Faithhill Blog
 

Be encouraged and inspired!

Categories:
 
 
 
(Every Wednesday)
 
 
 
Be notified by email of new blogs posts
 
Make a secure online donation
 
 
 
 
 
 

--- Morning Inspiration

Click Image to Open

Daily Devotion: HOLY PEOPLE HURT TOO

How are you really doing? I know you’re blessed and highly favored but I’m asking you about your condition, not your position. Blessed and highly favored is our spiritual position — depressed, stressed and a mess is our condition.  Do you ever get the feeling that as Christians, we need to tell people how the Spirit is doing when they ask us how we’re doing instead of how our soul is doing?
 
We’ve created an underground culture of suffering, all because we think we need to hide our hurt from other Christians.  The devil is a liar!  We don’t need to play the, “I’m always OK game,” with people who aren’t always OK.  One of the most intimate moments we will ever share with Jesus and the people we love is when we’re capable of being vulnerable about pain.
 
As Christians, we must remember that we’re human, and if we let ourselves become emotionally constipated to appease or hide from people, or to deny our own humanity, we can make our condition worse.  Hurt is caused by what happened, misery is caused by what we do about what happens.
 
Humble believers know that God understands what we go through and that we have nighttime’s in faith — “…Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Joy is a fruit of the spirit.  Hurt is a reaction to what happened, not a cancellation of what we believe.  When hurt overwhelmes us, we still have joy but we’re not smiling or grinning — because we’re hurt.  If we didn’t have human reactions to human conditions, we would not be human.  Even Jesus cried.  If we try to play the super human game, we can cause ourselves a lot of trouble and even negatively effect our ability to get honest feedback or wise counseling.  If we let our soul get backed up we can get messed up.
 
Psalm 23, tells us that God sees and desires to restore our soul: “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul…(Psalm 23:2-3). Restoration follows devastation, and God is in the restoration business.  Why would God need to restore our soul if our soul is never involved in accidents? 
 
The bible reminds us that we’re made up of three parts: May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).  We don’t need to pretend like one part is turned off, our soul, because we’re saved. 
 
When we can hurt right, we can heal right.  Our human condition is real — this is a faith walk not a cake walk (Matthew 26:41, Romans 7:14-25).  Growing in faith happens when we grow through conditions that cause us to have to lean more on God.  Let somebody know, we don’t meet grace when we read about it, we meet grace when our soul is too weak to fight (2 Corinthians 12:9).
 
When pain comes, human reaction to pain happens. Healing is not microwavable, we have to claim it before we feel it, and sometimes we have to talk it through in order to make it through — even argue our way with God sometims. Job said, “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him” (Job 13:15).
 
We don’t have to suffer in silence or hide our struggles from each other — or God. Jesus cannot help us, people cannot help us (Hebrews 10:24), by masking pain. Our flesh wars with the spirit, and anybody who says that they’ve arrived and no longer battle the war within is self-deceived (1 John 1:8).
 
Through faith in Jesus, we have the power to heal, grow and recover.  We cannot ignore, hide or fear the weeping that endures for a night (Isaiah 40:31, Romans 8:37) or be spiritually intimidated into silence. Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an overwhelming breakthrough but whatever our soul pain is, it is not a destination.  It’s OK to have a breakdown but we cannot let ourselves unpack and stay there — our destiny is too important.
 
The next time you ask someone, “How are you doing,” ask with the intent and interest in knowing how their soul is doing, not how the Holy Spirit is doing — the Holy Spirit is always doing great. Their position is blessed and highly favored but the pain in their soul is their condition. Don’t judge them or their faith, be the light in their night.
 
Share and be blessed.
 
 
 
 
Join us every Sunday at the HILL in San Leandro, CA at 9:30AM.  Ministering to the whole person for whole victory!
 
 
 

Read more...

Daily Devotional: No Matter What, You Can Win

Hello devil! That’s what Christ said to Judas when he showed up to betray him. Jesus knew His purpose, His destiny and that made even his attackers his friends (Matthew 26:50).
 
There is no way we can be in a, “Hello Friend,” state of mind without being in a relationship with Jesus. I don’t mean a relationship of convenience — when it serves us or when we need a tow. A relationship of convenience does not create trust, it creates a giver and a taker — with only one doing the taking. We want so much more from Jesus.
 
Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). Jesus was rolling with God and his swagger came from his knowing that if God said it, you could take it to the bank. Is that the relationship you want with Jesus?  The kind of power that cannot be shook, the kind of peace that tells storms to hush, the kind of confidence that you can look at your Judas and say, “Hello Friend, do what you came to do?”
 
I figured out that the relationship that most of us want with Jesus is based on what we want for ourselves, what we want out of life and whether or not we want to live life with little assurance or a lot of assurance. Whether or not we want to have a little power or a lot of power. This is all personal but that’s why relationship with Jesus is personal.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me” (John 15:4).
 
The fruit that Christ is talking about is the fruit of the spirit, “…love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22). What in the heck does fruit have to do with how we act, react or respond to life?
 
Fruit are the Holy Spirit’s personality, qualities and power. Not just the fruit but the fact that without being plugged into Jesus, we cannot bear fruit. In case anybody thought being plugged into Jesus was just about bearing fruit, it’s not. It’s really not ya’ll.
 
Did you know that we cannot even resist the devil without abiding in Jesus — we don’t have the power or authority to rebuke the devil. The bible actually says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). The devil does not obey us, the devil obeys God. The devil will not flee from us unless we’re plugged in — “Submitted to God.” But wait, there’s more.
 
We don’t even have the ability to expect to receive an answer from God for a need or a want without being connected. The bible actually said, “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you wish, and to you it will come to pass” (John 15:7). I don’t want to sound preachy but it sounds like God is saying, “If you’re not into Jesus, you’re going to be into some problems.” We cannot bear fruit, we cannot resist the enemy and we cannot even ask God for anything with honest expectation unless we’re abiding in or connected to the vine: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:16).
 
Can you imagine being disconnected, lightly attached or having a shallow relationship with Jesus and relying on the full power of the fruit? Our ability to stay in peace even while we’re in pieces comes from the fruit of self-control. Without self-control we’re emotionally driven — without brakes. We cannot have self-control without Joy – trust in God that no matter what, you win. Without joy it is impossible to have peace. Jesus is saying, “If you want all of me, that’s great, I want all of you too.”
 
Let’s say you didn’t have a relationship or history with someone and they were supposed to pick you up after work. When you get off, they’re not there. Because you don’t know them, would confidence in them showing up be high or low? Maybe you’re just trusting like that and it wouldn’t bother you. Would your confidence go up or down as time passed — not knowing what’s going on? After even an hour and no call, would you bet your life on them coming or would you start making other plans? Doesn’t your lack of experience/intimate knowledge of them influence your thoughts — negatively? Could you honestly be confident that somebody will show up who you don’t know well enough to testify about their character?
 
When we don’t have a real, worked-for relationship with Jesus, we do the same thing. Emotions will make other plans whenever conflict happens. Jesus is saying — “If you want confidence in me, you have to know me, trust me, go through some stuff with me and see that I am not a man that I should lie (Numbers 23:19)
 
Can you imagine the difference in our response to life’s encounters, struggles, mess, drama, trials and tests with a fought-for, struggled-for relationship with Jesus? Maybe you can see why we go to pieces when life temporarily goes against us. If a door closed, a bad relationship ended, a delay occurred, a lack occurred, a test occurred, a hurt occurred, a rejection occurred or a loss occurred, would it break you if you knew for sure that because of your relationship with Jesus, “God’s going to work it together for your good?” (Romans 8:28)?
 
If we really want stability, power and control in an unstable world, we’re really saying we want a deep relationship with Jesus. If we want to heal, control our anger, rely on confidence for strength, get past the past or whatever we cannot do on our own, we’re really saying, I want a deeper relationship with Jesus.
 
We talk a lot about, “Connecting with Jesus, being in the vine and abiding,” but without practical steps, without repeatable steps, without steps to practice, it’s like telling somebody to go fly like the birds — without instructions. No matter how long we’ve been in a relationship with Jesus, flying like the birds or walking on water is not easy – every new level comes with new flying lessons for new challenges. Nobody will become a flying expert, just more confident about flying.
 
Whether you are an experienced flyer or a beginner, there are three things that you can consider doing everyday to develop, cultivate and stay woke in your relationship with Jesus:
 
  • Commit at least 5 scriptures to your memory that you will meditate on and repeat daily — it’s best if you do this as early as you can before your day starts — but your time is the right time if your mind is clear. These are meditation scriptures, that means that they are reciprocal — promises tell us why God loves us, obedience or faithfulness tells us how we love God.  They can change, they can be added to but these scriptures represent your worship, your daily meditation and devotion. If we can go to the gym and do whatever else we want to do every day, we can set aside 15-20 minutes to seriously focus on why we love Jesus.
 
  • Self-correct or stay woke. Just like meditating on and worshiping Jesus takes practice, so does negativity, discouragement, doubt, fear and unhappiness. You have to work at being unhappy by meditating on and agreeing with thoughts and beliefs that completely contradict your truth. In other words, be your own mouth police. Correct and replace negative words. Don’t just say, “My bad Jesus,” practice replacing every negative with a positive — negative words, negative thoughts and negative behavior. Fix it, apologize for it, replace it — practice speed, the faster you fix it the more you begin to be conscious of it.
 
  • Continuously work on God’s plans for your life — including serving and fellowship with the body. No matter what anybody says, every church is not for everybody but everybody who desires to abide in Jesus, will attend a powerhouse church that ministers to the whole person for whole victory. Followers of Jesus are not built to walk, sharpen, build up and serve alone. Develop goals, life plans, fun and new discoveries, and relationship goals that grow you, stretch you beyond your comfort zone and support a positive life.
 
A full life, loving relationship, serving God, positive attitude and a destiny mindset makes it difficult for the enemy to break us down or keep us down at will. The enemy should have to fight for your attention.  Our ability to say, “Hello devil,” and know that no matter what we win, is based on what our worship with Jesus looks like. Desire a “Hello spirit,” that Jesus swagger, it will change your perspective, your mindset and your expectations for every area and aspect of your life.
 
Share and be blessed.
 
 
 
San Leandro, CA
 
Got Fruit? Is a powerful, practical short free eBook that will change the way you look at fruit.  You owe it to your destiny to become your own fruit inspector.
 
 
 

Read more...

GOD IS TAKING YOU SLOW

We just are not wired to wait.  Nothing about waiting is appealing or enjoyable in the flesh.  We want what we want when we want it, and the less we understand about what the wait is for the worse the wait is.
 
Those times between prayers going up and promises coming down can “feel like” the worst times in our faith walk — if you’re human.  The fact is, the bible does not tell us that we wait on promises or that God goes to work when our need shows up. 
Put This In Your Spirit:  The bible said, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).  We aren’t waiting on the promise, we’re waiting in the promise.  We don’t have a wait, we have a work that grows us to the level of faith that manifests the promise that existed before our need did!
 
The weight in our wait comes from our faith being challenged.  Have you noticed that our heart and mind is stressed up the most when we are, “Waiting on God?”  Have you noticed that when we cannot see (or trust) what God is doing, our emotions tend to start doing the fool? Don’t think some of us are exempt from the stress that comes from being in God’s waiting room — Jesus sweated blood in the waiting room (Luke 22:44).
 
God is saying, I’m not working on the promise, I’m using the problem to grow your fruit. Watch this, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  God already knows that If we try to wait in the flesh, the wait will become a weightPatience is a fruit of the spirit, not a mental or an emotional skill (Galatians 5:22).
 
In other words, waiting starts to break us, stress us, discourage us because without the fruit of Patience, we don’t have what it takes to wait. Sometimes God has to wait for the fruit of Joy to mature in order for us to handle His no.  Remember, the Apostle Paul didn’t get His thorn removed, he received grace for his race.  Can your Joy handle: He’s not bringing them back, He’s going to move you forward. He’s not going to fix them, He’s going to grow your trust so you will believe Him when He shows you who somebody is. He’s not going to make it happen overnight, it will happen when the time is right. He won’t open the door you want, He’s opening the door that leads to your destiny.  If our Joy is not mature enough to handle God’s will —  “Nevertheless, not my will but your will be done,” God will delay us to grow us so His answer won’t kill us.
Watch this: Remember, God said the victory is already won (1 Corinthians 15:57).  In order to have the fruit of Patience, we have to grow the fruit of Self-Control.  In order to grow the fruit of Self-Control, we have to grow the fruit of Joy – unshakable trust in God’s will and plan.  In order to experience the fruit of Peace in the storm, we have grow the fruit of Love — our love for God anchors all fruit.  All fruit are connected and Jesus said, “…Apart from Him we cannot bear fruit.”
 
God is a fruit inspector.  Look at the problem, the need, the challenge again but through God’s eyes.  Is the problem the problem or is the fruit the problem?  If God is not a man that He should lie, where is our anxiety coming from — if not our need to mature our fruit?  Our human reaction is a condition that cannot be solved without growing fruit — growing deeper in our faith and relationship with Jesus.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: We cannot cast our cares on the Lord without putting our trust in the Lord — Joy.  If the problem is causing us problems in our faith, access to the promise will be delayed until our fruit is matured to our next level (Philippians 2:12).
 
Your promise, your answer, your strategic plan, your escape, the divine intervention, the wisdom and the connection you need are in God’s hands. Access is not denied, access is delayed when God is working on our fruit.  
 
Work your fruit.  When we grow, God lets go of what He already has for us (Hebrews 11:6).  
 
Share and be blessed.
 
 
Got Fruit? This FREE, 30 page eBook workbook by Pastor Patrick is a game changer for anybody who is growing fruit for power, access and favor.  This is not reheated fruit talk, this is real talk for real people for real power.  Click below and download your Free copy today.
 
 
 

Read more...

IT’S IN THE FRUIT

The power is in the fruit.  God is raising up a generation of fruit bearers who will cause the atmosphere to shift, favor to be unleashed and, cause influence to go before them to open doors and make even their enemies have peace with them.
 
They will be intentional and purposeful about producing power from their fruit.  Their fruit will subdue giants, tear down strongholds, take the weight out of the wait, take the doubt out of deliverance and position them to be world changers.
 
The supernatural anointing that causes fruit to grow has a divine purpose — to change our world from the inside out. Visions will be decreed, valley’s will be turned into victory and battles will be turned into blessings through mature fruit.
 
Your time is now!  Inspect, empower and challenge your fruit with this FREE, life changing eBook, “Got Fruit?”  This is not a reheated conversation about the fruit. Got Fruit? is a practical, relevant and inspiring application of the fruits of the spirit for powerful living.
 
Pages: 30
Cost: Free
 
 
 
Share and be blessed.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Read more...

 
 

 

--- Love and Relationships

Click Image to Open


 

--- Life Study

Bible Study for Doing Life

Click Image to Open

 

 

--- FaithPreneur

10 Week Devotional

Click Image to Open

 

 

--- Kingdom Commentary

Pastor Patrick

Click Image to Open

It’s An Inside Job

Haven’t you noticed that the biggest fights come from what you cannot control, what you cannot work out or what you cannot change — on your own.  When God is working on the inside, the outside is impossible to change, impossible to fix and impossible to control.
 
The power, the wisdom, the favor we desire, and should expect, is a result of God’s ability to mold and shape our faith through adversity, challenges and weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:10). When God is working on the inside, He’s preparing us to produce His fruit on the outside: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you” (John 15:16).
 
Obedience is not just about doing what’s right, obedience is about position. When God is positioning our thoughts, emotions or growing us out of our comfort zone, life shows up to make blind spots visible and to make us uncomfortable being comfortable where God is trying to grow us from.  God desires to give us the desires of our heart but our heart has to desire what is in God’s will, what is in God’s plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11), and that our faith is mature enough to handle.
 
The breakup, the let down, the struggle, the argument, the disappointment, the difficult choice, the hurt that cripples us, the relationship that nearly breaks us, the career that stalls, the job that quits us, the faith in wrong things all present a fight that will cause us to go deeper in Christ or go crazy in emotions. 
 
Haven’t you noticed the more it hurts, the harder it is to pray. The more afraid we are, the more angry we are, the more disbelieving we are, the harder it is to pray. The bible says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35).  Are you separated from God by the problem, is your obedience to the truth subject to what’s happening? Can you trust God, own your peace through confidence in what God said even when all hell is breaking loose, when you’re in the fiery furnace or the lion’s den? 
 
When God is working on the inside, the outside will tell us why.  Did you give up on your life because a season ended?  Did you trust the enemy and doubt God because the situation looked impossible, because doing what comes next was uncomfortable or because emotions overrode the wisdom of God (Proverbs 4:7)? God is saying, “A storm is the Situation That Overrides a Righteous Mind.” The only thing that can and will bring us back into position to be blessed is obedience to our truth — lining up our thoughts with the wisdom of God, our hope in Christ and God’s plans for our life (Psalm 23:4, 2 Corinthians 10:5).
 
If God is working on the inside, He’s not working on what’s going on outside.  He’s not trying to fix them, He’s working on you to be the light or the proof for them.  He’s not working on that job, that turn down, that failure or that rejection, that closed door or that wrong, God is working on the inside to keep what happens to us from destroying us — despite the assurance we have in Him that all things will work together for the good. 
 
God wants your obedience to His word. No matter how bad it hurts right now, no matter what emotions say, God desires our heart to tremble at the truth and not the situation: Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word” (Isaiah 66:2).
 
You’re not being punished, you’re being prepared. This is God’s power move.  God is proving that you were stronger than you thought you were.  He’s drawing you closer to unstoppable, fearless faith.  He’s building up your confidence, He’s making your path straight and He’s reminding you that, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.”  This is your setup for your divine come up.  Get in position, get in the truth, God is getting ready to turn your fire into your fruit.
 
Share and be blessed.
 
Pastor Patrick
 
 
 
 
Join us at FAITHHILL every sunday at 9:30am for bible teaching for powerful living.
 
 
 

Read more...

God Favors You

Walk in your favor! We’re not waiting on God, we’re waiting in Gods favor  — “Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12). This is the shift, this is the power that changes the outlook!
 
No matter what you’re going through, no matter what it looks like, favor has you protected. The enemy is after your perspective, the enemy wants you to believe that he’s winning but the favor of God already blocked it!
 
We can’t see favor but favor can see us.  We don’t have to see favor in order to know that favor will do what God said it would do. If God said it, that settles it: “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).
 
When all hell is breaking loose, when we feel like God’s forgotten about us, we have to shift out of our feelings and shift into favor: “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9, Hebrews 11:6). Favor is not a maybe, favor is your DIVINE promise that no matter what the enemy tries, you are protected, your family is protected, your peace is protected, your potential is protected!
 
What am I saying? It’s time for a mind shift — We’re not waiting on favor, we’re waiting in favor! You’re not waiting on a promise, you’re waiting in promise. You’re not waiting on a blessing, you are already blessed and highly favored.  Don’t let what you see, what you feel or what happened turn your heart against the favor of God. Favor does not put anything you need for your destiny in your history.
 
Favor says, they didn’t leave you, God removed them. Favor says, you didn’t lose, you were protected from winning what you didn’t need. Favor says, it’s not over, God is working all things together for your good! Favor says, I might  have been hit or hurt but I’m unstoppable. Favor says even though it looks impossible, confidence in God turns the impossible into possible (Matthew 19:26)!
 
Rise up. Put on the mind of favor.  When you walk in a favor mindset, you walk in the abundance of God, the wisdom of God, the power of God overflowing (2 Corinthians 9:8).  In other words, if God’s favor be for you, then who or what can be against you? (Romans 8:31).  Speak it, walk in it and tell the problem that you are blessed and highly favored!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Read more...

When Storms Come

If you’re like most of us, a storm can seem like all hell is breaking loose.  Winds of confusion can beat up against our faith, and problems can look like rivers overflowing the banks of our hope. A storm can come from any direction, and can occur on any day. 
 
The one thing we know about storms is that everybody will go through them (Matthew 5:45).  Every storm has clarity in it, a blessing in it and destiny power in it. The biggest problem we have in a storm is getting over the initial reaction.  We don’t have to pretend like we’re not hurt or that the storm feels good — hurt hurts real people and to hurt is human (2 Corinthians 4:17).
 
When a storm comes into our life, a storm is almost always necessary.  Storms bring clarity.  The disciples went through a storm with Jesus (Matthew 8:23-27), just like we will. They were with Jesus when the storm came, just like we are.  They were frightened by the storm, they got in their feelings and their feelings overrode their trust in Jesus. Sound familiar?
 
While the disciples were stressing, Jesus was sleeping (Matthew 8:24). Can you imagine what God is thinking about the storms that comes up against us? Are you able to see the storm as God sees it?  God sees, “No weapon formed against you will prosper.”
 
When the disciples woke Jesus to tell Him about the storm, Jesus said, “O you of little faith” (Matthew 8:26).  Here’s where the clarity comes in.  Jesus was not telling the disciples that they had a little amount of faith, He was telling them that they were not even using a small amount of the faith they have (Romans 12:3).  Every storm will give us clarity about the level of faith that we’re on, and the level of faith we’re on decides how “Furious” the storm looks.
 
There’s a blessing in the storm.  To get the blessing out of the storm, to see the mess turned into a miracle, we have move past the initial shock, awe and hurt to remember that the storm is not the threat, faith is the threat.  The bible says, “Be it, according to your faith” (Matthew 9:29).  Faith does not mean the absence of a storm, faith gives us power in and over the storm (Matthew 17:20, Hebrews 11:6).
 
Your storm is pushing you into your destiny.  A storm says, “It’s time to move, it’s time to go higher, it’s time to let go, it’s time to trust on a destiny level.  When destiny is growing us out of our comfort zone, it gets uncomfortable.  What is God growing you out of? What were you afraid of before the storm? What was holding your confidence back, your peace back, your love back before the storm?  The storm becomes a blessing when we understand its purpose.
 
This is not just a storm, this is a divine wind, this is a supernatural force that is pushing you to trust God on a whole new level. When Jesus rebuked the storm it immediately calmed. Jesus was not only speaking to the storm, He was speaking to the emotions of the disciples.  Before we can have peace on the outside, we have to calm the storm on the inside — through faith and confidence in Jesus.
 
Get your blessing out of the storm.  Your destiny is too important not to!
 
Be blessed!
 
 
 
 

Read more...

Hurt Hurts Real People

Have you or somebody you know been hurt or emotionally injured? If you haven’t, or you don’t know anyone who has, you’re one of the few. Many of us go through stuff, we get hit, life and people knock us down, and yes even Christians get overwhelmed.
 
A big part of our faith walk is learning how to deal with hurt. It is the most impactful, most difficult and one of the biggest challenges to our faith. Nobody is immune, pain does not have a respect of person and no amount of faith can prevent hurt (Matthew 5:45). This is perhaps why we just need to get this out on the table — in case there is any confusion: Hurt is called hurt because it hurts.
 
Despite the false claims that Christians have a magic hurt pill, the bible does not tell us that we are immune to hurt (2 Corinthians 4:17). All we have to do is go to the bible and God will show us that to hurt is human. The bible tells us that even the Holy Spirit Grieves (Ephesians 4:30), Jesus wept (John 11:33-36), Elijah, God’s world wind prophet, was so emotionally distraught that he asked God to take his life (1 Kings 19:4).
 
If we keep living, hurt will come down our street. We expected the right thing from the wrong person. We didn’t get what we wanted or we are seemingly being denied, hindered or blocked from what we need. They mistreated our love, our kindness or our goodness. They walked out without trying, without giving God a chance. They fired us without notice, without reason. If it wasn’t for bad breaks, it seems like you wouldn’t have any breaks at all. Life is piling up problems, breaks between the hell seem to be getting shorter. The kids are out of control, communication is breaking down with a spouse and the picture of family you hoped for seems impossible. We were not ready or prepared to lose a loved one.
 
What am I saying? It’s OK to have a breakdown but your destiny is too important to unpack and stay there. The beginning of healing from anything is truth. It’s not easy but following truth is the only way out of pain (Proverbs 4:7). Pain without truth is like a prison without a door.
 
But Pastor you just don’t understand. No, being a pastor, a minister, a volunteer or anything else does not make us immune to hurt of any kind. Gifts, ministries, talents or assignments don’t stop hurt. Humans hurt regardless of who they are or what they do. We don’t know what the Apostle Paul’s thorn was but we do know it hurt — and it hurt bad (1 Corinthians 12:7-9).
 
In our darkest hour, in our despair or distress, that’s when faith meets the road. That’s when, like the Apostle Paul, we meet grace. We don’t meet grace when we read about it, we meet grace when we cannot do anything about it — and we invite God to step in. Our emotions will war against our spiritual truth, and our weeping will endure for as long as emotions are winning (Romans 7:23).
 
Find your praise. Sometimes we have to start praising God before we feel better. Sometimes we have to stand in victory, talk like victors and expect like victors before we can see victory. Sometimes we have to commit our weakness to God and trade our weakness for His strength (Psalm 18:2). Walking out of pain is an inside job — pain does not stop because the problem is reversed, pain stops when we reverse the lies of the enemy: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
 
We need you to survive. We need you to recover and be restored. This is a chapter, a season, not a lifetime and we all need to see what God is going to do when you trust in Him to work all things together for your good. We need you to believe, your hope is light for us — if He did for you, He will do it for us (Revelations 12:11). Your breakthrough is going to break somebody out.
 
No matter what, if you don’t give up on you, your potential, your power or your promise, you win! If you let it, pain will grow you into the next version of you.  Cry if you have to, seek help if you need to, pray and walk. If you keep truth in your heart, you’re going to find out that you can walk with your heart in pieces and still be in peace. Look in the mirror with the hope of Jesus in your heart and keep reminding yourself that your destiny is worth it!
 
Be blessed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Read more...