“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
“But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.
To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.” Psalm 59:16-17
Tears. But not of brokenness. Not like the ones I cried for decades. Tears of thanksgiving. Tears of humility. Tears of awe. That God could take someone as broken as I was for as long as I was and save me from my sins, from my hopelessness and brokenness, from my purposelessness and uselessness and inability to function in any semblance of significance, from all the years of wanting to die and escape the challenges I faced, and do what He has done.
One night, after a super long day of writing and ministry, and of caring for my sweet special needs dogs, and of being in my hotel room after being out on the road for nearly two years, I thought of how the Lord is literally reaching people all around the world for His name’s sake through my little heart and ministry. And how I am just as blown away by how His love, grace, mercy, and glory shine through me and the ministry now as anyone else.
Of how He is so pouring His Spirit into and through me, and so pouring His messages of love, hope, encouragement, salvation, freedom, deliverance, healing, etc., through the words He gives me to write and the words I speak in my streets ministry work, of how He is so giving me the strength and ability to do what I am not trained to do nor am even capable of doing given my human weakness, that it as though I am standing outside myself and the ministry from a distance just watching the glory of God at work in a once broken-beyond-repair woman.
My friend, are you broken? Do you feel hopeless? Do you know someone who is broken? And hopeless? Who feels there is no possible way his or her life can be redeemed? Or do you not believe anything useful or significant can become of your life? No matter how far gone you are, or feel, or the person you are thinking of right now may seem, THERE IS HOPE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR THE BROKEN.
I am speaking from experience, I am speaking from watching what God has done with and through others, and I am speaking from reading the Bible each and every day of my life.
There is a price to be paid for redemption. For an end to the brokenness. For wholeness and healing and purpose and new life and hope and freedom. Jesus Christ paid that price when He died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead so all who turn from their sins and believe in Him as Lord, genuinely devoting their lives to God and His ways, are forgiven and given a forever relationship with Him. But let me not mislead you into thinking there is not a cost to be paid by you and me also. For there is. And that cost is the turning from sin, the death to self, the leaving behind the world’s ways, the sacrifice of the flesh, and the decision to surrender all to Jesus.
That cost is NOTHING, however, compared with the blessedness of being in Jesus’ forever presence and with the awesomeness of living the rest of our time here on this earth knowing God intimately, living for God wholly, and being used by God amazingly, ever drawing closer to Him, ever becoming more like Him, ever living to love and worship Him forevermore.
There is hope for the broken. The hope of being spared eternity in hell and the lake of fire forever apart from God through faith in Jesus, the hope of being loved by Him and loving Him in return for eternity, and the hope of living a deeply satisfying, deeply abundant, deeply fulfilling and rewarding life of love and service for Christ and for others on this earth!