Beloved, I know what it's like to feel all alone. To feel like you have no one; to feel unloved, abandoned, and unwanted. To feel like you have no place.
But beloved, I feel like Papa God wanted me to tell you today that you are not alone. You are not forsaken. And you are not empty, desolate, or without hope.
I know things have been hard. Papa knows things have been hard. But you're still here. The enemy has done his best to take you out, but he has failed. This is key. Nothing the enemy has tried to do has succeeded in taking you out.
You're still hanging on. And even though these things were not from God–many things may have been done to you at the hands of sinful people, making sinful choices–Papa has been with you all the way.
And He's still with you. The passage of Scripture He put on my heart for you this morning is Psalm 27:5:
For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.”
You've been going through a severe time of trouble.
But you know what? It's in that time of trouble that He hides you in His pavilion–in His royal shelter. It's in that time of trouble that He covers you with His kingly robes and stands between you and your enemies, and they have to contend with HIM. It's in this time of trouble that God takes advantage of people's sinful choices and helps you slay that giant, so He can promote you.
Our God works all things out for your good, for you love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
And beloved, you are NOT rejected.
Our Heavenly Father is the Father to the fatherless, the Defender of the widows, the Protector of the orphans. He is your Ever-present Help in time of trouble. And if you have given your life to Christ Jesus, then Papa has promised that He will never leave you nor forsake you.
In Christ, you are Father's beloved child. You are accepted in Jesus. You are not rejected. Papa has not abandoned you.
And you are not forsaken.
Beloved, even though you may feel alone right now, you are NOT alone. Papa is with you. The Holy Spirit dwells within you. And He has not left you to fare for yourself. He has not abandoned you.
Instead, He is fighting for you this very moment. It doesn't matter if you cannot fight for yourself right now.
It's when you are your most vulnerable that He is most aggressive on your behalf. YOU just snuggle up to Him, and He will take care of you. He's working on your behalf right now, and I feel led to tell you that you will soon see the results.
And finally, you are not desolate.
According to Dictionary.com, “desolate” means “barren or laid waste; devastated … deserted; uninhabited; solitary; lonely; having the feeling of being abandoned by friends or by hope; forlorn…” And beloved, Papa wants you to know today that you are NOT empty. You have not been devastated. You are not alone.
You may feel like you are, but appearances are deceiving. Faith means you trust what God's written Word says–not what you see on the outside. And Papa God wants you to trust Him right now, and seek Him, because He is your Comforter. He is your Companion. He is your Friend that sticks closer than a brother.
And furthermore, your dreams have not died. You are not empty of promise. You are not empty of hope.
So beloved, stir up the gift that is in you. Stir up the Holy Spirit inside you. Revive your heart and your courage by seeking God. He is working on your behalf right now. He is with you, and He will see you through.
Pray this with me:
“Papa God, in Jesus' name, I come before you and I thank You that Your Word says You are with me and in me right now. Father God, please comfort me. Show Yourself to me as my Glory and the Lifter of my head–the Restorer of my place of authority.
Papa God, please help me today. Strengthen me. Revive me according to Your Word. Show Yourself to me as my Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Take care of me, Papa God, for I cannot take care of myself. Help me in every way. Help me to seek You with all my heart and trust You to take care of me in all things.
Papa God, please provide for my needs today. Defend me. Protect me. Help me to sense Your presence and affections, and work all things out for my good. Please show me the answers to this prayer, and I'll give You all the praise.
Thank You, Father. In Jesus' name, amen.”
Have you been feeling forsaken, lonely, or desolate? Did the Holy Spirit touch your heart with this word? If so, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!