I didn't come back and elaborate on that verse, or thought, but they have stuck with me like glue over the past week. God has spoken to me time and time again on that verse from John 14:1. I have dwelled much on that scripture and on Philippians 4:11. Learning to be content in my trials, not just during the good times in my life. Did you know that you can be content during your trials and struggles? We are encouraged to draw closer to God during these times. Our pastor said, "Don't let the troubles and hurts in your life make you turn away from God. Let them bring you closer to Him." Very good thought. Sometimes we find ourselves so hurt over things, that we tend to push God out of the picture. But we need to remember that God created us to be more conquers! He made us to be winners!
This is what I've thought on over the past week:
John 14:1- Don't let my heart be troubled. Trust God.
Philippians 4:11- Be content, even in my trials. God will take care of me.
Romans 8:28- Know that all things work together for my good when I love God & keep trusting Him. He is more than capable to take care of me even if & when I don't see or understand the whole process.
This morning's thoughts from our Word Study was:
Psalms 10:17-Psalms 11:2- “In the LORD I take refuge. ‘How then can you say to me: ‘Flee like a bird to your mountain.’” Word of advice from Word Study: "Don’t allow my enemies orthe enemy have the satisfaction of seeing me shake, shutter, or show grief over the trial or testing I face. With a strong faith in and my Mighty God I don’t have to shake, shutter, or show grief. Victory is mine because He was and is victorious!!!"
Which made think of this:
Psalms 27- The Lord is my strength. I can be confident in all areas of my life b/c God is always with me. He is my fortress. My Light. Who shall I be afraid of? Whom shall I fear? Victory is mine! :)
After seeing a comment on someone else's FB wall...one that I'm sure will cause waves...I am reminded of the scripture from this morning's message. John 14:1 "Don't let your heart be troubled..." Truly a good reminder for me this morning (& right now) as I have allowed my heart to worry and feel troubled over things I don't have any control over. It made me think about Phil. 4:11 which says to "...be content in whatever state we find ourselves in". (And I am paraphrasing.) I am thankful for these reminders: Don't be troubled. Trust God. Be content. Encourage & pray for others.
Our family used to sing a song that says, "I'm going to be anxious for nothing, going to take it to the Lord in prayer...." And that is just what I plan to do.
I may share more on this thought later, but for now I must head to bed for some much needed rest. :)