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Rejoice

I’m sure you’ve heard people say that as Christians, we should rejoice in our hardships. That seems bizarre. When we’re in the thick of a struggle, it might seem impossible to rejoice.

But from experience, I want to encourage you. What Isaiah 40:29 (http://bit.ly/2HPlEnA) says is true: God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. When we are at our lowest, that’s when God is able to show off.

Our struggles are hard, but God uses them as opportunities to show us His love for us. Our faith comes out stronger. And that can be something to rejoice about.

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2019/09/06

Have you ever had a friend that is going through something intense, and they’re looking to you for help and support? What about when they’re looking to you for reasons why God isn’t answering their prayers? These moments can be tough, and you might feel at a loss for words.

Sometimes people just need reminding of what’s true. That God never leaves us (Isaiah 41:10 – http://bit.ly/2QOiRRf). That He wants good things for us (Psalm 84:11 – http://bit.ly/2NSncRw). That we can take anything to Him (1 Peter 5:7 – http://bit.ly/2FbFqH4). Memorise these verses, so they might bring comfort and peace.

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Where’s your mind at?

Paul wrote to the Philippians, ‘Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.’ (Philippians 4:8 – http://bit.ly/2LPgU50)

To be joy-filled Jesus-followers, we need to engage our brains, not just our feelings. We need to remind our brains to fix our thoughts on all things worthy and worthwhile.

What food are you offering to your thoughts?
Are you feasting on what’s wholesome, or are you surviving on the superficial pickings of social media feeds?
Why not fatten your focus and your feelings on some rich, delicious truth today?

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Love anyway.

Don’t you hate it when you text a friend and there are two blue ticks and they don’t reply? It’s hard to keep your thoughts from running away with you to a place where you assume you’ve been un-friended, laughed at, rejected or ignored.

1 Corinthians 13:7 (http://bit.ly/31aoY3P) says that ‘love believes all things.’

That doesn’t mean love is stupid.
But a person who loves chooses to put their faith in Jesus to protect them and protect their friendships. A person who loves chooses to believe the best – instead of assuming the worst.

Ask God for strength to keep on loving that friend anyway.

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