Looking back, we see how difficult of a year 2020 was, and looking forward into 2021, we have HIGH HOPES for a BETTER FUTURE.
But for most of us, it's safe to say that for RIGHT NOW, the situation is still VERY DIFFICULT, and might even have gotten HARDER, with so many challenges involving family, work and all the miss-information about everything from politics to healthcare!
Regardless of these difficult circumstances that seem to flood our minds and emotions, threatening to blind our vision, and trying to paralyze us with fears, we NEED to REMEMBER WHO GOD IS, and who WE ARE, IN HIM!! ☝
We need to take our eyes OFF of the storm, and KEEP our EYES FIXED upon YESHUA, the AUTHOR and PERFECTER of our FAITH!
How can we practically do that, in our day to day lives?
As it says in Hebrews 12:2 TLV
"FOCUSING on YESHUA, the INITIATOR and PERFECTER of FAITH. For the JOY set before HIM, HE ENDURED the cross, DISREGARDING its shame; and HE has taken HIS SEAT at the RIGHT HAND of the THRONE of GOD."
Therefore, regardless of how HOPELESS the situation MAY SEEM all around us, we need to first of all remember that YESHUA ENDURED SO MUCH MORE than any one of us will ever endure on this earth. AND, secondly, HE is STILL SEATED on the THRONE, at the RIGHT HAND of the FATHER - HE IS STILL IN CONTROL!!
Even though the world around us may be falling apart, and those currently with worldly power SEEM to be the ones in control, we need to take HOLD of the TRUTH written in GOD'S WORD, clinging to it BY FAITH, and NOT by sight! (2 Corinthians 5:7)
PRAY for the LORD to give you the SPIRITUAL CLARITY you need, and the GIFT OF FAITH to believe HIS WORD, and what it says, NO MATTER how contrary the world around us may be looking like right now!
Now that we have established WHO GOD is, we also need to REMEMBER WHO WE ARE, IN MESSIAH YESHUA!
As it is written in Galations 2:20 TLV:
"And it is NO LONGER I who live, but MESSIAH LIVES IN ME. And the life I NOW LIVE in the body, I live by TRUSTING in BEN-ELOHIM (SON of GOD) —WHO LOVED me and GAVE HIMSELF UP for me."
This means we need to live in such a way where we can ENTRUST EVERY AREA of OUR LIVES to YESHUA, because HE BOUGHT US with HIS precious BLOOD!
This then means that this life is NOT ours, but HIS!
And because of this, the RESPONSIBILITY of PROVISION now falls on HIM - HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR US!
And this is then WHY HE gives us SO MANY wonderful PROMISES of PROVISION, where we can put our FAITH into ACTION, by SURRENDURING CONTROL of our lives to HIM. Completely TRUSTING in HIM to PROVIDE for us, ALL that we NEED!
**Check out THIS POST on the DECLARATIONS OF PROVISION, about the many places in Scripture, where YHWH promised to PROVIDE for us!**
It takes LETTING GO of control, and LAYING ALL of our concerns, worries, anxieties, fears, hopes and dreams of the future, etc... at the FOOT OF THE CROSS.
This is the point where we DIE TO OURSELVES, and the old nature is BURIED WITH MESSIAH YESHUA.
As it is written in 2 Corinthians 5:17 TLV:
"Therefore if anyone is IN MESSIAH, he is a NEW CREATION. The OLD things have PASSED AWAY; behold, ALL THINGS have become NEW."
And we TAKE HOLD of the NEW CREATION WE ARE, IN MESSIAH YESHUA!
We do this by DECLARING these promises over ourselves, in prayer BY FAITH!
And this is WHY it's SO IMPORTANT for us to FAMILIARIZE ourselves with, and MEMORIZE the WORD OF GOD, because it keeps us GROUNDED in the TRUTH - The ONLY TRUTH we can REALLY trust in these days!
It's also GOD'S LOVE LETTER ❤📖 to us! It's the story of GOD'S HEART for HIS CHILDREN!
Someone created this amazing compilation of such encouraging, tender loving promises, worded in a letter format, depicting GOD'S LOVING PERSPECTIVE of us:
You may not know me, but I KNOW EVERYTHING about YOU.
I know WHEN you SIT DOWN and WHEN you RISE UP.
I am FAMILIAR with ALL YOUR WAYS.
Even the VERY HAIRS on your HEAD are NUMBERED.
For YOU were MADE in MY IMAGE.
IN ME you LIVE and MOVE and have your BEING.
For YOU are MY OFFSPRING.
I KNEW YOU even BEFORE you were CONCEIVED.
I CHOSE YOU when I PLANNED CREATION.
YOU were NOT a mistake, for ALL YOUR DAYS are WRITTEN in MY BOOK.
I DETERMINED the EXACT TIME of YOUR BIRTH and WHERE you would LIVE.
YOU are FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY MADE.
I KNIT YOU TOGETHER in your mother's WOMB.
And BROUGHT you FORTH on the DAY YOU WERE BORN.
I have been MISREPRESENTED by those who DON'T KNOW Me.
I am NOT DISTANT and angry, but AM the COMPLETE EXPRESSION of LOVE.
1 John 4:16
And it is MY DESIRE to LAVISH MY LOVE on YOU.
1 John 3:1
Simply because YOU are MY CHILD and I AM YOUR FATHER.
1 John 3:1
I OFFER you MORE than your earthly father EVER COULD.
For I AM the PERFECT FATHER.
EVERY GOOD GIFT that YOU RECEIVE comes from MY HAND.
For I AM YOUR PROVIDER and I meet ALL your NEEDS.
MY PLAN for YOUR FUTURE has ALWAYS been FILLED with HOPE.
Because I LOVE YOU with an EVERLASTING LOVE.
MY THOUGHTS toward you are COUNTLESS as the SAND on the SEASHORE.
And I REJOICE OVER YOU with SINGING.
I will NEVER STOP DOING GOOD to you.
For YOU are MY TREASURED POSSESSION.
I DESIRE to ESTABLISH YOU with ALL MY HEART and ALL MY SOUL.
And I want to SHOW you GREAT and MARVELOUS THINGS.
If YOU SEEK ME with ALL your HEART, you WILL FIND ME.
DELIGHT IN ME and I will GIVE you the DESIRES of your HEART.
For it is I WHO GAVE you THOSE DESIRES.
I am ABLE to do MORE FOR you than you could possibly IMAGINE.
For I AM your GREATEST ENCOURAGER.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I AM also the FATHER WHO COMFORTS you in ALL your TROUBLES.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are BROKENHEARTED, I AM CLOSE to you.
As a SHEPHERD CARRIES a lamb, I have CARRIED YOU CLOSE to MY HEART.
One day I will WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR from your eyes.
And I'll TAKE AWAY ALL the PAIN you have SUFFERED on this earth.
I AM YOUR FATHER, and I LOVE YOU even as I love MY SON, YESHUA.
For IN YESHUA, MY LOVE for YOU is REVEALED.
HE is the EXACT REPRESENTATION of MY BEING.
HE CAME to DEMONSTRATE that I AM FOR you, NOT against you.
YESHUA DIED so that YOU and I could be RECONCILED.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
HIS DEATH was the ULTIMATE EXPRESSION of MY LOVE for YOU.
1 John 4:10
I GAVE UP EVERYTHING I LOVED that I might GAIN your LOVE.
If you RECEIVE the GIFT of MY SON YESHUA, you RECEIVE ME.
1 John 2:23
And NOTHING will EVER SEPARATE you from MY LOVE again.
COME HOME and I'll throw the BIGGEST PARTY heaven has ever seen.
I have ALWAYS been FATHER, and will ALWAYS BE FATHER.
MY question is…Will YOU be MY CHILD?
I AM WAITING for YOU.
What a beautiful letter of LOVE the LORD has written to us!
So let's take to heart what ADONAI said to Joshua, who was also facing a HUGE CHALLENGE, of leading the CHILDREN of ISRAEL into the PROMISED LAND, in Joshua 1:9 TLV:
"Have I not COMMANDED you? CHAZAK! Be STRONG! Do NOT be terrified or dismayed, for ADONAI YOUR GOD is WITH YOU WHEREVER you GO.”