In the issues and challenges of life we can sometimes be left struggling to believe. In my own life I have held on and trusted God for some things, only to later discover that God had something different in mind. God may not immediately or miraculously change our difficult situations, but He gives us the power to face what is in front of us and to continue to believe in His goodness and providence.

Mark 5:35-36 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the Teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

In the midst of this desperate situation Jesus tells them to just believe. He would never have told them this if it was not possible. You see it is possible, because the Lord comes alongside you to give you the strength to believe. The answer from the Lord in this situation is – ‘JUST BELIEVE and KEEP ON BELIEVING IN ME!’

Ephesians 1:19 ‘I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him.’ NLT


Letting go can be one of the hardest things to do. Sometimes when we have been through some challenges we begin to own those challenges. This leads to us trying to solve things in our own strength and ability. Sometimes we just have to let go and let God. I remember hearing a story about a monkey and a bottle of peanuts. One day a man wanted to catch a monkey. He took peanuts and placed them in a bottle with a narrow neck. A monkey came and slipped his hand into the jar and grabbed a handful of peanuts. But when he tried to get his hand out of the jar he could not get it out with his hand full of peanuts. He could have let go of the peanuts and got away but he was attached to the peanuts in his closed fist. In the process he was caught because he couldn’t let go. You and I have the gift of letting go. Perhaps you have held onto something for too long and it has started to bring harm to your life. Maybe it is a hurt, a disappointment, an offense, a fear, or even the death of a dream. The answer from the Lord in this situation is – ‘LET ME HELP YOU TO LET GO, and REMEMBER, I WILL HELP YOU!’

Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.’

Philippians 4:6 ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’

Hope is that essential ingredient in life. It is the hope of a new day that gets us up in the morning. His mercies are new every morning and therefore we can have hope. Losing hope drains our strength and makes us weak. Hopelessness is not part of God’s plan for your life. We have the promise of a blessed hope in God. Hope is the thing that connects us to God.

Hebrews 6:19 ‘This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip, and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it] – a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells]’.

Hope is like an anchor for our souls. The answer from the Lord in this situation is – ‘I AM YOUR BLESSED HOPE, HOLD ONTO ME!’ You have a future and hope for today, and for tomorrow, and for eternity.

Romans 12:12 ‘Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.’

You can rely on the fact that the Lord has the answer to your struggles. It does not matter if it is secret struggles, loneliness, concerns for our loved ones or moments of doubt, the Lord holds the answers to all of these. May you find strength and comfort in knowing that God has the answers and that He will help you navigate the complexities of life.

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