Please allow me to be a signpost to the greatest counsellor the world has ever known, the Holy Spirit...
He is the other comforter, the 'Paraclete' who is always near, the counsellor, the peace bringer, the anointing that destroys the yolk; he is the Spirit of Christ who dwells in you.
Now hear what the Spirit of the Lord would say to you this morning;
I opened my bible asking for a word for you and here it is, itís for you if you are at the end of your own strength and despair is creeping in to rob you of your joy and your peace.
Isaiah 43:1 But now, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: "Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've called your name. You're mine. V.2 when you're in over your head, I'll be there with you. When you're in rough waters, you will not go down. When you're between a rock and a hard place, it won't be a dead end-- v.3 because I am GOD, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, and youíre Saviour. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! V.4 thatís how much you mean to me! That's how much I love you! I'd sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.
'So don't be afraid: I'm with you' Isaiah 43:5 (The message)
Listen; When you're in over your head, God has promised that he is with you. No matter how rough the waters, you will not go down. Even when you're between a rock and a hard place, it won't be a dead end!!
There is one great way out and that's to trust the Lord, listen; you can walk away from memories that hurt you or you live in the wreckage and the pain they still brings. You donít need to spend years on a physiatrists couch; a few moments spent in the presence of the great physician will heal all your brokenness and pain.
Listen; God would indeed sell the whole world for you, did he not trade his whole life for you? Thatís how much he loves you, that's the depth of his divine, unchanging love for you
You are bought with a great price, you are eternally loved....
This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves, Isaiah 43:16
íForget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. Isaiah 43:18 -19
Listen; has God not said that 'he will make a way where there is no way' Has he not formed you for himself so that you should show forth his praise? V.21 has he not declared that 'he will pour water on him that is thirsty and floods upon the dry ground' Isaiah; 44:3
Ask for a restoration of redeeming love for those who offended you, allow Calvary love to be shed abroad in your heart, the same Christ like love that has enabled you to keep going through great trials and great pain.
Forgive and love your enemies and you will have done what was asked of you by the Lord.
Forgive for great will be the reward for your faithfulness, you are a pearl of great price, a lost coin that God came to find and to save, you are 'Fathers' joy and delight, and precious in his sight.
Rise up for the potter is finishing his finest work, go watch his handiwork, see the outcome of his patient labours, and be still at this time.
Be still now for the Lord he is God; hush now, for he is about to sign his masterpiece, YOU!!