How in the middle of storms can we sleep through the thunder? When everyone is struggling around us how do we have peace? In times of desperation, how do we turn to Jesus Christ?
This is following yesterday’s post- Desperate For Toilet Paper (Reckless Love Of God?)
I was inspired to write about desperation after listening to Pastor Tim Conway’s sermon – The Lukewarm Christian.
Despair is the loss or absence of hope. It seems almost odd to say we need to be desperate for Jesus, but because we do not have control, and because we cannot find hope in ourselves (definition of despair) it is WHY Jesus is so needed. We are desperate because we have absolutely NOTHING without Him! He doesn’t need us, but we absolutely need Him!
(NIV) Psalm 142:06, “Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.”
(NIV) Psalm 116:06, “The LORD protects the unwary; when I was brought low, He saved me.”
We do not have to be alone! Jesus is knocking at the door! HE SPEAKS AT THE DOOR! He is willing to heal our broken heart. He is willing to bear our guilt and shame. He wants to transform us. That’s why He died on the cross. So we can be renewed. He will help us repent and surrender sin at His feet. Through His strength, we can leave sin there.
(NIV) Isaiah 53:05, “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
(ESV) Romans 5:06, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”
(NLT) Jeremiah 31:25, “For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.”
Weakness and fear can force us to look up. It encourages us to admit that we do not have the strength or control like we thought. Even though there is hopelessness, do not be deceived THERE IS HOPE!
Benefits Of Desperation/Hard Times
- forces us to look outside ourselves
- there is more desire to grow in Christ
- there are more opportunities to witness to others about Jesus
- more reason that encourages people to turn to scripture
- more opportunities for group praying (or multiple people praying at the same time, even if not together)
- testimonies are in the making
These are all things we need to do as believers and followers of Jesus every single day, but unfortunately, many of us have grown comfortable with where we are. We are to be content in all circumstances, yes, but we are to be continually growing in Jesus! DAILY!
Hard times wakes us up!
We shut the door on Jesus, but He is standing on the other side!
There is still time and there is still hope! Turn to Him! Do not hide Him from others! Shine His light! Even in isolation we can be a light!
(NIV) Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Listen to Him! His voice is the only way to open the door.
– Fellow Christian Blogger Sheila, who is in Italy and in isolation right now, wrote about her experience and the benefits of this hardship today, too. Check it out here.
Monthly Scripture- (NKJ) Psalm 85:03, “You have taken away all Your wrath; You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger.”
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