“In my distress I cried unto the Lord and he heard me”
As soon as the heat is turned up in our lives we turn to the world for pacifying.
Some find this comfort in drinking, watching pornography ,listening to negative or depressing secular music or sleeping their life away when depression takes a hold of them BUT as Christians if we claim that the JESUS we serve has the power we say he has and the authority we so boldly profess to the world then we as Christians ought to turn to him when all hell is breaking loose in our lives and not to the world for comfort.
Easier said than done right? Its true Ive been there and truthfully I’m still there. Sometimes I do find myself turning to secular things for comfort when I feel like God is ignoring my crys. Worldly things however profits nothing, it fills the void for a little while and then your left empty again–searching for something–searching for GOD.
Certain attacks in life are God sent to catapult you to the next level but sometimes the test will cause you to question certain areas of your life.
Naturally as human we tend to retreat when were being attacked but if you’ve been asking to go to the next level this year you may need to reconsider your method
Ask yourself this question will I Fight or will I Flee.
Secular pursuits will do nothing but DRAG you to hell with YOUR despairs.
The enemy doesn’t care about the PRESSURES of life or how high the heat is turned up. He only wants to sit back and observe how you will handle the conflict.
Satan is an accuser of the brethren which means his job is to scrutinize our lives and report back to God when our actions are contrary to the manuscript we should be following—the bible. He will sit back and point a finger at us when were not holding up our end of the bargain, he gets a high off of our failures and because we know this we should not give him the satisfaction.
When we experience excessive stress whether from internal worry or external circumstance a bodily reaction is triggered, called the “fight or flight” response
The term describes a mechanism in the body that enables us humans or animals to mobilize a lot of energy rapidly in order to cope with threats to survival.
If were overwhelmed and feel like were in a hopeless battle we tend to remove ourselves from the equation or in other words FLIGHT but if we see any value in what were trying to obtain or recover we will stand our grounds persevere and FIGHT.
The question you should ask yourself tonight is when trouble continues to arise in my life will I FIGHT or will I FLIGHT. Will I retreat andrn to the worlds advances for direction or pacifying or will I stand firm and lift my eyes up unto Christ whom my help and livelihood resides from?
Wherever this may be applicable in your life today you have to make the decision for yourself…How bad do you want this and are you willing to stay in the ring and FIGHT?
Don’t give the fight!
Jerimiah 29:11 “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.”
God placed this desire for rest in our souls, and he promises to fulfill it however with that being said he also asked us to have long suffering because he knew that eventually we will all long for rest from the stress of living
“I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish” (Jeremiah 31;25)
Have you ever spoken to someone who said something like “I don’t want to live anymore..but I don’t want to die either”?
What their really saying is simple. I want hope–I want to know that my living wont be in vain.
I have been at this stage many times sometimes the thought of suicide even crossed my mind but as a child of God I wouldn’t dare take my life because it isn’t mines to take.
There were times when I fell into deep depression and I didn’t want to try anymore,depression is real I see it everyday and its prevalent amongst young people
As believers we really need to ask God to give us the spirit of discernment so many people are suffering around us but we cant see it. We walk past friends, church members and people within our vicinity everyday and we have no idea about the things there are going through.
Encourage someone today if you can sometimes just a hello can make a difference in a person mind where life and death is concerned and If you feel depressed and alone, and feel like there’s no point to it all, remind yourself that you have a plan, you are working your plan and that someday it will come to past .
Don’t give up the fight because your future depends on it, and do not give up on yourself God has a plan for us all that MUST come to Past but it can only be fulfilled if we Endure.
Long suffering is one of the fruits of the spirit and its something we need to acquire in order to walk this walk of faith. Encourage yourself because outside of the assurance of Christ all we have is ourselves so we have to love on ourselves and speak life over ourselves
“But don’t give up. No, rather “take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:8–9)
Jesus replied saying Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:
I wish I could fast forwarded my life to get a glimpse of where God is taking me, I mean if God can show us what will become of us in the next few years wouldn’t that be great. It certainly would save ME from a lot of bad decisions and wrong turns IM destined to make along the way.
In this I could avoid bringing temporary people into MY space or avoid some choices that will have a negative lasting factor on MY live. If God did that for us it would be great… but wouldn’t that also be boring and predictable …What lessons could life teach us if we knew or could predict everything that it had to offer. How could faith play any part if we had no need to exercise it and how confident would we be in God if we didn’t have to rely on him for each step or decision we had to make.
The truth is God wants us to lean on him daily at every waking moment of our lives, he wants us to rely on him with our hope for tomorrow, he wants us to exercise and gain faith unparalleled (never seen or experienced before) because without it its not possible to please him.) We exercise to improve our heart health and we lift weights to build and tone our muscles. But what about our spiritual walk, what about building spiritual muscles
What do we do to stay hopeful, encouraged, and faithful when it seems as if life is taking on a rollercoaster ride. Truth is faith is like a muscle you need to exercise it daily to keep it active because if you don’t it will gradually decline in its effectiveness If you have ever broken a leg and been unable to use it for a time, you will know that you need to work hard to rebuild the muscle that has been weakened by prolonged inactivity.
The physiotherapist will work with you to rebuild what has been lost through lack of use and eventually you will be able to walk on your own again. In the same way Jesus (the object of our faith) has assured us that exercising our faith is crucial in order to walk along side him, he said to us if we have faith even as small as a mustard seed its enough to move any obstacle in our lives.
The mustard seed is a very small seed but once watered the plant grows to a remarkable LARGE size in comparison to the original mustard seed. The more we exercise our faith is more it grows within us and produces remarkable results. It is not the quantity of faith you have but the quality of faith (confidence) you have in God and God’s Word
It matters not how large or small Your faith may seem to be; What really counts is WHOM you trust In life’s uncertainty. —Fitzhugh