Broken, dry, left behind, misunderstood, empty, lost and hopeless. Oh, these feelings are far too real and constant.
Will they ever end?
You tell yourself that you just don’t see a way. You’ve been standing on dry land for so long that you don’t even know how you got there.
Somewhere along the way, your faith has shipwrecked. The light that was guiding you has been covered by the storm that rages inside. Maybe the storm is a blanket of nothing.
Will the storm end?
Maybe you just want to feel something. Or Nothing.
To believe in something. Anything.
Will you recover from your shipwrecked faith?
You may be shipwrecked but you are not lost. Through your eyes, you may believe that you are so far removed from enjoying any goodness that life offers, but you are not.
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Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. – Acts 3:19
You may be asking how you got to where you are. Maybe you are questioning if you ever had faith, to begin with.
Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. – 1 Timothy 1:19
Don’t look back. The past is the past. It’s done and it can’t be changed. You can learn valuable lessons and gain wisdom but you can’t live there. That’s the place the enemy wants you to live so that you continue to live in guilt and shame. It’s a vicious cycle that you continue to blame yourself and not forgive yourself of the past.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. – Isaish 43:18
Your present can change your future.
In your present, you can experience life, hope, forgiveness, love, and redemption. There is a purpose and a plan to bring you out of your shipwrecked life to give you hope and a future that is safe, beneficial, and prosperous. It takes one decision to decide if you want to stay shipwrecked or if you want a life that will be full of goodness in every area of your life. It won’t be easy and in fact, there will be hard times but the peace and love that Jesus gives on the journey make all the trials worth it. It will be a faith-filled life worth living. You will live set free in the storms because you are anchored to your faith in Jesus. Chains holding you back will be crushed, ripped apart, and broken. New desires, passions, hope, and love will emerge and set you on fire.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah 43:19
There is absolutely nothing in your past that Jesus hasn’t already overcome.
There is absolutely nothing keeping you from Him, except you.
One step into faith is all it takes. Just ask Jesus to show you how and He will.
The day you decide to stop looking to your past, is the day you will redeem your faith.
It’s something you have to try and experience yourself to know.
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