Stand Strong and Never Give Up
When Paul was teaching in Athens, he was given a great opportunity to spread the Truth of God to an audience of Greek philosophers who had no interest in what Paul was saying. That did not stop Paul, no, as he stood on Mars Hill he proclaimed the Word of God.
However, after Paul taught this group of non-believers, he became emotionally shaken. Paul wanted all these people to not only hear what he was saying but truly understand and come to Jesus Christ, but the response was not that at all!
As Paul sailed for Corinth (Acts 18), he was having a difficult time and was feeling deep discouragement, and God knew it. This is no different with us, when we are in a situation that we begin to feel worry, doubt or discouragement, just remember God knows it. The important part here is what did God do? He spoke words of encouragement to Paul and He will do the same for you! I guarantee it you just have to listen. I do want to add one thing here, and that is to have this conversation with God and begin a good relationship you must be a true Christian, otherwise God will not hear your prayer, the only prayer that He will hear if you are not His child is one of repentance! Here is what God said to Paul:
Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city (Acts 18:9-10).
In other words, “Paul, you ae not alone. I am right here with you and I know exactly what is going on and I know exactly how to deal with it, just trust and believe Me”.
Paul realized the key to success was not human strength or ability but faith in an unshakeable God. His responsibility was to be obedient and do what God had told him to do.
Though Paul fought feelings of fear and discouragement just as we all do, Paul knew God was and is in control of everything, every heart, every mind and every circumstance.
Worry, doubt, and fear about the future only lead to stress and becoming uneasy and in turn they will push you away from God and His blessings. Trust God right where you are and He will bless you, work on your relationship with Him, that is what God wants, a personal relationship with you!
Give all that you are over to the Lord, your work, your talents, your heart, those you love. Ask Him to fill you with strength to do His work, and be obedient. He will never let you down.
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