Christ is still our hope

We read in Scripture that God is with us always.

Isaiah 41:10 states, “Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

That promise is sometimes difficult to understand when you are experiencing troubles in your life and wondering if God will help you.

The fact remains that Christ is on the throne in heaven with complete authority over all that believers face in this world. His hands hold the timing and outcome of every struggle that you face. He does ever not turn away from you or leave you to fight your battles without him.

Without a doubt, we are living in perilous times. We are trying to survive in a time when truth of God has been trampled.

The hearts of many people have grown cold. It seems that everyday brings more heartache and pain as the forces of darkness have increased their effort to destroy lives.

Yet, in spite of all this, Christ is still our hope.

No matter what circumstance we face, we are never hopeless.

We may be attacked from all sides but the outcome of victory was determined before the battle began. It was the price Jesus paid to defeat all of our enemies as he made us to be more than conquerors.

Our pain and our struggles are working out our transformation into the image of Christ.

In the midst of darkness, God’s power is near enough to help us overcome every single weapon of warfare.

The enemy has been rendered powerless and ineffective to destroy those who put their trust in the cross.

Through it all, the presence of Christ is right by your side in every single storm that comes against you. His angels have been commanded to guard your life. He loves you unconditionally just as you are. His mercy is enough to meet all of your needs.

Your heartache is temporary. The enemy wants you to believe that things will never change but that is a lie.

The reality is that God sees your pain and is able to turn it around and use it to help you. Don’t let your faith be nearsighted because God has a long-range plan for your future.

You cannot fall so far that the grace of God is not able to restore your life and complete the work that he began in you.

It may seem as though you are always going up against mountains in your life but they have no power to block your future determined by God long before you were born.

You have a divine destiny that cannot be crushed by the troubles of this world.

In the center of each storm in life is the magnificent power of God who is working all things out for good.

He has a divine purpose and plan for everything that touches your life.

We read in God’s word in 2 Chronicles 16:9, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

He is looking for true believers who can trust him in the bad times as well as the good times.

We are a royal army who are being trained to rule in a kingdom that will never end.

Be mindful that your struggles won’t endure, but because of Jesus Christ, your eternal future will.

Marianne Bernard attends Old North Church in Canfield.

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