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When we are in a crisis or are facing difficulties of some kind, or when we simply need direction in a matter, there are some things we can ask the Lord for which will help us to receive His very best.

First, we can ask the Lord for His perspective. Oftentimes, our view of a situation can be distorted by our emotions or strong desires. That’s one of the reasons why the apostle James instructed us to pray for wisdom whenever we are in a trial. He wrote: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV) The Lord will tell us the plain truth about our situation, and about our best options, if we ask Him to. Having God’s perspective in a situation is essential because it will help to determine our response. And our response is critical because it will determine our outcome.

God’s perspective will also enable us to adopt a thankful heart, to find something to be grateful for in our situation, something to praise Him for. Scripture says: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV) A thankful heart not only pleases God, but it opens the door to His miracle-working power.

Secondly, we can ask the Lord for a promise for our situation. Asking Him for His promise is another way we can gain His perspective for our situation. God’s will for us is always victory, and He desires to give us His word of promise for our situation to fill us with hope, and to point us in the right direction. His promise reveals what it is He wants us to believe Him for. He challenges us in this way so that our faith in Him and His Word will grow.

God’s promises give us hope in seemingly hopeless situations. The author of Psalm 119 wrote: “Remember Your promise to me, for it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.” (Psalm 119:49-50 NLT) God’s promises have the power to raise our “hope level”. And having hope in our hearts can make the difference between victory and defeat. One promise that you and I can claim in every situation is Romans 8:28 (NLT): “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” In every trial, I like to declare, “God is good, and He will work this out for my good!”

Lastly, we can ask the Lord for His power. The apostle Paul was the perfect example of a victorious Christian. He lived his life totally dependent upon God and His strength, and some of his most heartfelt prayers asked for power for other believers. “[We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy.” (Colossians 1:11 AMP) Once we have God’s perspective and promise for our situation, we can ask for His strength and power to do our part in the process of gaining the victory, even if it’s just to wait upon the Lord in faith until He acts on our behalf. Failing to wait upon God can make matters worse and lead to defeat.

No matter what you are facing today, the Lord has a plan for your good and His glory. Will you cooperate with Him to receive His very best? Thank You for the blessings, rewards, and opportunities I will receive as I wholeheartedly follow Your lead!

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About Jesus is a safe harbor

I am a follower of Jesus. I am a grateful delivered woman who was once an addict, but now God has restored me and renewed me. I have been redeemed and remade by our Creator through salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ! I just want to share what God has done in my life that you may have the opportunity to experience the same joy He gave me. I give God all the glory for everything in my life for I couldn't accomplish anything apart from Him. If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. He puts people in my life that help me and gives me the opportunity to help another. I am never surprised by his love and blessings. God has placed a confidence and love in myself that I have never had before… so "Thank you God".. for the many True Blue Christians you have put in my life and for all the blessings you bestow on me daily. I have not come this far without lots of prayers and the help and love of my true friends and family and I thank you God for those special people in my life. You are 100% my Savior! I will forever have your name on my lips. I realize now with lots of prayer and reading of the Word… that all the answers were here for me and I never asked the questions. Although I still struggle daily with other life’s daily cards that are dealt, I have an attitude now of “NO MATTER WHAT “– I will praise You, Lord~~~through my storms and my triumphs! I have much more to share and would love to answer any questions anyone may have for through all my trials what has come to be is that I want to help others to see what I didn’t see and hopefully prevent the same hurts, guilt, shame and woes that I had to deal with and give them the best gift of all… JESUS! I believe it's important that we know who we are in God ... We are a one of a kind and God has made us like no other for a purpose- His purpose. Yes, bad things happen and yes, we make poor choices, but we don't have to continue to make them. God's mercies are new each day. Once we realize, know and most importantly believe who we are in Christ, that we are a child of God, we are not an accident, and whatever the circumstances before us each day no matter what they are... God gives us the choice and the power of Him to choose right and live right. We no longer have to live in the past, but in the present and look with expectation to the future with God by our side guiding us and directing our steps. He is our strength and our hope needs to reside in Him. Let his power and love work in your life today and see that life does not have to be the way you are living now. He wants to help you, but you have to let him. He can't make us come to him, he is not lost - WE ARE! Please share this blog with others to encourage them for the glory of God!
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