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Following Jesus Through Troubles

We follow Jesus together.

There are times when we despair. In these verse of 2 Corinthians Paul tells his friends that he and company were under great pressure…they wondered if they could live through it. 2 Corinthians 1:8 “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.”

We have times like that. A child develops a cystic fibrosis. After working for 30 years your depression disables you. You are young and develop severe diabetes.

Troubles turn us inward, isolating us from others. Peace of mind shatters.  Our thinking processes confused. We become convinced us that lies are truth, and truth lies. Our world becomes a lonely place. We despair even of life itself, just like Paul.

We were not designed to go through life alone. And so…

We follow Jesus together.

Who is in your support team?  Who do you laugh with? Who do you cry with?  Do you have a mentor who can teach you about walking the Christian life? We need peers. We find strength from those who are going through similar trials and temptations.

We need new Christians who share the excitement of beginning the Christian life.

Jesus never sent his disciples on mission alone. He sent them by two’s. After each mission they came back and debriefed, learning from Jesus. Together they laughed and cried.

We follow Jesus together. It is impossible without transparency. It takes open hearts to one another. Someone we can share our doubts, fears, hurts, together. Who do you have?

God is our Savior and deliverer. He alone can change our hearts to endure tough times. He alone is the source of our comfort. But He also has wired us to need other people. Often He delivers His best gifts through people. His encouragement may come through your mentor or perhaps through a young Christian.

When He wanted to send His best gift He sent His Son Jesus.

We weep together. We laugh together.

We follow Jesus together.

Along the way…who will you ask to be on your mission team this week?

 

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