Journal Entry ~ 05/21/19

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36

If we want to change our outlook from one of fear to one of belief, we need to shift the way we look at trials in our lives. So often, it is the fear of something happening that consumes us over the actual event. The "what ifs" eat us alive. Our minds are so powerful at conjuring up future scenarios that haven’t even happened, we find ourselves trying to solve tomorrow’s problems on today’s grace, and that can be overwhelming. 

The problem is when we’re in a difficult trial, we suffer our suffering more than we suffer through the trial. Our thoughts and fears grow larger the problem itself, and our suffering is magnified. The only way to overcome is to capture our thoughts and change our perspective. Our trials are our trials only as a result of the way we look at them. 

If a trial is entering your life, then God ordained and allowed that trial for a very specific purpose...and you can bet it will be for His glory and for your good. I've been through some incredibly difficult trials in my life, and every single time, God had something beautiful on the other side. Without fail, God has had something in every difficult moment for me that was good. Every trial in a Christian’s life is an opportunity to see Him at work - every storm serves our Lord and demonstrates some aspect of his sovereign power. You can count on that. 

We need to stop fearing the trials, and believe they serve a purpose. He is standing in the storm with us, and He will work all things for good. We need not fear what may happen in the trial, we just need to stand strong in our faith and be courageous, trusting in His goodness and His love for us. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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