Many years ago, as a young wife and mother, God used a passage of scripture to help me focus on Him rather than my circumstances. Ironically, nearly twenty years later, I would type out this passage of scripture, print it out on cardstock (dark pink ink on pale pink cardstock), frame it and hang it over my piano, right before I began chemo treatments for breast cancer.
Oh I pray that when you read these words will burn in the hearts and minds of all who read them! I pray that they will never be forgotten! Remembering this is what enables us to walk through the fire and floods which we WILL encounter in this world.
Regardless of what many try to say, it is a fallen, dark and dangerous world in which we live. It is a world filled with sin, injustice and suffering. It is a world in which bad things happen to good people. It is a world in which the innocents fall prey to the wickedness of humanity far too often! To deny or ignore that reality is pure foolishness!
But Jesus Christ broke into our world and He treads these dark paths with us, desiring to turn all of our darkness into light. There is no darkness too dense that He cannot penetrate it! There is no pit too deep that He cannot reach into! There is no chain of bondage that is too strong for Him to break!
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; Rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, But the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Cor. 4:16-18 (NLT)
"But Jesus Christ broke into our world and He treads these dark paths with us, desiring to turn all of our darkness into light. There is no darkness too dense that He cannot penetrate it! There is no pit too deep that He cannot reach into! There is no chain of bondage that is too strong for Him to break!"
Amen and amen..
That's the reality.. pain is inevitable. darkness surrounds this world.
But in Him we'll have the light to guide us and the courage to finish this race no matter what happens.
thank you for sharing.. it breaks my heart.
but indeed, in Christ, we are more than conquerors even in the midst of the darkness in this wolrd..
GOD bless you :)
I really need to hear this today! This is very inspirational verse and I plan to keep it above my desk as well. Thanks again...God Bless :)
Oh, I am soooooooo glad this blessed you. There is another piece to this that I hope I can share with you. I wrote this blog in mid-November. Three and a half weeks later, an aneurysm ruptured in my brain and an [blog=blessings2you/urgent-prayer-request/] an urgent prayer request[/blog] was posted here at CB by a friend on my behalf.
I was near death but... one of the things which broke through even as I couldn't move or even see for the most part... God let me know that He was with me... and He was. He was with me... and He is with you.