knowledge and experience of Him becomes a reality. The knowledge and information we get in the Bible is designed of God for us to duplicate it in our lives and make them our own experience. Everything good you see happen to people in the Bible, God can make it happen to you too. God is looking for people that will take Him at His word and stand upon it to determine their experience and outcome in life.

You cannot be surer of anything in life that the experience of God you have. What becomes your experience starts as a revelation or information that you test and discover. The knowledge of God without being proven will never become your personal experience.

Jesus heals the sick, but it will not become an experience or influence on you till either you face a challenge with your health or someone you know faces it, and therefore, takes the knowledge of the Word demanding that Jesus should do what He said He can do. And when it happens it becomes your experience.

*** Written by Olusola Areogun ***

Take The Junk In My Trunk

Jesus, Please Take the “Junk In My Trunk.”

In my life, I allowed a lot of “junk in the trunk.”
There was so much that my life stunk!
There were many things I collected along the way,
They just seemed to hang around me every day.

Some of the junk were old and some were new,
I was at a loss as to what I was going to do.
As my life began to take a downward turn…
This was the moment I became concerned.

I came to the decision; “this junk has to go!”
My life needed to be cleansed and made whole!
I know my life was burdened and “bottomed out”,
I needed to be cleansed from the inside out!

I cried out to Jesus; “please take the junk of mine”,
“It’s ruining my life and destroying my mind!”
Jesus reached out and did a beautiful work within;
By His power He removed all of my junk and sin!

Praise the Lord! He began a beautiful work in me!
The load of junk is gone! I've been set free!
He can do the same for you! Won’t you let Him?
Won’t you give him your life and simply trust Him?

You too can be forever changed by His power;
He can remove all of your junk this very hour!

*** © Jim Pemberton 2016 ***

Cultivating Friendship With God

You can wake up each morning knowing that God wants to be a friend to you that sticks closer than a brother. He sent Jesus to die for you so that you could be His friend. Sad to say, you can have a relationship with somebody and not be their friend. The reason this is true is that it takes time, effort, desire, and sacrifice to cultivate such friendship.

Too many people don’t have or don’t take the time to seek God in a proper way. They’re always in a hurry doing this and that. They don’t seem to realize that if you’re too busy for God, you’re too busy. People need to sacrifice whatever it is they’re doing and seek God like never before. They need to know Him and Who He is. Moses and David both had a desire to know God in a close and personal way. Abraham was willing to offer up his son Isaac because he wasn't going to let anything interfere with his friendship with God.

To “seek God” means to have a face to face relationship with Him. This means God has your individual attention and you have His. Hebrews 11:6 says that God “is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” What does He reward you with? A good life.

Too many people know about God but don’t “know” God. Why? Because they don’t seek, crave, and pursue Him with all their heart and soul. God must be sought after to be found. Meeting somebody doesn't mean you “know” them. It takes a face to face relationship to get intimate with somebody and fellowship is the key to really getting to know someone.

When you “know” somebody in a close, personal way you will stick to them like glue. You become one with them and an intimate relationship is the result thereof. Before long your lives will mingle with one another. When you know God you’ll start conceiving things down in your spirit. You’ll get pregnant with a vision that God wants you to live a good life.

A miracle is inside of you and it will be confirmed with signs following. Jesus prayed in John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You sent.” Eternal life is a good life and comes when your life is intertwined with God’s. It is interesting to note that when you mingle with God, the devil can’t tear you apart. You’ll look like God, talk like God, act like God, think, love, forgive, walk, and have dominion like God. This is all part of God’s plan to give you a good life and fellowship is the key that will cause this to become a reality in your life.

There are four decisions you can make that will help you cultivate a strong, binding friendship with God. The first decision you can make is to become a worshiper of God. Paul told the church at Rome, brothers and sisters who were friends with one another, to “greet one another with a holy kiss” (Romans 16:16). To become friends with God we must do the same thing to Him. How does one “kiss” God? Through praise and worship.

Jesus said in John 4:23, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” If you are a friend of God He will show Himself strong on your behalf and this will cause you to live a good life. Tell the Lord to search no more. Tell Him you’re ready, able, and willing to become His friend.

God is searching for those who will be loyal to Him and become His friend. What do you think will happen when God finds such a person? He’ll “buddy” up to you. He’ll “pal around” with you night and day. God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). The word “inhabit” means ‘to settle, sit down, dwell.’ When you praise God and become His friend He’ll sit down and dwell with you.

Let’s face it, everybody likes praise. People like praise, cats and dogs like praise, and God likes praise. When a person compliments you something rises up on the inside of you causing you to respond back to that person in a positive way. You just naturally want to bless them back and this is how God is. So praise God continually because He wants to do something good to you. During times of trouble, back off from the situation and praise God.

You don’t have to memorize and quote every verse in the Bible concerning the trial you’re going through. No, just praise God for Who He is. When you do God will show up and sit down and dwell with you. God is forever looking to give something to somebody somewhere so if you decide to be a worshipper you’ll be right in the center of whatever it is God is doing. It will put you in the secret place of the Most High, a place that promotes and gives to those who dwell there a good life.

The second decision you must make to become a friend of God is to be determined to always live by faith. Let’s face it, we can’t please Him without it (Hebrews 11:6a). When you choose to live by faith you’ve made the decision to please God. Revelation 4:11 tells us that all things have been created for His pleasure, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, and by Your will (for Thy pleasure) they exist and were created.”

Why do you think you were born in the first place? You were created to give God pleasure and your friendship with Him is what He values most. Never forget, you were created to be God’s friend and nothing pleases Him more than when His friends live by faith. You have faith (Romans 12:3) and you need to have faith in your faith. Your faith got you born again and that’s the greatest miracle of all. If your faith can do that it can get you anything else. Begin to actively engage yourself in the lifestyle of faith. Everything you do should be by faith. Never take a vacation from your faith but use and apply your faith to everything you do.
Faith is the confidence of “knowing that you know”, a firm conviction based on hearing the Word of God spoken out your mouth. If you don’t have confidence in whatever it is you are doing then you are not in faith and neither are you pleasing God. Faith is a lifestyle, so live totally and completely by faith all the time. The just shall live by faith and it is a constant expression that we believe God and what He says.

When you believe God with all you've got then your friendship with Him will surely blossom. Faith isn't hard. God is dedicated to faith and He doesn't ask us to do anything that He doesn't do Himself. God lives by faith and when you do what He does you’ll become His friend. How does God walk by faith? He “calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”

The AMP Bible says God “speaks of non-existent things that He has foretold and promised as though they already existed” (Romans 4:17). That’s faith! Verse 18 says this about Abraham, “who, contrary to hope, in hope believed so that he became the father of many nations.” Verses 20, 21 says, “he did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” Abraham was a man of faith. In fact, he is called “the father of our faith.” Is it any wonder that God called him His friend?

The third thing you can do to cultivate a friendship with God is to make the decision to obey Him at all costs. Jesus set the example in the Garden of Gethsemane when He said to the Father, “Nevertheless, not My will but Your will be done.” God called Abraham His friend because he walked by faith and was willing to obey God even to the point of offering up his own son as a sacrifice (see James 2:17-23).

Walking by faith requires actions of obedience. When God told Abraham to sacrifice his son he got up early the next morning. That’s faith. When he reached the place where the sacrifice was to take place he told his servants, “Wait here and we’ll return.” That’s faith. Isaac asked, “Where is the sacrifice?” and Abraham said the Lord would provide one. That’s faith. Abraham obeyed God because he believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead. His actions of obedience proved that his friendship with God meant more to him than the relationship he had with his wife and son. To become God’s friend we must obey Him at all costs because obedience is the only proof we have that we believe God.

The story of King Saul in 1 Samuel tells the tragic tale of a man who did not obey God with all his heart. He listened to the voice of the people more than the voice of God and thought he could make up for his disobedience by offering up a burnt offering to God. Samuel confronted him and said, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice.” Obedience means something to God and you can never make up with sacrifice what you lose with disobedience. Saul’s authority as king was stripped from him and he later committed suicide on the field of battle. He learned the hard way that no matter what the cost one must obey God rather than man. And when you do what God tells you to do, you then are in line to be considered God’s friend.

Consider what Jesus said in John 15:10, “If you keep My commandments you will abide in my love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” Jesus maintained obedience at all costs and had a close relationship with the Father. Let all of us follow His example and do the same.

The fourth thing we can do to cultivate a close friendship with God is make the decision to become a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” The Message Bible says, “God loves it when the giver delights in his giving. God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.”

By becoming a cheerful giver you enter into the realm of God’s love. The word “friend” means ‘to have affection for’ and scripture shows clearly that God showed affection to His friend Abraham. God loves everybody, saints and sinners alike, but His affection is manifested toward His friends. God poured out His affection on Abraham because he was a cheerful giver who was willing to give up his only son in obedience to the Lord’s command.

The Amplified translation of 2 Corinthians 9:7 says this, “Let each one give as he’s made up his own mind (not pressured to give) and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully, or under compulsion, for God loves, that is, He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon a cheerful, joyous, prompt to do it giver whose heart is in his giving.”

Truly, these verses describe Abraham and if we would follow his example we, too, can be called “the friends of God”. When you make the decision to become a cheerful giver God will prize you above other things. He’ll never abandon you and will be unwilling to do without you. You’ll reach a point where you’ll be abiding in His love so much that you’ll reach a point where God can begin to pour out His affection on you. Why would God do this? Because you’re involving yourself in the fundamental motivator of God’s life.

We all know John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son...” God is always giving. That’s His nature. That’s Who He is. That’s what He does. When you become a cheerful giver you involve yourself in what He has actively been engaged in since eternity past. When you involve yourself in something He’s interested in, in something He likes to do, He’ll begin to “pal around” with you. He’ll hang out with you. He’ll be your friend and you’ll be His.

Percentage wise, there are not a lot of people who make giving a lifestyle. Thus, very few people enter into a personal friendship with God. But when you become a cheerful giver you put yourself in a very valuable position where God is concerned. Now He can use you as a channel through which He can bless others.

The good news is that you can never out-give God. Your resources are limited and His are not. And when you become His friend by making the decision to become a worshiper of God, to live by faith, to obey Him at all costs, and to become a cheerful giver, God will dwell with you and pour out His affection on you. You have to put yourself in the position to receive in abundance the unlimited favors of God. That is the good life.

*** Written By Randall J. Brewer ***