Stuck in our hurt vs. renewed in our hearts

By Dave Henning / March 16, 2019

“God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do.  But to partner with Him in His work of transformation in our lives, we must seek Him with all our hearts.  It’s our choice whether we stay stuck in our hurt or get renewed in our hearts.”- Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa TerKeurst concludes Chapter 7 of It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way as she notes what happens when we hit the place in our lives where we finally realize some things exist that are more than we can handle.  Consequently, Ms. TerKeurst states, we throw our hands up in surrender.  And this happens in one of two ways:

  1. We choose to surrender to Satan.  Hence, we give in to feelings that it’s an unfair situation, God isn’t there, and God isn’t good.
  2. We, through the power of the Holy Spirit, surrender to God.  Most noteworthy, Lysa stresses, this surrender involves giving up, not giving in.

Next, Ms. TerKeurst explains exactly what giving up entails.  She writes:

“Giving up carrying the weight of all that’s too much for us to our God, who not only can carry it but use it for our good.  When we know the truth about the amazing things God can do with the dust and the potsherds of life, we won’t surrender to the negative lies of the enemy.  Instead, we will lift our hands to the Potter.”

Yet, Lysa notes, it’s easy to slip into the mentality that in some way we fell through the cracks of God’s good plans.  Thus, one hard thing leads to another – and another.  Too many days of unanswered prayer result.

Therefore, we need God’s perspective in our present realities.  Although we may see the work of redemption as impossible, it’s always possible with God.  It’s the difference, Lysa explains, between news and truth:

“News comes at us to tell us what we are dealing with.  Truth comes from God and then helps us process all we are dealing with.”

Today’s question: Do you feel stuck in your hurt or renewed in your heart?  Please share.

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