Tough times. None of us like to face the cycles of our lives, where we feel like we are under attack. When we are going through the difficulties, it makes no sense. How often have you felt like you were being punished? You wonder why things are happening to you…and more often you wonder where God is in all the trials. It can seem like the more you pray, the more the silence. Rest assured, God is there. God is NOT punishing you. God hears every prayer and knows every difficulty you are facing. Jesus is in the midst of the situations, and He is guiding you along. You may not feel His presence. You may not understand what is happening to you. However, you can be assured that you have the power to allow God to protect and guide you. Call on the name of Jesus. The enemy is a thief that will rob you of your joy if you allow him to. Satan works in all kinds of ways, to distract you from the power God has given you through the Holy Spirit. The enemy will try to destroy you and cause doubt and confusion. The more tough times you experience, the more you need to seek Jesus in a much deeper level. Pray in all circumstances, throughout the entire day. When something happens that causes you to doubt…stop and call on Jesus. Rebuke the devil. Speak the name of Jesus out loud, and ask God to protect, guide, and carry you through this difficult time. This world will always have difficulty within it. The difference in how your life is lived out…is in the decision you make in how you face it. There is hope in the struggle…when you stand firm in your faith. God is with you, and in time…you will see the journey you have walked through, and how Jesus carried you to victory.
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. DEUTERONOMY 31:8
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 PETER 5:6-11
God is with us.
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