Truth of love: Faith

Friday, September 7, 2018

There are unexpected events that stun us and situations that can deeply wound our hearts. Occurrences differ, be it the teenager rebelling from parental love and authority, causing pain throughout the family, to the opposite spectrum of the child rejected by parents who chose a drug lifestyle over them, there are divorces, adultery, abuse of all kinds. Sadly the list goes on because as varied as people are, so are life’s trials.

All have a common solution though, that is the healing power of love, God’s love. We need to reconcile the problem to peace through God’s love. Reconciliation to God the Father, through Yeshua/Jesus by the power of Ruach Ha Kodesh/the Holy Spirit is a supernatural spiritual process that manifests in giving us healing peace. God who is love (1 John 4:7-21) knows everything and he cares. We need to invite God into our life 24/7, never giving up, nor being fearful. God has not given us the spirit of fear (anxiety, worry, stress) but of power and love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) Trusting the Lord to see us through the tests and trials of life is not impossible.

When we hurt, we may feel deserted due to being overwhelmed by emotional pain. It may be the testing of our faith, an attack from the enemy, or a trial, but we must keep confident in God’s merciful love. Not putting God on our time clock, but trusting that in his timing there is victory. We may not understand the why of a situation but need to trust that God has a greater purpose and therein lies the victory.

Sometimes humbling ourselves, willing to see if we are part of the problem, helps us pray more effectively. I asked forgiveness to a person who hurt me although they were at fault because my fault was greater in that I was expecting more from them than they were capable of and ignored earlier warning signs. Still, I was not free from the hurt until applying a teaching from ‘God’s Psychiatry’ by Charles L. Allen in praying the 23rd Psalm five times a day. I did the same with the Our Father. Spacing it out as one would a prescription throughout the day, it was successful due to replacing negative thoughts of the situation with God’s word of psalm and prayer, resulting in a healing and spiritual growth.

Life’s trials and tests are part of the human condition, but we do not have to stay mired in those conditions. Trusting the lover of our souls Yeshua/Jesus who stated in John 14:6. “No one goes to the Father but through me” and receiving him as Messiah we can pray to the Father in his name and receive the knowledge, the growth to walk through the mire. We read in (Ya’akov) James 4:3, “You have not because you pray amiss.” Sometimes we don’t realize we are praying with incorrect motives. We need to ask the Lord to turn all things to good and understand that his ways may not be ours and examine our prayers. Are we praying selfishly? Are we praying our will or God’s? Are we praying for those that persecute us? Are we praying to love as God loves?

Yeshua/Jesus, the way, the truth and the life, sent the Holy Spirit so we are never alone and know our living God loves us with a constant never-ending love. We all know the analogous adage that there are two sides to a coin applied to two sides of a story, but let’s remember the third surface of a coin, the edge. It is that edge where God who knows all, desires us to love as he loves, maturing us by our prayer life and meditations, freeing us from life’s hurts because we obeyed and trusted, keeping the faith.

Blessings and Shalom