The Two Fighters In Your Corner When The World's Walls Are Closing In

The Two Fighters In Your Corner When The World's Walls Are Closing In

It often feels like we are all alone. But we aren’t. Not even in the slightest.

This is a huge world. Like really big. In this life, we are faced with so many responsibilities and worries and stressors that sometimes it makes it feel like we are too tiny for such a big and messy world. It is scary and it often feels like we are all alone.

But we aren’t. Not even in the slightest.

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There are two important things to remember when life’s walls are closing in:

First, we all have a fearless God whose love for us is abundant.

A love so big that there is nothing He wouldn’t do for us. But many people ask, “if He loves me then why would he want to hurt me?”. A lot of times in our lives, too many for my liking, we go through trials.

Bad grades, heartbreak, sickness, losing a loved one, the list goes on and on. Even in our darkest days, when our hearts are so heavy, and our faith is crumbling, God is at work in us. He puts these trials in our lives to bring us closer to Him. He gives us these obstacles so that we become stronger, braver, smarter, and more faithful. All He wants is for us to lean on Him and rely on Him in our troubles. God wants to be magnified in our problems.

He is a selfish God, but He has every right to be.

He also is trying to work through us. When others see that you are leaning on Him through your troubles and you make it out alive, they are given the faith to do the same.

People need to see God working in us.

There is nothing in this world that God would put you through if He didn’t think you could handle it, especially with Him by your side.

Second, we were never created to live in this world alone.

God created Eve for Adam as a companion, an adventure buddy, and a partner to walk in faith with. God has surrounded you with people who you must lean on when times are getting weary.

I know the feeling first hand when you think you can handle the storms on your own. When you think that no one wants to hear your problems. When you bottle up your troubles inside, just so that you aren’t seen as weak or flawed.

But that is not how were intended to live.

God purposely gave you your friends and loved ones so that you could physically lean on them.

Yes, God’s comfort is real, but when you are in one of those really dark storms, it is nice to have comfort in the form of hugs and shoulders to cry on. Find those around you to lift you up, even when it feels like you are in the depths of Hell. Find the ones who you can rely on to always be there for you. Walk in your faith together, and you both will never fall far.

Stress, anxiety, depression, sickness, death, tears, and scars. They are inescapable.

But neither is the love of God.

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Struck down, but not destroyed.

So remember, you have two fighters in your corner: God and those who He surrounded you with. Use them to be unshakable.

Have faith, find those who you can lean on, and trust that God is working in you and through you day by day.

You are unshakable with Him by your side.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"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."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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When You Read Your Bible And Pray Every Day You Will See Yourself Grow, Grow, Grow

I notice a difference in me when I don't read my Bible and pray every day.


Whenever I hear someone talking about reading the Bible every day, my mind goes back to a song I sang in Sunday School. "Read your Bible, pray every day and you'll grow, grow grow." Whenever we said grow, we would stand up taller and taller, eventually standing on a chair and trying to reach the ceiling. Quite funny right? Yes, but how much truth exists in this silly song as well.

A relationship is built on communication between two people. You wouldn't have much of a relationship if you didn't talk to the other person. The same principle exists in your relationship with God. We are able to talk to God through prayer, and God wrote the Bible as a means of communicating with us. Because of this, it is important to read the Bible and pray every day.

I feel really inadequate in writing this article on this topic because I know how much I struggle with consistency in this area. These things don't become a habit on accident. You must practice this on purpose in order for it to become an effective, lasting trait in your life.

I can tell a difference in a day when I don't read the Bible and when I do. I've found myself to be more joyful when I spend some time reading and meditating on a few verses and talking to God about whatever is on my mind. It sets my focus on things above rather than myself, which is something I have struggled with to be quite honest. I find it interesting that so many Christians find it difficult to have a consistent time with the Lord, myself included. It could be a matter of priority and where Jesus falls on that. I know I've been guilty many times of placing other things before God and they thus become idols.

The song then says, "Neglect your Bible, forget to pray and you'll shrink, shrink, shrink." As we say "shrink" we begin crouching down closer and closer to the ground. It's still quite silly, but a lot of truth is evident. It's a good object lesson to what happens when we don't communicate with God in our relationship and become stagnant. We stop communicating with the Lord and eventually our sin doesn't bother us as much. There's not as much conviction there, so we don't confess it. Then, our fellowship with God breaks and we continue to make more worldly choices.

Whenever I don't read my Bible and pray for a day, I notice how much of my flesh is evident. I get angrier a lot quicker and my patience is a lot less evident. Anxiety and worry are often a lot more evident. All these things aren't of God. He gives the spirit of peace. That's not to say that communicating with the Lord well will never put you in a place where you don't feel at peace. We still are in need of God's sufficiency amongst our insufficiency. It just amplifies how sinful our nature is and how holy Christ is.

I hope this is an encouragement for someone in their walk with the Lord. Maintaining a strong relationship with Him isn't always easy, even though it should be a Christian's top priority. It's amazing at how gracious God has been to me in spite of all the times I've failed Him and wasn't as close as I once was. His grace is still good enough for you friend. Believe me.

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