John 16:33 Peace During Promised Trouble

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Each and nearly every day, people have some sort of trouble or problem in their lives. For most people their day to day troubles are often small. Small troubles such as being behind a slow person on the road, deciding which meal to make, choosing what to wear, or some other small choice.

For many others, their troubles can be gigantic, such as car breaking down, finding food to be able to eat, finding a place to sleep, health issues or more.

Jesus promised the disciples that they would have trouble. He also told them they could have peace in spite of the troubles because He had overcome the world.

Some believers often believe that when they began to follow Jesus that all of their troubles would go away. They believed that God would remove all trouble in this life.

In believing this way, many get discouraged and angry with God when they have to face many troubles. In reality when one becomes a believer, the troubles often double. They have all the normal troubles of life that most people have, plus they have persecution troubles.

Despite all of these troubles, the believer can have a supernatural peace. This peace comes from knowing that Jesus had already told about these troubles and that He has already overcome them and the world.

Despite all of the troubles, the believer can know that God loves him, forgiven him and will save him in the end. When all is said and done, there is eternity with God to look forward to. This brings a peace that the world cannot know or understand.

Each and every day you will face struggles and problems that appear to be huge, unsurmountable mountains. Keep in mind that Jesus had said this would be the case. However, also keep in mind that Jesus also promised peace in the midst of all those troubles.

Keep your focus upon God and what He is doing, not the troubles that this world will throw your way. God will bring you through every trouble that you will face. No trouble is greater than God’s power. Hold onto the peace of knowing that Jesus has already overcome your troubles.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God is in control; that you will know God’s power; that you will know God’s saving power; and that you will have God’s supernatural peace.

Psalm 68:19 God Can Carry It All

Carry heavy load

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalm 8:19 

Every day people have things to deal with. There is a job to go to, bills to pay, things to repair, food to purchase and cook, children to take care of, and much more. Each and every one of these things can become a burden to someone who really does not want to do it, or does not know how to carry it.

Carrying something becomes much harder when one does not want to do it, but it is still difficult, even when one wants to deal with it, but does not know how. There are many things in life that are difficult and people don’t know how to deal with it or are just unable to with what they have.

David gives praise to God because he knows that God is carrying his burdens everyday. He encourages others to praise God for the same reason.

Since God is the creator of the universe, there is nothing so heavy or difficult that He cannot carry. He is able to deal with any and every situation that each and every person has, no matter how big it is.

The challenge is that most people do not want to give up their burden. They want to hold it themselves and get crushed under the load. Giving up the burden to God, allows one to really live for God. It releases the pressure and weight upon the person.

When a person no longer has the weight of this world and its struggles, it gives him the ability to praise God more and be His witness to this world. One can begin to sing, shout, and dance before God giving Him praise, because his hands are empty from carrying a heavy load.

Let go of the burdens you are carrying and give them to God to carry. God will give you a light load to carry–live for Him and be His witness as you praise Him.

You do not have to worry about provision or safety or anything else, when you put it all into God’s hands and follow Him. He will take care of you and meet all of your needs in the perfect timing.

The world does not see or know this, so they get crushed under heavy loads. Release it and praise God today for what He is doing for you.

I pray today that God will reveal His strength to you; that you will see God’s provision for your life; that you will trust God with all of your heavy loads; and that you will give God praise for carrying you and your burdens each day.

Psalm 25:15 Where Are Your Eyes Focused?

Cat trap

My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Psalm 25:15 

When there is a hurricane coming in towards land, most people are focused upon that hurricane, wanting to know where it will hit and how strong it will hit. As they are watching it, they begin to prepare for the strike of that hurricane. All the ‘small’ things in life suddenly take a back burner and are no longer a real concern. Many feel as if they are trapped with no where to go and are just waiting out the destruction.

During times of crisis, people are focused on self preservation. They are seeking ways to survive what is going on and how to get through it. 

David had went through many different storms in his life that were set out to destroy him. Men were out to take his life and strived to set up a trap to capture him. Yet, he kept his eyes focused on God, knowing that it was only God who could get him released from the trap set to capture him.

Today the Satan and the world are out to trap the believer. Attacks are set up to destroy him. The problems that a person may encounter appear to be all around, snaring his feet and holding him down. The trap is an attempt to get the believer to deny God and fall into sin.

While it is easy to focus the eyes upon that trap and problems, the believer must focus his eyes and attention upon God, the only one who can release him. God has made a way out of every temptation. He has a path for every believer to make it through the storm or a way to get out of the storm.

To know those paths, one must have his eyes focused upon God and His word alone.

During the times of temptation or struggles that come your way, focus your eyes, all your attention upon God. Do not allow the trap in your path distract you from God.

God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you and get you released from the trap set to destroy you. He is the only One who can overcome what is set up against you. Put your trust in Him alone and see His hand at work in your life.

Where are your eyes focused today?

I pray today that you will be focused upon God; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will allow God to guide your steps; that God will release you from traps set to destroy you; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life.