"If God can accomplish His purposes in this world through a broken heart, then why not thank Him for breaking yours?" - Oswald Chambers
This is a bold claim, and it comes from a place of bold self-abandonment and surrender.
When you get to a place where you elevate the will of God over your personal satisfaction and contentment, you know true fellowship with God.
Once we're grounded on a strong and established truth in Christ, total surrender to this great and glorious God seems no longer far-fetched, but a natural expression of love.
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
In Christ, we are no longer our own. We were bought with a price and have been adopted into something bigger than ourselves.
It's through doorways of brokenness that God opens up opportunities of communion with Him.
Don't lose hope at the first grip of pain, and don't lose yourself wandering down the long road of self-pity. This does nothing to draw yourself into intimacy with Christ or share His love with the world. In fact, it hinders His redemptive purposes, and throws a barricade up in your relationship with Him.
See God for who He is; see His power, love, glory and goodness. See the hand reaching out to you amid your pain beckoning you to stand up, dust off, and enter into fellowship with the sovereign Lord of the universe who loves you wildly.
Don't forget to join us at MidWeek tonight at 6:30 PM! We'll see you there! And don't forget about Baptism at Sycamore Flats next Wednesday. If you're interested in being baptized, call the church office at (828)884-5932!