How can we anchor ourselves during a time when there seems to be a whirlwind of fear, panic, and negative news spinning around us?
Praying and meditating on scripture will always bring strength and comfort to us, but I believe another powerful anchor right now is to remember our heavenly Father’s past faithfulness.
Think back and remember how He healed you, how He provided for you financially, how He helped you through an unjust situation, or how He brought the gospel to a family member or friend.
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8), our circumstances do not change who He is or what He does. He is always faithful and will provide for us and bring us through this pandemic victoriously.
Remembering how the Lord has been good to you in the past will also stir up thankfulness in your heart and create an attitude of praise. When we praise the Lord it takes our eyes off of our situation onto our God who is far bigger than any trial.
Praise God today for everything He has done for you knowing that He is faithful to do it again!
“Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” ~ Psalm 106:1 NKJV
I don’t know about you but I think something the whole world needs right now is some JOY!
We are the sons and daughters of a Father full of joy. An abundant joy that we can receive even in the toughest of circumstances.
How can we be full of His joy when we may not feel like being joyful or don’t see how we possibly could be?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Prov. 3:5 NKJV). When we trust the Lord wholly we can let go of worry and fear and rejoice because we know He protects us and provides for us!
Our trials are not a surprise to God, He knows everything we will face which means He also knows exactly what we need to make it through hard times.
When things look impossible, remain joyful because those moments create even more of an opportunity for the Lord to do the miraculous!
Spend time in God’s presence today; read His Word, pray, and worship Him. Trust is built and joy comes when we are in His presence.
With God on our side, we can always have joy!
“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.” ~ Psalm 5:11 NKJV
In a time when the world is in a state of panic and the media is in a frenzy, we must remember that GOD IS ABOVE ALL! The name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, is greater than any sickness and any fear.
It is smart to protect yourself and your family but God did not create you with a spirit of fear. Listen to the strengthening voice of God above the frantic voice of the news.
Our heavenly Father’s voice says,
“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:9-11 NKJV
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
In the midst of this chaos God is not in heaven trying to figure out what to do. He is at peace. So you also be at peace knowing that He has conquered all. He is your safe place, your healer, your protector.
As humans, we all to some extent have a desire to feel valued and significant at our jobs, by our spouse or children, in our volunteer positions, and by our friends.
There will be moments, maybe even seasons of your life when you feel everything you do goes unnoticed and that you are not valued in your relationships or your work.
It may be true that the people around you are not realizing your significance but when those thoughts and feelings enter your mind, it is important to remember that you are always valued by your heavenly Father and that Jesus knows exactly what you are going through.
Jesus surely did not feel valued as people hit Him, spit at Him, and pushed a crown of thorns onto His head before nailing Him to the cross (Mark 15:16-20). But God valued Him and was preparing a reward for Him.
God sees you when you stay faithful in your volunteer positions, are mistreated at your job, go underappreciated as a stay at home parent, or when you are giving more than you’re receiving in your relationships. You may not feel valued, you may feel that all of your efforts are going unnoticed, but God sees you.
Your value comes from heaven. Don’t let the applause, or lack thereof, of this world deter you from where God has placed you right now. Follow Jesus’ example of faithfulness and listen to the direction of the Holy Spirit because God loves you and will reward you in due time.
Have you ever messed up and thought your actions were too bad for God to forgive or that you had strayed too far away from living out His Word that you couldn’t go back to the relationship you had?
I’ve got good news for you.
Nothing is too far for God. He can forgive, resurrect, and transform all of our past mistakes when we are willing to go to Him. Think of the Apostle Paul for example! A persecuting murderer of Christians gets reconciled to God and goes on to preach the Gospel and write a good amount of our New Testament Bible.
Wow. What an incredible almost unimaginable representation of how faithful our God is to forgive! The Apostle Paul’s testimony proves that when we go to God with a remorseful heart, He will forgive us.
God is faithful not only to forgive us but to make every promise in His Word come to pass in our lives. Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (NKJV) Whatever you need today, whether it is forgiveness, healing, provision, or peace, know that God is faithful to give it to you.
You are never too far gone for God. He is willing, He is able, and He is faithful to transform your mistakes into victories.