In a world that often feels harsh, chaotic, and full of struggle, it doesn’t take long before we find ourselves battling the feelings of being overwhelmed, rushed, or anxious. Many of us, in fact, have grown so accustomed to these patterns, we even start to live there, in the midst of the never-ending hurry and worry mode.
Last Sunday I spoke just about these issues and about how often it’s in our weakness the God moves in with his presence. If you are struggling it’s not because that is where God wants you but it’s where he wants to meet with you. The enemy wants us to think the opposite and he is a thief and a liar. He’s an expert at finding the best ways to try and steal our energy or waste our time. But God is bigger than that, and He promises to be with us. He continually offers us confident peace that can never be found in this life without Him.
Many times, in order to break free of this cycle, it comes down to a choice: choosing whose voice we listen to and choosing how we spend our time.
God is faithful. Asking for His help in our anxious and overwhelmed struggle, praying and allowing His Spirit to guard our hearts and minds in Him, is the very first step to reaching new and solid ground.
Be assured today, God knows your way, He sees your battle, He hasn’t forgotten you, and He’s still at work, even in the most trying of times.
You see, big news here, we are not the Saviour of the world, but we are meant to live and thrive in partnership with God who sees our weakness and comes to us. I didn’t have time on Sunday to cover what steps you can take in times of struggle to help you recognise and experience His protection, power and mercy. One way to do that is to meditate on the promises of God to us which can become the foundation of our lives. So over the six weeks of the summer holidays, I want to cover a number of amazing promises which I hope will help you all.
There are 11 promises from Scripture that God wants each of us to know. Even though we may already be able to recite them by heart, really believing and living them can still be a challenge. So I invite you to hear these promises that were written about you long before your birth in our scriptures.
So as we embark on this journey let me start by reminding you of this scripture.
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. 2 Cor 1:20
Thank you, Lord for your promises which we can build our lives upon. Maybe recognise our need to listen to your voice today and not that of the one who would accuse us. As we dive into these promises over the coming weeks we pray that you would bring them afresh to us. Amen