Friday, September 25, 2015


This morning as I sat in the coffee shop many thoughts went through my mind. Many of you may not know this but I am a pastor and I also lead a discipleship ministry called Off the Wall Ministry. And this morning I was thinking about all the recent conversations I have had with both students at the ministry and people in the church. As I recalled many of the conversations I was struck by the difficulty of life, how so many people are facing really hard situations. But what really struck me was the realization that there was only one thing I could do to really help, and that was to point them to God and His word.

You see I know in my head that it is only God who can make a difference in matters of the heart, in overcoming sin, and in not living defeated. But for some odd reason that truth was clearer than ever before this morning. As I recall the stories, I found myself praying that God would do that which only He can do; I found myself asking for a miracle. There was nothing I could do to really make a difference other than to cry out to the God of all of creation to intervene. 

And as I thought about my own life and my own struggles, I was also reminded that only when I cry out for God’s intervention can I have victory in any and all life. If I am to overcome sin, or if I am to defeat the lies of Satan, or if I am to not live beaten down, I need God. Only when I ask God for His help can I be the man God has called me to be. God used the stories of others to remind me of my incredible and ongoing need for a Savior, a Redeemer, and an Awesome God.

So today if you feel like your life is hopeless or you feel overwhelmed, or you just feel empty, cry out to God and let God do what only God can do. Let God bring you Hope. As King David states in Psalm 43:5
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God. 

So cry out to God; He will help you.