Ministers Wilbert and Jacqueline Richardson

Many have entered the year 2011 with heavy hearts, burdened and troubled about many things.

On the outside they seem happy but it is just a sham.  On the inside they are torn apart and troubled feeling lost, alone and forsaken.

For some its marital issues, others are concerned about their children who seem to be heading to a cliff.  For some it’s financial crisis; while for others its health issues.  Yet for others even in the midst of a crowd they feel so very alone.  Some are being oppressed day and night by the forces of the enemy.

You will be surprised to know the number of people who do not know the last time they had a good night sleep.  For some it’s a New Year with old pains.  For some the mental and emotional pain is so deep they are plagued with thoughts of suicide.  God wants us to keep it real.  This is not the year to ‘fake it until you make it’.  No matter what is burdening you or troubling you, release it to the Lord.

You may be wondering why bad things seem to happen to good people, why the wicked seem to be prospering, while you are struggling.  Be comforted with the words of Psalm 37:1-2 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”  One thing is sure, the Word of God does not lie and Psalm 7:9 states “Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.”

It is not the will of God that we be burned out, burdened and troubled feeling alone and forsaken.  God has promised in Hebrews 13:5b “…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

If you put all your confidence and trust in man you will be disappointed and let down because men are fallible and bound to fail but God never fails.  People will praise you one minute and put a knife in your back with a smile the next.  Although it is important for us to have healthy relationships in our lives, we cannot depend solely on people to make us happy and keep us full of joy.  Our source of joy must come from someone higher than man or when that person fails us or that person is not there or that person leaves us we would fall apart.  We must look to God and trust Him for all things for He is always with us.  “…lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  St. Matthew 28:20b

Even as I write, I am hearing someone saying “Lord, I need strength; I feel like I cannot go on.”  Know that as you cry out to God in this hour, He will strengthen you.  “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”  Joshua 1:9b

Abundant life in Jesus Christ is more than just saying religious clichés, going through the motion and doing and saying what is expected.  It is about a relationship with Jesus Christ – one in which we know that no matter what we may face, God not only has our backs but out top, bottom and sides also.  He provides for us, loves us, protects us, makes ways for us, guides us, and perfects everything that concerns us.

Beloved, God is not sleeping.  He has not forgotten you.  He knows your address but more important, He knows you.  Call on Him today and know that as you do, He hears and answers you.  Remember, you are not alone or forsaken, for God is with you.

PRAYER: Father in the name of Jesus Christ, we pray today for those who feel alone and forsaken.  We pray that they will realize that you have promised never to leave nor forsake your own.  We bind the yokes of oppression, frustration and discouragement and we command them to be broken in Jesus name.  We thank you for flooding their hearts and minds with your peace, that they may experience your joy and your love.  Lord we believe today that you will give them an extraordinary blessing that will help them to realize that you are with them.  Lord may your Name be praised, honored and glorified in Jesus name we pray.  Amen.