BIBLE READING: Phil 3: 12 - 14 12 I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
BLOG: Amid the despair, there is hope.
I know that often we get into situations and think that there is no way out. It's hard, and it doesn't look like it's going to get any easier any time soon.
What do you do?
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Most of the problems we face have to do with people. But people fail us, betray us and even bully us. That's why Deuteronomy is so mighty. God says, don't be in fear or dread them. Why? Because God has gone before you and while you are there He's right beside you.
But it's hard!! Yes, it is. But it isn't impossible.
Hebrews 12:2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Keep your eyes on Jesus. He knows what is going on and He's right there with you. When you keep your eyes on the things that depress you and drag you down, you'll feel it. You're exhausted physically, mentally, and spiritually.
So be patient. Don't give up on Jesus. His timing is always perfect.
Be kind. Don't let anger lead you to do something you'll regret.
Praise God. Even in pain give Him praise.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to keep my eyes on You today. AMEN