Difficult Does Not Mean Wrong

“Father God, I just want this to be easy!” Have you ever uttered this honest prayer to God? I have. Today, as a matter of fact! It was immediately following that vulnerable plea that God’s Word came to remembrance and prodded my heart to trust…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight

Proverbs 3:5-6

Sister, whatever is in front of you today…whatever your “this” might be…bear in mind that “difficult” doesn’t necessarily equate with “wrong.” So very often we make the mistake of interpreting rightness and wrongness through the lens of emotion. If something feels right than it must be good…Or if it hurts and causes hardship, it is interpreted as wrong. However, trusting God in and through every circumstance does not depend upon your feelings. Nor is it remedied by personality tests and pragmatism (“whatever works”). Instead, trusting God is a step of obedience. Trust is submitting every worry to into His hands (prayer), and finding rest in His Words (the Bible). Dependency upon Jesus is just as necessary in the seemingly mundane moments of the day as it is in the “monumental.” Learning to trust Him in every aspect of life is essential…especially in the trials.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Friend, being “enough” is not dependent upon you. That’s why Jesus came. That was the purpose of the Cross. The Gospel was God’s rescue plan for you and for me…from sin, shame, and self-reliance. Jesus lovingly bore the source of our brokenness (sin) upon those wooden beams as to free us and to heal us. He made a way to God that only He could make. The Gospel is a gift that provides hope when the “hard” comes our way each day. It’s important that we lean into prayer readily and read His Words (Scripture) often. The wisdom and strength that Jesus promises to provide will guide and sustain you through every situation. Remember, He is both with you, …and is enough for you. So thankful for the Gospel!

In His Love,
Mer

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Scripture Says

Psalm 109:21-22

Colossians 3:2 “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

Colossians 4:2 “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Romans 5:6-8 “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

Colossians 3:1-2 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

Romans 8:6 “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”

Ephesians 6:10-20 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”

John 20:28 “Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ (Jesus)”

John 15:5 “…apart from Me, you can do nothing.”

Psalm 16:1-2 “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from You.”

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control;”

Isaiah 26:3 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You.”

Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

Philippians 4:19-20 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever.”

Colossians 3:16-17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Psalm 40:4 “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!”

Psalm 62:8 “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”

Psalm 118:8 “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”

Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.”

2 Timothy 2:7 “the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”

Acts 17:11 “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”

Romans 10:9 “Because, if 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.”

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”

Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 2:13 “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.”

John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the Truth; your Word is Truth.”

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

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