“Do you want to be healed?” John 5:6

We all go through times of discouragement, and maybe even of despair. But to live in that place, refusing to be comforted, is to deny the victory and hope Jesus Christ offers His people…victory He won through the cross. We can choose to stake ourselves to depression, despair and discouragement. Some do. For many years, I did too. As believers, we don’t have to. Jesus came to give us life, and life abundant. The fruits of the Spirit are ours for the taking; they’re part of our inheritance. We CAN live with love, joy, peace, and all the rest of the fruits of the Spirit. We might have to reach out and take these things. We might have to fight for them. But they are ours. Jesus placed them within our reach.

I had to get to the place where I was willing to endure the suffering that change took. I figured I was suffering anyway, so why not suffer on a journey to wholeness instead of suffering with no end in sight. It’s easy to believe the lie that if we’ve tried and failed to take hold of joy, that it just isn’t possible FOR ME. But all things are possible for those of us in Christ Jesus. (Mark 9:23) It is for freedom that Christ set us free! (Gal. 5:1) Past defeat does not guarantee future failure! We might stumble and fall along the way, but even as we do, we’re learning to walk. Just like a toddler learning to walk, we’ll get a little further the next time we try. Until finally, one day, we’re walking!

May the joy of the Lord be your strength today,

Arlene

““The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3

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