Verse of the day:
Thought for the week:
Thank God for strength for the weary in the midst of difficult times. God has told us in scripture that we will have troubles. John 16:33 “In the world you will have trouble and suffering, but take courage–I have conquered the world.” “I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace.”
“In the world you have oppression; but cheer up. I have overcome the world.” But by same token he encourages us that he has overcome the world and lets us know that with him on our side so can we . That’s the good news and the thought to carry with you for the week.
He tells us that when we go through it he will be with us, we can take comfort in that. Psalm 46:1 “He is a present help in times of trouble.” We must go through the fire but we won’t be consumed by it. Exodus 3:2 “As Moses looked, he saw that the bush was on fire but was not consumed.”
But it’s the going through where God shows himself strong. We’ve all had those situations where if God didn’t come through for us we wouldn’t make it. So lessons, failures and difficulties are part of our training.
How do we know he’s a way maker if he’s never made way for us? How do we know he is a healer if we’ve never been sick? How do we know we have the strength to overcome certain situations and make it through if we’ve never made it through .
I’m sure you can think of times when you didn’t think you could make it through a particular thing but with God’s help you did. And you say to yourself, “hey I can do this, I am stronger than I thought. Lots of times God has to show us what’s in us. Just as we are partakers of Christ’s glory we are also partakers in his sufferings
Keep the faith people of God. He said he would be with us through our suffering. It is the suffering that produces greatness not the good times. However the good times are made even greater by his suffering.
He said he would be with us when we go through the deep waters, he didn’t say it would be easy. In fact we know that anything worth having is never easy. God proves himself in the suffering. In order to be in covenant with God we must suffer as Christ did. It’s the crushing of the grape that produces fine wine.
Keep the faith people of God by continuously reading the word over and over, let it take root in your heart in your soul and in your mind. It is with the mind that we serve the Lord. So guard your hearts and minds from all negativity, malice, and anything that exalts itself against the word of the lord.
2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Hebrews 4: 12 “Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Joshua 1:8 “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Have a great Week! Be encouraged.
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