Everywhere I turn, people from all walks of life are experiencing overwhelming challenges. A failed business, the suicide of a family member, death of a child or a child with a devastating disease or on drugs, a spouse with Alzheimer, a parent with dementia, a home destroyed, retirement stripped away…and the list goes on.
You may feel that you are on the verge of exploding into a million pieces. I too, have faced challenges that seemed insurmountable, and my behavior was unworthy of the “me” I longed to be. I repressed feelings that could be triggered at the most inopportune times, and I felt like two people warring against each other. I wondered: Who am I? Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?
God knew you before the foundation of the world. His plans for you are for peace and not for evil to give you a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He gave you divine power and the spiritual ability to take control of your thought life. First, God lets you in on a secret; he reveals “who Jesus is.” Then, he reveals who you really are. (Read Matthew 16:17 The Message) How can I be the person he created me to be?
The Holy Spirit is a wonderful Counselor, and the word of God will expose, analyze and judge the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. He will erase the pain, bind up and heal the broken-hearted.
Father, today is a new beginning and this day belongs to you! Today I will celebrate and be glad wherever I may be. In the name of Jesus I submit to your will so that my plans and purposes may be conducted in a manner that will bring honor to you. Thank you for keeping me spiritually and mentally alert in this time of mediation and prayer. You can do anything, Father – far more than I could ever imagine or guess or request in my wildest dreams by Your Spirit within me. Glory to You forever! Amen
Scripture References: Psalm 118:24 CEV; Ephesians 3:20 The Message
Meditation: Lamentations 3:22-23