"Bridging the Gap Between the Church and the Sexually Broken"
Greetings!The biggest joy of working in ministry is seeing the Lord touch many hearts to set people free from addictions and heal hearts from trauma. One of the most awe inspiring aspects of working in ministry is meeting trophies of grace, men and women who are walking with the Lord through incredible ongoing hardships and challenges. It is amazing to see the faith of those who choose to remain faithful to God even though the move of God they have been praying for through many years of tears has not yet come. Many of the participants at Reconciliation Ministries have inspired me in my own walk to remain faithful to the Lord in the valleys of life.Through the years, one of the newsletter articles that we have received the most positive feedback on first ran in November of 2006. The article was called "Hope Deferred". It addresses the faithfulness of God to carry us through the storms of life and teach us to rest in His arms. Currently, it seems like many people I know are going through incredible difficulties and challenges. I have decided to rerun the article in this month's newsletter in the hopes of providing strength and encouragement to those of you who find yourselves loosing hope in the valleys.In Christ,Dan Hitz, Director
Reconciliation Ministries of Michigan, Inc.
Hope Deferred - Dan Hitz
This article first appeared in a Reconciliation Ministries of Michigan newsletter article in November of 2006. We have received much positive feedback about the article over the years and are republishing it in the hopes that it will be a blessing to you.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
The Lord has been speaking to me lately about "hope deferred" and "hope displaced". As Proverbs points out, "hope deferred makes the heart sick". Hope displaced seems to make us remain on a never ending roller coaster ride from hopeful to hopelessness. It can even progress into anger at God and others. According to Strong's Bible Dictionary, deferred means to "delay" or "draw out". That implies that the thing hoped for is probable and will eventually come to pass. God's promises are true, but His timetable is rarely ours. Hebrews 11:1 reads, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." We can be sure of what we hope for even when it remains unseen if God, Himself, promises it to us. Hope is displaced when we assume that God will do something for us merely because He has done it for others. We can be full of hope and excitement one minute when it looks like our desires will be fulfilled, and emotionally dashed on the rocks the next as we realize that little is changed or that the situation has gotten worse.
In the middle of all of this, one thing is true... God will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). In the middle of our worst trials, we can hold onto God's promise that He will always be there for us - even when He remains unseen and unfelt. That promise is sure. Hope displaced can crush us if we expect God to stop the trial immediately and fix the situation. Our hearts can leap for joy as we see a small crack in the clouds above, then sink to our stomachs as darker clouds move in. If we expected God to end the storm, He appears to have failed us. If we expect God to remain with us in the storm, He has kept His promise to never leave us.
To be sure, God is in the business of performing miracles. We have all experienced them. Had it not been for a miracle of transformation, I would not be running this ministry. Had it not been for a miracle of healing, some of you reading this newsletter would not be alive. But God sometimes has deeper miracles in mind then our immediate comfort and freedom. Sometimes He wants to carry us through the storm so we can learn to lean upon Him. Sometimes he wants to empower us to walk through the storm with Him. Sometimes, He wants to give us authority over the storm so that what once debilitated us becomes defeated by our lives through His power and might.
Church of the Living Water, Reconciliation Ministries, and other ministries are working together to present a seminar on overcoming homosexuality this July in Detroit. Participants will learn about Biblical sexuality, the building blocks of homosexuality, and practical steps to overcoming unwanted same-sex attraction. Personal ministry will be offered in a supportive environment. Go to www.speakingtruthinlove.net for more information.
Reconciliation Ministries will be hosting Andrew Comiskey, founder of Desert Stream Ministries and the creator of the Living Waters program, for a "Fighting for Our Best" conference on Saturday, August 10th at Christ Community Church in Roseville.
We have a Father who fights for our best - for our wholeness, our creativity, our dignity as sexual and relational beings. Though we live in a world intent on conforming us to less, we can count on His more for our lives. We can also learn to fight for the dignity of those we love most. How we can best love family and friends will be explored in our gathering. We will feature expert teachers who will do workshops on specific issues. Jo1in with Andrew Comiskey for this important one-day conference. Other teachers will join with Desert Stream staff and Living Waters leaders. There will be general teaching sessions, worship, healing prayer and workshops. For more information click here.
Volume 9 - Issue 6
In This Issue Hope Deferred Love Broke the Chains Conference with Andrew Comiskey Upcoming Events Counseling Services Financial Needs
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Reconciliation Ministries offers Biblically based licensed professional counseling and prayer ministry. We specialize in men's sexual issues, relationship difficulties, and childhood sexual abuse recovery.
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