Do you believe God is for you?
The Bible says that if God is for us, no one can be against us (Romans 8:31).
But do you really believe this?
Particularly when you experience storms in your life, like Autumn talked about Monday, it may be hard to believe God is for you.
But what determines what you believe about God – is it your feelings, your experiences or God’s Word?
Let’s see which is the best choice. Feelings can reflect the truth but not always. Sometimes they downright lie. Experiences show us that while sometimes life is good, bad things do happen and people are not perfect. People and life often leave us disappointed, disillusioned and damaged. God’s Word, on the other hand, brings honesty, hope, and healing. It shows us the reality of who God is, what He can do, who we are, and what we can do. Most of all, it is filled with countless reminders that He is for us.
If we focus on our feelings and experiences alone – particularly in the hard times – we may completely miss this reality revealed in the Bible.
So, do you believe God is for you? Here are some of God’s reminders straight from the Bible that He is for you.
When you feel … God’s Word says …
Disillusioned and disappointed … “In You our fathers put their trust; they trusted and You delivered them. They cried to You and were saved; in You they trusted and were not disappointed.” (Psalm 22:4-5)
Lonely … “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Afraid … “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Confused … "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)
Like something is impossible … “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
In need … “God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
Tired … “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
Powerless … “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead …” (Ephesians 1:19-20)
Trapped … “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)
Defeated … “The LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." (Deuteronomy 20:4)
Unloved … “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3) and “…you are precious and honored in my sight, and … I love you” (Isaiah 43:4)
Hopeless … “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Faithless … “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2)
For more encouragement, come back tomorrow and hear Emily talk about how she knows God is for her despite extremely tough circumstances.
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