Feeling down? Me too. I woke up this morning feeling like a total loser. I felt hopeless and defeated.
But the words of Ephesians 3:16 reminded me that I don’t have to face anything alone. I have hope. And not only do I have hope, but I have the inner strength to stand up to any situation--no matter how hopeless it seems.
How did I Find Hope? I used an If/Then Statement. Here’s how it works. You fill in the blanks:
If God is_______________, then I am_______________.
This works especially well with Ephesians 3:16:
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.
If God has “glorious, unlimited resources,” then I am “empowered with inner strength.”
An If/Then Statement is one way to look to God’s character first, and see how His qualities give us strength.
Here is Zephaniah 3:17 as an example:
For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.[b]
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
If God is a mighty savior who delights in me & calms my fears, then I’m delightful and calm.
I especially love Zephaniah 3:17 because when I’m freaked out and hopeless about a situation, I’m anything but delightful. But God delights in me, and that gives me hope. He saves me from my hopelessness.
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