Have An Encounter With God
"And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed." Genesis 32:28
We all have done things in our lives that we are not proud of. Some of the things we have done we carry with us everyday of our lives. There are some things that are difficult to let go of, and no matter how many times we try to let it go we will never forget what we did or what happened to us. We can decide to let our past have power over us, to the point we feel like we will never be able to move on past our past.
God Will Exalt You
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” 1 Peter 5:6
Each of us has experienced a time when we saw others doing well while we were struggling. We were trying to do everything the right way, and even in then we were still not reaching the places that we thought that we should have been. It is difficult to see others doing well, who may not be doing the right things, while we continue to have to fight and scratch for everything we do.
Newness Of Life
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4 (ESV)
Being a Christian does not abrogate us from the struggles of life. Our salvation does not guarantee us a life without stress but it does give us an assurance that we do not go through it alone. There are going to be struggles on our Christian journey, and some of them will be more difficult than others, but we should always recognize that Christ is our example that when we struggle, we will also succeed.
God Is There
"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them." Deuteronomy 33:27
There should be someone in our lives we can go to and share the things we are going through. So many times we try to bottle everything in and keep it to our selves, and then the stresses of life catches up to us and before we know, we are totally stressed out. Stress can cause health problems, and physical aliments as a result of keeping everything to ourselves.