There was a lady named Hannah. One day she went into the place of worship to pray. Hannah was brokenhearted and crying as she prayed, “Lord All-Powerful, I am your servant, but I am miserable! Please let me have a son. I will give him to you for as long as he lives, and his hair will never be cut.” Eli, the priest, was sitting near the door. Since she was praying silently, Eli thought she was drunk. He told her to “sober up”. Hannah answered, “I’m not drunk, and I haven’t been drinking. But I do feel miserable and terribly upset. I’ve been praying all this time, telling the Lord about my problems.” Eli replied, “You may go home now and stop worrying. I’m sure the God of Israel will answer your prayer.” Later, the Lord blessed Hannah with a son, and she named him Samuel. When it was time to give him to the Lord, Hannah said to Eli, “Sir, a few years ago I stood here beside you and asked the Lord to give me a child. Here he is! The Lord gave me just what I asked for. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will be the Lord’s servant for as long as he lives.” In the midst of our troubles, we should call on the Lord and give him our troubles. We shouldn’t worry, for He hears our prayers, and will give us a way out. After we pray, we should remain in faith, that the Lord has the power to help in trouble times.
Before Israel was ruled by kings, Elimelech from the tribe of Ephrath lived in the town of Bethlehem. His wife was named Naomi, and their two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. Mahlon went on to marry Ruth, while Chilion married Orpah. About ten years later, Mahlon and Chilion died. Naomi went on from Moab to Judah, since the Lord had given his people a good harvest there. As they were leaving, Naomi said to Orpah and Ruth, “Don’t you want to go back home to your own mothers? You were kind to my husband and sons, and you have always been kind to me. I pray the Lord will be just as kind to you.” Orpah kissed Ruth good-by, but Ruth held on to Naomi. Naomi asked Ruth, “Why don’t you go with her?” But Ruth answered her, “Please don’t tell me to leave you and return home! I will go where you go, I will live where you live; your people will be my people, your God will be my God. I will die where you die and be buried beside you. Naomi stopped urging Ruth to go back. They both went on to Bethlehem. While in Bethlehem, Ruth was picking grain, left by the harvest workers. The owner of the field was Boaz, who Ruth later on married and gave birth to a son. Therefore, just as Romans 12:10 says, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Ruth could have went back home to her own family, knowing that Naomi was older and she wouldn’t have anymore children. But Ruth honored Naomi above herself, and was blessed with a husband and a child. Sometimes we should ignore ourselves, to honor others.
One day an angel appeared and spoke to Gideon, “The Lord is helping you, and you are a strong warrior.”
Gideon answered, “Please don’t take this wrong, but if the Lord is helping us, then why have all of these awful things happened? We’ve heard how the Lord performed miracles and rescued our ancestors from Egypt. But those things happened long ago. Now the Lord has abandoned us to the Midianites.”
Then the Lord himself said, “Gideon, you will be strong, because I am giving you the power to rescue Israel from the Midianites.”
Gideon replied, “But how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest one in Manasseh, and everyone else in my family is more important than I am.”
“Gideon,” the Lord answered, “you can rescue Israel because I am going to help you!”
We shouldn’t focus on what we can and cannot do. For the Lord can do all things, and with him all things are possible. We may not have strength, power, or authority. But we have the Lord, who loves us and will supply our needs. The Lord is ready to help. All we have to do is call on Him, and remain in faith.
For the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible Leviticus 17:11. Jesus has appeared on earth to shed his blood of us, that we may have forgiveness and life. The blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin, just as 1 John 1:7 says. One can ask God for forgiveness and accept Him into their life by praying this prayer,
“Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God, that you died on the cross to rescue me from sin and death and to restore me to the Father. I choose now to turn from my sins, my self-centeredness, and every part of my life that does not please you. I choose you. I give myself to you. I receive your forgiveness and ask you to take your rightful place in my life as my Savior and Lord. Come reign in my heart, fill me with your love and your life, and help me to become a person who is truly loving—a person like you. Restore me, Jesus. Live in me. Love through me. Thank you, God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
And you are now saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
When we are lonely, God will comfort us. When we are worried, God will give us peace. When we are hungry, God will give us food. When we are thirsty, God will satisfy our thirst. We may be broken, but God will put us back together. We may be down, but God will lift us up. When we are empty, God will fill us. When we are sad, God will give us joy. When we are in need, God will provide. We may have burdens, but God will give us rest. We may be sinners, but He is our Savior. We are his children, and He is our Father. When our hearts makes us feel guilty, God gives us peace. When we are weak, God gives us strength. We may not be perfect, but God still loves us. When we have difficulties, God has our answers. All may seem to be against us, but God will always be for us. Things may look stagnant, and feel like you are in the same position, but God may have you in that position for a reason. He has lots in store for you, and He never wants you to quit growing.
We have a God who is abounding in love, caring, forgiving, protecting, supporting, trustworthy, holy, righteous, honest, sincere, compassionate, perfect, generous, kind, great, patient, a friend, magnificent, wonderful, faithful, powerful, peaceful, joyful, merciful, truthful, beautiful, honorable, dependable, a friend, a place of refuge, a listener, a helper, a fortress, a miracle worker, full of wisdom and understanding, and worthy of our praise and worship. Smile and rejoice, for God can help with all problems we may face, but first we have to be willing to let him. God has commanded us to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances because when you let God be your problem solver, you no longer need to worry.
All our pasts may consist of mistakes, but we shouldn’t define ourselves, or worth on the mistakes we have made. Once we ask God to forgive us, He forgives, and forgets all that we have done. However, we must forgive ourselves and let go of our past, and look to the future. For God has a great future for all of us. So, we shouldn’t let anything or anyone make us feel as if we are worthless, or not worthy. Everyone God has made is priceless and He loves each and everyone of us. His love for us is so great that nothing in all creation can come between it, and He gave his one and only Son, Jesus Christ to save us. Jesus is God in the flesh. Therefore, we are worth what God is worth to himself.
When Jesus appeared to the disciples walking on water, Peter joined Him on the water. Peter noticed the wind and became afraid, at once he began to sink. While sinking, Peter cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. The Lord is there ready to catch us, all we have to do is ask him for help. We must trust that He will get us through any situation. The Lord’s love for us is great. When we cry out to him, he listens. For Jonah once tried to flee from the Lord, but from deep within the belly of the fish, he remember the Lord and cried out to him. The Lord listened, and forgave him. Therefore, do not let your past, or whatever you have done hold you back from receive Gods forgiveness and love. For both are too great to miss out on. When you find yourself sinking, raise your prayer to God, and cry out, “Lord, save me!”
Loving the Lord and accepting Him into your life, puts an end to your worries. For the Lord told us to cast our anxiety on Him, because he loves us. Therefore, we shouldn’t spend our time worrying about things we cannot fix, but we should seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and all your needs will be met. The Lord is in our lives, and he knows what we need, before we even ask Him. Many of the healings Jesus performed were on people who came from others towns and countries. Whenever Jesus was in a town, news would spread about his location. People sought him bringing their sick and those who had impure spirits, and Jesus healed them all. Also, the five thousand that sought Jesus on foot to the solitary place. They didn’t worry about not having anything to eat, however, the disciples did, and Jesus performed a miracle before their eyes. Feeding five thousand men, when only having five loaves of bread and two fish. Some problems are too big for us to fix, and thats when we have to let go, and let God. With God all things are possible.
We face many battles throughout the day, and our main battle happen to be within us, the desires of the flesh. Resisting the temptations of the flesh may be difficult, but with faith and prayer it will always possible. Your sufferings and endurance will be rewarded. We may find ourselves not doing the things we want to do, but doing the things we hate to do. This may be due to the law of sin waging war against the law that my mind accepts. Which is making us a prisoner of the law of sin at work within. However, EVERYONE, can be set free by Jesus Christ our Lord.