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HE LIFTS UP THE HOPELESS

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Psalm 40:2‘He lifted me up from the pit of despair, out of the miry clay; He set my feet upon a rock, and made my footsteps firm.’

Those who are battling with a sense of hopelessness are also close to the Lord’s heart. Hopelessness, depression, and burnout are things that the Lord wants to lift us out of. You may find yourself in a deep pit of despair or struggling in the sinking sand of life, but these places we sometimes find ourselves in are no match for His lifting power. It does not matter how deep the pit you find yourself in, nor the amount of ‘miry clay’ of difficult circumstances – HE is able to lift you up and lift you out of it. Not only does the Lord want to lift us up, but He also wants to change our situation and our status, from a deep pit – to a raised rock, and from miry clay – to a place of firm ground on which we can start making progress again.

Jonah 2:6 ‘To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But You, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.

HE LIFTS UP THOSE WHO ARE FACING OPPOSITION

Psalm 18:48‘Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me.’

Perhaps you find yourself in a hostile environment where others are making it difficult or near impossible for you. I often receive emails from people who tell me that their colleagues or bosses are making their working conditions so unbearable for them that they want to leave the work that they so desperately need. We pray for people who find themselves in such situations. I also often hear of school-going children who are being bullied and mistreated at school and, as a result, are left damaged in the process. God hates injustice and He may allow it to go on for a while, but there comes a time when He intervenes and deals with it. If you are facing opposition, injustice, unfair treatment or mistreatment and abuse, He will surely come and lift you up, out of, and above these things, so that you will not be overcome by them.

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