Sunday, April 14, 2013

What a Difference a Day Makes"

“What a Difference a Day Makes”

So many times we have a bad day, we don’t know how we are going to get through it. 

Our mind starts running away from us. Hopelessness comes in and stops us in our tracks. 
Pressure comes and steals our focus. We can’t see past the moment we are in. We try many things, we look to many people, & we fail so many times. 
What do we do? How do we handle those hard times? They are real and they hurt. A loss of a loved one, a sickness, a loss of a job, and so much more can stop us in our tracks. What do we do when we are in those situations? How do we handle ourselves? Why does it matter? 
There have been many who have been through so many hard times. Hebrews says that we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses. These who have gone on before us. Those who have endured to the end. One we need to look to at all times, Jesus!!!! 
Hebrews 12:1-2
King James Version (KJV)
12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Looking at how Jesus handles the situations that came His way will help us through our hard times. How did He handle all the hurt and pain that others have caused Him? If we react like He did we will overcome our bad days. We do not have to give into the people and things pressing us. 
There are so many things we could look at in the bible as examples. These are just a few ways to help us through our bad days. 

  1. Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
Forgive all those who are making your life so hard. Forgive all those who have hurt you in the past. 

2) Encourage others who are struggling and have no Hope. (We are not of those who have no hope. We encourage others as God has encouraged us) 
2 Corinthians 1:4
New King James Version (NKJV)
who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

3) Remember your family. Others are watching you and how you are going to react to life. As they say, you are the only Bible some people read. Not that you have to be perfect, but you know the One who is Perfect. They want to know that God is real and He is willing to help.

4) Look to God with all your hard questions, not man. He knows all, sees all, and will have the only right answer for you in your situation.

5) Let your need be known. Pray, call the elders, & ask for help. We all need each other.

6) Speak God’s word. Declare who He is and what He has said. His word is true & powerful. This is your statement of Faith. Knowing that He has all things under control. There is a purpose and an end to what you are going through. He will work in any situation you are going through. 
Romans 8:28
New King James Version (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 
Jeremiah 29:11
Amplified Bible (AMP)
11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

7) Surrender to God and Let go. This day will end. Joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:5
Amplified Bible (AMP)
...Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

It might take many days until your pain and situation will change, but He will give you strength to go through it. 

Lord turn us from the worldly way of thinking and reacting to our situation. Let us look to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith. Give us strength and insight to our daily living. Heal us of the hurt and pain of the past. Be with us in our present and guide us through our future. Remind us that we are not of those who have no hope. Remind us that this is not our home and that we are only here for a short time, but those who endure to the end will be with you one day. And that day will last forever. Remind us that these days on earth will pass away, but your word will last forever. Remind us that where our treasure is, there will our heart be. We set our affections on things above, not on things on the earth. In Jesus Name....

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