I want to encourage you to lift your head up high, to dream and to live with purpose and passion.
It’s easy to give up and quit, but with God at your side you can rise above your troubles.
We are a world at war, and you may be caught in the crossfire. The enemy comes to cause havoc, destruction, and death. You can look at life, even your best years are often filled with much turmoil and pain. I encourage you not to let go of God during the tough and gloomy times. No matter your battle or what the enemy throws at you, know that Jesus came to bring you life and life to the full.
Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
With God at your side, you can rise above the troubles, and you can put your trust in Jesus.
Jesus told us clearly that the enemy comes to…
- Steal, and
The enemy’s purpose is to bring destruction and chaos. He comes to cause division, strife and pain.
Thank God that Jesus didn’t stop there. He went on and told us that he “came to bring life and life more abundantly.”
If God is with you, then no matter what you face and no matter how crazy things are, you can rise above the troubles!
Jesus also told us, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
According to Jesus, we will face troubles, sorrows, and battles. But Jesus told us to “take heart”.
Jesus has all power and authority. Know that he is in control and that he has overcome the world. He has won the victory.
Therefore, no matter what comes against you, you can stand. For with God at your side, you are an overcomer.
You may find yourself in a dark valley of trouble…
I want to encourage you to take heart! Hold into Jesus. He will see you through.
In the book of Hosea, God’s people had turned their back on God. They had drifted from God and had become unfaithful. They had prostituted their lives and had gone after other lovers. They had fallen far from God. They had forsaken their first love and had forgotten all about God.
God’s heart was broken. But he told his people that after a period of pain and calamity, he would “win” his wayward people “back once again.” (Hosea 2:13-14)
God went on and said that he would “return the vineyards” to his people (a picture that they would be fruitful once again).God then told his people that he would, “Transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope.” (Hosea 2:15)
Today God can transform your valley of trouble into a gateway of hope.
A prophetic word written in the book of Zephaniah points to Jesus as the coming Savior. It says, “Rejoice!” … “Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.” (Zechariah 9:9)
This clearly refers to Jesus coming as the Messiah on Palm Sunday, as recorded in Mark 11.
God told his people in Zephaniah 9 that he would end the battle and that he would bring peace. He continued, “Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope!” (Zechariah 9:12)
Do you feel like a prisoner? Do you feel as if you are held captive by something?
Jesus is the doorway to life and he can transform your valley of defeat into a gateway of hope!
Jesus told us, “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.” (John 10:9)
Right after this Jesus continued, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10)
No matter what you face, there is hope. God can turn your mourning into dancing, he can turn the tide. He can bring light into your dark place.
Life can be hard. You might be facing many difficulties. Life can be a huge battle. But I want to encourage you to put your hope in God. Keep a good attitude. Smile! Look on the bright side of life. Wait on God. Rest in him.
Although the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy, Jesus came to bring abundant life. Yes, Jesus told us that we will face trouble, but he also told us to take heart, for he has overcome the world.
You can rise above the trouble and put your hope in Jesus, for he can transform your valley of trouble into a gateway of hope.
You don’t have to face life alone. Jesus wants to do life with you. Invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.
God wants to walk the journey with you.
If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you can come to him now.
On the cross, he paid the full price so that we can be set free and so that we can come into a relationship with him.
If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you can rest assured that God is for you! Remember, this is the same God who has all power and authority in heaven and on earth.
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To those who have taken Jesus as their Lord and Savior, he promises you, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
Again, God promises his children, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
God can cause all things to work out for your good!
No matter what you face, God can make a way.
In Romans 8, God’s Word tells us that he can, “cause everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
God really can cause all things to work out for the good of those who love him. Hold onto the life-giver. Hold onto God.
Romans continues to say…
“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?” (Romans 8:35)
“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Maybe you feel surrounded by trouble. The waters may the rising. You may feel like you are going to drown. Maybe you are oppressed.
Even if you are under attack, you can hold onto God! While the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy, with Jesus at your side, you can rise above your troubles. He can to bring abundant life to his children.
You might feel surrounded, hopeless, or imprisoned. Hold on to your Savior, hold on to Jesus.
Jesus came to rescue you from your troubles!
In Isaiah 43:1 it tells us, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.”
You may feel like you are kidnapped. When one is held captive a ransom needs to be paid to set the prisoner free. God’s word tells us, “Don’t fear.” God says, “I’ve got it.” God says, “I have paid the ransom so that you can go free.”
Jesus paid the full price on the cross so that we can be redeemed.
“For you were bought with a high price.” (1 Corinthians 6:2)
Isaiah 43:2-3 continues, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
God can make a way. He can bring you through.
With Jesus at your side, you can rise above your trouble. You may be going through the deep waters, or through the rivers of difficulty, or you may be walking through fires of oppression.
Even in the midst of your battle, you can arise, knowing that God has your back and that he will see you through.
God can even make “rivers flow in your desert” and he can make a “roadway in the wilderness”. (Isaiah 43:19)
Jesus can bring down walls of oppression!
It might seem like you have huge obstructions in your way. Maybe walls of oppression surround your life…
Joshua 6 tells the story of the City of Jericho. This city had large impenetrable walls. Maybe you have impenetrable walls of bondage keeping you imprisoned and enslaved.
God brought the walls of Jericho down! He can also bring the walls of depression, oppression, and bondage down in your life.
Nothing is too hard for God.
You might feel like you are stranded in a boat in the middle of a storm. If Jesus is in the boat with you, you will be OK. Jesus can calm your storms he can make a way. You do not have to face your storm all alone. If Jesus is in the boat of life with you, you will be OK. No matter how big or terrifying your storm. Hold onto your Savior.
If you are surrounded by trouble, call on Jesus. He can bring down the walls. He is the gateway of hope. He is the doorway to abundant life.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)
Come close to God. Turn away from your old ways and return to God.
Jesus came to bring life and life more abundantly.
Do you feel like you are going through life alone? My friend, you can call on Jesus. If you are surrounded by a crazy mess, call on Jesus. If you find yourself in the middle of trouble, invite Jesus into your life.
Call out to Jesus.
Jesus can do the impossible!
Many years after God had brought down the walls of Jericho, Jesus returned to the city.
There he met a bling beggar named Bartimaeus. This guy had no hope. He had no vision and nothing to look forward to. His future was dark.
But when Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was in his town, a spark of hope flooded his heart. Suddenly he thought, “I’ve heard of this Jesus. I’ve heard the stories of how he does miracles. Maybe he can do a miracle for me.”
Bartimaeus started to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
He got desperate. He did his best to get Jesus’ attention. The crowd tried to shut Bartimaeus up, but he just shouted louder, “Jesus, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:48)
Bartimaeus got Jesus’ attention. Jesus heard the cries of the desperate man, and had Bartimaeus brought to him.
Jesus asked Bartimaeus, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51)
The blind man answered Jesus, “Lord, I want to see.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” (Mark 10:52)
Jesus helped Bartimaeus rise above his trouble. He brought down the walls of darkness. He brought Bartimaeus new life. New hope. New vision. Jesus is the miracle working God.
Jesus brings good news and he sets captives free!
Today God is able to see you through the most vicious storm! He brings hope. He sets captives free. He brings life. Abundant life.
Maybe you have lost your way. You may have wondered away from God. You may have fallen, with Jesus you can rise above your troubles. If you are in a valley of trouble, call on Jesus and return to him.
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” (Acts 3:19)
Repent. Turn around. Return to God. When you do, wonderful times of refreshing will come from God.
Jesus is the way maker. Draw near to him. Cry out to him.
Do you realise what Jesus did for you?
Call on Jesus. Invite him to be your Lord, Savior, Redeemer and Friend.
When Jesus started his ministry, he read a prophecy from the book of Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19)
After reading this he said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21)
From this moment on, wherever Jesus went, he brought good news to the poor. He opened blind eyes. He healed the sick. He set the captives free and he even raised the dead.
Jesus came to bring good news. He came to bring life, and life more abundantly.
Acts 10:38 tells us, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
In Bible times, Jesus, anointed and empowered by the Holy Spirit went around doing good and healing all who are oppressed by the enemy.
You can live your best life now because Jesus is alive!
Jesus has not changed. He is still the same Jesus.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Jesus can do the same today that he did in the Bible times. He is willing. He is able. Nothing is too difficult for Jesus.
Jesus is alive. He is real! He is the Savior!
He can move mountains! He can rescue you and set you free!
No matter where you find yourself today, you can come boldly to God’s throne of grace.
Hebrews 4:14-16 tells us that, “we have a great High Priest in Jesus.”
This scripture goes on and tells us that we can “hold firmly” onto God, and that he, “understands our weaknesses”. (Hebrews 4:15)
He understands you. He knows what’s up. He knows the good, bad and ugly, yet he still loves you.
No matter who you are, where you come from, or what is up in your life, you can approach God with confidence.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.” (Hebrews 4:16a)
How can we come? Boldly!
Who can come? Anyone can come. You can come!
“There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Come to God so that we can receive His mercy and His help in your time of need. Come confidently to God. He wants you to bother him with your problems. He wants to pour out his undeserving favor and empower you to rise above your troubles. God wants to do life with you. You really don’t have to face your battles alone!
If you want to start or restart your walk with God, click here to pray a simple prayer we have set up for you.
Jesus came to bring life. Abundant life.
God can transform your valley of trouble into a gateway of hope, so put your trust in Jesus.