"God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble." Psalm 46:1 NLT
Thoughts for Today
We often find security in a relationship—with a spouse, a family member or a best friend. We are secure in knowing that this person loves us and is always there for us … and then we may find that this loved one is suddenly gone. Perhaps they chose to leave us, or perhaps they were taken in death.
This kind of loss is always extremely painful. A long process of grief usually follows. And if our entire sense of security depended on our relationship with this person, we are likely to lose all hope.
On the other hand, if we look to Jesus for our security, we will still hurt … we will still grieve … but we won't lose all hope. Nothing can separate us from God's love. We can still look to him for the strength to go on. We will still have the hope of accomplishing his purpose for our life.
No matter what your circumstances, determine to look to Jesus as your source. He may choose to provide for your well-being through a special relationship with a loved one … or he may choose another way. But always remember that he is your source, and he will never leave you nor forsake you. He will always love you unconditionally. You can count on him.
Lord, thank you for being my refuge and my strength. Thank you that no matter what the circumstances, I can count on you to shelter me and to give me strength. Thank you that even if things around me seem to crumble, you are always with me, always loving me, always helping me. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Completely Free! by Dan Strickland. Everyone struggles from time to time, but we can have confidence that in Christ we are released from sin's slavery, from condemnation and from fear of failure. This group study of Romans 1-8 helps Christians break out of the dull routine of a stagnant spiritual life. Applying the truths found in Romans can transform any believer into a person eager to follow God's will, no matter what the circumstances in a person's personal life, in his country or in the world. This study can also serve as a powerful evangelistic tool by explaining the message of salvation as presented in Romans. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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