darkest hour

When Jesus learned of the death of his cousin, John the Baptist, it was no doubt one of the darkest hours of His life. Saddened by the bad news, Jesus departed from the crowd to a deserted place by Himself to pray. But the people from the cities had needs, so they followed Him on foot. Jesus performed many miracles that day, but now, He sought to be alone that He might mourn for His cousin, John. But when He looked into the eyes of the poverty-stricken people, He felt compassion for them. Seeing their need, Jesus sat on the side of the mountain and taught the people about the kingdom of heaven and God’s love. And when He had taught them, He healed them.

Compassion Prompts Miracles

As evening approached, the people grew hungry. Jesus’ disciples asked Him to send them away before nightfall that they might go into the surrounding villages to buy food. But Jesus urged His disciples not to send them away, but instead, they should feed them. But His disciples told Him that the only food they had was a young boy’s lunch, which consisted of five barley loaves and two fish. Jesus told them to bring the fish and the bread to Him and make the people sit down on the grass. Then He took the loaves and the fish, and when He had given thanks, He broke the loaves and the fish and distributed them among His disciples, and they likewise, to the people.

After Jesus fed the people, He sent them home. Feeding five thousand people was miraculous. But Jesus did something even more amazing. He placed the people’s needs above His own. Even in His darkest hour, Jesus had compassion for the people. He recognized that they were in a dark hour, so He fed them.

God's love shines through your darkness

Even in gross darkness, the light of God’s love shines through. I am not a stranger to trouble, having experienced a few dark days of my own. Having been addicted to the hideous drug, crack cocaine, I lived in darkness for twelve years. I have experienced hunger, but God sent someone to feed me. I have been homeless, but I never slept on the street. God’s love always delivered me.

The Lord Sees You

Upon meeting all the people’s needs, Jesus sent His disciples to Bethsaida, which is on the other side of the lake. Then He went up the mountain alone to pray. Jesus was as much God as He was a man. Nevertheless, He submitted Himself wholly to His Father. Jesus understood the power of prayer, and He relied on His Father for everything.

It was already dark when His disciples got into the boat to make the ten-mile trip to the other side of the lake. Jesus looked down from the mountain from where He prayed and saw His disciples struggling to row against the wind. Mark’s gospel says, “…about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea…” (Mark 6:48). The fourth watch of the night is between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.; it is the darkest time of a day’s cycle; it is just before the sun breaks the horizon. The disciples had been rowing their boat since dark, but they had only traveled about three or four miles (John 6:19).

When they saw Jesus walking on the sea, all of the disciples were afraid. But Peter, wanting to be sure that it was the Lord, said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus” (Matthew 14:28-29).

If you have been in a desperate situation, and it seemed you were making two steps forward and one step backward, you know that’s the time to look for God. He will always show up to deliver you in your darkest hour.

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

The Scriptures say, if you trust God, He will keep you in perfect peace when your mind stays on Him (Isaiah 26:3). For a moment, Peter’s faith in Jesus sustained him on the water. For that moment, he was in perfect peace because he trusted in the Lord. His mind was on Jesus and not on the waves. However, Peter allowed the wind to rob him of his peace. When he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. But the Lord is faithful, even when we are not. Notice that when Peter began to sink, Jesus immediately stretched out His hand and caught him.

The disciples were in their darkest hour. They had been rowing for hours, and their hope was failing. In their darkest hour, the Scriptures said, Jesus came to them, and He would have passed them by. When I read this, I thought it strange that “the Lord would have passed them by” (Mark 6:48). But the Holy Spirit reminded me of how the Lord came to me in the darkest hour of my addiction. Then I realized that He would have passed me by too, but like Peter, I called out to Him, and just when I was about to sink, the Lord grabbed me and pulled me to safety. Then He entered my small world—my boat—and immediately, we were at the other side of my addiction.

The Lord Knows You Are Struggling

You might be struggling to overcome drug addiction. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to call on the Lord. Trouble won’t last always. He knows that you are struggling. He sees the storms of life bearing down on you. Without God’s help, you are destined to fail. How long will you look for your freedom in other places? “The Scriptures say, “Salvation belongs to the Lord.” (Psalm 3:8). Salvation is much more than being saved from the eternal flames of hell. Only God can give the wholeness and completeness of Salvation.

To a drug-addicted person, trying to turn away from addiction is the equivalent of Peter stepping out of the safety of his boat to walk on water. Peter knew it was impossible to walk on water.

People who are addicted know it is impossible to live addiction-free without help. With no knowledge of God or the fundamentals of faith, most drug addicts will seek other sources of help. While it may be impossible to walk on water, it is possible to temporarily stay afloat with the help of a flotation device such as a life jacket. Likewise, without divine help, it is impossible to be completely free of drug addiction.

God is Always Near

God’s love is beyond comprehension. God does not force His love on anyone. God is always near, but He comes even nearer when we invite Him into our troubles. The Scriptures say, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8). God is a loving Father who knows when you have reached the end of your capabilities. In your darkest hour, call out to God, and remember, “…God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear, but with the temptation, He will make the way of escape.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

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Willing To Recover From Emotional/Psychological Trauma?
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Emotional trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world; it can leave you struggling with memories and anxiety that won’t go away.
Emotional/psychological trauma could be caused by accident, injury, an unexpected violent attack, living in a neighboring known for crime, battling a life threatening illness; it could also be as a result of experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, loneliness, and addiction. It could also be caused by the sudden death of a loved one or deeply disappointing experience.

What are the symptoms of trauma?
*Anxiety and panic attacks; anger and irritability
*Fear, emotional numbing,depression and confusion
*Racing heart beats, mood swings, muscle tension and agitation
*Shame, guilt, feelings of sadness and hopelessness
*Fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, withdrawing from people.
*Ache and pains, obsessions and feeling of being overwhelmed.

What do you do to recover from emotional trauma?
1. Don’t isolate: Make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone
2. You don’t have to talk about the trauma all the time
3. Participate in social activities.
4. Join a support group for trauma survivors: connecting with them help reduce the sense of isolation; and hearing how others cope could help in your own recovery.
5. Volunteer to help others: In fact, this is a great way to challenge the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by helping others.
6. Make new friends if you live far away from family and friends; and avoid toxic people.
7. Self regulate your nervous system: No matter how agitated, nervous, or out of control you feel; it’s important you know that you can calm yourself.
8. Take care of your health
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms, and increase feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
11. Eat a well balanced diet to keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
12. Reduce stress by relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and schedule time for activities that bring joy to you such as your favorite hobbies.
13. Forgive all hurts and forget the past as this can also worsen the symptoms.

Recovery from trauma takes time, and everyone heals differently. So, avoid being negative or hard on yourself.

Beyond all the tips mentioned above, is the power of God to heal your broken heart and mend your broken life in Jesus’ name.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
But, for you to be healed with His stripes, you need to be reconciled with Him.
Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; and you can only be reconciled to God if you believe in Jesus; in what He accomplished on your behalf. What did He do? He, being the Son of God and the Mediator between you and God, paid the price of your iniquities(sin) by leaving His abode in Heaven, became flesh, at the appointed time, He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried; but He rose on the third day granting victory to whoever believes in Him. He was sinless but He tasted death for you and me. He paid the ultimate price to grant us access to the Father and to His Kingdom because no one can access the Father without Him.
He says : “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
We can’t access God’s Kingdom with good works, morals and religious activities alone; they are not enough to save your soul and reconcile you with your Maker, because it is written: “For all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
So, you simply need to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and be saved
“Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Talk to Him and He will heal you.
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Willing To Recover From Emotional/Psychological Trauma?
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Emotional trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world; it can leave you struggling with memories and anxiety that won’t go away.
Emotional/psychological trauma could be caused by accident, injury, an unexpected violent attack, living in a neighboring known for crime, battling a life threatening illness; it could also be as a result of experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, loneliness, and addiction. It could also be caused by the sudden death of a loved one or deeply disappointing experience.

What are the symptoms of trauma?
*Anxiety and panic attacks; anger and irritability
*Fear, emotional numbing,depression and confusion
*Racing heart beats, mood swings, muscle tension and agitation
*Shame, guilt, feelings of sadness and hopelessness
*Fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, withdrawing from people.
*Ache and pains, obsessions and feeling of being overwhelmed.

What do you do to recover from emotional trauma?
1. Don’t isolate: Make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone
2. You don’t have to talk about the trauma all the time
3. Participate in social activities.
4. Join a support group for trauma survivors: connecting with them help reduce the sense of isolation; and hearing how others cope could help in your own recovery.
5. Volunteer to help others: In fact, this is a great way to challenge the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by helping others.
6. Make new friends if you live far away from family and friends; and avoid toxic people.
7. Self regulate your nervous system: No matter how agitated, nervous, or out of control you feel; it’s important you know that you can calm yourself.
8. Take care of your health
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms, and increase feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
11. Eat a well balanced diet to keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
12. Reduce stress by relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and schedule time for activities that bring joy to you such as your favorite hobbies.
13. Forgive all hurts and forget the past as this can also worsen the symptoms.

Recovery from trauma takes time, and everyone heals differently. So, avoid being negative or hard on yourself.

Beyond all the tips mentioned above, is the power of God to heal your broken heart and mend your broken life in Jesus’ name.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
But, for you to be healed with His stripes, you need to be reconciled with Him.
Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; and you can only be reconciled to God if you believe in Jesus; in what He accomplished on your behalf. What did He do? He, being the Son of God and the Mediator between you and God, paid the price of your iniquities(sin) by leaving His abode in Heaven, became flesh, at the appointed time, He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried; but He rose on the third day granting victory to whoever believes in Him. He was sinless but He tasted death for you and me. He paid the ultimate price to grant us access to the Father and to His Kingdom because no one can access the Father without Him.
He says : “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
We can’t access God’s Kingdom with good works, morals and religious activities alone; they are not enough to save your soul and reconcile you with your Maker, because it is written: “For all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
So, you simply need to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and be saved
“Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Talk to Him and He will heal you.
See MoreSee Less

Willing To Recover From Emotional/Psychological Trauma?
Read this👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽 

Emotional trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world; it can leave you struggling with memories and anxiety that won’t go away. 
Emotional/psychological trauma could be caused by accident, injury, an unexpected violent attack, living in a neighboring known for crime, battling a life threatening illness; it could also be as a result of experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, loneliness, and addiction. It could also be caused by the sudden death of a loved one or deeply disappointing experience.

What are the symptoms of trauma?
*Anxiety and panic attacks; anger and irritability 
*Fear, emotional numbing,depression and confusion 
*Racing heart beats, mood swings, muscle tension and agitation 
*Shame, guilt, feelings of sadness and hopelessness 
*Fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, withdrawing from people.
*Ache and pains, obsessions and feeling of being overwhelmed.

What do you do to recover from emotional trauma?
1. Don’t isolate: Make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone
2. You don’t have to talk about the trauma all the time
3. Participate in social activities.
4. Join a support group for trauma survivors: connecting with them help reduce the sense of isolation; and hearing how others cope could help in your own recovery.
5. Volunteer to help others: In fact, this is a great way to challenge the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by helping others.
6. Make new friends if you live far away from family and friends; and avoid toxic people.
7. Self regulate your nervous system: No matter how agitated, nervous, or out of control you feel; it’s important you know that you can calm yourself. 
8. Take care of your health 
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms, and increase feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
11. Eat a well balanced diet to keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
12. Reduce stress by relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and schedule time for activities that bring joy to you such as your favorite hobbies.
13. Forgive all hurts and forget the past as this can also worsen the symptoms.

Recovery from trauma takes time, and everyone heals differently. So, avoid being negative or hard on yourself.

Beyond all the tips mentioned above, is the power of God to heal your broken heart and mend your broken life in Jesus’ name.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
But, for you to be healed with His stripes, you need to be reconciled with Him. 
Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; and you can only be reconciled to God if you believe in Jesus; in what He accomplished on your behalf. What did He do? He, being the Son of God and the Mediator between you and God, paid the price of your iniquities(sin) by leaving His abode in Heaven, became flesh, at the appointed time, He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried; but He rose on the third day granting victory to whoever believes in Him. He was sinless but He tasted death for you and me. He paid the ultimate price to grant us access to the Father and to His Kingdom because no one can access the Father without Him.
He says : “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
We can’t access God’s Kingdom with good works, morals and religious activities alone; they are not enough to save your soul and reconcile you with your Maker, because it is written: “For all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
So, you simply need to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and be saved
“Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Talk to Him and He will heal you.
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By Eric Dunbar

I am the founder of Believing Faith Blog and the author of the book "Believing Faith Speaks." Once addicted to the heinous drug, crack cocaine, I was delivered by the power of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Believing Faith is my Online Ministry, through which I take the opportunity to spread the good news of the Gospel of Christ. It gives me great pleasure to help other believers to activate, feed, exercise, and speak faith. because believing faith speaks. 2 Corinthians 4:13

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