Where is God in Our Pain and Struggle- A Word by Doug Addison
When hard times happen, we may wonder where God is through it all. We can
fall into focusing on the pain of our struggle and believing we are alone.
Regardless of how we may feel, God never leaves our side. He still speaks
to us even when we’re at the lowest point of our lives.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of
them, for the Lord your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
God knows how to encourage us when we feel down and out. But we can be so
focused on our difficulty that we can’t hear Him clearly.
Here are some steps you can take to unclog the spiritual atmosphere around
you, so you can start hearing God for your situation and get moving in the
Remember that you are highly favored
When we go through hard times, we can get so caught up in the day-to-day
survival mode that we forget or ignore our physical, emotional and mental
needs. God doesn’t want you to merely survive—He wants you to thrive even
through the rough patches in your life.
When Joseph was falsely accused, he even found favor in the jail cell!
Because he was already known for his good character, Joseph was put in
charge of all the other prisoners (Genesis 39:1–23).
God can do the same for you! No matter what terrible events may have
occurred, difficult situations and circumstances can’t take away the favor
of God on your life. You can even use your difficult times to your advantage.
Remember that God is thinking big
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or
imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
Ephesians 3:20 NIV
God isn’t only thinking about what you need today to get through your
difficult time. He has plans for your future to give you more than you can
You may see your difficulty, but God sees your future!
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Take time to rest and listen
God is not afraid of your pain, your hardship, your illness or your
heartache. He knows exactly where you are and what you’re feeling. You can
open up to Him and express what’s going on inside of you.
Remember, you are not alone. God is there with you even in the struggle!
“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
John 16:33 NIV
Take heart! God did not bring you this far to quit on you now. Watch God
blow your mind with the good things He has planned for you! It will be
better than before.
A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..
A word by Dana Jarvis
I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.
Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!
You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.
However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”
I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!
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