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This is an excellent message of faith to understand that all that you go through and all that you must endure is actually the workings of our God who is making you ready for his kingdom. Never think that he has forgotten you when the fire gets too hot. It is then that he is doing his best work. Believers are living as aliens in a perishing world. It is not easy. There is evil all around and sometimes it seems like we are losing the battle but the truth is that we already won it through Christ! We cannot be taken down or destroyed by anything of this life.

Take heart, weary Christians. Your God sees where you are. He is already working it all out for you. Just believe!

Thank you, Rhonda Lewis, from Forums Of The Heart for this wonderful message of hope for all of us.

Marianne Bernard:

THIS IS A POWERFUL MESSAGE FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOING THORUGH PAINFUL TRIALS NOW. NEVER FORGET THAT YOUR STRUGGLE IS ONLY FULFILLING GOD’S PERFECT PURPOSE IN YOU. HE HASN’T LEFT YOU NOR WILL HE LET YOU FIGHT YOUR BATTLE ALONE. I PRAY YOU WILL BE AS BLESSED AS I WAS WITH THIS MESSAGE OF HOPE.

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The LORD has hidden Himself from His people, but I trust Him and place my hope in Him. Isaiah 8:17 (TEV)

God is real, no matter how we may feel at times.

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struggling to cope Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Jesus taught his disciples the ways that they were to follow. In Matthew 6: 25-27, Jesus said: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” He then continues in verse 33: “But seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, all things will be given to you as well”.

The truth in these verses is that when you worry, you are making your problems bigger than your God. You are saying in effect that God is not strong enough or loving enough to help you through your trial. When you give in to worry and fear, you are falling for the lies of the enemy who wants to destroy you. He knows that God is more than enough to bring you to victory but he wants you to forget that.

We serve a risen Savior who came to this earth to bring us hope and to give us a future despite what we may have to endure. He knew our problems and weaknesses long before we were born and he made a way to overcome all of them. He has a perfect plan and a purpose for your life. Even though you may have fallen short and rebelled against him, he can always lift you from your past and restore you to wholeness. All that it takes is for you to allow Christ to reign in your life. You must make him first over all that you have. In order for him to help you through the bondages that have kept you prisoner for so long, you must trust him with your whole heart. You should never take your eyes off Christ and put them on your problems. That is when you fall.

Jesus is always bigger and stronger than anything the world throws at you. You cannot be defeated for Jesus has destroyed the power of the enemy. Even death no longer holds fear for those who are in Christ for we will not perish but be made whole to live in heaven with God. There is nothing that man can do to you that will crush you for you are protected by the right hand of God.

When you find yourself worrying and getting anxious about things that are going on in your life, seek Christ out in his word. Let him fill you will peace as you read his of his promises to you. Giving in to fear indicates a lack of faith. You must trust that the One who gave you life will be able to sustain you no matter what happens!

Jesus died to release you from the prison of fear and worry. Don’t go back into bondage when Jesus paid your bail in full. His blood at Calvary covered your iniquities and made you righteous before God. That is the power you need to cling to and to use when you are weak and weary. Take the yoke of Christ for he will lift your burden and give you the strength you need to continue.

There is always hope when your trust is in Christ. He is the Lifter of your head and the Restorer of things taken from you. He can heal your heartache and bring your family together. He has the power to provide for your financial needs no matter how impossible it seems. He can heal your sickness and break the chains of your addictions. Most importantly, he can give you the force to conquer any battle you must fight. He knows your name. He has numbered your days. Give him your worry and anxious thoughts and let him give you the faith to hang on.

Jesus has the way to help you. His love will never fail you. Trust him today and make him Lord of your life. It is the decision that will take you through today and throughout eternity!

Dear Lord Jesus, I lift up all who need to hear this message. May you bless and encourage those who feel that they have no hope and that there is no way out. I pray for all to understand that you can always make a way to victory despite the situation. It is never impossible for you.

Bring hope and peace to those who are suffering through struggles of every kind. This world is perishing and soon you will be back to make all things new. I pray that you will give the strength that your people need to stay in the battle and to hold on to the end. Amen

Eastern Sierra by Rob Bohning        

                           His power is sufficient for all our needs

 God’s power to work all things out for your good is a promise for all believers that will never fail. But watching and waiting for him to turn around a bad situation in your life can be a time of great pain.  It is hard to understand the wait when your marriage is failing or after you have received a bad report from the doctor.  How are you expected to hold on when your financial problems overwhelm you and you soon may lose your home?  Rebellious children can break your heart as you stand helplessly by as your son or daughter chooses a path of destruction.  Your own life can be changed in an instant by the death of someone close to you.  Is God really able to turn these and other impossible an impossible situation into a blessing in your life? 

The truth of this matter is that God can use all things to work for our good because he foreknew the storms of our lives and had a plan to take us through every one of them.  No disaster in your path can take him by surprise.  Our God can see the past and the future and his power is sufficient to fulfill the purpose he has for your life.  By his strength alone, you can forge the rivers of your pain and climb the mountains of your problems until you get the victory that God has promised.  He knows your ways and he can help you in your weaknesses. Even the timing of every one of your trials has a purpose that holds eternal ramifications.  

In Genesis, we read how Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. He became a servant in Potiphar’s household where he ultimately was falsely accused and put in prison.  He languished there for years but God was with him the whole time. . While this young shepherd boy was suffering in prison, God was working out his plan to make him royalty!  Joseph was eventually released and appointed second highest in all of Egypt.  That was something that even Joseph could not have imagined as being possible in his dire circumstances.  But God had the power to turn the injustice done to Joseph into a training ground that would make him a mighty leader who would save his people. 

This message is for believers who are struggling right now in a painful situation that seems to have no end.  You may feel that there is no solution and no one that can help you.  That is a lie from the father of lies.  

Jesus is the master of the wind and with a single word, he can calm the storm you are in.  He is sovereign over all of creation and he knows how to resurrect the dreams you thought were dead.  He can find purpose in everything that touches your life if you put your faith in him. He is never farther than you next prayer and he is waiting for you to call on him.

Dear Lord, I lift up all those who are reading this who need a touch from you.  May your presence will be felt in their life as you give them the peace to know that they have nothing to fear for you are in control of all that comes against them.  Most importantly, may they have your assurance to know that no matter what they are going through, your perfect plan will never fail.  Amen

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My wonderful friend, Debra Aiken has an awesome blog titled, Tell The Lord Thank You.  She always has powerful and timely messages of hope and I wanted you to read her latest message.  We all go through trials and tribulations in this world.  Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in our storm instead of focusing on our God!  The truth is that nothing you face as a believer has any power to destroy you.  All of your struggles are used as the tool God uses to promote you to higher ground and closer to him.  Please read Debra’s message and be blessed.  It is the truth you may need for today.

CAUGHT IN A STORM

Matthew 14:22-25 – Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea,[a] tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.

In this passage of Scripture we find Jesus disciples trapped in a fierce storm. They find themselves in that storm, because they have been commanded by Jesus to cross the Sea of Galilee. These men are obedient to Christ command, yet, we see them struggling against the storm. They are struggling to fight against it and it appears that they are making no progress and are unable to get out of it.

Have you ever found yourself in that place? Have you ever found yourself stuck in one of life’s storms, and no matter how hard you try, no matter what you do, it seems that you cannot make any headway? Well, we all have times like that! It may seem to you like the storm will never end and that there is no possible good that can come from what we are going through.

There is some good news for us, even in the storm. Romans 8:28 declares that all things work together for good to them that love God, them that are called according to His purpose.

Of course, one could easily ask the question “HOW does a storm benefit my life?” STORMS ARE GOD’S MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION! It is through the storms, test, trials and struggles that God reveals himself to us. Christ used this storm to reveal Himself to His disciples. Christ will do the same thing in your life and in mine.

Verse # 25 says that He came to them in the darkness of the night; “the fourth watch”. Sometime between 3 AM and 6 AM, during the darkest hours of the night, Jesus came walking on the water!

Maybe your storm may be raging and you are walking in darkness today wondering where Jesus is. You may be facing some of the darkest days of your life right now. Let me remind you that our God is ever with you, Heb. 13:5! Let me remind you that even in the darkest hours of life God is still God and He is still in control of your life.

1 Kings 8:12, “Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.”; Psalm 139:11-12, “If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.” Even the darkest hours of life cannot hide us from the face of God. He is there even when you cannot see Him.

The disciples were in a fight for their lives. Mark 6:48 says that they were “toiling in rowing”. That is, they were struggling against the storm. I get the impression that these men were afraid for their lives. When they thought all hope was gone and that they were doomed, Jesus came walking on the waves!

There are times when we all feel like we have lost the battle with our storm, but may I remind you that just as surely as the Lord is in control of your blessings, He is also in charge of your storms? When things look the bleakest, just look around, Jesus is about to show up! Remember, He may not keep you from going into the storm, but He will keep you in the midst of the storm! Think of the 3 Hebrews, Daniel, and Noah. God did not prevent any of these from going into the storm, but He saved them all in the midst of their storm. What He did for them, He will do for you and I.

Our word on today is that regardless of what we are facing in life, remember that Jesus is greater than that storm we may be facing. If you will be patient and wait for Him, He will show up right on time. You will see that the storm was used by the Lord to make Himself clear to you. The very thing wen  fear will be the vehicle He uses to show up in our life.

We must remind ourselves that though the storm keeps on raging in our lives and sometimes its had to tell the night from day, our soul is anchored in the Lord!

WITH THE LOVE OF CHRIST, I LOVE YOU ALL! TELL THE LORD THANK YOU!

DEBRA

 

 For Christ himself is our peace (Ephesians 2:14)

 

I have given this message before, but we are living in a time of testing when it warrants repeating. We read in Psalm 23 that the LORD is our shepherd who leads us to green pastures and  quiet waters, but that may not seem true for you in your life now.   It is tough to survive on a planet that is literally being destroyed as every form of evil fills the heavenly realms.  Can God truly restore your soul to his peace despite the battles raging all around you? 

Keeping your hope alive in the midst of your struggles and fears can be difficult.  Although Christ has promised us that he would never leave us but would always take us through our problems, the strength to stay in faith when the storms of life come upon us can seem impossible. 

The truth is that Jesus did not die just to give you eternal life in heaven.  He died so that you might have an abundant, joy-filled life right here on earth.  He who knew your name before the foundation of the earth is able to heal your pain and ease the heartache that you may be going through.  There is nothing that comes upon you that can destroy your life if you have put your trust in the risen Savior.  Jesus is not just waiting for us in heaven.  He is here with us now in all that we do.  His power and strength is the force sufficient enough to demolish any stronghold that seeks to defeat you.   

Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.   Those are life changing words!  He is speaking with all the power of God when he tells us that we do not have to fear any problem or impossible situation.  Jesus will not only take us through our problems, he will give us the peace that we need to stay trusting while we are in the battle.  The peace Jesus speaks of is the truth that sets you free.  It is the irrevocable promise of God that you can still have hope despite your trial because nothing can destroy his purpose and plan for you.  He is ready to shine a light to guide you on the path he has set for you.  Jesus is your friend, your counselor and an ever-present help in all things.  There is nothing too strong or too impossible for him to do for you because he alone is the source of all power. 

 Throughout the scriptures, we read of how God would make a way in impossible situations to help his people.  There is nothing that can change the course of victory for those whom he has redeemed.   In Exodus, we learn that God did not lead the Israelites around the Red Sea but rather he brought them to the Red Sea that they might understand his power as he parted the waters for them to cross safely to the other side.  

The victories written in scripture are here for us today.  God is willing to part the deep waters of trouble and pain that is in your life and bring you through safely to the other side.  Impossible situations are no match for the power of the risen Christ who defeated darkness and death and bought for you eternal life. 

Whatever painful situation you may be experiencing at this time, take heart and remember that Jesus is with you.  The hope that he gives you is not just a desire, it is a promise. God can always make a way to help you!  It is my prayer that he will help you to understand this truth. 

 

Dear Lord, I am praying for those who are going through a trial in life that is bringing fear and doubt.  I pray that you will give them a very real sense of your Presence and let them know that you have legions of angels surrounding them now who at your command.  I pray that anyone who is struggling with a financial problem, a marriage or relationship conflict, a serious health issue or a bondage of any kind will know without a doubt that you can make a way above and beyond their circumstance and bring them to victory.  I am praying that your truth will fill them and drown out the lies of the enemy who is leading them to believe tha there is no help.  Jesus, I pray that you will touch hearts all over this world and give them the peace and strength to know that your perfect plan will never fail them.  I give you praise and honor for you love that endures throughout eternity.  Amen

I just want to be loved

                                                                                                                                 To my sisters in suffering

Let me come in where you are weeping, friend,
And let me take your hand.
I, who have known a sorrow such as yours,
Can understand.
Let me come in – I would be very still
Beside you in your grief.
I would not bid you cease your weeping, friend,
Tears bring relief.
Let me come in – I would only breath a prayer,
And hold your hand,
For I have known a sorrow such as yours,
And understand.

by Grace Noll Crowell

 

 

There are many women who are living with some form of domestic abuse in their marriage.  It is heartbreaking to know that so many women are suffering with physical or verbal abuse by a spouse who had once vowed before God to love and cherish her forever.  God’s plan for a man and a woman who marry was for them to be a demonstration of Christ’ love for his church.  That is not what is happening as more than 50% of today’s marriages end in divorce.  Sadly, some of the rest are just existing in loveless, lonely marriages. 

While it is true that God hates divorce, there are times when a woman may be in danger if she remains in her marriage.  Abuse in any form should never be tolerated.  It is a difficult subject but one that must be addressed.  One of  my dear friends, Anna Wood, has a wonderful Christian site which helps women deal with the pain of abuse.  Her blog, At the end of myself….at the feet of Jesus, gives many great messages of loving support to those women who feel alone and weary from enduring the control and abuse from a spouse.  I hope you will check out this site and let God speak to your heart by the messages of hope.

In addition, I want you to know that I am praying for anyone who needs help with a marriage struggle.  I know that when you face a troubling situation like this in your marriage that may feel that you can’t tell anyone.  You may be afraid.  My heart is burdened for women who struggle in a relationship because they feel that they are unworthy or don’t deserve anything better.  That is a lie from hell sent to keep you in bondage.  Christ has deemed you worthy to be a joint heir with him in heaven.  He loved you enough to die to give you life and a future with promise.  He has a plan for your future no matter what painful trial you are in right now.  God has not left your side and he will see you through your pain.  I pray that God will give you peace and the strength to do what you must do and to know that his love for you will never fail.

                  For God so loved the world……. (John 3:16)

This is the season of joy and peace yet sadly there are many people who are feeling hopeless, weary and lonely.  During a time when hearts should overflow with love and giving, for some it is just a time of pain and sadness.

The joy that the birth of Christ brings can get lost among the shopping and busyness of the season.  When God sent his one and only Son to this earth, he did it to bring light and salvation to a lost and dying world.  He sent Jesus to walk this earth with us to give us his strength to overcome our problems.  Jesus came to give us an abundant life that lacks no good thing.  His birth brought us a promise that can never be taken away.  It is a promise that those who believe in him would have a life with a purpose and a reward that will never end.  Pain and struggles can never destroy those who have been set free through Christ.  He alone can open doors to your impossible situations and cause all things to be used for your good. 

Believers now have authority in Christ over all obstacles from the enemy.  Through Jesus you are now more than a conqueror because he has overcome the world.  You only need to trust that he can and will be with you in all of your problems.  Your failures do not stop his love and your troubles can not stop his perfect plan for your life.  His birth signified a pledge to bring you peace no matter what you may be going through.  Jesus is the Word of God and the light of this world who will never fail you.  He willingly left the splendor of heaven to come to this earth knowing that we would reject him.  Yet his love was so great that he chose to walk with us and be crucified to bring us peace with God and eternity with him forever.

If the joy of this season is overcome by a situation in your life which is causing you pain and sadness, please remember that the hope that Jesus brings is not just for some situations.  The peace he promised to leave us is sufficient to meet any need and to take you through any storm in your life.  His power is strong enough to safely take you through all circumstances and to give you joy in the midst of your struggle.  He knew your name and loved you long before you were born.  He has plans to prosper you and give you a future despite your weaknesses.  He is faithful to make a way for you even when the road is closed.  Most importantly, he will never leave you to carry your burden alone.  In Matthew 28:20, Jesus says, “And surely I am with you always, even to the very end of the age”. 

Your situation is never hopeless when you have Christ in your heart.   He is able to heal any sorrow your have and give you the assurance that his love will comfort you in your pain.  This season, keep in your heart the truth that Jesus is the only gift that you need. He is the source of your strength and the power to restore you in all ways.  His gift of life is free for the asking.  His love will never fail you and his peace will keep you as you begin a new year.   Take heart for the Savior is born!

Dear Lord,  as we enter the holiday season of Christmas, so many hurting people are feeling lost and alone. Some are in major trials that are testing their faith.  Financial problems are overwhelming people everywhere.  Serious health issues are bring fear to many believers.  And marriages are being destroyed as the world is enticing many to believe that there is something better.  I am praying for all  of these issues as well as for those who are in bondages to drugs or alcohol. This world is growing dark with evil and your people are struggling everywhere.  I pray, dear Jesus, that your light will shine in the hearts of those in need and give them the strength and hope that they need as they trust you to take them through this valley of tears.  Help them to know that you have not left them for a moment and that right now legions of angels are surrounding them in every battle that they face.  I am praying for your peace to fill lives and for your joy to be with them.  For those who don’t know you as LORD and Savior, I pray for you to unveil their eyes to the truth that they may have life everlasting with you.  I pray all of this in the name of Jesus, the Hope of this lost world. Amen

         God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73)

As you look around those in your life,  it is hard to find someone who is not enduring a trial of some kind.  These days are troubling and it doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.  For that reason, so many believers are falling into the trap of thinking that evil is winning over good. They are overwhelmed and weary as each day just brings another set of problems.

The truth is that the plan of Christ for this world is unfolding before our very eyes. Your problems should not surprise you for we are told in God’s word that we will suffer in this world.  Our hope as believers is in knowing that God is working all things out for our good and to strengthen us for the battle.  If you can just understand that nothing that comes against you has any power to destroy you or weaken you, you can have peace even in the midst of your most troubling trial.  That which Christ allows to come against you in your life is manifesting a power in you that is getting you ready for the royalty that awaits you in God’s kingdom!  That may seem like something far off in another decade; but, as the days grow dark and evil increases, the Son of God is getting ready to return soon for those who are faithful to him.

When you let the storms in life make you feel overwhelmed it is only because you are listening to the lies of the enemy.  You are holding onto burdens that are too heavy for you carry alone.  The deceiver wants you to believe that God is nowhere near to help in your battle. That will never be true! 

Jesus is very close to the brokenhearted and he saw your struggles long before the foundation of the earth. It was he who prepared a way to victory in every one of them.  Why do you worry about things when God has in place a plan and provision to bring you safely through?  We cannot control what goes on around us, but we can trust that our God is stronger and able to get us through all things. 

All this may sound over-simplified to those who are in a serious illness and fear the outcome.  Many people are suffering through failed marriages and financial ruin.  The darkness of uncertainty can bring desperation in the life of a single parent wondering how she will support her children.  We are living in the terrible times of the last days where truth is being thrown to the ground and lies are being welcomed by the masses who demand their rights to do as they please without interference from God! When it all this going to end?  Or is it?

It shall end! God has a plan and he is not going to fail to complete the work he started. To those willing to stand in faith, though weary and overwhelmed, and still declare that our God is greater, he is going to bestow the crown of eternal life very soon.  We are not going to be in this struggle forever.  God knows the path that must take place but it is only for a time.  Your painful trial is working out something of value to your life.  You may not like it but you must trust that God is still in control of taking you through it.  You must have hope that does not give up at each arrow shot by the demons of hell!  We are winners and victors because our trust is in the finished work of Jesus Christ! There are no losers on the side of the kingdom of God. 

I don’t know what storm you are in at this moment.  I only know that as a believer you cannot be destroyed.  If your spiritual eyes were opened, you would see the legions of angels that surround you in every single battle! You are never left alone to fight the wars against the army of darkness.  You have the force of heaven with you right now so you must never accept defeat no matter how impossible your struggle seems.  You were made a conqueror when Jesus paid the price for your redemption.  All of your problems are under your feet as you live in the body of  Christ!  Surrender your life only to him for no one else can take it from you.  Let God restore you to wholeness despite your brokenness. 

 Beloved friend, you are going to see your God work all things out for your good  as he  safely lifts you high on the rock. Your troubles have a time to end.  Trust God to work it all out in his way and in his timing.  His love will never leave you for a second so take joy knowing that Christ has overcome the world!

 

Dear Lord, I am praying for all who come to this site needing a word of strength from you.  I pray that they will understand that you have not deserted them or left them to fend with their struggles alone.  You are always in the midst of every storm that we face and you are the force that brings us safely through it.  I pray that all those who are weary and overwhelmed with life will understand the truth of the message that you gave me to write.  May they have the peace and joy knowing that the problems of this world cannot defeat those who belong to you. Victory is ours.   The lies from a defeated enemy have no power to destroy those who trust in you.  I pray that those in need will be comforted by your presence today. For it is by the name of Jesus that all power is manifested in our lives.  Amen

                            It doesn’t depend on man’s desire or effort but on God’s mercy

Troubles can plague every single one of us.  Right now,  your situation may be pretty bleak andit may seem like there is no hope in sight.  It may even appear that your world is crumbling right before your eyes.  So what do we do and what does God’s word tell us about our problems?  Paul tells us this truth in the book of Romans: 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  (Romans 8:28) 

In all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37) 

No problem that you face is able to destroy a child of God who has faith in the work that Jesus did for us on the cross.  God knows how to change your situation and make the outcome one of hope.  He knows how to restore families, heal sicknesses and provide for all of your needs in life.  He is more than able for  the price has been paid at Calvary for your victory. There is nothing sadder than to see a believer downcast and acting defeated by the burdens he has.  Each trial and struggle has a purpose in your life to bring you to the knowledge of the love and power of the God you serve.  Never surrender in your difficulties and think that your situation is too impossible for anyone to help.  God is the Master and the Lord over all things on this earth and in heaven.  He calls the stars out one by one each night and he does not lose one.  He has the days of your life numbered and nothing can change that.  He has given you purpose and design so that you can live in victory despite what others may think or how bad your problems are.  

Your past has nothing to do with your future when you have surrendered yourself to Christ.  He already knows where you are and he knows how to get you where he wants you to be.  He is the lifter of your head and he is the one who carries your burdens.  His love never fails an you cannot fall too far for him to help you.  In all things he is sovereign and his power knows no end. The winds of every struggle must obey his will in your life!

So what do you fear in your life? What anxious thoughts do you dwell on?  Whatever they are, give them over to Christ.  There is nothing that you can do to help yourself for your strength is limited.  Give your struggles, your problems, your fears and your desires to the One who can make all things happen for the good in your life.  Trust in the power that Jesus died to give you. Decide this day that you will choose to follow Jesus.  Then watch and see how he gives you back what the enemy stole from you –  your future!  

God bless you and never doubt that you are loved and that God’s grace can meet you where you are.  Just surrender your will to his.  There are no losers with Christ!

                  Knowing that Christ is more than enough in your problems 

Going through a painful trial or heartache can bring you down lower than you have ever been.  It can seem unbearable and crushing especially when you don’t understand why God would allow this struggle in your life. How can the torment that you are experiencing be part of God’s perfect plan for you? It just doesn’t make sense.

 

The things that come against us in this world will never make sense to us.  However, that does not mean that there is not a purpose for all that happens. In Luke 22:43-44 we read that Jesus went to the Mount of Olives to pray before he was to be crucified.  With great anguish over what he was to suffer, his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Yet as he obeyed his Father’s will, an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him.  Jesus understood that there were eternal implications in all that he had to endure. He willingly gave his life that we might be saved. 

 

As a believer, you should understand that God will also send his angels to strengthen and comfort you as you grow weary from the battles of this world.  He will never let you stand alone and carry burdens that are much too heavy for you.  The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from their trials. His purpose in allowing pain in your life is to develop you into the image of Christ and to actually make you stronger for the journey set for you. In 2 Corinthians, God’s word says that you may be hard pressed on all sides but never crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but never abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. The storms of this life can rock your boat but Jesus has promised that you will get to the destination that he planned for you before you were born.  When you can trust God despite your broken heart, you defeat the father of lies who wants you to forget that Jesus paid the price for your victory.  All the troubles that we must face are obtaining for us an eternal reward that will last forever. You must keep your eyes on Jesus who is able to keep you in his peace even when you don’t understand the purpose for your pain. 

 

Scripture says that after losing his children, his wealth and his health, Job cried out, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him” (Job 13:13). God had a purpose in allowing Job to go through such a trial.  Ultimately, Satan was defeated and Job received a great reward.  He was given beautiful children, greater wealth and a longer life because he trusted God when even when all was taken.

 

God’s purpose and plan will forever stand though the earth may be shaken.  God’s ways are much higher than the logic of this world so you must trust him even when you don’t understand.  There is nothing you are suffering that God didn’t plan in advance to take you through. May it help you to know that there are believers praying for you right now and that God’s love for you will never fail!

  

Dear Lord,  I pray for those who are weary in the battle of life and who are unable to take that step and trust you completely.  I pray that you will lift them from their pain and comfort them in your mercy.  May your peace fill their lives as your strength fills them to wait upon your perfect plan for them..

 

 

 

 

                                    

You have a living Hope in Jesus Christ!

In Mark Chapter 5, we read at Jairus, the synogogue ruler had just asked Jesus to come and heal his very sick daughter.  Before they got to his house, Jairus was told that it was too late for anything to be done now.  They had no idea that the Creator of this world was there walking in the sandals of  a carpenter!

 35While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any more?”

 36Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”  37He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40But they laughed at him.
      After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” ). 42Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished

Comment:

The truth that is shown in this passage is that Jesus has the power to overcome all things in our lives including death!  Nothing is impossible with Jesus who can bring to life any situation that is hopeless.   No trial or painful situation is beyond his reach.  He knows how to rescue you from where you are and take you to where he wants you to be.  The only thing you have to do is to trust him as you wait on his timing.  If your trust is in Christ as Lord and Savior, you must believe that he is able to do over and above all that you ask him to do.  You have to know in your heart that He is bigger than your problem.  You cannot let the impossibility of your situation limit your prayers for God is able do all things.  When you doubt, you are saying that Christ is not enough.  You are giving  more power to the lie of the enemy than to God himself.  Never surrender your hopes and dreams to a defeated enemy whose power was destroyed at the cross.  Jesus paid a heavy price to purchase your freedom and to give you his power to do all things!  Nothing can destroy a true child of God so you must not give up hope.  No dream of yours is dead no matter how  it seems for Jesus is able to resurrect your shattered life and restore you to wholeness.  It is never over while the hope of Christ lives in you!  The enemy will always try to get you to forget that the promise of a new life can never be stopped by your failures and weaknesses.  God can always find a way to heal you and bring about his plan for your life.  You must believe.  In this bible verse, we see that Jesus put all of the unbelievers out of the room before he brought the little girl back to life.  Jairus had to look away from his daughter lying dead on her bed and put his eyes on the one who created all life.  His faith in Christ gave him back his daughter.   Your faith can open the way for Jesus to do miracles in your own situation.  If Jesus were going  to do a great and miraculous work right now, would you be one of the unbelievers who had to be put out of the room?  Your faith stands on the Promise that Jesus came to earth to give.  He knew what you would face long before you were ever created.  He had a purpose in all that you had to endure and he has a way for your struggles to be used to give you strength and hope.  The God who loved you so much that he sacrificed his only Son knows your pain and your weakness.  He will not fail you.  He is with you right now!

Dear Lord, I pray for all those who need your strength in their life right now.  The struggles and pain of this world is overwhelming them and it is hard for them to believe that you are in complete control.  I pray that you will lift them where they are and give them a peace that will carry them through this struggle.  Help them in their struggle to believe.  Be with them in power and let them feel a very real sense of your Presence as you work all things out for your perfect purpose and plan in their lives.  I pray that you will comfort them now and open their eyes to the truth that you will fight this battle.  You have made us more than conquerors.  May we walk in that victory in Christ precious name.  Amen

 

                                       Jesus paid the price for your victory

The lies of a defeated enemy should never fill you with hopelessness.  Christ came to earth to give us a new future that can never be destroyed.  It is always so sad to see believers walking as though the weight of the world was upon them when Jesus  told us to give him our heavy burdens.  Why would we continue to carry the chains of  bondage when the cross has set us free?   The truth is that the troubles of this world are never bigger than the power of a limitless God to whom nothing is impossible.

Our debt has been paid in full by Jesus and he has proclaimed that , “It is finished“.   No struggle has power over a child of God.  Our failures and weaknesses are now made strong as Jesus works through them to  use them for our good.  There is a purpose and a divine plan in every one of the storms that come against you.  Keep in mind that the promises of God can stand the test of every trial that this world brings.  We are conquerors in the army of a living God!  We serve a risen Lord who is able to keep us in perfect peace if we just keep our eyes on him.   That is the truth that brings you freedom  from the bondage of fear.

We are told in John 10:10 that the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy but that Jesus came to give us life that is abundant and overflowing.  That means that believers do not have to live an unfulfilled, mundane life.  Those who put their trust in Jesus are now a new creation with the ability to live in complete victory despite the circumstances that they face.  The shadow of death will bring no fear to those who know that their debt was paid for on the cross at Calvary.  The hand of God will supply you with the power that you need to stand against the forces of evil that try to destroy your family, your health and your finances.

You cannot be defeated because God has a perfect plan for your life to give you a future with hope.  The destructive lies of the enemy cannot harm you because the hand of God is mightier than any weapon that is formed against you.  In Isaiah 40 we are told that God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Those who trust in the enduring love of the Savior, Jesus Christ, will never be disappointed.  

If you are feeling weary and troubled at this moment, please understand that you may be trying to carry your own burdens.  Scripture says to cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you (Psalm 55:22).  In order to do that, you must trust that Jesus has the power to lift the pain that you have and to give you the peace that he will work all things out for your good.  It is my prayer that all who read this will be set free by a revelation of the truth of God’s enduring love. 

 Dear Lord, I lift up all those who are broken by their struggles and pain.  Somehow along the way, they have lost sight of the fact that you are their strength and they have nothing to fear.  I pray that you will give them a very real sense of your Presence.  Let them know that you are with them in the storm and that you have a way out of every difficulty.  You will never fail those who put their trust in you.  May they know your peace as you turn their problem into a blessing to give them hope and  an unfailing future.  Amen

We all go through struggles in this life and sometimes it seems like it will never end.  It is difficult to keep holding onto our faith when we have to climb one mountain after the next.   Is God really in the middle of your impossible situation?  Does he have the power to cause all of your pain to be used for your good? The answer is revealed throughout Scripture.                                    

In the book of Genesis , we read where Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.  There were envious of him because his father favored him and in fact gave him a coat of many colors.  They conspired and sold him to the Midianites who then sold him to Potiphar, an official of Pharaoh.

Joseph learned many things while being held by Potiphar.  While his life was in bondage as a slave, he was actually being taught the royal life. But one day he was unjustly accused by Potiphar’s wife and he was imprisoned.  Although he was innocent of the charges against him, he spent over 8 years in prison. Virtually, the only light he had was that God was with him the whole time.  

Chapter 39: 20-23 reads: 

  But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did. 

The truth that breaks the chains which bind you is that it doesn’t matter where you are in life because God will work all things for your good if you keep your trust in him. Your past does not matter to God.  He is always the God of the second chance. There is no bondage, no failure and no weakness of yours that can stop God from giving you blessings despite your circumstances.  His strength can keep you safe no matter what storm is happening in your life.  There is absolutely nothing that can defeat a child of God if you just will believe.  

Joseph found favor in a dark, damp prison.  He was put in charge of the things in the prison all because God caused Joseph to do all things by his power.  God was able to do this because Joseph kept his hope in  him despite the unjust sentence he was serving in prison.  The guards were in wonder of Joseph and trusted him completely.  Even in prison, Joseph did what is right. He never let his circumstance sway him in his faith.  He believed that his God was with him always.  God gave Joseph a dream and he had a plan to make that dream a reality. 

There is nothing that can hinder God from granting you favor despite the painful situation you may be in.  His power overcomes all the obstacles that try to defeat you.  He alone decides what is good for you and he has the power to give you victory despite your troubles.  All that you need to do is to put your trust in Jesus and keep it there.  He is sufficient to meet all of your needs and he will never fail you.  Though the enemy will try to fill your mind with doubt, the truth is that Christ died to give you life that is abundant.  He can see your whole life and he knows what you need to live in victory.  He numbered your days before one of them came to be.  And within those days he had a purpose and a plan that would take you through to the end.  Those who belong to Christ have been given a future with promise and a peace that surpasses understanding.   There is no bondage that can hold you as the sacrifice of Christ has put all of your enemies under your feet.  You are more more than a conqueror in the army of Jesus Christ and you will never be defeated. 

Even while he was languishing in prison, Joseph trusted that God could fulfill the dream he gave to him.  He refused to let his painful situation decide his future.  He believed that his God could work it out.  Joseph was rewarded for his faith and God did great and mighty things through him.

The only thing that stands between you and the miracle that you need in your life is the lie of the enemy.  He seeks to kill, steal and destroy the hope that you have in God’s power.  But you must never let your situation be your downfall.  No matter how long you have been waiting for the victory, keep standing in your belief. God’s timing always has a purpose.  Faith is the key to defeating the enemy.  As the years went by, Joseph stood by the promise and for that God gave him a position of royalty. 

You will never know what God has planned to give you unless you stand in your belief that he will never fail you.

 Dear Lord, I lift all those who are going through painful trials and who are feeling weary in the wait.  Give them the strength that they need to continue to stand in faith and to keep their eyes on you.  Comfort them at this time and give them your peace as you help them to understand that your perfect plan for their lives can not be stopped.  You will work it all out for their good.  For that we give thanks.  Amen

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