I Would Have Despaired Unless I Had Believed

I Would Have Despaired Unless I Had Believed

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If you are hurting as a result of experiencing loss, you will ultimately only find peace through the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. God wants to show you, as you walk through that loss, that His promises are absolutely trustworthy.

Types of loss:

1. Spiritual Oppression:
The father of the demon-possessed boy had been through much torment on account of his son (Matthew 17:14-21). But, God was testing him to see if he would persevere through all his setbacks until he actually reached Jesus. God works the same way with us, often allowing us to face frustrations along our journey to Him, so that our hope will be only in Him.
Why did Jesus die? It was for far more than just the forgiveness of our sins. It was to render Satan powerless and free us from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15). So, when the legions of hell come against you, remember, “The Lamb will overcome” (Revelation 17:14)!

2. Emotional Grief (Matthew 17:22-23)
Imagine what the disciples must have felt when Jesus told them that He would be leaving them. If you’re struggling with a sense of abandonment in some area, remember the promise of Jesus that He won’t forsake you (Hebrews 13:5b-6) or leave you as an orphan. And in the midst of that trial, you can be as alive as He is (John 14:18-19)!

3. Financial Strain (Matthew 17:24-27)
Peter was tempted to despair when he didn’t have the money to pay his taxes. But, Jesus had promised that those had forsaken all for His sake would receive “a hundred times” more (Mark 10:28-31). God is waiting for you to relinquish claim to all earthly things so that He can provide you with everything you need.

Think about all the material things in your life — money, job, home, etc. Are you SEEKING for them? Or, are you RECEIVING them from God because you are seeking His kingdom first (Matthew 6:32-33)?

Tell God: “Lord, I am living on this earth only to build Your kingdom. So, You must ensure that I have the earthly means — job, food, clothing, house, physical health, children’s education, etc. — to fulfill that purpose.”

From Psalm 27: In spite of the size of the army against me, I am confident; THEY stumble (v1-3). When I desire only to dwell in God’s presence, He will conceal me in His tabernacle (v4-6). When I cried out to God for help, His answer was, “Seek My face” (v7-8). And my answer is, “Your face will I seek. Please teach me Your way” (v9-12). I would have despaired unless I had believe that I would see the goodness of the Lord while I am still alive on this earth, despite all its trials (v13-14).


Speaker: Santosh Poonen

\"\"Santosh Poonen is a disciple of Jesus. He and his wife Meghan have six children, and live in Loveland, Colorado, USA. Santosh is the son of Zac and Annie Poonen. He works in the IT industry and is an elder at RLCF.

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