“God is With You – All The Time”, from L.Willows (justice, Overcome, stand with Love, do no harm)

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Hearts that have been broken by trials and challenges can be lifted by God. They are given the strength to be stronger than before.

Sealed and healed by His power to walk forward in Love, we are given grace upon grace to walk beyond and through worldly circumstances.

Are there any of us that have not faced forms of brokenness? We all have examples from life, whoever we are, wherever we live. There are personal stories that line the insides of each of our hearts.

We pray that God is with us during these times; that His Goodness is greater than the experience of what is visibly broken.

God is With You, All the Time

Looking closely, we see that since we are living in a broken world – one that is not yet redeemed by Christ, in which, we ourselves, grateful for the gift of grace in Christ; are not yet fully redeemed (not perfect and removed from all sin), we are subject to personal brokenness and trials that recur.

Romans 8:19- “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption…”

Recently, I have listened to hearts sharing courageously about the corruption of evil, the forms it takes and how that feels when it becomes a ‘like a mountain’ in your path as you are trying to walk forward- even on behalf of your family or for others that you serve.

2 Peter 2:9- “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.”

1 Peter 5:10- “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

Revelation 3:20- “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

He is The Door to Freedom from Brokenness

Our lives are each so different but our hearts are similar. How we face God is similar and the way that it feels to go through a short or long season of inner brokenness in this world or one’s own “inner world” is similar. We live as God’s family. We are His children, His Beloveds. God is with us- all the time.

Joshua 1:19- “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

For one moment I need to be specific. Sadly, our culture and world today call out some things that families and communities face in degrees of severity regardless of where they live or what their status is. Evil, which is the opposite of Love seeks to win the ‘battle’ for our hearts and lives. Evil, which is Sin, is the equivalent of death. Love, which is Christ – is Life.

The Choice between Life and Death; Deuteronomy

See What Kind of Love The Father Has

Recently there have been numerous accounts of bullying. This may sound sensational and blown up on the news, taking on perspectives and short interviews but it is far more personal and with far-reaching for the hearts involved. It is an assault on the spirit. Bullying happens to people of all ages. It is aggression towards those perceived to be vulnerable.

  • It wounds his or her trust and sense of innate protection and safety of self.
  • It violates the boundaries of his outer and inner heart and mind.
  • It places a false shame upon the identity of the individual because it causes one to question “why me?”.
  • It potentially violates the natural progression of trust in peer, and or authority relationships.
  • It potentially shakes trust in the caretakers that were supposed to be in the role of protectors, this includes spiritual figureheads, mentors and inner “promise keepers” that one looks to. (sometimes people that are harmed unknowingly lose faith in “God the Protector” as well, questioning why He did not prevent the harm)

This has equal implications for all ages. People in their 30’s, 40’s, even seniors can be on the receiving end of bullying.

How is bullying defined? It is a form of aggression that inflicts harm on the vulnerable. 

It is described as the action of seeking to harm, intimidate or coerce someone that appears to be vulnerable. This breaks my heart because vulnerability to me is a quality that is appealing. It is often the sweetest part about a kind and open person, not only a child but someone with a soft and pure heart; especially a Christian that has an intimate relationship with God.

Psalm 105:15- “Saying, “Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!”

Romans 13:10- “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

Christian “weakness” is Strength in the Sovereignty and Infinite Power of God.

The interesting thing is that the worldly definition of vulnerability is that one is open to attack but the Biblical definition of vulnerability is very different. Christian vulnerability is allowing God’s power to be supreme and sovereign!

2 Corinthians 12:9- “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 12:10- “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Romans 8:26- “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

I could go on into hundreds and hundreds of scriptural quotes but there is no room! The Old and New Testament are filled with the encouragement of God’s Sovereignty and Divine ability.

In this article, I only mentioned bullying as a form of agression that inflicts harm. Please consider how much goes on in this world – all of the trials that our neighbors face. There are so many things that attempt to steal our spirit and take away purity of the heart.

Aggression and forms of anger are like underground streams of toxic waters that are often unknown to us. Sometimes we have to stumble into the result of them before we know that they exist. Then we respond, we feel, we want to repel, understandably.

We Must Choose to Stand With Love

Can we pray that we are more loving and kind to one another? If you sense that there is even a seed of unkindness, bullying or aggression of any nature – know that its source is evil, that there are currents pulling in powerful directions in our world today but really there are only two directions. One is for good and the other is the opposite.

Where will you stand? We must choose to stand with Love.

1 Corinthians 16: 13-15- “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”

1 John 4:16- “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”

Romans 11:22- “Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.”

Ending with these thought-provoking quotes from scripture, I have few words to add except that when I read Romans 11:22, I am reminded that the kindness of God is gracious, full and good. I am grateful that I abide in Him as a Christian and have been given the gift of salvation. It isn’t something that is to be taken for granted or that is a ‘once in a lifetime offer’. It is a daily, hourly, heart-altering journey that brings me humbly before God knowing that I need to ask that my heart be searched, reviewed, seen by His Spirit. I am not the judge or the arbiter of my destiny. I am not the one that is in control. I am not the one with the power or the strength to “do life”. I confess vulnerability. I go to God, to Christ, to His Spirit for “all things”, for wisdom, for help and in most especially in challenging times. I pray that He is sovereign in my life, in all life.

Isaiah 30:15- “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”

Zephaniah 3:17- “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

God is With You. He is Good. Behold, He is The Door

I am so grateful that God is with us, all the time! Behold, He is at the Door. How could we navigate this life in any other way – with anyone else at the Door?

Revelation 3:20- “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
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© 2019 Linda Willows

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