How God works on our behalf, even in our darkest times
Charles Spurgeon once said, when he was in a deep state of anguish and depression: “There are dungeons beneath the castle of despair.”
Someone once said that the strongest believers are tested with the hardest battles.
Some of you who listen to the Thriving on Purpose Podcast may be in a difficult place right now. In fact, I know that some of you are in a dark place right now.
Today, we want to be a source of encouragement for those of you who may be going through a dark time.
If you are presently in a dark place where God seems to have disappeared.
If you are presently in a dark place where no light seems to penetrate the thick darkness and all seems lost.
If you have lost sight of hope, and you feel like you are beneath the castle of despair, in a dark dungeon… Dear friend, this podcast, is for you.
Are you ready? Let’s dig deeper… unless you are already in a hole. If that’s the case, stop digging and just listen.
In this Episode You Will:
Understand how everyone, even well known Bible heroes, struggled in dark times.
Get the meaning behind St-John of the Cross ‘Dark Night of The Soul poem’.
Learn about the fantastic things your body does while you sleep.
Understand how dark times can become the richest times.
Get vivid illustrations of what God does in darkness and how He bestows His hidden treasures to us during those times.
“And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness— secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” ~ Isaiah 45:3 (NLT)
“There are dungeons beneath the castle of despair.” – Charles Spurgeon
“As hard as going through the valley of the shadow of death may be, it is only in that dark place that we can obtain those treasures of darkness.”
“The strongest believers are tested with the hardest battles.”
“Keep in mind, diamonds and gold and precious stones are found in the deep and dark recesses of mines – in darkness.”
“It is when the night is darkest that the stars shine the brightest.”
“God does some of His best work in darkness. God, as one author put it, works the night shift.”
“When you find yourself in darkness, God is preparing to birth something amazing in you and from you!”
“When you find yourself in darkness, you are being made to sprout, and grow, and bring forth much fruit.”
“While our Lord was in the belly of the earth… in darkness… God was working His greatest miracle.”
“These treasures of darkness will be the ones that turn your mess into a message, your misery into a ministry, and your test into a testimony.”
“It is always darkest just before the dawn.”
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
“Never doubt in the DARK what God told you in the LIGHT.”
– V. Raymond Edman
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God Works the Night Shift: Acts of Love Your Father Performs Even While You Sleep, Ron Mehl
By Saint John of the Cross / Whitaker HouseWhy does God allow us to fall into an empty void? Does He not love us? Will He not help us? How do we deal with feeling abandoned in hopeless darkness? Written while imprisoned, St. John of the Cross, a 16th century monk from Spain, composed this spiritual masterpiece. In Dark Night of the Soul, he takes readers on a deeply spiritual journey through hardships and temptations to complete union with God. In a step-by-step process, he shows how God can use this “dark night” to eventually bring our human spirits into greater illumination, revealing heavenly wisdom and the passion of divine love.
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS (1542 1591), born Juan de Yepes Alvarez, was a Spanish mystic, Catholic saint, Carmelite friar and priest, from Fontiveros, Old Castile. A reformer of the Carmelite order, St. John of the Cross urged them to return to a life of prayer. He is considered, along with St. Teresa of Avila, as a founder of the Discalced Carmelites, men and women who dedicated themselves to a life of prayer. He is also known for writing Ascent of Mount Carmel and A Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom Christ. His works are highly regarded and widely studied by the church today.
Something to put on your wall to remind you that:
Framed Scriptures to give strength and courage on life’s journey, arranged in designer collage format and set in classic dark frame, 7″ x 7″.
At the center is the subject of all the featured Bible verses; embellished with small cross inset.
You Are.. One of a kind. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14; God’s own. See how much the Father loves us, for He calls us his children. 1 John 3:1; Brave. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10; Strong. The joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10; Special. You are in the palm of His hands. Isaiah 49:16. Blessed. God’s blessing is upon you. Acts [4:33]b; Loved. I have loved you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3; Favored. God, who began a good work in you, will complete it. Philippians 1:6
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