Colossians 3:12-14 NKJV

“Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

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Invitation and Salvation | Seeking God’s Ever-Present Help

July 5, 2016 - Author: Bernadette Saddik - No Comments

You know those angry days?
Those frustrating days?
Those days you are stuck in a moment, stuck in progress, stuck in the need to be better, have better, stuck in the need for more or for less?

These can be the kinds of days that linger far longer than 24 hours.

Every time we let pain, despair, or anger consume us, we enter into the reason for Christ’s suffering.
We become active participants of His crucifixion.
It is inevitable we will.
We are still growing children who make mistakes.

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…

O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 3:10, 23; 7:24 KJV

A Saviour. A Saviour Who brings good news for us,

“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past.” Romans 3:24-25a KJV

We can also enter into His resurrection.
When we turn to those troubles and tell them, “You don’t define me,”
When we turn to Christ and give Him permission,
we then define ourselves in context of salvation.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit…But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Romans 8:1, 11 KJV

Who I am is not in pain. I experience pain.
Who I am is not in despair. I experience despair.
Who I am is not angry. I experience anger.

Who I am is saved.

“But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)…For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:4-5, 8 KJV

And each experience, no matter how difficult, is a reminder of who I am.

“Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:2, 4 KJV

Each moment of trouble is overcome because it becomes a testimony to Christ’s love.
Because we always want to see an obvious sign that God is in our lives.
What sharper contrast exists than when we at our lowest commune with God most high?

“Though the LORD be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly: but the proud He knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me…

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Psalm 138:6-7a; Romans 10:13 KJV

How simple it can be, as short as the powerful Jesus Prayer.

Save me, Lord.
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
Lord have mercy.
Have mercy.

Sometimes that’s all I know to say in an hour of darkness,
That’s all I can cling to when nothing else seems to make sense.
Still, even one word is all I need to invite God into that tormented moment.

If nothing else, I pray I won’t let pain’s presence take away the victory of that empty tomb in my life.

“If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:15 KJV

When we admit to ourselves when it is not one of our shining hours,
When we admit to ourselves an overwhelming temptation to succumb to our trials,
When we admit to ourselves that we are not always going to see God in the way we think we are,
Then we allow ourselves to reach out to God’s all-encompassing love in whatever clumsy, broken way we can.

Just as the blind men did as they stumbled after Christ. Matthew 9:27-30
Just as the bleeding woman did for years seeking health. Matthew 9:20-22
Just as the paralyzed man did whenever the water stirred. John 5:1-9
Just as Ruth did in the tragic loss of her husband. Ruth 1:16-17; Ruth 4:13-22
Just as Paul did about that stubborn thorn. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Just as Stephen did in his martyrdom. Acts 7:54-60

I wonder if these people knew what was coming to them in the midst of their moments.
That holding on to God, even in their suffering, was not for naught.
I wonder if we know that for ourselves.

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 KJV

We have evidence in the promise of this glory.

“Knowing that He which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 4:14, 17; 5:17 KJV

Those blind men saw.
The bleeding woman healed.
The paralyzed man walked.
Ruth was blessed for generations.
Paul persevered.
Stephen joined Christ in heaven.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 KJV

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”

Hebrews 4:16 KJV


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