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Waves of despair crash over me 

God fills my soul with Hope

Weariness consumes my mind

His Grace flows deep in my heart

Cares of this world are overwhelming

Peace and Refuge is found in Jesus

Look to Jesus

This world is full of empty promises. From the commercials on T.V. to the  magazines at grocery stores. Anyone who falls into the trap of comparison and the perfect person; will be dissatisfied and disappointed. 

True peace and contentment, can only come from Jesus. When your soul is weary..Find rest in His amazing Presence. Child of God is your identity.  Loved, Forgiven, and Treasured by Christ!
Galatians 2:20 ~ I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

Isaiah 26:3 – Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.

Truth is…I’ve made anxiety an idol in my heart. I worry about self, instead of trusting God for strength. Being obedient is more important, then what others think. Everyone will always have an opinion about everything. The Bible has authority over my life. 
Lord…You are righteous and Holy. Thank You for the gift of salvation. Your sacrifice upon the Cross.. so my sins would be forgiven. Until my last breath, praises to You I bring!

Proverbs 12:25 ~ Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.

Phillipians 4:6-7 ~ Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Being a Christian brings assurance, that trials won’t destroy us. They’ll  strengthen and test our faith in God. The world can be in complete chaos, yet peace fills our soul. 

Deep-rooted trees can withstand heavy winds and rain. Those who nourish their soul with God’s Word, won’t be shaken by outward circumstances. Jesus is our refuge and shelter from life’s storms.
John 16:34 ~ These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

James 1:3-4 ~ My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Flesh vs. Spirit

The inner struggle of a Christian is…

Feed the flesh and enjoy temporary pleasure and happiness. Surrender to God, and live in His will. Your soul will be at peace.

Look to the world for worth and validation. Be disappointed and feel worthless. 

Find your identity being a child of the King. Come to know love, that is everlasting and unconditional.
Listen to the lies of satan. Feel regret, shame, sorrow, and despair. Rest in the Lord’s promises and experience joy, hope, healing and comfort.

Keep focused on God

​The world gives us a false sense of security. There’s no assurance in looking to others for worth. Only Jesus Christ can fill the empty void in our soul. When we trust and obey Him..unshakeable peace will be present. 

Satan will try to remind us of past sins, but God’s grace has covered them all. What comfort knowing, nothing and no one can separate us from His love. Lord…You are the refuge in life’s storms. Forever, I’ll bring You honor and praise!

 Proverbs 3:5-6 ~ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

Romans 3:23-25 ~ For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.