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Problem - Promise



Problem:

In Chapter 15, of Luke, verses 11-20 record the story of a young man with a big problem. He had made a decision to leave home after having asked his father for his part of the inheritance. With money in hand, he left home and within a short time had spent all the money and ended up where he never intended to be. Be careful what you choose. Life is a product of choice not chance. This young man left his family and wasted his money and opportunities and ended up in the muck and mire of his mistakes. Perhaps this describes your life. You are where you never intended to be. Trapped and traumatized by bad decisions. This young man made a lot of bad choices but, on a certain day, he made a good choice… he chose to get up and get out of the pit of despair and go back to his father. That one decision changed his life forever. His father was waiting with love, compassion, forgiveness and restoration. You do not have to stay where you are or like you are. Your heavenly Father waits with love, compassion, forgiveness and restoration. Your choice to cry out to God changes everything.


Promise:

“Come unto me all of you that labor and are heavy laden (overcome & overwhelmed) and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you (get in step with me and my plan for your life) and I will give you rest.”

(Matthew 11:28)

Problem:

Ever been in a situation where what you had was less than what you needed? It’s possible to live life that way day-after-day and month-after-month. Never enough strength, courage, health, happiness or help. A bad place to be. In John 6:5-13, we read of a situation where what was needed was greater than what they had. It was a hungry crowd, in excess of 5,000 with only a handful of fish and bread to give to the people. That day, the Master worked a miracle and that which was less became more with food to spare. Only God can do that and only God can navigate us through those “less than enough” situations of life. The point is we don’t have to have more than enough in our hands for life to be good—we have a “more than enough God”. Perhaps more than once lately the thought has crossed your mind that “I can’t do this”. Just know that God’s great grace will get you through your grief…. His strength is greater than our weakness and His mercy exceeds our mistakes…. His supply is far greater than our need.


Promise:

My God SHALL SUPPLY all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:19)

I can do ALL THINGS through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.

(Phil. 4:13)

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