Jubilee Weekly October 30, 2018

“God’s Cure for Your ‘Blues”

Are you having a hard time, maybe battling discouragement? Maybe you are stressed out or even fearful. Perhaps your pressures are leaving you feel stressed and weary.

I want to share with you passages of Scripture that, if you will embrace them, with your heart and mind, I believe the dark clouds you are facing will begin to lift. Remember, the words you will be reading are inspired by God, the Holy Spirit. They are powerful and true.

In Isaiah 40:29 the Holy Spirit promises that God “… gives power to the weak.”

The Apostle Paul, who went through so much suffering and persecution, declared, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Perhaps you are facing something that seems impossible. You can’t see your way forward. Once again, we turn to the scriptures where Jesus said, “The things which are impossible with men, are possible with God.”

Luke 18:27
Friend, you don’t have a problem too big for a loving God.
One of Satan’s strategies is to exhaust us or weary us with many issues.

Christ has a solution for you in Matthew 11:28-30,
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

For a long time, I allowed the devil to beat me up over stupid things I said or did. I felt guilt again and again, even after something I had confessed and repented of.

One day, I read the following in Revelation 12:10, “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of

His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.”

Folks, our accuser has been cast down! Hallelujah! Remember this — the LORD forgives all who confess their sins to Him.

The Apostle John was one of our LORD’S closest friends and he wrote in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

If our LORD will forgive us, then we need to forgive ourselves, because we are not greater than He is.
Another tool the devil wants us to use is worry or fear.

Years ago, the Holy Spirit quickened to my heart and mind, a passage of scripture at a time when I faced one of the largest challenges of my life. Read with me Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

His promises are Yes and Amen to those who believe and receive them.

The devil likes to spook us and cause us to panic. The Apostle Peter has a word for us in this regard. His answer is found in 1 Peter 5:1 where he says,
“Cast all your cares on God, for He cares for you.”

Listen to what the writer in Hebrews 4:15-16 admonishes us to do — “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Friends, has the load begun to lift yet? Are you truly meditating on His Word? Jesus, in John 8:32 said,
“You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
• He is Truth
• His Word is Truth
• Believe it … Receive it …

Finally, I want to give you a word for the problem of loneliness. This is a major problem in our country. Satan wants to isolate us and make us feel like we are all alone and no one cares. Again, and again, God assures us we are not alone. In Hebrews 13:5, we read —

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you’.”

We are never alone. He is always with us. No burden is too heavy for God’s almighty arms.

Cheer up friend — God is for you,

Pastor Leonard