No Hope

THERE IS A HORRIBLE trend facing the world right now and I feel as if its time to get to the root of things once and for all. I have a degree in counseling and have studied depression both in my studies and first hand experience and in every instance it comes back to the same problem; no hope….

Just yesterday I heard about another person committing suicide that was young, in relatively good health, great family and all the things going for them you would think lead to a happy life. As I have many times before said, however, we have an Enemy that hates us and will do everything in his limited power to convince us that we are alone and unloved….

Some of the problem is the media; we glamorize suicide almost as if its some kind of answer that actually helps. It doesn’t; all it does is create more pain for those left behind and again the Enemy softly whispers to us that it is….

The trend for children is even more disturbing, let me point out a few sobering statistics.

1. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24.

2. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease COMBINED.

3. Every day in our nation, their are an average of over 3,041 attempts bu young people grades 9-12. If these percentages are additionally applied to grades 7 and 8, the numbers would be even higher.

So what does this all mean? It means we are living in a world that is offering no hope. We are living in a world where we are thrown meds like cattle without truly knowing the long term effects. We live in a world without……GOD.

See friends, there is only One thing, One Person, One Element in all of Creation that can give us the hope we have lost and so desire; God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. The world keeps giving us options, yet the stats do not lie; what the world is giving us is NOT working!

Yes, sometimes there are events in our life that happen that cause us to become depressed; again, I have seen this first hand, BUT Jesus is always there ready to pull you up IF you are willing to reach out to Him!

Friends, the world is hurting and for good reason. We have given up on our Creator and given our lives to a world that is run by the Enemy of our souls. Know this though, God promised us better! I leave you with this passage…

Isaiah 43:1-2- “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”

Fear NOT!,

David

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No Hope

THERE IS A HORRIBLE trend facing the world right now and I feel as if its time to get to the root of things once and for all. I have a degree in counseling and have studied depression both in my studies and first hand experience and in every instance it comes back to the same problem; no hope….

Just yesterday I heard about another person committing suicide that was young, in relatively good health, great family and all the things going for them you would think lead to a happy life. As I have many times before said, however, we have an Enemy that hates us and will do everything in his limited power to convince us that we are alone and unloved….

Some of the problem is the media; we glamorize suicide almost as if its some kind of answer that actually helps. It doesn’t; all it does is create more pain for those left behind and again the Enemy softly whispers to us that it is….

The trend for children is even more disturbing, let me point out a few sobering statistics.

1. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24.

2. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease COMBINED.

3. Every day in our nation, their are an average of over 3,041 attempts bu young people grades 9-12. If these percentages are additionally applied to grades 7 and 8, the numbers would be even higher.

So what does this all mean? It means we are living in a world that is offering no hope. We are living in a world where we are thrown meds like cattle without truly knowing the long term effects. We live in a world without……GOD.

See friends, there is only One thing, One Person, One Element in all of Creation that can give us the hope we have lost and so desire; God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. The world keeps giving us options, yet the stats do not lie; what the world is giving us is NOT working!

Yes, sometimes there are events in our life that happen that cause us to become depressed; again, I have seen this first hand, BUT Jesus is always there ready to pull you up IF you are willing to reach out to Him!

Friends, the world is hurting and for good reason. We have given up on our Creator and given our lives to a world that is run by the Enemy of our souls. Know this though, God promised us better! I leave you with this passage…

Isaiah 43:1-2- “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”

Fear NOT!,

David

Falling

I feel my Enemy all around me;

The darkness is closing in;

Like quicksand in the desert

I fear I see the end.

Jesus my Lord where are you?

Alone with my thoughts I sit.

In the Enemy’s grasp I find myself,

Being pulled into a fiery pit.

Thoughts

A COUPLE of disclaimers first…

1. My Mother in Law is in the hospital from where I am typing this message.

2. She came in last night so I did not get to sleep until 4am and was back up here at 12 PM.

I give those disclaimers because my words may be all over the place so forgive me in advance…..

As I sit here and watch what my Mother in Law go through what she is going through, it is like a slap in the face reality check of just how frail our bodies really are. A week ago she was pretty good; today she can’t put a whole sentence together and may have a heart infection. Just like that the world does a 180 and here we are.

Must be something in the air because I myself have not felt quite right this week; almost passed out once and just have had this foreboding feeling that something is not right. Spiritual? Maybe; if it is though its manifesting itself physical which is an interesting twist in events.

Something is definitely off though; even the nurse that just came in said, “You just don’t know who or what to trust anymore”; such a sad world that now exists..A world without morals, a world without direction, and a world hanging on to itself for dear life. A world just wanting answers; answers we as believers should be giving them.

I used to have hope; hope that at some point things would change…I still know in my heart that God has already won the war but right now I feel like my head and body are swimming against a current that will engulf me at any second.

Please keep our family in our prayers; especially my Mother in Law whose immediate situation is still fluid to say the least…..

David

Unsure…

Radically Saved

Hadn’t talked to my Dad in 11 years. We had a bad falling out. Found out tonight he died back in 2014. Not sure how to feel tonight..

Might not be a another post for a few days; need to process this…

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Break The Chains

Good Sunday morning everyone. I would start off this morning for asking for your prayers. As many of you know I had a total Hip Replacement surgery preformed almost a full year ago. The surgery was a definite success in terms of fixing my badly damaged hip. However, for reasons which are still not totally clear, my healing has been slow in terms of the muscles and tendons that were cut and maneuvered to perform the surgery. Some days are ok, then I had a day like yesterday where the pain is so bad I just want to give up. So, please keep me in your prayers that a true healing would begin and I can have that portion of my life back. Thank you!

Breaking those chains….Is this not the toughest part of our walk with Jesus? Those chains represent so many different things for everyone; some have issues with drugs, depression, porn, gluttony, materialistic things, you name it the chains are there. Sometimes I think some false preaching makes it worse because there is this notion that the minute you come to Christ, all is done and you will never suffer from any of this again. Anyone ever heard that before? I know I did and it really frustrated me as to why I wasn’t getting better; or at least why it didn’t all go away.

What frustrates me even more is when I hear people say, “Your just not reading your Bible enough” or “Your faith just isn’t strong enough”. While those statements might be true, when someone is suffering the last thing they want to hear is how its all their fault. Amen? So, with that said, how do we truly break free of those chains. Despite the teachings of some misinformed folks, it really comes down to these two verses:

1. John 8:36- “36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”

If you have come to Christ as Savior, while your ailments may not be instantly removed, you know have the ABILITY to break free from those chains. Before Christ you were a slave to sin and had no other choice. With Jesus in your corner, you can now accomplish things that previously were impossible. With that said it will still take some work on your part; which leads me to number 2.

2. Romans 12:2- “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will”

Embedded in this verse is a hidden mystery that most miss; we say it all the time but yet until we really examine it, one can miss it and therefore change the way we view it. “Be transformed by the renewING of your mind. RENEWING! By God using that word in that way, it tells us that it is an ONGOING process, not just done once! We must always be in the process of renewing our minds and thoughts. I can tell you from personal experience that the minute you let up, Satan is there ready to insert his evil and frustrate you to no end.

Friends, we can break those chains and break them forever. First we must be set free with a choice that makes Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. Then we must follow His directions on how to make your life truly changed. Amen? God never said that once we come to Him we just sit back and let God control us like puppets. His Spirit will be upon us and He is there for us, but God is still a gentleman and will only act when you invite Him to do so. This requires work on our part folks. We have so many things in our lives that we make a priority and make time for; if you are suffering from any of those things I listed before, is this not something that should be at the top of your priority list?

Break Those Chains my friends and not only break them but through Christ make the chain go away and never come back! Have a great Sunday and for those that know me well, FINS UP!!

With Agape Love,

David