Every Step Of The Way….
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all….” Psalm 34: 17-19
Today I just want to encourage any of you who might be struggling at this point in your life. I have many friends who are now up against the wall financially and others who desperately need to find solid work to support their families. I also know several folks who are struggling with PTSD, in its various stages, due to childhood sexual abuse like I endured. There are others I know that are battling depression, anxiety, or serious physical ailments. I am lifting all you friends up in prayer today with hopes of Godly intervention in your lives.
When we cry out Jesus hears us and He then eventually delivers us from our troubles. Sometimes it does not seem like He hears us because our problems continue and our deliverance seems far off, but I have come to believe that His response is immediate. When He hears our initial cry the wheels of His deliverance are set in motion and in His time we begin our healing in increments.
My healing and deliverance from PTSD and associated depression is still in progress. For over 18 years Jesus has been working within me and for me, in order to bring me to peace and total healing. As of today I have not had a full blown PTSD flashback episode in over 43 months. My road to wholeness has had many twists and turns, but along the way He has used my life to bring healing and wholeness to many others in need. In my numerous psychiatric hospitalizations I have encountered many dear souls in need of Jesus, and HE used me on at least 14 occasions to lead other patients to Him for the very first time. It seems that Jesus used me and my journey to significantly impact the lives of many others who were suffering with their very own troubles. In other words… it was God’s will that I suffered in order to bring deep healing to others. If I did not suffer from my particular affliction I never would have encountered these other folks that were deeply in need of Him. Jesus did not cause me to have PTSD, but He certainly did use it. And because of it I am a far better person today, than I was 18 years ago. Today I totally understand the great value of empathy, brokenness, humility and compassion like never before.
Jesus has always been with me holding me close and continually healing my broken heart and crushed spirit. I have had MANY troubles in my life, but He has always delivered me even when I did not fully understand what was going on. Now I understand that He has always been in control and my route to healing and wholeness had been according to His plan all along.
So I appeal to anyone out there who is struggling or in the midst of trouble…Please do not give up! God is for you and not against you and He is now holding you in the very palm of His hand. Do not worry about tomorrow and understand that He IS healing and delivering you TODAY. Sometimes He needs to bring us through some very deep shit and difficult situations to bring about our ultimate healing. Life in Christ is not all sunshine and giggles. Sometimes we need to go through very dark and difficult times. Many times it is extremely hard to believe and continue to walk forward because of our current circumstances. Pain and suffering are part of life and living with an affliction can be very complicated, but know this….. Jesus understands and is with us every step of the way. At least this has been my experience and truth.
Kirk Out !