Posted by: missionventureministries | November 29, 2018

THERE IS HOPE FOR THOSE WHO TRUST IN JESUS – Philippians 4:19

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) 

Very often people who are dejected have difficulty expressing their feelings in a healthy way. A common cause of sadness is hidden feelings due to loss, or past hurts. 

To ignored or deny those feeling won’t make them go away. When we don’t deal with them and burry them in our soul, they will fester and create an infection that produces poison in our body.  

The cure is to bring our heartaches and hurts, our anxiety and anger, our fear and frustration to Jesus. We need to learn to pour out our heart to Him and receive His comfort. Jesus alone understands the depth of our pain, and the Bible assures us that: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16). 

We need to realize that harbored resentment blocks our emotional health and can lead to bitterness and even to physical problems. We need to learn to release each offender, each offense and all the resulting pain to God. When we do so, we will be taking all that weight off our mind and placing it on God, remembering that He is faithful and just, and He will avenge us in His time and in His righteous ways. God will give us comfort just as He gave Jeremiah when we pray: Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise” (17:14). 

The Scriptures are full of instruction and encouraging verses as Paul tells us: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).  

We need to quit negative thinking and focus on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8) 

We need to understand that God is sovereign over our life, and He promises hope for our future. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) 

Even though our finite mind does not understand at times why things happen, the Bible tells us that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) 

God has a purpose for everything that happens to us. There are storms that bring rain and than comes the sunshine that brings flowers. Likewise the storms in our life can revive our relationship with God and give birth to abundant fruit of the Spirit. 

The psalmist tells us that: Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word” (Psalm 119:67). God wants us close and He brings storms to warn us when something is wrong, so that He can slow us down and cause us to reflect inwardly to reveal our weakness and need of Him; and to develop our trust in Him. 

The Lord wants us to forgive and show compassion and understanding for others, to develop perseverance and maturity, to develop worth and value in our life. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:3-4) 

As we see, we need to exchange our hurt and anger for the option to give thanks, even when we don’t feel like it, because that is what we are commanded to do; give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus, (1 Thessalonians 5:18). 

We need to give Christ control of our life, entrusting ourselves to Him because He is always with those who trust in Him. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2). 

Even though God wants His children to forgive people, who have abused and injured us, we must be cautious and not trust them until they prove themselves worthy of our trust; this may take a long time or maybe never.  God gives His children wisdom and we must apply His wisdom and truth in every area of our lives.  

Therefore, remember to always: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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