Exposing yourself to consistent negative feedback will invariably attack your faith. Who are you listening to? What voices are you permitting to influence your thoughts? It is time to shut out every opinion that contradicts God's word concerning you. Stop engaging in careless social talk that does not edify. Words are powerful. Make sure the ones you listen to will add and not take away from you.
Do not worry about your sad feelings; summon your will to sing, like the robin, through the rain. Paul and Silas did not allow the depression of the dark dingy cell to dampen their spirit and extinguish their joy; they ‘sang through the rain.’ So sing, and keep singing. God will hasten your deliverance.
I want to reach out to those who are feeling particularly overwhelmed and discouraged this season. Perhaps you have lost a loved one or have changed environment and you feel alone. Or maybe the year has been unusually tough for you, finance and health wise. You may be carrying burdens or think you have nothing to celebrate this Christmas, but the truth is, this season is especially for you.
In every difficult circumstance, we will always have a choice between sorrow and joy, but sorrow only breaks the spirit and prolongs the pain. Joy raises the countenance, illuminating the entire scenario, inspiring awe in observers and giving encouragement to those in equally dire straits.
Life often throws up hard-hitting situations. But the truth is, God will never tempt us beyond our ability to bear. So, however dark the circumstances may be; however lonely you feel, know that you have the strength of God within you to pull through with joy. The writers of the epistles, no strangers to tribulation, urge us to rejoice through the good times, and through the bad.
Refuse to be overwhelmed by any situation. This is a year to drop habits of worry and fear. Remember we have an assurance in Christ: every closed door shall be open. Take God at His Word. Believe and confess it. Position yourself through active expectation. Don't hesitate to go to Jesus in faith. And above all, Rest! knowing that God will do all that He says.
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