In this day that we are living with all of the technological breakthroughs, with all the ease of daily living and with the great bounty that we possess, people are depressed all around us and they feel like giving up now more than ever before. They don't see life as something that is to be relished, enjoyed and used to its fullest. Rather they focus more on their personal issues which may not be at their very best at any given moment and they feel that life is difficult for them to endure. What we must realize is that God never promised that we would travel through life on flowery beds of ease. In fact the Lord Jesus said the complete opposite. He said “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” The Lord forewarned us about what was coming so that we wouldn't be discouraged in the midst of our trials, but rather we would be confident in Him who has promised to comfort us in every circumstance. (John 16:33) (2 Corinthians 1:3-6)
We must always remember and keep in mind that the Lord Jesus is our advocate. He is our mediator. He conquered death, hell and the grave so that we might be the redeemed of God. What does that mean? It means that we can trust in Him in every circumstance, in every discouraging situation, in every trial that seems so overwhelming and we can rest assured that the Lord will be there to strengthen us, to lift us up and to let us know that with Him we have perfect strength. No matter what you may be going through, I want you to know that God loves you greatly. You may not feel it. You may feel left out, forsaken, forgotten about and believe that nobody really cares about you, but I want you to know that God does care. He does love you. The Bible says He has carved your image in the palms of His Hands and that He holds you as the apple of the eye. The Bible says that God's mercy is everlasting. (2 Samuel 22:30-34) (Isaiah 49:14-16) (Psalm 100:3-5)
Don't be discouraged, don't think of giving up and don't doubt God's love for you. Share in the goodness of God with those around you. Fellowship with others who can show you what you are not presently seeing. Tell others that God loves them if they are feeling unloved. Let us be God's visible Angels who can encourage, inspire, lift up and share God's goodness to all those who are in need of it. I believe the best way to stop having a pity party is to be there for someone else in their time of need so that our life may be used in a positive manner which will encourage both the recipient as well as ourselves. Take this message to heart and don't ever doubt the Lord's love for you. (John 13:34) (Deuteronomy 4:31) (Hebrews 13:5-6)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to know that God loves you and to share the message of God's love with those around you. We can be encouraged and we can help to encourage others because the Lord who dwells within us has given us the power and ability to do both.
“What’s it going to take to change this world?” That is a question that has troubled mankind for centuries. While I don’t pretend to have all the answers I think that I have learned the first step to take. It isn’t a difficult step either. In fact, it only consists of three little words. If everyone just accepted these three little words into their hearts and believed them with their souls then we could finally put an end to hunger, war, hatred, and strife. If everyone just lived by the truth of these words then we could begin to make this world a paradise with everyone working together, helping each other, and caring for this planet that is our home. What are these three words? “God Loves You.”
God loves us all so much, yet so many of us go through life never accepting His love into our hearts, souls, and minds. Perhaps we don’t accept it because we don’t feel worthy of it. Well we aren’t, but God gives it to us just the same. When we do accept God’s love, however, an amazing thing happens. We start to become more worthy of it everyday. In fact, we start to choose it, share it, and live in it moment by moment. Then we begin to change the world around us as well. With God’s love flowing into our hearts like a river we begin to brighten everyone we meet with our light and uplift everyone we meet with our joy. With God’s love within us we begin to live as His Children and everyday bring a little more Heaven to Earth.
“God loves you!” Take these three words to heart. Accept them into your soul. Believe them in your mind. And live them in your life. Then go out and start to change the world. It can be done. It is being done right now one heart, one soul, and three words at a time. It is going to take a lot of love to change this world, but God has more than enough for the job. He just wants you to help Him share it and plant it in every heart you touch.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a Great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
Psalm 118:5-9 “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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