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In the dark night of the soul…

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Resolving conflicts in relationships takes Jesus to make permanent results.  I am not discounting traditional forms of counseling and treatments.  The Lord uses all ways to his glory.  What I am saying is that Jesus has to be leading the healing in a person.

So many times, when a person enters into a particular therapy, it will bring little or no substantial results.  One of the reasons is that they are only seeking a stamp of validation, to mask the real problems.  A diversion – an escape from prying open the layers of a lifetime of secrets.  Or they blurt out the issues and then have a false sense of healing.  The issues not only don’t get addressed, they don’t get released completely.

How do we find our way to Jesus in all the confusion?  In Psalms 31:4-5, we can see that David [Son of Jesse] had this same conflict.  Here we read: “Free me from the trap, that is set for me,”…  Let’s look at this.  Inner guilt and unresolved conflict trap our life and it’s shown in the word that David understood it was purposefully set for him.  Satan will set you up for defeat.  e3ca

That is why ungodly or worldly counsel is like sinking sand for genuine healing.  In the next verse:6, David gives an answer for how to deal with wasted time spent in the spiral of defeat…”I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I will trust in the Lord.”  He had to completely release all the pain, disappointment, sorrow and failure and put his trust in the Lord.  It was not easy.  I think at this point, not only had David realized what trusting in false idols had done to King Saul but that he didn’t want to go down that same path.  He chose God.  He understood that the world had nothing substantial to offer…all is sinking sand before the true God.  So, we can follow David’s example in the bible to begin with trust in God’s ability to lead us to healing.

Relationships can make significant impacts on us…good or bad.  Also, we will attract people to us that reflect what influences are present in our life.  Meaning, if drugs and alcohol or any other vice that is presently influencing your daily life.  You are being impacted by the influence of sin and so are those around you.  This is the condition of sinking sand.  Eventually…it will engulf your identity in God.  Jesus only can bring you back to him.   How?  Let’s look at Psalms 30:2-3”O Lord, My God.  I called to you for help, and you healed me.  O Lord, you brought me up from the grave, and you spared me from going down into the pit.”  Again, David in his distress, cried out to God, here he is at the brink of death.  Satan’s  goal is spiritual death for men and women…silence and darkness away from God.  Basically, because Satan knows that is his ultimate fate.  But the good news is…we have hope in God when we call on the name of Jesus.  In Psalms 29:2”The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic”.  We can listen for God to answer and we can listen through Godly counsel for the way back to our health.

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You are in control…always.  David found God in a cave, although he was next in line to be the King of Israel and had all the wealth and power that came with it…he found true freedom in God’s refuge.  Earlier we read Psalms 31:4-5, let’s finish verse: 5”for you are my refuge.  Into your hands I commit my spirit, redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.”  We need the truth to renew our mind.  We do not need the faulty belief systems the world offers us.  We do not need vain imaginations (egos, idols, etc…).  All is sinking sand.  Set yourself upon sure ground…the word of the Living God.  In David’s reflection we see in verse:7”I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction”…God is near, ever present in our times of need…we can be glad and rejoice because he not only sees our affliction but he is our refuge and hope.  He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  If he sees us in our present moment, is he not faithful to bring us from milestone to milestone in our life?

I know that it can seem dark and hopeless in the “caves” of life sometimes, we have all been there but I also know that faith is truly love in motion.   David has a new song of praise, in Psalms 30:11-12”You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.”  When you put your trust in God’s truth [scriptures] there will be hope that brings permanent results…I pray that God will turn your sorrow and pain into a message of thanksgiving and glory to our Lord.  God had great things in store for David’s life…for he knew that through his servant David lineage, would come the Savior for mankind…Jesus.  Just the same for you and me…God knows that through living in faith, our testimonies will bring others to know his son…Jesus.  Let’s show the love of God in our life…start today.  He is listening for your prayer, even in the darkest night of your soul.  God  will bring healing and give you a joyful heart.  Trust in faith.

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1 thought on “In the dark night of the soul…”

  1. Just like in physical healing when many times the Lord will use Drs and medications to grant a person physical health, So too, I have seen the Lord use Christians counselors and psychologists to bring help to those in need.

    The one thing I am very wary of are the worldly counselors that use error to “help” the person overcome their issues by denying sin, guilt and responsibility for one’s actions.

    Very good reminder. Lord bless.

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