The World Has No Power

The World Has No Power

Nothing can separate us from God.
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I travel a lot. I have a tendency to often move to different states and, on a whim, fly to far-off countries. I prefer traveling with my mom or one of my sisters. It’s a blessing to explore a strange place with a person I know and love at my side. But there are times when I’m traveling alone and nobody's there to provide a sense of comfort. Those are the scary times.

In the bible, Paul writes to the church in Rome, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-9). In short, nothing can separate us from God’s love.

Paul wrote this part of the chapter to address the persecution the church faces in Rome. He asks, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35). Paul tells the church that with God, the world has no control over us. Think of the persecution taking place around the world. North Korean citizens are forced to worship Kim Jong Un. This regime places those caught or suspected of being a Christian into labor camps. Paul wrote this letter specifically to the Roman church but His words are from the Holy Spirit, and all churches need to know. Persecution is of this world and nothing in the world can separate you from Jesus.

Paul references hardship. When divorce knocks on the door and you leave your home just with a toothbrush and a change of clothes, God leaves with you too. No corner of the world is too far from God to reach you. God is omnipresent. He is with you through life and death. He is with us through our tribulation.

Anything we face in this life will not separate us from God. The government has no ability to pull Jesus out of your heart. Therefore, persecution has no power. God won’t abandon you if you’re destitute. Hardship has no power. Through the fog of war, God is at your side. The enemy has no power.

I travel a lot and soon I will be going on an extended trip to a place I’ve never been, alone. But what did I just say up there? I won’t be alone. I’m never alone. God is with me. He is omnipresent. A long distance from home, loneliness, and fear will never separate me from God’s love. When the time comes to pack my bags and step on the plane, I’ll be afraid of what’s to come. But God will be with me and that’s the greatest sense of comfort I could ever have.
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15 Bible Verses To Calm An Anxious Mind

Finding peace in the midst of turmoil.
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Anxiety hits us from all directions. Whether it be school stress, work stress, a stressful family situation, or anything else in life that causes us to feel unsettled, tired, and afraid of the future; anxiety can feel like it's taking over our lives.

As someone who constantly struggles with anxiety, I know how hard it is to find peace in the midst of a stressful situation. When we feel anxious about something, we generally try to do all that is in our power to control the situation. When we can't control it, we become even more anxious. So how do we stop this downward spiral of anxious turmoil?

We must turn to the one who is in control of all things. God holds all of our lives in his hands and is the only one who can calm our anxious minds. When we frantically struggle to put the pieces of our life together on our own, we will fail.

The only way to gain peace in the midst of anxiety is to turn to God, trusting in His perfect will and His power to hold us in His hands. The best way to remember this truth is to look to the Bible. Here are some verses to help us remember God's provision in the midst of anxiety.

1. Philippians 4:6

We don't have to be anxious when we can freely talk with God about our needs. We can cry out to Him for help and He will hear us.

2. John 14:27

Peace is a wonderful thing. Notice how it says, "I do not give it as the world does." We have to remember that worldly peace is only temporary, but God's peace is forever.

3. Isaiah 41:10

Not only will God give us peace, but He will also strengthen us. The image of God "upholding us with His righteous right hand" is pretty powerful and very comforting.

4. Psalm 94:19

Anxiety can make us sad and upset, but knowing that God is with us can bring so much joy in the face of desolation.

5. Psalm 34:4

Freedom from fear is so empowering! Imagine God setting us free from all the fear that holds us back. Oftentimes fear can make us feel trapped, but God can set us free.

6. 1 Peter 5:7

God cares about us so much, that He allows us to cast all of our worries on His shoulders.

7. 2 Corinthians 12:10

Human capacity is limited. We can by no means do everything, in fact, we can't do anything without the help of God.

8. Philippians 4:13

Nothing can hold us back or scare us when we have the strength of God.

9. Proverbs 3:5

We always try to lean on our own understanding, but it will never be enough. We try to control everything, but it will always fall through. It is because of this that we need to trust in the Lord for everything.

10. Matthew 6:25-34

This passage, while somewhat lengthy, is such a great reminder that God is truly in control of everything. We don't need to worry about a thing because He has it all planned out. We stress out about things that were never ours to worry about in the first place.

11. 2 Timothy 1:7

We were not created to be afraid, but to be empowered and loved by God.

12. Isaiah 26:3

If we simply keep God in the forefront of our minds, we will have perfect peace. Trust in Him brings the greatest peace.

13. Matthew 11:28-30

How comforting is this? Anxiety causes a lot of weariness but knowing that we can rest in God is amazing.

14. Jeremiah 29:11

God has a plan for us, so we don't need to worry about it. His plan is always good and always exactly what we need. His plans will always be better than anything we try to control ourselves.

15. Isaiah 41:13

When we feel anxious and afraid we can take comfort in knowing that God is reaching out His hand to us to help us trust Him and walk with Him.

While anxiety can feel overpowering or terrifying, we should not fear, but rather trust in the perfect and never-changing love and peace of God.

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Trust Me, With God's Timing, The Wait Is Worth It

God has a plan, even at the worst of times.

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As the youngest person in my family, I've always hated it when other people would baby me or try to do things for me. I always wanted to be independent, and that has carried over to me being a pretty responsible and hard working teenager.

Currently, I'm at a crossroads in my life. I've had to make so many decisions in the past year that it's honestly made my head spin, and being the control freak that I am, I've thought deeply about every choice, making sure that it was the one that I wanted to do and not just the one that everyone else thought I should do.

However, that has gotten me into some trouble.

You see, although I enjoy making decisions, it's hard to know which one's the right one. Often I choose to hang on to something for just a little bit too long, or I think that I can fix a problem even though I've had so many chances to just walk away because it was no longer adding any benefit to my life.

Growing up, my parents always made sure that God was present in my life. I've gone to Sunday school since before I can remember, and my mom helped lead the children's ministry at my church, so I was always involved with whatever was going on.

My first friends were made at church, so I had a great group of people surrounding me growing up. And that community has stood behind me in whatever I've done for the past 18 years.

Unfortunately, one of the biggest hindrances to my faith and trust in God has been that independent mentality. So many of the choices I've made have ended up being extremely stressful, hurting me mentally and emotionally.

When I was stuck in these situations, it didn't make any sense to me. When things were great, I was so thankful to have God in my life blessing me with the happy times. But I didn't trust him when things weren't so great, which was one of my biggest mistakes of all.

Growing up, I've always been told that God always has perfect timing. I always thought that meant that he'd protect me from any and all sadness and hardships because I was so young in my faith. Instead of trusting that he had a process and a path for me, I blamed him for not warning me that I would be there.

When I hit my lowest point, I was stuck on the side of a highway with an exploded tire after what was the absolute worst week of my life. I was crying alone in my car at 10 p.m., and yet, something in me felt different.

Instead of sitting there with the "why me?" mentality that I had been sitting on for months, I knew that I wasn't alone.

Besides knowing that things could only get better from there, I felt like I was supposed to be there. The feeling washed over me that there was a reason that my entire life had fallen apart in the span of a week. I realized I had cut ties with so many people, places and things for a reason.

Since then, my faith has gotten stronger. I'm on a path that I know God has paved for me with love, and instead of making decisions based on what I want to do, I'm slowing down and asking him to help show me the way.

I know that sometimes things have to fall apart before they all come together, and no matter what, He has the perfect timing. Even when you don't understand it.

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