No matter how tough life may get at times we must anchor ourselves in our faith in the Lord and trust that nothing can come our way without God already making provision for it. Living trust minded is needed now more than ever before because the enemy is continually trying his best to discourage our hearts and make us question God’s love for us. We know that God’s love is beyond our comprehension because throughout the Bible we see how God made a way when there seemed to be no way, but for us in this present time we want to see a miracle the second a problem comes our way. That is not how faith works though. Faith means to believe for better while still seeing the bad. We have to look past our present circumstances and believe that good will come our way if we only don’t give up when that’s all we feel like doing. We have to push through the hard times, we have to believe that our future is blessed and beautiful; we have to stand strong in our present circumstances with a determined mind that victory will be ours no matter what we have to go through. (Hebrews 11:1-3) (2 Corinthians 4:15-18)
If you are finding yourself at the end of your rope because your trials seem too great, I encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and ask that His peace that surpasses all understanding to calm your heart and mind. When we become quiet on the inside that is when the Lord’s presence will be felt in our hearts and we will know that we are held securely in the strength of His arms. The Lord is able to calm every worried soul with His peaceful presence. There is nothing that worries God from His point of view and as faith filled believers we must look at our troubles from the Lord’s perspective. If we are His children and God is our loving Father then why should we allow anything to steal our joy and peace? (Philippians 4:5-7) (Psalm 3:4-8)
I encourage you again to never allow worry, fear or discouragement to infiltrate your being or make you feel like giving up. You have a vast army ready to defend your life, but you must stand in your authority as a child of God and proclaim God’s blessings and protection over your life. Remember the words of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 18:18-20
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Psalm 30:6-12) (2 Kings 6:15-17)
I hope this message encourages your heart to look past your present troubles and see that in the end the Lord will be there to meet you and calm every trouble within your heart.
MY MOMENT FOR FINDING FAITH
It began in 1980, the lowest period of my entire life! My marriage and my family were blowing up all around me; I surely didn't want it to happen, but I was powerless to change the course. At my lowest ebb, I even attempted suicide once (drove my car at 80mph -- with no seat belt -- and headed for a tree . . . forgetting that the slight ditch 'twixt me and the tree would change my course ever so slightly, such that I witnessed a tree rushing by my window at probably 70mph . . . and me stuck in a muddy field! I look back on that moment and realize that God must have intervened because he had other uses for me on this earth. But I digress . . .
It was a particularly devastating time in my life. I had left my own home to live in an apartment with my then 10-year-old son (who would just have been in the way of his Mother's new-found life-style)!
Every day I mourned my fate, having lost my wife, my family, and my home! I was more financially strapped than I'd ever imagined possible. I had to pay the mortgage on the home my wife and her new "friend" were living in, for the car that she was still driving, child support and alimony, and now also rent on the apartment and living expenses for my son and myself. On top of it all, I was now a single parent, having to put meals on the table, look after my son's medical needs, jockeying my son hither, tither, and yon, and all the other domestic chores.
Well, one night when I hit the hay, I sat on the edge of my bed and “talked to God” (which is what I did in lieu of formal praying). And I only got the name “God” out of my mouth when I began crying . . . real hard! And yes, I was raised in the 50's, when we learned that men just do not cry! I hadn't cried since burying the last of my grandparents. But here I was, unable to speak to God Himself because I was blubbering like a fool! Well, eventually I did recover enough to continue my talk with God.
“God, You know the misery I am going through right now. The fact that I mourn those things most precious to me in this life . . . my wife, my family, and my home. Because of that, I'm not doing very well. But on top of that I've got bills that there's just no way I can cover! And I alone am now responsible for raising my son. Add to that the fact that I've been abandoned by my daughter (who had "sided" with Mommy in this terrible affair).”
“Well, God, I'm here to tell you that I just can't take it anymore! I'm asking You, I'm begging You ... Please ... step in and carry the load for just a little while so that I can recuperate!”
I wish I could tell you that Angels appeared out of nowhere to comfort me. Or that I was actually able to SEE God. But, no such thing. Do you want to know what happened next? I laid down and went to sleep! And I had the very best sleep I'd had since my nightmare had begun maybe six months ago!
When I woke up in the morning I somehow realized the help that I'd asked God to give me. And I was able to just shrug my shoulders at the absence of my wife and my daughter, the pile of bills just sitting there waiting to be paid, and my son, calling for my attention! Somehow I knew these things would be “taken care of,” one way or another, in God's way and God's time!
And that, my friend, is Faith!
Addendum -- 1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.”
By Jim Graf
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:”
2 Timothy 1:7-9 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
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 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.
Today’s Selected Poem: EVEN IF
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In Christ’s Service,
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