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God Is ALWAYS With Us

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Have you ever felt that God was nowhere to be found? You called on him and you didn’t hear anything?

I have felt that way before. If we are honest, I bet we all have, even the most spiritual of us. If we are not careful, the devil can twist that feeling and doubt and cause us to fall away. Before we give in to that feeling of doubt and rejection, stop and ask yourself what did God have to say about leaving us?

In Hebrews 13:5 KJV God tells us
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

And Matthew also tells us in 28:20 KJV
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

See that? God will never leave us. He is always there when we don’t feel Him. He said He will be with us always even unto the end of the world.

We all go through these times. Our reaction is what makes the difference. I have heard well-known evangelists express they even have gone through these times. I have also found and heard testimony that when individuals like you and I have felt that way, and felt God was far from them, they were used to minister to someone mightily! Even in department stores. Remember, no matter what, God promised to be with us. He will always hear our cries.

Psalm 34:15 says
15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Whether we feel Him or not, God is beside us, He hears us and loves us. Don’t give up!

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Hope In Our Trials

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We Can Find Hope in our Trials.

Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in a trial that seems to be going on forever. Maybe it goes on for months or even years.

The Bible tells us in Romans 5:1-4 (KJV)
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope

Many times in my trials, I don’t see God or what work He is doing during this time, but the important thing I need to remember during those times, is that God is still by my side working even though I feel like He is a million miles away. He will be my strength though I feel like I have none, my victory when I feel totally defeated and my hope when I feel like I can’t go on.
This scripture tells us that something does come out of those trials that we all dread.
I like how this scripture reads in the Amplified Bible.

3 Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
4 And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of [a]character (approved faith and [b]tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] [c]joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.

I will build endurance going through, trusting and depending on God during my trials. Eventually, my character will change for the better and I will have that hope that only can come through trusting God. God gives us victory and tramples down our enemies (Psalm 60:12)

Yes it is hard, especially after a long period of time, but once we come out on the other side of that trial, it will be worth it and we will see the changes and the testimony that comes out of it. Keep holding on to Jesus! He is the hope!

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Worry

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Key Verses:

Matthew 6:25-34 (King James Version)

 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 Duet. 31:6

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

 Ruth 3:11

And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.

      What is the one of the biggest sins that we as Christians commit? (Next to Gluttony)

Answer: Worry.

      We are all human, not one of us can sit here and say that we do not worry. If you can say that, then you are super human or super spiritual.  

Definition of Worry/Worried:

To feel uneasy or concerned about something.

To be troubled.

To cause to feel anxious, distressed or troubled.

Persistent mental uneasiness.

A source of nagging concern.
     

     Jesus declared, “I AM the bread of life,” Do you understand the impact of what he is truly saying? He is saying, “I will take care of all of your needs spiritually from now until the day you die.” He is our daily bread, just as we eat every morning, we need to partake of that bread. He will sustain us, and Jesus is saying, “I AM the bread of life.” I AM complete, sustaining nutrition for you spiritually. If you eat this bread and drink this cup, you’ll never thirst again.” As bread, Jesus promises satisfaction now and for eternity. Notice, “Never hungry,” He says, “Never thirst.” Do you really believe that, or are those words on a piece of paper?  

What is wrong with worrying???

 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Worry is disobedience:
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Worry is unbelief:
Matthew 6:25-34 (we read above)  25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Worry is a form of atheism:
Psalm 14:1). The person who worries is really saying, "THERE IS NO GOD who can handle my problems and take care of my life and my future." The one who worries, as well as the atheist, is a 
Fool (Psalm 14:1)
Worry can lead to physical problems:
Stomach ulcers and other physical problems can often result from needless worry and anxiety. Not only is worry spiritually unhealthy, but it is also physically unhealthy. Worry can never help us, but it can harm us.

Worry accomplishes nothing:
Matt 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

      So, my question is Why worry when nothing good comes from it? We are always scurrying, and hurrying, and what if’ing.

What if I get sick?

What if the diagnosis comes bad?

What if my wife leaves me?

What if I lose my job?

What if I can’t make the payment?

What if I do bad on the loan?

What if my child goes away?

What if my child gets in immoral relationships or gets pregnant?

What if my child decides he or she is gay?

What if?

     Have you ever what if’ed your way through life? If you what if your way through life, you really are not taking the Bread that sustains, the Bread of Life.

     If I’m what if’ing through life, I’m not trusting in the promise that Jesus gave, that he will take care of everything…. Do you want to end up like Mr. Worry?

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     The same God who commands us not to murder, lie, and steal also orders us, with equal force and authority, not to worry. This is a tough one for us because these other sins are external acts while worry is an internal emotion. Worry comes so naturally to us that we often do not even realize that we are doing it. The weight of worry can crush us, and, if we hope to avoid this, we must make it a habit of doing two things.

     First, we must focus on the faithfulness of God. Worry is attached to a fearful uncertainty of the future, and, when we worry, we are actually calling God’s future faithfulness into question. Yet, if anything can be established from Scripture, it is that God is always faithful to His people. In fact, the Bible declares that it is impossible for Him to be unfaithful (2 Timothy 2:13).

Second, we need to focus on the needs of others. It is amazing how quickly we forget about our own worries when we turn our attention to other people. By being others-centered, we turn from being self-centered, which is the catalyst for worry. God’s provision for what we worry about is often found as we help others. Do not forget that the disciples were each left with a basketful of bread after they had served the multitudes (John 6:13).

      Now, realizing that it is impossible for God to be unfaithful to us, why not praise him! Lift him up and thank him, and stop worrying for tomorrow and become others-centered….

          Said the robin to the sparrow, "I should really like to know Why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so."

Said the sparrow to the robin, "Friend, I think that it must be That they have no Heavenly Father, such as cares for you and me."

Trust God! Be Worry Free!

 Questions:

Name ways we can stop worrying

Name a time when you felt peace and did not worry over a problem and God took care of it?

How can we become others-centered instead of self-centered?

Note: I did this study for a House to House group about awhile ago and I cannot remember all the rescources that I used. I apprecitate all the information that a gleaned from those rescources and had I known I would use this study online, I would have referenced each.Thanks to those I did use.