Thursday, April 11, 2013

Focus on God's Promises

We all have good days and bad days in life. There are time when we are on top of the mountain and other times we in a deep valley. But what do we do when we are down in one of those valleys? When we're discouraged or depressed. I believe that God's Word can be of great help in these dark storms of life. God gave us many precious promises that we can rely on when we need hope and comfort. These promise help us to learn what God is like and remind us that God is for us and with us! He is willing and able to lift us up though His Word. 

When we face difficulties, when fear or doubts seem to overwhelm us we can turn to Him in prayer and look into His Word and realize that He desires to be our source of strength! Here are a few steps. 

1. Choose to trust that God is bigger, smarter and more loving than you can imagine. God loves us, and He always keeps His promises. Read, underline and memorize His promises to you. Begin with 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 

2. Resist the temptation to worship the problem- it's a common form of idolatry! It's easy to get so focused on a problem so that we eat drink sleep and breath it, instead of praying about it and focusing on God's ability to handle it. 

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 

3. Regain your joy and peace by focusing on the Lord! Be occupied with who He is, what He's done and what He is going to do for you! Focus on His power, provision and presence, not your problem. 

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth. 
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalm 121:1-3 

4. Speak to God Often! Take your problem to the Lord and leave it with Him. Hand it to Him and let it go! Don't take it back, He can't fix it to you surrender it to Him! 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 

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