Don’t Give Up because You Are Stronger Than You Know

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He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron. (Psalm 105:17-18)

The story of Joseph is briefly related in Psalm 105. Joseph went through a very difficult, heartbreaking time before he became prime minister of Egypt. He was hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife, thrown in jail for no good reason, and mistreated and abandoned by the butler and the baker while he was imprisoned. After all of that, most of us, if we were in Joseph’s case, would be about ready to give up and quit. In our world where we can get things so easily, the first sign of trouble or difficulty often causes us to throw in the towel. Continue reading

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Stop Doing and Start Believing

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Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (John 6:28-29)

Often, many Christians get confused about faith and works. Some may ask, do our works prove our faith or does our faith prove our works? We go to church faithfully, read the Bible and pray daily, share our faith with others, resist the devil, and do good things for the people around us. Of course, we should do these things, but are we merely resting on our works or are we resting on our faith? Continue reading

You’re Closer Than You Think to Victory

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And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9)

God has placed in each of our hearts certain dreams and desires. We all have goals we want to accomplish in life. We all have, at one point or another, held on to the belief that a certain situation was going to turn around for good. Some of us have even waited and prayed for relationships with family, friends, or business partners to get better. Sometimes our heart’s desires seem to take a long time to come to pass. Sometimes even if we have done all we could, things just don’t work out the way we think they should or even the way we planned for them to work out. Negative thoughts invade our minds such as “You’ll never reach your goal.” “You’re just not good enough.” “You don’t really have what it takes.” Or, “Things will never get better.” It is at these times that it becomes easy to succumb to the thought of quitting, throwing in the towel, and giving up. Continue reading