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Do you have a family member, close friend, or someone you knew very well, who has recently passed away? Have you lost something that you have possessed that has changed your life dramatically? Have you invested all you have got in something you thought you would have gained from, but have lost instead? Have you recently moved, changed your job, or is going through any other major life changes or losses?

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Grief and loss can be a horrible and painful experience that you may encounter in your life, and everyone will have to go through this experience at some points in their life. Nonetheless, trying to develop a coping mechanism is essential to enable you to get through the process.

You may experience a sense of shock, anger, or even guilt, by seeking ways of blaming yourself, or thinking of things that you should have or could have done. In light of what you are experiencing, your feelings of sadness may take days, months, or even years to get through, but, everyone grieves differently, so you should not feel bad about expressing your emotions. You should cry if you need to, as crying is a normal part of the grieving process.

If you have a difficult time expressing your emotions to others, you should try writing about your feelings in a journal or diary. You can also join a support group, and try to talk to others who have gone through similar experience. Try not to isolate yourself, but reach out to others, and accept their assistance, if they offer to help you. If your grief and loss is unbearable, and you are unable to cope, you can also seek professional help.

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Remember, your pain is never permanent, and the time will pass when you will get through the grieving process. At the same token, you should endeavor to take proper care of yourself during the grieving process, by eating a balance meal, exercising, and getting enough rest, as the symptoms of sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, and forgetfulness can often times accompany grief.

And, lastly, but most importantly, look to God for help. Inspirational outreach is a great way of coping in times of grief and loss. Jesus reminded you in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus will comfort you through your darkest moment. He will restore and take care of your every needs, just trust Him to guide you to the road to recovery.

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Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem is celebrated today as Palm Sunday. As He made His entry into Jerusalem, the people were very excited. They shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is the King” (John 12:13). The word “Hosanna” means “save us, we pray.”

Many times you may be going through several different obstacles in your life, which leave you to wonder if God is with you. Or better yet, if He is even near you. In any event, God is always with you. It doesn’t matter your circumstances, or how bad you may feel. He is with you. He says, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

So today is a day to acknowledge that you are never alone. Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was the beginning of your salvation.

So if you are in a bind today, and need Jesus’ grace, just cry out, “Hosanna!” God will hear and save you. He will guide you through any situation that seems hopeless, because He brought hope, peace and joy into this world. Not only so, but He loves and cares for you with an everlasting love. No greater love is there than His, that He laid down His precious life for you (John 15:13).

Do you think you are alone? “I’m with you;” says the Lord.

I know almost all adults might answer ‘yes,’ to this question, especially if they have moved away from their parents’ home, and are working and taking care of themselves. However, independence appeals to all ages. It means “freedom from the control, influence, support, and aid of others.”

In reading a devotion by Bill Chowder, he too stated that, “It’s not surprising that teenagers talked about gaining their independence.”  However, as I delved deep into this devotion, he spoke of a craving for dependence, which is a spiritual recognition and acceptance of our deep spiritual dependence on the One who gives life.  Jesus stated, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

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In this dangerous and troubled world, you need the vine to sustain all your spiritual nutrients, or else you will be spiritually malnourished. If you are spiritually malnourished, you won’t be able to withstand the enemy and all the chaos and calamity that he throws at you.

By and large, when you think that you are independent, think about the one who you have to depend on – Jesus.

 

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In a perilous time such as this, where the world is in a turmoil, is war inevitable? There is no guarantee that war will cease, but there is a guarantee that you can have peace in the midst of war.  The greatest gift that God has given us, is His son – Jesus.  In light of this, amidst all the trials and tribulations of this world, Jesus has already overcome the world (John 16:33).

As Jesus made His entry into this world, there was a great rejoicing, because the prophesy has been fulfilled. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (St. Luke 2:10-11:14).

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As we approach the birth of Jesus, remember that there’s still hope and a future. Jesus came that you will have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).  Therefore, your enemy has been defeated by the power of Jesus. Remember the reason that Jesus came, that you will have life and have it more abundantly.

By and large, as you go through this season, reflect on Him as a savior who came not only to give you salvation, but to deliver you from all evil.

Has Your Joy Been Stolen?

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In John 10:10 you are warned that the thief comes to steal, kill, and to destroy; but Jesus came that you might have life more abundantly. In this scripture, Satan is being referred to as the thief who steals your joy, in order for you to live a life of misery and defeat.

If you have been through a tough year in 2019 and have been robbed of things that caused you to lose your joy, then 2020 is the year to reclaim what the devil has stolen from you.

Now is not the time to throw in the towel and play a pity party.  It’s time to refocus your faith and trust in the Lord, so that He can restore you with unspeakable joy. You are encouraged in Psalms 30:5 that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. So dry your tears, arise and shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you! (Isaiah 60:1)

The purpose of worship is to praise the creator of the universe. He is the only God; therefore, other gods are powerless. The value of worship brings about our praises and adorations in songs and testimonies, in order to reverence God and give him the glory.

Worship creates impact and changes the world, as it brings about joy, among other good things. Additionally, our songs and testimonies minister to others, and in turn, can give them a sense of joy, hope, peace, salvation, healing and deliverance, along with other transformational measures.

We worship in songs and testimonies in order to give God the glory and honor for salvation, along with all that he has done for us. He is powerful and above all other gods; therefore, he is majestic, strong and full of grace and beauty. Additionally, without salvation, humans would have perished. Therefore, the notion in Psalm 150:6, emphasizes why we should worship God, because we have breath. Therefore, let everyone that has breath, praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord!

 

If you find yourself in a hard place today, take courage, my friends. Only in Christ is true peace to be found. He reminded us in His word that in this life, we would have troubles, but we can find courage because He has overcome the world (John 16:33).

In spite of the struggles we may face in this life, we never walk alone, for He is with us. He will never abandon us in our trials or leave us to work it all out on our own.

Jesus never called us to embrace the world and all it offers. But He calls us to take up our own cross, and to follow Him, to be salt and light, and to walk in love.

It’s a whole new day ahead. And He has plans for you, for me, to make a difference in these days, in the life of another soul, for His purposes.

Praying that His huge grace, wisdom, and strength cover us today. And that, in Him, we will find freedom from worry as we let go of the stress that clings too tightly, the pressing needs of tomorrow, and struggles we battle today, so that we can fully embrace His gift of forgiveness and love.

He’s the Overcomer. And we are never alone.

Peace.

Contributed: Courtesy of Crosswalk Ministries

Your Negative vs. God’s Positive

You say, “It’s impossible.”

God says, “All things are possible” (Luke 18:27).

 

You say, “I’m too tired.”

God says, “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

 

You say, “Nobody really loves me.”

God says, “I love you” (John 15:13).

 

You say, “I can’t go on.”

God says, “My grace is sufficient” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

 

You say, “I can’t figure things out.”

God says, “I will direct your steps” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

You say, “I can’t do it.”

God says, “You can do all things in Me” (Philippians 4:13).

 

You say, “It’s not worth it.”

God says, “It will be worth it” (Romans 8:28).

 

You say, “I can’t forgive myself.”

God says, “I forgive you” (1 John 1:9).

 

You say, “I can’t manage.”

God says, “I will supply all your needs” (Philippians 4:19).

 

You say, “I’m afraid.”

God says, “I have not given you a spirit of fear” (2 timothy 1:7).

 

You say, “I don’t have enough faith.”

God says, “I have given everyone a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).

 

You say, “I’m not smart enough.”

God says, “I give you wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:30).

 

You say, “I feel all alone.”

God says, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). 

 

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