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There's Hope During Tough Times Times are still challenging for people. I heard this morning that unemployment is on the increase – again. People are still losing jobs or taking pay cuts. It’s been tough on families for several years and it doesn’t seem like the general economy is anywhere near a rebound. In addition to, and at times because of the economy, families are struggling to stay together. Divorce is at an all time high. Then there’s the problem within the family of rebellious children, or those experimenting with and becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. The list could go on and on.
People are looking for answers. They are searching for the solution to ease the pain. Many think they have found it in such things as drugs and alcohol or divorce as mentioned above. Others turn to the self-help gurus who make big promises but are slack in providing. Some will look to the different religions or cults only to find their fix is very temporary. And then there are those who have lost all hope and have taken what they consider to be the answer; suicide.
Most people are looking for “the complicated,” thinking that their problem is so immense, so big that it’s going to take that to solve it. In reality, there is a solution to all or your problems and it’s not complicated. There is hope for those who are truly seeking to find help. Why should the answer be so big, so difficult, so complicated. Shouldn’t the answer be so simple that even a child could understand it? Shouldn’t the answer be one that the financial cost is very minimal, like zero dollars? I thought you would agree!
So, here it is, the simplistic answer you’ve been waiting for… Jesus Christ! Really? Yes, really! Jesus said to us, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” It is yours for the asking.
Jesus said in John 10:10 that the thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. One of the purposes of Jesus coming to this earth was for those who accept Him to have a rich and satisfying life. That doesn’t mean we won’t have problems, heartaches and disappointment; we will. But, because of what Jesus did, we have the victory. We have joy no matter what our situation or circumstance is, as long as we remain in Him.
Galatians 5:22 tells us what the Fruit of the Spirit” is. Every Christian, no matter what your situation is, what you may be going through, will have. They are: love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness. No one can take these away from you. They are given to you from God himself.
Everyone goes through struggles, even those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Christians are not exempt from struggles. In this world we live in, it is inevitable that we will have them but we can take heart in that Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33). When we are facing struggles, we are to take these struggles to God in prayer. And God’s peace, which rises above and exceeds all human understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.
No, I’m not a psychiatrist, psychologist, guru, New Age advocate or involved in a cult. I’m simply a guy who puts all of his trust in Jesus Christ. If you would like to communicate back and forth some, complete the form below and let’s do just that. I would love to hear from you. In Service to the King!
Michael Saturday

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