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Sunday, November 8, 2009

People Will Let You Down...God Will Lift You Back UP

Guess what? In this world you will have trouble! Jesus promised you that. But He quickly reminded those listening that HE has overcome the world.
John 16:33
"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 world."

If you belong to Him that promise is for you.
People are going to hurt you, disappoint you and let you down. Guess why? You are in this world. Guess what else? You are going to hurt people, disappoint them and let them down. Again...can you guess why? You are in this world.

Let's look at someone who set a standard for us to follow while dealing with disappointment directly caused by the choices of others: Joseph...

Pushed into a pit by jealousy- brought out of the pit by greed -locked in prison by lies- forgotten by selfishness but sustained by Faith in God, Joseph is our shadow of a Christ-like response in a Satan-like world.
If anyone should have felt pity and anger and disappointment it was Joseph. His own brothers who should of been protecting him started the cycle of great harm that faced him for almost 13 years. Has someone hurt you? Maybe you are facing broken trust right now. Maybe you have deep disappointment in the character of a trusted friend. Maybe you are the disappointment to someone else. Guess what? God can and will lift you back out of the pit of hurt and disappointment if you let Him. Forgiveness is His gift to you. Are you willing to share that forgiveness with others? Mercy is easier to give when it has been received. I am not telling you the pain and hurt and disappointment will instantly go away simply by choosing to forgive. I am telling you nothing you face is a mystery to God. If you are His and you are facing a trial, He already knows. He knows what Glory you will be able to give to Him in the midst of the hardship if you trust Him. He knows the level of pain it will take to sift or sharpen you in any given area of your life that will be perfected through this trial. Trust Him.
No matter what Joseph faced, He kept his eyes on the LORD. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ you have something even Joseph did not have available during his struggles...the indwelling Holy Spirit. Ask Him to guide you through the trials and hurt you face now. When struggles come to you focus on God and He will in His time reveal to you the purpose for your trials. You may not end up the second most powerful man or woman in the land as Joseph did and save the nations around you but you will serve the intended purpose God has for you. In the meantime surrender this burden to him whether it is of soul, body or mind. Allow Him to carry it for you and rest in His Peace. People will let you down...God will lift you back Up again.
If you have never asked Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of your life, simply ask Him.
The bible says you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead...YOU WILL BE SAVED! That is the plan. That is His offer to you. If you did that...then you do have the Holy Spirit available to you.

Romans 10:9

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Matthew 11:28-30 (New American Standard Bible)

28 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."

29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS."

30"For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

I know our hearts often carry the heaviest burdens. Let Jesus take them (your heart and your burden) for you.

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