Rhonda - Forums of the Heart
The very word brokenness means that something that was whole has been fragmented. In the stripping down of the human soul, brought on by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, the life of a Christian is left without excuse not to surrender completely to GOD. For instance, whenever GOD is going to bring you to a higher platform of spiritual maturity or service in Him, He has to break you. This is a process I’ve had to experience.

I realized it wasn’t done to do me harm, but to develop me; in order to use me for His purpose. In John 12:24 it says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” Dying to myself yielded life through Jesus. GOD will make you hungry before He feeds you.

He strips you before He robes you. He makes nothing of you before making something of you. You may ask, how can something be broken and yet still be intact? In accepting GOD’s complete authority over your life, you are made complete in the process of being broken.

A.W. Tozer once said, “It is doubtful whether GOD can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.” Whether it was financial brokenness, relational brokenness, emotional brokenness, or physical brokenness; it brought me to a place of humility and dependency in Him. I learned that no resistance or self-will is within the heart of a person that is completely broken before the LORD. This is when our lives can be more fruitful and have the most purpose.

GOD is at work in our lives, shaping and making us into the people He longs for us to be, so that we might bring glory to Him and be of maximum use to Him in His kingdom. I had to choose to yield to brokenness and allow GOD to renew me as He desires…even if that meant enduring severe trials and testing. I became aware that brokenness can be a path toward great blessing, but only when I let GOD do the breaking in me.

By His Grace,

~Rhonda

From Forums of the Heart

Powerful message of hope by Minister Darrick McGhee . When you feel alone thinking that God is hearing everyone but you, take heart to know that he is indeed working out your struggle even when you can’t see it or feel it. 

Hope you are as blessed by this article as I was:

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It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God.  Have you ever watched other people experience overflow in their lives?  It appeared as if everytime they turned around something awesome was happening in their lives.  Whether they expect it or not, the blessings keep coming.  Have you ever felt as if even the unfaithful, unbelieving and unrighteous seem to be prospering in life?  No matter how faithful you are, no matter how consistent you are with your tithes, no matter how willing you are in life, your well still appears dry while “so and so” is living how he/she wants and resources never run out.  Have you ever been there?  Are you there now?

Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you.  My friend, have you ever asked God that one heart-burning question: “When Is It My Turn?”  After careful consideration, days of wondering and nights of crying, you finally had the strength and gall to ask the question.  As much as you love God, within you feel overlooked.  You feel as if God is being unfair (Romans 2:11).  (Be honest with yourself!)  I have been there.  I am young but I have been through a lot.  I remember asking God this question after watching everyone around me enjoy increase but me.  During my sophomore year in college, my three roommates never suffered lack or want while I scraped just to buy noodles.  I remember being mad at God and He directed me to His word.  The Bible declares in Psalms 37:1-2 – Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.  2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

My brother, my sister, are you inwardly mad at God?  Has your anger and disappointment caused you to stray from church, reading your Bible or trusting God for a breakthrough?  I know how easy it is to fake like everything is well, but lets be real.  Is your heart still pumping after God?  Are you still asking that question, “When Is It My Turn?”  Beloved, you must understand God knows when the timing is right.  Right before you breakdown, He will always send a breakthrough.  King David wrote in Psalms 37:25 – I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.  Child of God, from this day forth, stop asking when it will be your turn.  Start preparing yourself for your turn.  I would hate for your turn to come and you are not ready because of your constant complaining.

Scripture Reading for Today: Psalms 37

May God Bless you at Your point of need!

Minister Darrick D. McGhee

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rescued-by-the-hand-of-godWhat a powerful message of hope this is. We only need trust that Christ is enough for our problems to rest in his perfect peace. Nothing good will he withhold nor will anything come against us apart from his will. When you can look at your God instead of your struggle, you have received the victory!

Please read this message from Six Measures of Barley and be blessed.

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“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”Hebrews 13:5-6

This particular verse lit my spirit today, “I will never leave you or forsake you” this beautiful, strengthening, uplifting promise is not just for the beginning days of Christian walk; but its a promise to be held close to our heart each day as we walk with our Savior. The relationship (or connection)of the first part of the verse with the second part was something I missed all these days. The word covetous is some kind of an extreme desire to own something that belongs to someone else and the Bible teaches us it is wrong to desire the things that belongs to others. We may be covetous about someone’s life and dream, we love to be in someone’s shoes, someone’s job, someone’s attitudes and stands, style sense, personality, spiritual life and the list can go on and on; but this particular dream to be someone or something we were not meant to be or purposed to be could shake our trust in God. It could take away our content and joy and make us ignore all the blessings God bestowed upon our life. The reason is simply that our attention shifted from God and we involuntarily chose to take His divine provisions granted. We plead to God for more blessings and desires to be granted without thinking, does God want me to have that? Here our relationship with God is becoming single sided without trying to listen what He wants to say. Here it is said “Let your conversation be without covetousness” that says when we become unthankful and lose our contented state, our conversations start reflecting that. Negative thoughts and unfair opinions flow out of us and we become one depressed soul in the hands of Satan. When our mind is filled with jealousy and envy our thoughts start to divert away from Grace of God and our thoughts and words become selfish, greedy and demanding.

Out of a believer God does not want this kind of covetous nature, but He wants us to stay clear of all that and have a heart that is filled with content and love. If we look unto heaven counting our blessings Jesus is saying “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. By being a child of God, Jesus gives us this everlasting promise – He won’t leave us. Today, do you believe that Jesus wont leave you alone to face the deserted situation you are going through? There are many who pass by us when we are in this world, but only one person is there by us through out this journey of life and He is Jesus, today hold onto His promise –He will never forsake you. If you trust in this promise, apply it in faith- let your spirit see in faith the intangible presence of Jesus over all areas of your life. Fear from the words and deeds of man; fear due to the troubles around us; fear that arise from discontentment; fear of anything that we cannot name could settle down when the presence of God surrounds us. In the darkest hour Jesus will not desert you, He will be there by your side… If you feel that no one is understanding your circumstances and if you are left alone, tell it all to Jesus, pour out your heart; Father, its your promise you will never leave me, nor forsake me. I need your presence in abundance. I need to recognize it. The presence of God that sustains us, He says He is not going to withdraw it. Jesus says, “You will never be dropped from my hand and there will be never a point in which you will be out from the reach of my love.” The strength we draw from His presence is what sustains us during hard days. Let’s reach out in faith, definitely the doors of heaven will open for us and all our fear ,emptiness and agony will be replaced and replenished by the heavenly peace which passes our understanding.

In Christ Jesus,

Smitha Thomas.

Redeemed Ministries.

My Comment:

This is an excellent message of faith to understand that all that you go through and all that you must endure is actually the workings of our God who is making you ready for his kingdom. Never think that he has forgotten you when the fire gets too hot. It is then that he is doing his best work. Believers are living as aliens in a perishing world. It is not easy. There is evil all around and sometimes it seems like we are losing the battle but the truth is that we already won it through Christ! We cannot be taken down or destroyed by anything of this life.

Take heart, weary Christians. Your God sees where you are. He is already working it all out for you. Just believe!

Thank you, Rhonda Lewis, from Forums Of The Heart for this wonderful message of hope for all of us.

Marianne Bernard:

THIS IS A POWERFUL MESSAGE FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOING THORUGH PAINFUL TRIALS NOW. NEVER FORGET THAT YOUR STRUGGLE IS ONLY FULFILLING GOD’S PERFECT PURPOSE IN YOU. HE HASN’T LEFT YOU NOR WILL HE LET YOU FIGHT YOUR BATTLE ALONE. I PRAY YOU WILL BE AS BLESSED AS I WAS WITH THIS MESSAGE OF HOPE.

Originally posted on Filled With God's Fulness:

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The LORD has hidden Himself from His people, but I trust Him and place my hope in Him. Isaiah 8:17 (TEV)

God is real, no matter how we may feel at times.

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struggling to cope Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Jesus taught his disciples the ways that they were to follow. In Matthew 6: 25-27, Jesus said: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” He then continues in verse 33: “But seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, all things will be given to you as well”.

The truth in these verses is that when you worry, you are making your problems bigger than your God. You are saying in effect that God is not strong enough or loving enough to help you through your trial. When you give in to worry and fear, you are falling for the lies of the enemy who wants to destroy you. He knows that God is more than enough to bring you to victory but he wants you to forget that.

We serve a risen Savior who came to this earth to bring us hope and to give us a future despite what we may have to endure. He knew our problems and weaknesses long before we were born and he made a way to overcome all of them. He has a perfect plan and a purpose for your life. Even though you may have fallen short and rebelled against him, he can always lift you from your past and restore you to wholeness. All that it takes is for you to allow Christ to reign in your life. You must make him first over all that you have. In order for him to help you through the bondages that have kept you prisoner for so long, you must trust him with your whole heart. You should never take your eyes off Christ and put them on your problems. That is when you fall.

Jesus is always bigger and stronger than anything the world throws at you. You cannot be defeated for Jesus has destroyed the power of the enemy. Even death no longer holds fear for those who are in Christ for we will not perish but be made whole to live in heaven with God. There is nothing that man can do to you that will crush you for you are protected by the right hand of God.

When you find yourself worrying and getting anxious about things that are going on in your life, seek Christ out in his word. Let him fill you will peace as you read his of his promises to you. Giving in to fear indicates a lack of faith. You must trust that the One who gave you life will be able to sustain you no matter what happens!

Jesus died to release you from the prison of fear and worry. Don’t go back into bondage when Jesus paid your bail in full. His blood at Calvary covered your iniquities and made you righteous before God. That is the power you need to cling to and to use when you are weak and weary. Take the yoke of Christ for he will lift your burden and give you the strength you need to continue.

There is always hope when your trust is in Christ. He is the Lifter of your head and the Restorer of things taken from you. He can heal your heartache and bring your family together. He has the power to provide for your financial needs no matter how impossible it seems. He can heal your sickness and break the chains of your addictions. Most importantly, he can give you the force to conquer any battle you must fight. He knows your name. He has numbered your days. Give him your worry and anxious thoughts and let him give you the faith to hang on.

Jesus has the way to help you. His love will never fail you. Trust him today and make him Lord of your life. It is the decision that will take you through today and throughout eternity!

Dear Lord Jesus, I lift up all who need to hear this message. May you bless and encourage those who feel that they have no hope and that there is no way out. I pray for all to understand that you can always make a way to victory despite the situation. It is never impossible for you.

Bring hope and peace to those who are suffering through struggles of every kind. This world is perishing and soon you will be back to make all things new. I pray that you will give the strength that your people need to stay in the battle and to hold on to the end. Amen

Eastern Sierra by Rob Bohning        

                           His power is sufficient for all our needs

 God’s power to work all things out for your good is a promise for all believers that will never fail. But watching and waiting for him to turn around a bad situation in your life can be a time of great pain.  It is hard to understand the wait when your marriage is failing or after you have received a bad report from the doctor.  How are you expected to hold on when your financial problems overwhelm you and you soon may lose your home?  Rebellious children can break your heart as you stand helplessly by as your son or daughter chooses a path of destruction.  Your own life can be changed in an instant by the death of someone close to you.  Is God really able to turn these and other impossible an impossible situation into a blessing in your life? 

The truth of this matter is that God can use all things to work for our good because he foreknew the storms of our lives and had a plan to take us through every one of them.  No disaster in your path can take him by surprise.  Our God can see the past and the future and his power is sufficient to fulfill the purpose he has for your life.  By his strength alone, you can forge the rivers of your pain and climb the mountains of your problems until you get the victory that God has promised.  He knows your ways and he can help you in your weaknesses. Even the timing of every one of your trials has a purpose that holds eternal ramifications.  

In Genesis, we read how Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. He became a servant in Potiphar’s household where he ultimately was falsely accused and put in prison.  He languished there for years but God was with him the whole time. . While this young shepherd boy was suffering in prison, God was working out his plan to make him royalty!  Joseph was eventually released and appointed second highest in all of Egypt.  That was something that even Joseph could not have imagined as being possible in his dire circumstances.  But God had the power to turn the injustice done to Joseph into a training ground that would make him a mighty leader who would save his people. 

This message is for believers who are struggling right now in a painful situation that seems to have no end.  You may feel that there is no solution and no one that can help you.  That is a lie from the father of lies.  

Jesus is the master of the wind and with a single word, he can calm the storm you are in.  He is sovereign over all of creation and he knows how to resurrect the dreams you thought were dead.  He can find purpose in everything that touches your life if you put your faith in him. He is never farther than you next prayer and he is waiting for you to call on him.

Dear Lord, I lift up all those who are reading this who need a touch from you.  May your presence will be felt in their life as you give them the peace to know that they have nothing to fear for you are in control of all that comes against them.  Most importantly, may they have your assurance to know that no matter what they are going through, your perfect plan will never fail.  Amen

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