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Minister's Minute: Thankful and hopeful

Even greater things are to come
Giving thanks

Lamentations 3:19-20, “The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.”

Jeremiah was depressed, heavy and sad. But instead of basking in his depression, he began to turn his thoughts toward the goodness of God. He became thankful. Even though he couldn’t see God’s goodness at the moment. Thankfulness and hope changed his life.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.” (Lamentations 3:22-25)

God can take your mess, if you put your hope in Him, and turn it into a miracle. It doesn't matter how big or small that mess may be. I have seen Him do it over and over again and my life alone is a testimony of that! His promise to you and me is that “those who hope in Him will not be disappointed.” (Isaiah 49:23)

Even greater things are to come. God is able to turn things around completely. He will do more than merely bring you out of your emotional bondage. He can even cause you to forget how deep it ever was and turn your hurts into your ministry where you can, in return, help others. Freedom can be yours!

I know your hopelessness may seem overwhelming and you may even have days of wondering how you could ever overcome it, but if you will do as Abraham did, who hoped when he had none at all… “In hope against all hope he believed,” (Romans 4:18) God will honour your trust. He can turn your emotional pain into victorious gain. Instead of focussing on the mess, put your entire focus on our incredibly GOOD God that does not want you feeling heavy but instead have you experience freedom and victory!