Psalm 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me: your mercies endure forever: forsake not the works of your own hands.
God has not forgotten you my friend, he has not given up, he is simply perfecting that which concerns you!! He is working away to bring you into total freedom, not just liberty from your suffering which were caused by the hurts you went through but the many abuses of your past.
His mercy endures forever, it didn't run out when you were hurt, it still prevails and is keeping you alive so that his divine purpose can be seen on the day of your release.
He will perfect everything concerning you, your body which was broken, (did he not do the same for his own Son Jesus) your voice which has been imprisoned, your mind which has been in turmoil, he will perfect everything, he will not neglect any part of your being; he will make you whole!!
God will not forsake you, you are the work of his hands, you were fearfully and wonderfully made, your substance is not hidden from him... Psalm 139 verses 14-16. Best of all you are His!!
Ask yourself; could you forget your own child? Could you neglect him when he was in need, if he took ill would you not turn the world upside down to bring him health? How much more then will your heavenly Father bring you complete restoration and health, ‘how much more will he give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:11
God is not your enemy, he is your friend, one that sticks closer than a brother, Proverbs 18:24, he is for you and not against you, so begin to say thank you for the life that you now live for it is better than the grave, thank him for the breath you breath and then use that breath to give thanks for each new day.
Thank God for the sense of being despised and rejected for you have simply drank from the cup that Christ drank from; (Matthew 20:22)
Thank him for pain for it reminds you of the agony he suffered on the cross; thank him for the grief and sorrow that has touched your life for in them you have tasted the cost of your salvation.
Thank God for the feeling of being stricken and smitten of God for now you can see that it was God who struck down his own Son; for you!!
Thank God for the wounds and the bruises you carry as they are a reminder that Christ was wounded and bruised for your sin, not his own.
Give thanks that Christ was chastised on your behalf so that you could have peace, as for the stripes you bear let them be a constant reminder of the cost of your healing.
Thank God that while like a sheep you went astray the Lord laid on Christ your iniquity.
Give thanks that your heavenly Father oppressed and afflicted his Son, that he brought him as a lamb to the slaughter, that he took him from prison and from judgement, that he cut him off from the land of the living and that it pleased Him to bruise Christ and put him to grief for your sake and mine...
What ever wounds you carry whatever the source of your pain turn them into a source of thanksgiving to you for they are a reminder, a real reminder that Christ loved you enough to die for you, that he came to make it possible for you to live an abundant life and that he bare our sins in his own body on the cross and by his stripes we were healed... (1Peter 2:24)
Let me echo the words of Paul when he said; ' giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father' Ephesians 5:20.
Can it be he was reminding us of Calvary's pain and its ultimate victory? When he wrote;
' Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds' Hebrews 12:2-3
This is not the time to be weary and faint in your minds, it’s a time to remember the whole plan of God, to remain steadfast for there is a joy set before you, a better tomorrow; so endure, for one day you will all sit at your Fathers side and sing, free at last, praise God free at last....
David Robinson (c)
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