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But God!

Written By: Dana Hoebek

…But God!

Feeling hopeless, depressed and that the situation is unredeemable. Nothing can fix it and you’re out of options….

A medical diagnosis

A personal loss        

Broken family relationships 

Job loss/change                        

Buried deep in sinful choices        

Even the state of the politics right now?

I have tremendously good news for you! It’s in two small words that appear in God’s word over and over. They appear when something is on the brink of all loss, the point of no return.

BUT GOD!

The entire crux of the issue of Christ’s salvation offer is based on our hopelessness, our inability to reach the mark and earn our own salvation. BUT God so loved the world that He gave His only Son!

If we believe Him for His salvation of our very souls, how can we not take Him up on the other “But God” moments He offers us in scripture?

I can testify to some horrendous moments in my life, where all hope was gone, no human possibility of redemption or restoration was showing up on the horizon. As a matter of fact, it just kept getting worse. I had made choices that had removed my options. I had placed myself on the ineligible shelf, forever to be marred and broken, never again to be of any use for the Kingdom, much less my family.

Then a glorious moment happened where my depravity met grace and mercy when a face full of God’s light came crashing in to rescue my sorry state. I had a tiny, weak prayer that shot up to heaven, asking God to get me out, acknowledging that I couldn’t do it. This was one of my “BUT GOD” moment.

God does not deal in the absolutes we place on ourselves here in this world. He operates true to His word each and every time! There is not one situation that cannot be used by Him. There is not one thing or a compilation of things that you can do to make yourself ineligible for His “BUT GOD” rescuing.

Look at some of the ways He tells us about His “BUT GOD” moments to encourage us to believe Him!

(emphasis’ are mine)

Ephesians 2:4-5: But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—

Romans 5:7-8: For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Acts 13:29-30: And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead!

Genesis 50:20: As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

I Corinthians 3:7: So then neither is he that plants anything, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase.

Psalm 49:15: But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.

Psalm 73:26: My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 66:19: but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.

From the Old Testament to the New, you can find many stories that include desperate situations and then something happens. “BUT GOD” happens. The supernatural power of God meets the ordinary struggles of this life and suddenly it’s transformed into something so beautiful it’s not recognizable as the old thing. The Light of heaven has touched the stifling dark of this earth. All the experiences of this world that mirror Satan’s involvement get abolished, wiped out and completely transformed.

You cannot have an encounter with God in your dark place without it leaving a deposit of that Light. It’s so potent and powerful, there’s nothing on earth that can compare.

The answer to your darkness is to access the Light! Your physical circumstances may not change, but your heart, mind and actions will most certainly change. The level of healing and redeeming that God provides has nothing on the medical community!

God’s presence in a situation changes the very atmosphere.

It’s palatable.

It’s powerful enough to bring you to your knees in worship

It’s the only answer, all others are smoke and mirror replicas that try to imitate God without bringing Him the glory.  

I have a song that I love. I heard it in the very beginning of addiction recovery and it changed how I viewed my restoration. At that moment in life, I NEEDED a God who ripped open the sky and crashed through the clouds in a big way and changed my broken-down addicted mind and changed the atmosphere around me. Boy did He deliver!

Take Him up on the promise to be your Redeemer, Restorer, Protector and Rescuer! He’s bigger than your problem and loves you with such a fierce love that He died for your sins before you were ever born so that one day you could access His power!

The song is “Strong Enough To Save” by Tenth Avenue North. The lyrics are below and a link to the song also.

Strong Enough To Save by Tenth Avenue North

You fought

but you were just too weak

so you lost

all the things you try to keep

now you’re on your knees, you’re on your knees

But wait,

everything can change,

in a moments time you don’t have to be afraid,

cause fear is just a lie

open up your eyes

 

And he’ll break

open the skies to save

those who cry out his name

the One the wind and waves obey

is strong enough to save you

 

Look

now is not too late

lift up your head

let the rain fall on your face

youre not far from grace, your not too far from grace

 

I know the weight of this world can take you down like gravity and I know the current of yourself can take you out, out to sea but hold on, hold on

~ Dana

me-profileDana is saved by grace, grateful to the core. She is a mother of four teenagers and married to an incredible man for 19 years. Life up to this point has been an adventure for her with so many stories to tell. Her hope and prayer is that God can use her life’s story to reach others and make an impact for the Kingdom.

 

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