“It is finished.”


When he had sipped the sour wine, he said, “It is finished, my bride!” Then he bowed his head and surrendered his spirit to God.

John 19:30


Jesus was strapped to a post, His arms outstretched to tighten the skin on his back. He was flogged with a whip with multiple leather strands that had lead balls on the ends, often infused with pieces of bone to maximize the damage. After His back was shredded, He was mocked and beaten and forced to carry His own cross up to the place where He would be nailed to it. On the cross, Jesus still had compassion for the one thief who recognized that He was truly God’s Son.

When Jesus released His Spirit, His last utterance was, “It is finished.” He bore the humiliation and pain for us. He, in that moment, felt the weight of the sins of the world.

As gruesome as this scene is, it is at this time we celebrate it. For He would rise just three days later, crushing the chains death once held, reconciling mankind’s relationship to God for every generation to come.

If you believe and have accepted Christ, you’ve been given a gift, eternity with Christ in heaven. Your debt has been fully paid!

“It is finished.”

Separation – “My God, My God!”


And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Matthew 27:46


The deep waters of trials can bring this same feeling of separation from God.

When Jesus prayed in the garden, He prayed, “Father (Abba), if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

When He cries, “My God, My God…” you can see the separation. No longer does he cry, “Abba!”. But you can bet God WAS right there with Him!

When trials transport us strait to the valley floor, “I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

It’s Not Foolishness to Believe


For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:18


When you’re following something God has laid upon your heart, many may think it foolishness. Our God is a doer of miracles, He accomplishes the impossible.

The weakness of God is stronger by far than any human’s strength. Trust in Him, not the world that has been blind to His accomplishments.

When you have no more strength…


Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Psalm 31:24


Trials can sap you of all your strength. Whether it’s just the weight of it all or self-imposed pressure, trials can wear you down. I’m tired. I’m worn out. Calling out to God, I know He will lift me up, infuse my legs with the strength to stand, and give me the ability to endure.

Hope. God is all about hope…

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”


I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:14


Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

When you’re going through trials, your self-worth can hit bottom. When you think of all those who are living what you consider to be fulfilling lives, your life in comparison my feel far from that.

God considers you equal in these circumstances. He draws near and is a breath away. Allow him to comfort you. Draw your self-worth from Him, ignore the trapping of this world and the whispers of the enemy.

When We’re Ready


“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.”

Matthew 9:17


It is in those moments of waiting that God is preparing us for the next step. Destruction comes when we move too soon. After crushing us, God exercises His grace by allowing us to ferment in the darkness of transition so that we might be ready for the next stage. 

Like being in a wine press, trials cause a certain amount of pain. Just like grapes sitting in the press or new wine fermenting in the cask, we must go through a time of waiting before we’re ready to receive what God has pre-ordained for us. God’s blessings will come!

“Where are you?”


Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

Genesis 3:9


God always calls us back to Him, especially when we’re experiencing trials. When we feel the most distant is when we feel that pull on our hearts to call out to Him.

God desires an intimate relationship with each of us. He wants us to trust Him wholeheartedly and share our deepest desires with Him. He wants to be our “Wonderful Counselor”.