Do you ever feel insignificant, like a fleck of sand on a beach? Maybe you’ve sat in an audience and they called for volunteers. Everyone’s hand shot up. So many people to choose from, there was no way for you1214666323ZKGevb to get picked. So you just sat back on the sidelines and watched.

Or maybe you just don’t feel you’re good enough to get chosen? Were you ever called last during school for a baseball game? I was. All the time. It’s a terrible feeling to be left standing there alone.

But you’re never alone or insignificant with Jesus. And you’re never alone when God asks you to do something in His name. No matter how unqualified you might think you are to carry His word, you are not. A lot of people in the Bible felt the same way. They didn’t feel they were important enough to do what God had asked of them.

In Judges, a man named Gideon thought he was nothing. He was the youngest and came from the weakest clan. How much less important could you get in Biblical times? Yet, God was calling him to save the Israelites. In Judges 6:15, Gideon is saying to God, “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” Even with God speaking to him, Gideon didn’t feel qualified. Yet in the end, he trusted God and defeated the enemy.

You can too. Even if that enemy is in your own mind.

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The best way to get rid of the negative thoughts is to crowd them out with something else bigger and more beautiful: worship of the One who holds everything in His powerful and capable hands. – Jocelyn Green, author 

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We need to stop allowing our thoughts to hold us back. The more we read the Bible and get into God’s positve-negativeword, the more we will realize just how strong His power is in our lives. We must allow Him to do His work through us.

You might still be scared and feel insecure, but that’s okay. The point is to do what God is asking you to do. Eventually confidence will fill you so you can move mountains.

And remember, the more you say you can’t, the less you will. The more you know you can do through Him, the more you will accomplish.

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This past week, our church lost a couple to a fire. Sometimes we don’t know God’s plan, but we must trust Him. I am reposting a blog from December 9, 2013 that I hope will help with any hardship you might be going through.

 

God’s Plan

 Christians are not immune to hardships. Some lose their jobs, some their homes. It’s hard to fathom what God’s plan is when we are going through trials and tribulations. At times, I’m not sure it is God. It might be the devil trying to drive a wedge between you and your Father.His will

Satan likes nothing more than to kill a Christian’s faith. That’s why reading the Bible is so important in times of strife. A great Bible story to focus on is that of Job. He lost everything including his children. His wife told him to “Curse God and die!”. Job’s reply in Job 2:10 was  But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Job lost everything, yet still praised God. That can’t be an easy thing to do. But if you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, He will help you through anything. God’s love is unending, and He hates to see you suffer.

Sometimes you have to go through a hardship to grow into a deeper relationship with Him. He might have a plan you don’t realize. There might be a bigger reward around the horizon you can’t see during your suffering. You just have to keep your faith like Job did. And he was rewarded for it.

Whatever the reason, rest in the assurance God loves you and is there with you while you’re going through the rough spots. He is there to walk beside you during the peaks and to hold you during the most destitute of times.

And valleys are what give you a better relationship with God. It is then you learn to depend solely on him instead of yourself. If you only live with joy in your life, you might come to think you are responsible for the good times, instead of Him. When you go through a hardship, and you realize that the Lord is the Trustonly one who can get you through, that is when your faith is deepened.

During terrible times, keep your head up and your eyes raised to Jesus. Read your Bible. It will give you strength to carry on. Job lost everything, his wife, children, and home, yet he kept his faith. God rewarded him with a better wife, more children, and a larger home.

Everyone goes through bad times, whether due to our own actions or those of others. But, you’ll eventually walk through the valley. Don’t forget, once you get back on top of that mountain, praise God for carrying you.

And if it weren’t for depths of the valleys, we would never come to appreciate the view from the mountaintop.

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