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Monday, November 03, 2014 @ 12:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

A friend recently wrote the following to me:

"If the Holy Spirit is in me, why is there no proof of that? Why is He so dormant in my life? What am I missing? I’m at the end of my rope on this."

Though my friend has walked with God for many years, he has recently endured great suffering and is currently experiencing a loss of confidence that God really cares for him.

Here's a summary of my response which I wanted to share today in hopes that it helps you as well as my dear friend:

I've been pondering your questions for a while -- questions that are as honest as they are important. Your pain is genuine pain and your sense that God is not present in your life is beyond common. We’ve all been where you are and have experienced situations in our lives that cause us to slide from hope to doubt to despair. In those moments, when we ask, "Where are you, God?" the underlying question is really, "Can I trust you, God?"

Growing in your understanding of the Gospel -- which is first and foremost a Gospel of grace -- could be a helpful step in trusting God through your current suffering. Recently, I’ve grown in my realization that God loves me, even in my imperfection. I’ve learned that there is nothing I can do to make Him love me any more or any less. I've learned that at the cross, all my sins -- past, present, and future -- were forgiven, and I became as holy as I will ever be as Jesus exchanged my sin for His righteousness.

The religious life in which I was raised led me to believe that Gods love and blessings were dependent on my performance. The truth, however, is that regardless of my performance, God is trustworthy and loves me more than I can ever imagine. Because of this, my sufferings simply aren’t evidence of His lack of love and care for me.

My prayer for you is a verse that I have returned to repeatedly these past few years: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13). Hope is truly a gift from God.

I encourage you to review your life, writing down specific moments when God was there for you. I believe that as you look back over your journey, there will be ample proof that God’s Spirit resides in you, has guided you, and has proved Himself worthy of your trust -- even through your current suffering.

My ongoing prayer for you is that -- as He did for me -- God will open your eyes to see the many ways that He has been faithful, that He is not dormant in your life though it feels that way, and that He will meet you supernaturally and refresh you with His joy, peace, and hope.

If you are in the place of wondering where the Holy Spirit is at work in your life, I really do believe that an honest review of your life will help you remember and re-engage your trust in God.

Yep! Good truth helping a friend Doug!
Ken @ 2:47:17 PM 11/18/2014
Good response, full of life! You did great articulating how we are loved!
Carl @ 2:48:05 PM 11/18/2014

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