Saturday, July 12, 2008

Pray for our groups

Dear soldier,

You don’t know me, it doesn’t matter who I am. What matters is that God has nudged my heart about you.
How so? Well, God has shown me your suffering and he has shown me the lack of understanding we have towards you.
Many of us pray for you and we count the days for you to be back but when you are back we expect that you are the same person who left sometime ago, forgetting or not imagining what you are going through.
Some of us are so against this war or any war for that matter, that we forget the human life that is behind it and we take the sacrifice easily for granted.
And so many of us are very grateful for what you do but lack to understand exactly what it is that you have scarified.

This is where God comes in.

For centuries God has been leading his Kings into victory, he has protected his soldiers and he has deliver them from their enemy. The Lord has serve his people a great feast before their enemies and has made them glorious in every battle.
This battle you are in might not be won or lost but you are going through a tremendous life changing experience. What many of us go through a lifetime you are living it in a fewer years. Your mind is hurt and the memories are hard to erase of the things you have seen and lived. Too hard to comprehend, too shocking to repeat, too complicated to explain.

The grief of loosing your fellow brothers, the loneliness that constantly reminds you of how far you are from your dearest loved ones. Not knowing if you will be back from your assignment. Perhaps you feel that nothing makes sense anymore to you and you feel disoriented, you can’t find purpose of being where you are.

Today God wants you to know that he is thinking of you, he has not forgotten you and he definitely has not forsaken you.

I am going through such time where I can’t find purpose in my life, where I feel scared cause I am alone and far from my family and my comfort zone. Thinking of you, has inspired me and has put some things in perspective.
I have read this verses that God has remind me of which seem not very bright for it speaks about death, but when you look closer it is all about life. Read with me, I pray that the Lord may open your heart and your eyes to see his love and hope left in these verses.

2 Corintians 4:6- 10
6For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

Be the light and shine bright in those days of darkness, when death and loneliness come by close and whisper thoughts of devastation and surrender, stand in victory for you have the light in you, Jesus Christ. In you, also you have the life Jesus paid with his blood for you and me.
Bring the message of hope to your fellow brother, whisper the eternal life and shine the word in their hearts. Encourage one another, lift each other up!
You might know the word of God but around you there are many who don’t. I know the word and God has nudge my heart to write it to you, to encourage you and to remind you that he Loves you and that he is with you even when you don’t see him.

Imagine, a day ago I could not have thought that God would use me to encourage you cause I feel truly tired of my own problems. Yet he is both lifting me up and using my pain to challenge me and fuel me to encourage you.

I can send this message to you, but it is your turn to send it out to others who are in need of comfort not in something that will fade away but for in need for something that is eternal.
I don’t wish you to think about death and bring fear in your heart; I wish to share the word, the living word that changes lives. A word that brings the truth and is worth living and dying for.
God loves you and that is why today we have these words that will be with us until we come before him. Words to remember or words to tell someone next to you.

2 Corinthians 11:18
11For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken. "With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. 15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Why it is that we sometimes go through what we go at the stage where we are in life? I don’t know. Why we suffer and cry out/ I don’t know.
This is what I know, that when you cry, Jesus is right there and is sadden to see you like that. I know that He knows how many tears dropped down your cheeks and I know that you are so precious that the Lord our God gave his only begotten son Jesus Christ to die on the cross and be sacrificed for our sins so that we could have eternal life and spend eternity in a place where we can be near him. So your life matters or else He wouldn’t have given away something as precious as His only Son.

I also know that this is easier said then done, I am coming from there so I know it is not that easy. God never said it would be easy but He promised He would always be there with us.

Take a moment if you would if you are alone or if you are with others, hold hands or kneel down. Acknowledge that Jesus is right next to you, he is not far away in some place where you need to make an appointment, pray that He reveals himself to you.
Seek His presence by inviting him in your life, open your heart and show you naked soul. Cry out to Him who loves you, in whom you will find comfort and rest if your spirit, the one who is and will always be Lord and Father.
He is there with open arms, he is not requiring any stars any recommendations, you are his creation and you are his unique master piece his son and daughter.

In a moment of silent near your bed or an open field, with friends or by yourself, say a prayer like this:
Today God you have touch my heart, I have understood the sacrifice you have done for me and I am grateful for that. I acknowledge that you are my Lord and Savior and that in your son Jesus Christ I have found a friend that has revealed himself to me in this very place. Father take my heart and fill it with Joy as your word says you will and Father I feel tired, in you I wish to rest to feel your peace even in the mist of this place where I am. Help me to be the light and spread your message of hope and courage. Help me persevere and keep me focused in you and protect us from our enemies, in Jesus name I pray, Amen

Keep in touch with us, send us an email or send us your letters, we look forward to hear from you.
Don’t forget you are in our hearts and in our prayers.
God bless you!

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