Bible Strong-Troubled Times Feb 2018

What do you do when your world has fallen apart around you? When dreams are shattered, you’ve lost loved ones, jobs are lost and relationships have failed how do you keep going? How do you rebuild your life, a marriage a career where great damage has been done?

The best place to start is seeking the Lord through prayer, reading His Word for guidance and comfort. Acknowledge God’s wisdom, His power, His presence. Receiving the salvation of the Lord and His love, grace and mercy are like hitting a reset button in your life. The pieces may not fall back into place immediately but with the Lord’s help, life will come back into alignment. Begin with the foot of the cross, worship and pray restoration will follow.

No one is exempt from life’s trials and storms even when you follow Christ. Even when you are in close relationship with Him, doing all the right things and nothing wrong, when no sin separates you from Him and His will, dark times will come upon us all.

As a believer, you may have to go through extended, ongoing trials, grief and sorrows. This is when you realize the Lord is in control, and you must depend totally on Him. You realize you can’t change your circumstances, only He can. He is Sovereign over the circumstances of your life.

I want you to know God knows about your struggles. He has set His clock and the thermostat and has His eye on both. He will not put you through more than you can stand, but He will take you to the edge. If God is for you who can be against you? Lean on Him and, obey and yield to the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 34:19 The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.

 The enemy brings all kinds of trials/storms into our lives and wants them to keep us from experiencing, everything God has for us. Sometimes your faith is challenged. We must keep our eyes on Jesus and not on our circumstances. God uses these storms, to grow us closer to Him and to teach us.

In all of our hard times Christians should remember the Jesus is with us, He is present and in control. Nothing surprises Jesus and He has not forgotten what you are going through. If we know this we can trust that He will get us through to the end and He will bring peace with each situation. He brings light into dark circumstances and peace in the most unsettled times. Jesus is our Light our Peace our Hope for troubled times. 

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

Trust God with your small problems and storms as well as the big ones. Every problem and storm is small to God. No storm or trial including death itself can ultimately defeat us as sons and daughters of the Great King.

Would you ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior? He will forgive you of all of your sins. Though your sins be as scarlet He will wash you whiter than snow. As you draw near to Him with confession and repentance, He will draw near to you with mercy and forgiveness.

Satan wants to destroy you, to kill you. Jesus wants to rescue you, to save you, to give you eternal life with Him. Just ask Him to come into your heart.

God Bless. Heal the broken-hearted, bind up all their wounds.