Facts to Focus On

Facts to Focus On

We’ve all had those moments when our feelings override reality. Remember the last time you were in close proximity to a spider? Chances are, you weren’t as close as you thought, and that half-ounce spider posed no real threat to your mortality. But your feelings of panic were firing like a Formula 1 race car. 

It can often be easy for our emotions to get the best of us. It’s common for feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, and failure to run rampant in our lives and consume us. But God doesn’t want those issues to be your focus in life. 

When life is in chaos mode, it’s important to separate facts from feelings. Here are three facts to focus on when your feelings get out of hand.

Fact 1: God hasn’t abandoned you.

One of the great tactics of the enemy is to try and make you believe that you are alone. No one loves you, and God has abandoned you. Don’t believe the lie!

Jesus said the exact opposite of what the enemy would have you believe. He said, “Never will I leave you; never will I abandoned you.” (Hebrews 13:5) 

You might have had a friend, parent, or spouse abandon and leave you. But the promises of Jesus are not so easily thrown aside. He sticks around.

The Psalmist reminds us in the times we feel the loneliest that “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalm 34:18)

Fact 2: God’s love and power are perfect in your weakness.

Our ego tells us to always be strong, and if we’re not strong enough, we must be a failure. “I need to just try harder, work harder, or be better,” we tell ourselves. And so, we continue to rely on our strength. Don’t believe the lie.

In your moments of weakness, it’s important to remember this fact: God’s love and power are made perfect in your weakness.

As he told the Apostle Paul, he would tell you, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Fact 3: God has a plan for your life.

Okay, let’s be honest with each other. Our life plans don’t always pan out like we thought. Right? As it turns out, we’re not so great at planning and knowing the future.

When things don’t go as we think they should, it’s often easy to look at the future with bleakness and hopelessness. We start to believe what our feelings tell us: “I have no future.”

But the reality is far better than your feelings. God has a great plan for you. As God told the prophet Jeremiah to tell the people of Israel, “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) I believe he would say the same to you.

God’s not done with you yet. His plan for you isn’t over.

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