Posts Tagged ‘discouragement’

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Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭10‬ NLT)

On December 15th, Craig Johnson was on his way to visit his family when his snow mobile started to sink. He survived being lost for three days in the Alaskan wilderness, 40 miles from civilization, in subzero temperatures and being stalked by a wolverine. But only after the searching helicopters flew past him did he start to give up hope.

As you look back on 2014, there may be some hopeless situations you’ve had to endure; for some, maybe it’s been longer than a year. But the amazing thing about our God is that His very presence and existence screams hope for anyone who will listen! Throughout the Bible, God is spelling out the case for divine protection for the believer: If we are His, then He will provide and defend.

Craig Johnson is a blessed man to be alive today, and so are you. We don’t have to be stuck in Alaska or the Pacific Ocean to feel hopelessness. Be free from the dungeon of the your mind by allowing God to save you. If you are His, then your eventual breakthrough is secure! You are loved today! Hang in there!

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And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” (Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭30‬ NLT)

As Jesus walked throughout Judea doing His ministry, I believe the issue that left Him scratching His head the most was the ginormous lack of faith He found plaguing God’s people. Hadn’t they been privy to all of the stories of the miracles God performed for Israel? Hadn’t they cut their teeth on the acts of Moses and the visions of Daniel? Was it so hard to believe that God could still do it for them?!

I can only imagine that the Lord still moves about the world and stays puzzled when watching the modern Believer. You and I suffer from the same fractures in our faith that ancient Israel did. And for some of us that have witnessed bonafide miracles firsthand, why do we still struggle for even the simplest of things, like finances, food, or family frustrations? God never changes, but our faith ebbs and flows like changing of the tide.

As you read this, take a moment to remember, like I’ve had to today, that God never changes, He’s never fickle, and His best plans include you in them! God is never worried or scared, so neither should we be! Have a little more than a little faith in Him! You are loved today!

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I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease!” (Lamentations 3:20-22 NLT)

“Shirley’s” life was a tough one. She had endured a hard childhood and was widowed several times over. It seemed that wherever she went, tough times seem to follow. But to me, Shirley was an inspiration, because she always trusted God to take care of her. And He always did!

The Book of Lamentations in the Bible is a tough read. The devastations it chronicles are not God’s mean abuses but the results of Israel’s abandonment of God. Everything they endured was due to their own bad decisions. Half way through the tough times, the writer changes his course: “Yet I still dare to hope…”! Even in those darkest moments of self-inflicted problems, God is still there with us!

Your life may be like Shirley’s, where it seems like rough patches follow you; or you may identify with Israel, constantly paying for bad decisions. Regardless of how you get there, know that there is always hope when God is invited to show up! Awful times don’t destroy us, they define us. Let God define & refine you, making you assured of where your hope comes from! You are loved today! Live with hope!