Do you ever feel like giving up? Sometimes it takes a great deal of strength to be patient and steadfast in the Lord. God's word tells us, "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1Cor. 15:58). When we abide in Christ, none of our labor, prayers, waiting or believing is in vain. Whatever situation you are facing, we encourage you to not give up and to not lose heart.
You have a good Father. In scripture, the Father is referred to as our "Abba." That word "Abba" in Aramaic denotes more than just a distant and removed "Father" title. Translated literally, "Abba" means "Daddy" or "Papa." Calling God our Heavenly Father is more than just a metaphor, but is an invitation to an intimate relationship. Will you accept that invitation today?
How do we continue to trust God when all seems hopeless? Remember, God is not bound by our circumstances. He is a miracle-working God and He can turn your mess into a powerful message. He promises in His Word that He will work out all things for our good and His glory- everything! That is a great promise. Do you need a miracle in your life? Trust the One who will never let you down.
“He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He” – Deuteronomy 32:4
Are you feeling overwhelmed with the burdens of life? In the midst of one of life's worst storms, David wrote "Restore unto me the joy of my salvation" (Psalm 52:12). When overwhelmed with our many needs, sometimes the best thing to do is take a step back and remember the simple truth of the Gospel that brings irreversible joy. No matter how sick you are, how much debt you are in, or how many times you find yourself in need, you are eternally saved, pulled out of the grasp of darkness, and postured to receive your inheritance: unconditional love as a true child of God.
Have you been struggling with an illness or stronghold for years without yet seeing breakthrough? Undoubtedly, our culture today is obsessed with instant gratification, but when you examine scripture, that is not always the case. if you are up against a lethal storm that only seems to increase in strength, know you are not alone. Biblical heroes like Joseph, Moses, Abraham, and Ruth all went through times where their situations only seemed to get more hopeless. All that meant was their time of breakthrough was coming closer.
This morning lay your burdens down before the Lord. Scripture tells us, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Mt. 11:28) and to "Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). We are not meant to go through life alone. Let God and others come along side you and help you in your time of need. He desires to replace your heaviness with joy and your mourning with praise.
"Be Strong and Courageous"- that's a tall order when you are overcome by weariness in a struggle that only seems to get worse and never seems to end. Thankfully, Jesus has enough strength and courage for the two of you when you feel like you have completely run dry. Today, stop trying to muster up just enough fortitude to "get through" the day. Instead, ask the Holy Spirit to come and shower you with the courage of Jesus. That kind of strength will not just get you through the day, but will encourage your soul in the deepest part of your soul.
Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? Maybe you or someone you know has walked through heartbreaking trauma or tragedy. Those difficult times can cause us to question our faith and God's ability or willingness to protect us.
Those who confess their sins and repent (which means to turn away from them) will find mercy. Our God is not an angry judge in the sky waiting to watch you make a mistake - He is the very essence of love itself. His nature is the perfect balance of both justice and mercy. There is nothing that can separate you from His love - not life or death or your past mistakes or your present problems. His love is unconditional. You cannot earn it. You cannot lose it. Live in the reality of that mercy and love.
Are you ever overwhelmed with the commands of God? There are quite a few, and when taken out of context they can be incredibly overwhelming. Sometimes it helps to remember that God only commands us to do things He has already done Himself. For example, when the Lord reminds us to not be ashamed of the Gospel, remember that God is not ashamed of you. He does not look on you with disgust or condemnation when you sin. He convicts with love, and draws you even closer to His heart through grace and the power to be holy as He is holy. Praise God for His commandments!