Monday, January 13, 2014

Whose Fault is It Really?

~~ Matthew14:31 (NIV) ~~ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”



A couple years ago I went through a very bad Bipolar Disorder episode.  It was six months long.  I thought it would never end.  It was triggered by an upsetting event in my life, and was the worst episode that I had ever experienced (before or since).  At times I was sure that I wouldn’t survive it.  Other times, I was just as sure that God had deserted me.  Why did I have to suffer so badly for so long?  I came close to walking out on my whole life, my church, and everyone that loves me.  I wanted to disappear to a place where no one knew me.  I thought this would make my troubles disappear as well.  

Everybody Goes Through Storms in Life
Sometimes in the midst of those storms it feels like you’re all alone trying to survive.  It’s during these times, our weakest moments, we start to wonder if God is even there.  Is He listening?  Did He forget about me?  Why am I going through this?  Did he fall asleep and leave me to fend for myself?  Ever feel like screaming “Wake up Lord!”?  
 
Jesus Cares for You
Like it or not, the reason we feel this way is because we’re trying to calm our own storms when we should be looking to Jesus.  It’s our responsibility to go to Him and ask for help.  We lose sight of Him because Satan distracts us.  We are blinded and it’s because we allow the enemy to do it.  We control Christ in our lives.  We have the choice to let Him in or keep Him out.  We have the freedom to accept Satan’s lies.  It’s our choice. 

One day the disciples were in the boat with Jesus, they got upset thinking that Jesus didn’t care because He had fallen asleep in the midst of a terrible storm.  We do the same thing all the time.  We want to blame Him.  What we don’t often realize is that it’s our choice to ask and accept help from Jesus.  

Jesus will Never Leave You
When we ask for His help we have to be honest, sincere, and truthful; with ourselves as much as with Him.   It wasn’t until I truly listened to God and let Him lead me that I finally got out of that terrible never-ending episode.  God loves me; and you!  He will NEVER leave us, but first we have to go to Him and ask for help.  Another day when the disciples were with Jesus, Peter walked on the water toward Jesus.  He started to sink after he took his eyes off Jesus.  You have to turn to Jesus and trust Him.  Then He will lead you out of the storm.  He won’t throw you a lifeline unless you look to him and have the faith it takes that He can and will save you.

Let’s Pray
 ~~ Dear God ~~  You are so loving, faithful, and merciful.  So often I try to run my life like I truly have the strength and knowledge to do so; even though I don’t.  I don’t turn to You when I should.  Instead, I turn to You only when I want something or when I get in trouble and need rescuing.  Then I wonder where You are when I’m not doing so well.  Thank You for your perfect love.  Thank You for never abandoning me.  Thank You for Your leading.  Please help me to have faith that You are with me always and that You will indeed rescue me.  I pray in Jesus name, AMEN.

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20 comments:

  1. yes, yes, yes... so true

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you could relate to my post. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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    2. The Footprints prayer is one of my favorite.

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    3. Thank you for sharing. Many blessings to you. Hug

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  2. Yes, Jesus is right there, so turning to Him will help us!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you could relate to my post. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  3. WITH-GOD-I-CANJanuary 13, 2014

    Hello. Outstanding post and blog. Wow. I went through many moments in my life when I thought I was alone,until I realised HE is with me always. Please continue these amazing blogs. GOD bless lesleyanne.

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    1. Thank you soooo very much Lesleyanne. I'm so happy, as well, that you liked my post. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  4. HABITATVITALITYJanuary 13, 2014

    Thanks Carley, yes the storms come and go and we need to trust in Jesus in the midst of them!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you could relate to my post. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you could relate to my post. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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    2. God bless you too sis!

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  6. IGNITEME101January 13, 2014

    I loved it, Carly

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you could relate to my post. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  7. Thanks for writing, Carley! Growing in spiritual maturity (which is what you walk us through in your blog) is the only answer that makes sense, as I cannot relate personally to the many questions you ask. My “head” knowledge knows that God is with me always, loves me beyond my understanding, and really does want the best for me as he asks that I glorify him. He will walk with me through any trial that comes my way. For example, I can’t get upset with God when I overeat -- I praise God and say thank you! I appreciate the abundance and flavors of food available to me and pray for an improved will to choose healthier options.

    Beautiful prayer: Thank You for your perfect love. Thank You for never abandoning me. Thank You for Your leading. -- How blessed are we to have a God who never sleeps!

    The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

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    1. Thank you so much Evelyn. I certainly hope that my writing is helping people get closer to God. My mission would be accomplished; however, it's helping me as much as it's helping others. So often I figure things out once I've put it in black & white in front of me. I pray all the time that God use me to write to others. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  8. It says in Psalms about how God will sustain us, etc.

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    1. Thank you for your feedback. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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