during school I read a missionary biography about Helen Roosevelt “Give me this mountain” , an amazing story of a women who went against all odds to bring the Kingdom of God to Congo. Her story was inspiring and moving as she tells of the amazing hand of God upon her life and even through all she faced she still came to say
“…Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:27b
Helen wrote a paragraph that I felt related to times in my life and I know times to still come and I think I am safe to say, most followers of Christ will most likely go through the same..
“since then there had been a strange spiritual battle in my own heart. often an apparent darkness and loneliness hedged me in, yet always there was a complete and certainity of being in the center of His will; but often I lacked any consciousness of His presence and knew no burden in prayer but there was always a quiet confidence of being only a vessel. I had a growing hunger after him, a deep realization of the wonderful process of identification with Christ for the people I was trying to win to bring God glory..”Christ in you, the hope of glory”…make every act of service a manifestation of His love”
This allowed me to see that I am not the only one that at times feels distanced from God, from His presence and from His warmth…but it brings me hope to see that as we accept that Christ dwells within us through His Holy Spirit then we have the hope of His glory-shinning through us, within us and bringing the King the glory He deserves even through the times we may not feel the brightest…be reminded that Christ is in you and with that there can be no darkness
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
It is so beautiful to read His truths and promises, even the ones that are somtimes harder to accept such as facing trials and hardtimes (James 1) but have this hope
“I have told you these things to keep you from giving up” John 16:1
Whatever you may be facing, be reminded that Christ has already declared, God has already shown us what lies ahead, allow Him to equip you and remain in Him
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4
Looking back at Helen’s wonderful story and testimony of the power of the Lord, may you be reminded of the faith that you stand for, allow the Lord to build you a strong foundation-and even through troubled times-be reminded of the hope you have in Him and always remain in Him. Let Him deliver you from any mountains that seem to tough to climb-because through Him you have it all-whatever seems to hard to overcome, you already have victory over it. Thank you Lord.