Take Comfort in Jesus

April 22, 2020

Read John 17:3

“This is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (niv)

 
Reflect

Are you able to find comfort in your relationship with Jesus? How can knowing Him intimately move your emotions from fear to peace?

Our faith as believers isn’t just a passport to heaven; eternal life doesn’t just start when we die. It begins here on earth as we make Jesus the center of our lives. The importance of knowing God and focusing on Him is described in John 17:3. How can we stop being preoccupied by our worries and problems and learn to take comfort in Jesus? It begins as we cultivate a lifestyle of praise.

We’re not talking about praise as just a few worship songs sung at the beginning of a service, but a God-ward focus in the midst of whatever we’re facing. It’s all about getting our eyes off the mountains … and focus on the mountain mover.

This doesn’t mean denying your real feelings. You may be experiencing intense feelings of fear or sorrow. It’s expressing your distressing emotions (including worry, despair, guilt, fear, or anger) to God—yet choosing to keep proclaiming who He is and turning to Him in spite of how things look—and not postponing this until you feel better. It’s moving toward the Lord instead of away from Him in your distress and developing a faith that goes beyond your feelings.

At first you may start to thank God with little trickles, but if you persist, even in the darkest of places, you will find those trickles of faith will turn into a fountain. Your attitude can turn from anxiety to trust. You may even begin to see your situation differently: Praise can heighten your awareness that distressing circumstances are God’s blessings in disguise. Your trials rip away the flimsy fabric of your self-sufficiency. This makes room for God’s Spirit to weave into your life a true and solid confidence—the kind of confidence that Paul expressed in Philippians 4:13: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (nkjv).

When we focus on God and proclaim who He is, we begin to see clearly who’s in control. Our focus is drawn from the complexity of the problem to the adequacy of God’s infinite resources.

 
Pray

Lord, help me to find comfort in You. Help me to experience peace and rest in my relationship with You. Amen.

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I try to understand that God wants to be my companion and friend, my guide to every situation. My God is in the mids of all like my thoughs, emotions, feelings, dreams, falls and lifts, triumphs and defeats. Because of that i can built a life in confort with him.
Thank you BTTB for your comforting words - that we take comfort in Jesus - which have opened my eyes to the excellency of the person, Christ Jesus, Lord and Saviour.
Iam thankful for Jesus Christ and having a relationship with my Lord.
AMEN
It is really useful to me in my spiritual life. I am very much thankful to you for this devotion.
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR EVERYTHING I JUST KNOW I NEED YOU IN MY LIFE EVERDAY 24/7;your child & all my family;etc;Virginia r.gomez garcia@
Amen! " So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge, can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's sanctuary." (Hebrews 6:18-19). Lord, You are my hope and sufficiency. I take comfort in You and Your provisions each day!
Amen and amen
Thank you for sharing your story. May God continue to bless you in all that you do.
I’m almost feeling selfish in my assurance of Gods care for Me through this pandemic, as I pray for the So many facing devastating situations
I am so thankful for this much needed reminder this morning. I’m trusting God to bring something good out of this current situation. Jesus Christ is Lord and He is worthy of all praise🙏🏼
Wonderful words of encouragement. Thank you and Jesus.
Thank You!
This is how I changed my fear... Back in 2011 my father, the solid rock in our family, passed away. I was so angry. My then husband of 35 yrs and I were left to take care of my 95 yr old mom.. Mom was a little woman with a BIG BARK, if you know what I mean. Then In May of 2012 my husband of almost 36 yrs decides he wants a divorce. He had found his college sweetheart online and they decided they wanted to give it a go. So, I was crippled, left with my 96 yr old mother to care for and THANK GOD for my three grown kids. Anyway, Mom finally died Dec 20, 2012, then my Divorce was final in June of 2013. Time for me to start my new life alone in a huge 2 bedroom house. Well, God was not finished with me... I met a wonderful man in DEC 2013 and we have been together every since. God is still working with me.. so... I am so happy with where I am now... I moved from that big two bedroom house in the city to the country... LOVE IS GOOD... LOVE IS GOD!!!
Lord help me to see your provisional hand in all situations, and to praise you for all things big and small amen!
I am praise God
This is important to learn to be thankful in every circunstances. No matter if it negative or possitive. When you start to praise, something happens, and the name of the Lord is glorified.