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You are not alone!

January 27th, 2009 Posted in encouragement, Pastor's corner, questions, sermons

Have you ever felt discouraged as a Christian? Have you ever felt that your life has been a failure? And do you know what it is like to be frightened about the future?

Well, take heart! You’re not the first child of God to feel this way.

In fact, it may surprise you to know that none other than the great apostle Paul seemed to be struggling with these very same problems. Paul found himself stuck in a Roman prison because of his faithfulness to preach the gospel.

But one night, Jesus came to pay him a visit:

“But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, ‘Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you
must also bear witness at Rome'” (Acts 23:11 NKJV).

God has not, nor will He abandon you.

Even though the local Christians did not help him, the Lord had come to visit him. Later, in his last epistle, Paul wrote, “Everyone abandoned me” (2 Timothy 4:16 NLT).

Have you ever felt that way? Abandoned, forgotten, forsaken? Know this: God has not abandoned you!

The Lord is with you

Know this today: He can compensate, by His own loving presence, for every earthly loss.

C.H. Spurgeon said, “If all else forsook him, Jesus was company enough. If all others despised him, the smile of Jesus was approval enough. If the good cause seemed to be in danger, in the presence of his Master victory was sure. The Lord who has stood for him at the cross now stood for him in the prison. It was a dungeon, but the Lord was there; It was dark, but the glory of the Lord lit it up with Heaven’s own splendor. Better to be in a jail with the Lord than to be anywhere else without Him.”

No matter what you are going through right now, know this: you are not alone. God is there with you, wanting to bring encouragement to you.

13 Responses to “You are not alone!”

  1. Miranda Family says:

    Love this blog and I find the truth refreshing! I so love coming here to read your blogs and devotions, Pastor Greg, just love it!

    I especially like the last statement you made about God wanting to bring us encouragement now matter what we’re going through and we’re not alone. Amen!

    Have a blessed day and weekend ~ Becky

  2. Jason says:

    I am never alone because I know God since I said the sinner’s prayer with Greg last October while I was listening to A New Beginning on Vision Radio Network.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dear Pastor Greg:

    Thank God for you and your ministries! Thank you too for reminding us that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are always with us. Yes, we are not alone! Hallelujah! We need to keep reminding ourselves that He told us He will never leave us nor forsake us! Amen!

  4. Dan, Sue, and Stephen says:

    I need this. Work has been tough lately. I am thankful to have work and praise the Lord for that, but I need to praise Him for problems too. That is hard, but His grace is enough. Thanks, Greg, sometimes I am short-sighted

  5. Julia says:

    Hello, Pastor Greg. You are once again so on point in this area, which doesn’t surprise me one bit. I feel that when I speak about my God, it really don’t matter to me if I do end up alone or shunned from the eyes of this world. I know that in the end, it’s only His set of eyes that will be on me. His eyes are what we need to see with in those dark times. His blood freed me and His eyes saw me first and His beautiful hands will hold us and watch us through it all. We just need to remember that we are never alone, just well covered by His blood.

  6. Monica says:

    I have to say, through the Christmas season, I have most definitely been there. Being far removed from my family in California and now living in Colorado, I went through a major depression and felt abandoned and alone.

    It’s ironic that when we feel this way, our natural instinct is to pull away from the people that love you and most importantly, God. Sometimes, or should I say most times, it’s our choice to pull away and seclude ourselves. Going through this most recently, I’ve realized that the first thing I must not do is feel sorry for myself. When I did this, I focused on me and not on God and His Word.

    Yes, we can feel sad, but we need to cry to the Lord and stay in prayer. He never leaves us. We leave Him. It’s so easy to follow our flesh. God has placed so many people in my life, godly people, and these are the very people you need to surround yourself with.

    Attend Bible study. Serve in your church. These are just some suggestions I can come up with that have helped me. And staying away from the influence of the world. It’s truly all about God, and He is always present. He is forever faithful, and He loves His children. I always need to remember this, and I highly suggest this to everyone.

    Pastor Greg, I thank you for your daily devotion because there have been days when that was all I have read, and it has gotten me through that very day. Thank you for your commitment to serving the Lord.

  7. Glenn says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I am in the middle of one of the hardest times in my life. I am a new Pastor and I am constantly making mistakes. My pastor has recently thrown his hands up in surrender because I just can’t seem to get it right, so I am on my own now. I needed to be reminded that Jesus is here with me. I teach it, I know it in my head, but it was good to be reminded of. It’s good to have some “skin on it.” We are praying for you and your family.

  8. Miranda Family says:

    Oh, been there done that! As I look back, I realize how much time and energy I spent trying to “fix” things because, in my little old pea-brain head, I thought our God had bigger fish to take care of. You know, I was like, “Hey God, I got this one. Go on to the next person as they need you more.” Surely I could handle “this situation” by myself, right? Wrong! Can you imagine? What was I thinking?

    Today, when our family goes through trials, we now thank Him for them because we know there will be blessings ahead. In fact, our prodigal son is going through a huge trial right now, but guess what? Through this trial, he recommitted his life to God and we could see how our wonderful Lord had mercy on him. He also knows we’ve prayed for him for the past 5 years. And he also knows there will be consequences for his past actions. If you could pray for him, we would appreciate it. To God be the glory!

    Don’t get me wrong, Pastor Greg, we do feel discouraged, disappointed, and/or weary, but we also know how we react is not based on our feelings but God’s truth!

    Wow, didn’t mean to get so long winded!

    Blessings ~ Becky

  9. Princess says:

    Thank you, Pastor Greg, for posting this. I needed to hear it. I am scared about my future like I have never before. There are many scary unknowns. I have always had a sense of security and now that is on rocky ground. I would appreciate your prayers!

  10. William says:

    I think we have all been there, Greg, whether it be financial stress or whatever stress the world throws at us. Those things allow us to take our eyes off the prize. We need to focus on Jesus always.

  11. Mariana says:

    Hi Pastor Greg!

    Sometimes I struggle with encouragement, since I used to encourage everybody and felt nothing back. I now understand that the Lord’s encouragement is the only one that matters, and His hand leading me is what’s important.

    I will be working out with Him several hindering sins I have identified in my life, and calling on His grace to take me out of it. Want to be clean as soon as possible, cause if I don’t, I feel I’ll be spiritually drained and won’t be able to accomplish much for His glory. So, my choice is to keep moving forward, to be able to get rid of this. I know it’s going to hurt, but I also know it’s worth it and it’s for my own good.

    Bless you, Pastor Greg, for this posting. Thanks for sharing it.

    You and your family remain in my prayers, big hugs for everyone.

  12. Dorci says:

    Thank you, Pastor Greg. I needed that right now. God has indeed been by my side when no one else has been.

    God bless you today.

  13. Gus and Laurel says:

    Thank you so much for this! It’s good to know I’m not the only one out there who sometimes does get discouraged, not by God but by the world! My worst feelings of discouragement and feeling like I failed is from being a mom, not so much now, but in the past. We have 2 prodigals who it seems like will never come back to Jesus, but God promised us they will!!
    Thanks again,

    Laurel

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