Jesus Thoughts ...

“After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” (Nehemiah 4:14)

Don’t just think about the problem, think about the Lord. Nehemiah said: “After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles … officials and the rest of the people, ‘Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome.'”

What specifically should you remember? Three things:

  1. Remember God’s goodness to you in the past. When you start thinking about all the good things He’s already done in your life, your spirit will be lifted and your anxiety eased.
  2. Remember God’s closeness in the present. What is He doing in your life right now? The truth is, He is with you whether or not you feel His nearness. He said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
  3. Remember God’s power for the future. He will give you strength for your needs. When you get discouraged, get your mind off your circumstances and focus on the Lord, because circumstances can depress and discourage you.

Chances are, if you’re feeling disheartened it’s because you are thinking gloomy thoughts. If you want to feel uplifted, make a concerted effort to think uplifting thoughts. Choose some encouraging Bible verses to memorize and quote them to yourself: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). “Everything is possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23). Keep in mind that it’s your thoughts that determine your feelings, and by filling your mind with promises from God’s Word you can overcome discouragement.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, in all that I do help me always remember to know You are there with me and want me to stay focused on You and Your Presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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