Poor, Hungry, Desperate

Poor, Hungry, Desperate

I did a lot of soul searching upon a recent re-entry from a mission trip to one of the poorest countries in the world – Uganda. Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.25 or less a day. Almost one in three people in sub-Saharan Africa go hungry, far higher than any other region in the world, with the exception of South Asia. Yet, in many ways Africans are wealthier than billionaire Steve Jobs. And the peoples’ contentment has nothing do with whether or not their stomach is full. On the contrary, their satisfaction has to do with their focus and attitude toward their Creator.

Their satisfaction has to do with their focus and attitude toward their Creator.

Are you weak, bankrupt, starved, in despair? God is looking for people who are PHDs – Poor, hungry and desperate. If you are in this category, you are just the type of person God wants. God’s choice to empower weak people with his strength may not make much sense. God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Matthew 5:3 says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

God is looking for people who are PHDs – Poor, hungry and desperate.

Difficult circumstances may make us feel weaker, but can also move us closer to God through dependence on Him. When under pressure or stress, we may be overcome with feelings of fear or uncertainty. We are not sure if God will come through. We must make the choice to share our needs with our brothers and sisters in Christ. God has provided the Body of Christ to care, bear and share your burdens. When we join with others in prayer, we enter into each other’s circumstances. In doing so, God unites us as believers, and strengthens our faith as we see God’s provision for our needs.

I believe one reason why the Body of Christ doesn’t function as God planned is because the enemy likes to keep us isolated from each other. Have you ever thought “No one knows how I feel”? It’s risky to share our feelings and feel vulnerable when we are open with our needs. That’s just the way God planned it!

Jude 1:20 sums it up well, “But you dear friends must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.”

Your brothers and sisters in Christ want to know how they can pray for you. Won’t you take a risk, share your needs, and open your heart to those who love you? It will be a blessing to you and to them as they pray for you in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I am poor, hungry and desperate for your love. Thank you for your love for me. Thank you for your provision to meet my needs through the Body of Christ, to love me, walk with me and pray me through difficult times. I am encouraged by these burden-bearers. Let me do the same for someone in need. Help me to reach out to the poor and needy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen



Sheryl Giesbrecht

Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio and television personality, author and speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Giesbrecht has endured many changes and challenges, moving her to a deep faith, trust and dependence on God.

She served as Focus on the Family's columnist for Pastor's Wives for four years. Hundreds of her columns, magazine and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s - InDeed and Tapestry publications.

Giesbrecht’s radio show, “Transformed Through Truth” is nationally and internationally syndicated and heard daily by over 10 million listeners on networks across the United States. The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network shares the show internationally on seven continents. “Transformed Through Truth” launched as a 30-minute internet television teaching feature in March 2017. To view this amazing teaching time, go to www.HSBN.tv.

Sheryl has a heart for missions and is avid about reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through the Rescue Mission and worldwide through various ministry partners. Giesbrecht is a Lead Like Jesus Facilitator and missionary with Freedom In Christ Ministries (www.FICM.org) and has been personally involved with equipping hundreds and facilitating the training of thousands of leaders internationally. Sheryl’s latest book is entitled It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth.

The joys of Giesbrecht’s life are her children and thirteen grandchildren. She is excited about the new beginning she shares with her marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts from Biola University, a Master’s in Ministry and a Doctorate of Theology.

Learn more about Sheryl Giesbrecht on her website, www.FromAshesToBeauty.com. She also invites readers to follow her on Facebook, and on Twitter (@SGiesbrecht).


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