There was a time in my life when I
struggled with all types of fears and insecurities, constantly worried about
the future, my job, my family, money, and what my purpose in life really was.
Needless to say, I wasn't enjoying my life. I was miserable.
However, over time, the Lord helped me to change…and He
helped me understand an important key to truly enjoying life. It all begins
with what the apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:10…something I believe we
should all pray regularly…
"That I may know Him, and the power of His
resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering, being made comfortable unto
I know that when we get to know God—really know Him—it fills
us with hope and confidence because we realize He’s greater than any situation
we will ever encounter. Understanding God’s character and incredible love for
us allows us to relax and trust Him in ever single area of our lives.
I have found that we can learn so much about the Lord by
examining His many names found in the Bible. Each one reveals such a unique
aspect of His character along with a very specific promise for our lives.
The Bible says He is Jehovah Jireh, which means “Your
Provider.” He’s Jehovah Rapha, “Your Healer,” and Jehovah Shalom, “Your Peace.”
The Lord is also referred to as Jehovah Nissi, “The Lord Our
Banner.” This means He is our “victory”: We can expect God to help us win our
battles over sin, addictive habits, pain from the past, and anything else that
stands in the way of His wonderful plan for our lives.
It is Satan that wants us to think about all the things we
can’t do. He wants us to compare ourselves to others and focus on our
weaknesses. However, when the Lord looks at us, He sees our ultimate potential!
We can do anything through Him. He wants us to focus on how much we can do; He
wants us to lean on His strength and ability to do the great things He has
planned for us.
Maybe right now the Lord is asking you to step out in an
area that seems impossible, or you’re facing an issue that seems way too big to
handle. Step out in faith, trust in Him and let Him handle it. He always knows
what's best for us better than we know what is best for ourselves.
Whatever it may be, I want you to know that you’re in a
great place for a miracle and abundant blessings. The God of all the universe
is on your side, and He never loses a battle!
I encourage you to get to know God more and more each day.
Read and study your scriptures. Talk to the Lord like He’s your best friend and
ask Him to reveal His love and character to you in a greater way.
Because when you get to know Him—really know Him—it releases
new hope and confidence in the One who can change every single area of your