We never know what life is going to throw at us, eh? The Bible even tells us to expect trouble because the world is full of sin and evil. And one of the things I never thought would happen to us happened. Someone has used my or my husband’s social security number to file their taxes. So not only do we have to file our taxes on paper, which delays our return by a few months, but it has affected our son’s college financial aid. The whole reason we are receiving a tax return is because we have had trouble the last several years. My husband’s income was cut in half when he had to change jobs last year. The paperwork we have had to file and ask for to make the corrections and help my son’s problems too is really overwhelming. Our God has provided for us financially but other problems have popped up. Trouble never ends, that’s for sure.
“But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Praise God that Jesus has overcome all the things that give us trouble. And I know that this is only temporary trouble. We will file the right paperwork and send it to the university and eventually get it all worked out. Because God is with us and will never forsake us. I just have to repeat those mantras over and over again. If we always look up instead of looking at the problems that are in front of us, then we won't be so worried and sorrowful. Click To Tweet The beginning of the verse says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.” I don’t know about you but I definitely want peace. So I may fret for a moment but I will always return my thoughts to Jesus and get my peace back!
A visual exercise I describe in my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” entails putting your troubles, sin, guilt or thoughts in .a box and placing it at the feet of Jesus. Here is a quote describing how to leave it there: “If the box (of problems) is in Heaven with Jesus, you cannot take it back! Click To Tweet You have given the problem to God and he will take care of it for you. He is in control of it…”
I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11
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