“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
When we experience trials, setbacks, and disappointments in life, it’s easy to become frustrated and discouraged. Maybe you applied for a promotion at work and were sure you would get it, only to find out it was given to someone else. Perhaps you have believed for a loved one to turn their life around, only to watch them suffer from making one mistake after another. You might be battling an illness that seems to be getting worse instead of better. Whatever it is you may be facing, despite how significantly the odds seem to be stacked against you, take heart! God has already fought your battles for you at Calvary and secured your victory over every enemy!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
The first truth you have to anchor your soul to when going through a trial is that GOD IS NOT BEHIND THE BAD THINGS HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE! You are His precious child, whom He adores, and His plans for your life are saturated with HOPE, HEALING, RESTORATION, and VICTORY! His plans for your life are GOOD!
No matter what trials you are facing today, have a confident expectation of GOOD! God is GOOD and He LOVES you with an unquenchable, immeasurable LOVE! He already has the solution to every problem your facing and His answer to your cry for help is a resounding YES from the depths of His being! God is not only ABLE to help you He is WILLING!!! You may not see a way out, but He has a way! There are no hopeless situations in the Kingdom! God is greater than ANYTHING you may be facing!
If you find yourself in the midst of a storm right now, Jesus is your REFUGE and FORTRESS!
If you have made a mistake, Jesus is your REDEEMER!
If are feeling alone, Jesus is EMMANUEL, God with you! He will never leave nor forsake you!
If you feel like you are drowning in your emotions, Jesus is your SAVIOR! If you feel overwhelmed by financial debt, Jesus is your PROVIDER! If you are sick, Jesus is your HEALER! If you are starving for affection, Jesus is the BREAD of life!
If you are in darkness, Jesus is the LIGHT of the world! Whatever you need, JESUS IS!!!
If you have been living in discouragement town, taken up residence in the valley of the shadow death, I have good news for you!!! Today is moving day!! That is not your address!! Your address is SEATED IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS (Eph. 2:6)!!! You may have been down for a long time, given up on God AND the situation but the GOOD NEWS is God NEVER gave up on you and He still has a way to REDEEM, RESTORE, and HEAL everything for you!!
Take a leap of faith today, despite how it looks, despite how you feel, despite how impossible it might be in the natural and TRUST God! He will catch you even if you start to fall. His grace net is ALWAYS under you! You don’t have to be afraid. You don’t have to have it all figured out. Just take that first step towards God and away from fear, shame, condemnation, sickness, discouragement or whatever it may be your facing today. Run into the loving arms of your Savior! Come to Him, cast your cares over on Him, and allow Him to give you rest!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV