Strength in the struggle

Billy Peterson   -  

I know you’re busy right now,

but if you’d allow me to step into your day for a few minutes here, I’d like to encourage you with what God has put on my heart for you.

Could it be that you’re feeling defeated in life right now? Maybe it’s in your parenting, in a relationship, financially…you can fill in the blank. If not, it’ll likely come and go in various seasons down the road. Success and failure both exist in the lives of everyone, even Christ followers.

The difference is that you and I as Christ followers have a High Priest who is able to give us strength and hope in the face of adversity and defeat.

The writer of Hebrews wrote,

“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
Hebrews 4:14-16

The thing about feelings of defeat and adversity is… it tends to bring us quicker to the feet of Jesus than anything else does.

Why is it Lord, that I’m not quicker to run to your feet when life appears to be going well on the outside? Help me Lord, to crave your presence daily, regardless of what’s going on in my life. Light a fire in me for more of You!


Friend, do you feel hopeless or defeated right now? Make that your prayer with me. Because more of Christ IS the answer. It’s not that He makes all of your problems go away in an instant, or even that He takes away the pain of your despair. But in it, He satisfies you. In it, He is your strength. And I’ve learned, the more I take my eyes off my circumstances and fix them on Christ, the more I realize the depth of His love.

I would like to pray for you right now.

 

Father, I lift up my friend reading this right now. Would you meet them where they’re at in this moment? I thank you that Your Word reminds us that we will not be shaken, because you are at our right hand (Psalm 16:8). And God, I ask that even in the midst of feelings of defeat my friend would know that You are for them and that You are good. It’s only in truly believing that, that we are able to not just give thanks in all things, but for all things, as you ask of us in Ephesians 5:20. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

My friend before you continue on in your day, remember the promise in Romans 8:37,

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

 

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