A godly and biblically-based devotional to help people with their faith and confidence; to encourage, educate, and inform. Come everyday for inspiration. Almost everybody is going through something and you can get through it with Jesus. I am a witness to that fact. Never give up on the great blessings God already has lined up for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
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Ask God to help you lift that weight.
Sometimes in life we deal with heavy burdens.
Big issues, serious circumstances, dire situations.
What may be a heavy weight for one person may not be a heavy weight for the next person, but they can be confronting equal weight. That means we can't judge the way a person should act when they're going through things, because we don't know how they see that weight placed on them. We don't know their strength. We have no idea just by looking at them.
Only God knows that.
That also means that when we are dealing with a heavy weight, God will be with us, but we have to trust Him. I made mistakes in the past by having heavy burdens that I thought I had to handle on my own and I wasted valuable time. Today I have burdens that should weigh heavily on me, but I trust God and I am stronger in dealing with them.
I remember when I lost my twins. There were two women who talked about the fact that I was still grieving for them just a few short days after. They didn't realize that the weight was heavy for me and that it would take me a while to get through it. I didn't know God then, but I am convinced I got through it faster, because He gave me the natural strength to get through it. Now that I know Him I can tap into His supernatural1 strength which enables me to get through things with His miraculous power. I can do nothing in my own strength if the weight is too heavy. Yet I know I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.2
What I'm here to tell you is if that weight you're trying to carry is too heavy for you, why not ask God to help you? Why not ask Him to give you the strength to lift it and carry it? You will only carry it for a short time, because with God all things are possible and through Him that heavy weight will make us stronger. He will give us supernatural strength to deal with our burdens when we cast them on Him.3
But we have to ask Him to help us. Even if we have to ask Him all day long.
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