Finding the Strength to Go On

Lamentations 3:47-48; Lamentations 2:11

How to find the strength to go on:

1. Focus your attention on God, (Lamentations 3:25-29).

Sit in silence 10 minutes this week and ask God if He wants to tell us anything.

Matthew 6:33

“Seek the Kingdom of GOD”

Read, slow me down Lord.

2. Ask God to remove your fears.

Franklin Roosevelt, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.”

Lamentations 3:55-57

Ann Landers receives 10,000 letters per day. The number one problem . . .fear.

Three things to remove fear:
  1. The Truth. Jesus says you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. Your often afraid of things that you don’t need to be afraid of because they are built upon misconceptions, untruth. Build your life on the truth and you will remove the fears.
    2 Timothy 1:7
    “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
  2. Get rid of fear by filling your life with Love. The Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). What causes a parent to run into a burning building and retrieve a child? It is love. Love is greater than fear. Fill your life with the love of Christ and then show that love to a lost world and you will begin to get rid of fear in your life.
  3. Reduce fear in your life by Faith. Faith doesn’t eliminate the feeling of fear, it gives you the courage to do what you need to do in spite of how you feel. Faith give us the strength, courage and stamina to do what we often fear the most.Where do we get faith, love and truth? The source of these three antidotes is a person. The more you get to know God the more your going to have His truth, His love, His faith in your life. The antidote to your fears is not a formula, it is a person.

3. Believe God will restore you, (Lamentations 5:21).

Psalms 27:13
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.”
3 things not to do when a tragedy hits:
  1. Repress your grief. Tell God how you feel. Don’t stuff it down. This only hurts yourself.
  2. Resign from life. “I’m going to withdraw and never do anything again.” “I’m never going to let another woman touch my heart.” One young man told me that he would never be involved in a church as long as he lives.
  3. Retreat into resentment. Resentment doesn’t work. It doesn’t hurt God. It doesn’t hurt the other person. It only hurts you. It prolongs the pain.
2 things to do when you face a tragedy:
  1. Accept what cannot be changed. Acceptance is the key to peace. Some of you have lost a loved one. They are not coming back. You must let go. Faith is not pretending that things aren’t the way they really are. Faith is accepting things as they are and not being discouraged.. I believe God is with me and He’s going to help me out.
  2. Focus on what’s  left, not what’s lost. Make a list of things you can be thankful for.

4. Remember what never changes.

  1. Remember that God is still in control. He is still on the throne. He is still calling the shots. Humans have a will and make bad choices and people get hurt. But, God controls how it will all work out.
    We have fear because we don’t control most things. You can’t control who your parents were, when you were born, where you were born, your natural gifts, you don’t control the weather, the economy, what’s going to happen this afternoon. The thing you control is your attitude and your response. The truth is you cannot handle everything that happens to you in your life, but God can, (Lamentations 5:17,19).
  2. Remember that god still loves me and He’s never going to stop loving me.
  3. Remember that God is all you need, (Lamentations 3:24).
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