by Abbey Downing
God is lovingly perfecting us and sometimes that has to come through battle.
We know that God is on our side. But the trials can still be discouraging… even as believers.
GOD wants us to stand firm on his word and encourage each other in truth and through intercessory prayer. I forget sometimes that we are in this together.
Many of us are battling discouragement, physical trials, anxiety, regret and doubts that people may not even know about. But GOD does.
My default battle is fear. I sometimes become overwhelmed by fear. It becomes discouraging when what I thought was conquered just won’t go away.
I need the prayer and encouragement of this family. We need the Lord in each other.
The scriptures of the day on my Bible app so far this week have been personally spot on.
Monday’s—“The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But The Lord’s purpose is to give life and give it abundantly.” John 10:10
There is an enemy who wants to steal our joy, kill our hope and destroy our faith, but many times we just need the reminder from His word and from our brothers and sisters that HE IS DEFEATED and that we are beloved children of God.
This was said in Sunday’s verse—“God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7.
And to confirm the power in these scriptures: Today’s verse of the day—“The word of God is alive and powerful, and sharper than the sharpest two edged sword.” Hebrews 4:12.
Sometimes we are so focused on the storm that we lose sight of the power within our Father’s Word. These are all things that God says. They are fact and very real. Sometimes in the battle lines get blurry, but thank God we have each other and the truth that says He has gifted us power, love and sound minds.
God doesn’t say that he will take us from every trial. But he does say that his grace is sufficient.
We’ve been hearing a lot about prayer lately and how we should exercise ourselves in it. It’s our lifeline to the strength ourselves and others need.
There are ones in these pews who are in a battle right now who need a breakthrough of strength. I’m one of them, and I know I’m not alone. I need prayer daily.
We have the privilege of interceding for one another.
Here we find peace. We find freedom in joy. And we find endurance besides our weakness.
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