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Tuesday July 4th, 2017
 
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
 
Isaiah 41:10, NLT
 
It’s not always easy for me to trust God and follow him. There are tough patches of life that drain me and test my faith. “God, you’ve told me to leave my job and follow you, but where will the money come from? How will I pay my rent?” It’s hard to trust. Or, “God, you’ve given me this ministry, but nothing seems to be sinking in. I can’t make everyone happy.” It’s hard to trust. It’s easier to worry and become discouraged.

God says, “I am with you.” He is with me. No matter what I go through, he is by my side. No matter if I can’t pay my mortgage, he is with me. No matter if the world seems to be against me, he is with me. I don’t need to fear. No matter if I hear more criticism than encouragement about my leadership, I don’t need to be discouraged. He is my God—he is in control of it all. All I need to do is have faith and trust his promises.

You know what the best part is? I don’t have to do it alone. He gives me the strength I need when I don’t feel I can take another step. He helps me in those times when I want to give up. He holds me up to see the fruits of my ministry and find victory in doing his service. I can trust him.

Are you struggling with trusting God? Does the future seem hazy and impossible? Do you doubt your impact on people’s lives? Don’t be afraid. Don’t be discouraged—nothing is impossible with God. He will help you through your times of doubt. Run to him, and he will give you all the strength and help that you need to accomplish his purposes for your life.
 
 
 
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