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‘To the Lord I cry aloud, and He answers me…’ Psalm 3:4 NIV

Regardless of when or why you stumbled, God wants to pick you up and put you back on your feet. People who have never experienced failure usually don’t accomplish much. There’s a certain security in playing it safe. Nothing’s lost, but nothing’s won. They never get out of the boat and walk on the water. Wouldn’t it be better to almost drown and have to be saved, than never to experience God’s power working through you? Adversity is like yeast; when the heat is turned up, it rises. And the hotter it gets, the more it rises. The truth is that every opportunity God gives you will come with obstacles, and you’ll have to rise above them. Look at the children of Israel in Egypt: ‘…the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew…’ (Exodus 1:12 NKJV) Often the bad times do more to strengthen your faith than the good ones. You say, ‘But I blew it!’ God says, ‘My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength is made perfect in weakness…’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV) You say, ‘But the people I trusted let me down, and those I thought were for me were really against me.’ The Psalmist said, ‘Many are saying… “God will not deliver him.” But…to the Lord I cry aloud, and He answers me…’ (Psalm 3:2-4 NIV) It’s hard to accept that some people don’t want you to succeed. But many people ‘saying’ it doesn’t make it so! The most secure place in the world is in the will of God. If you align your plan with His purpose, ultimately you’ll win, and there’s nothing they can do to stop you!

SoulFood: 2 Chron 25–28 John 12:12–19 Ps 118:10–18 Pro 28:1–4

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023

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