Does God really understand your challenges?

Is your God real/personal to you?  Do you believe He understands your day-to-day challenges?  Check this out …

“The Word was with God, and the Word was God …
God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…”  John 1:1, 3,14

Jesus experienced life on this earth … and HE showed us how to live victoriously!

Earlier in this series, we read how God breathed the breath of life into us, loves us, knows every detail about us and chose us!  And now we take a glimpse at how God, through His Son Jesus ~ born flesh and bloodtruly understands what we go through.  Let’s look at a very brief picture of Jesus’ life on earth:

  • He experienced a humble beginning.  The King of Kings, born in a manger; Born poor so we could be rich.  (Luke 2:6-7; 2 Corinthians 8:9);
  • Born of a woman ~ born flesh and blood.  Jesus was at the same time truly   human and divine.  (Galatians 4:4; Luke 1:31);
  • He has genealogy~ parents, grandparents…from the seed of Abraham (Matthew 1:1-21 Galatians 3:16);
  • Experienced an unsettled childhood ~ moved a lot; Herod was trying to kill him!  (Matthew 2:13-14,19-20, 22)
  • He was the son of a carpenter;and he had siblings (Matthew 13:55);
  • He had friends who didn’t get along; his brothers didn’t believe Him (Mark 9:33-35; Luke 9:45-47; John 6:60-64; John 7:5);
  • He was seriously tempted (Luke 4:1-13);
  • He wept (John 11:35; Luke 19:41-42);
  • Brokenhearted – distressed and grieved (Isaiah 63:9-10; John 11:33-38);
  • Angered ~ righteous indignation (Mark 11:15-17; John 2:13-17; Mark 3:5);
  • Rejected (Isaiah 53:3; Luke 9:22; Luke 17:25; Luke 4:16, 24);
  • Wrongly accused ~ standing in silence before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:12-19);
  • Tricked and tested ~ people trying to entrap Him (Mark 14:1; Matthew 16:1; Matthew 22:15);
  • Mocked, beaten and spat upon (Matthew 27:31; Mark 15:16-20; Matthew 26:67);
  • Betrayed by Judas.  Denied by Peter.  (John 13:18-19; Matthew 27:3; Psalm 41:9; Mark 14:66-72; John 6:60-64);
  • Humiliated; felt forsaken (Luke 23:32-33; Mark 15:34);
  • Compassionate (Matthew 9:36; Matthew 14:14; John 8:10-11);
  • So loved the world (John 3:16-17).

Have you ever felt brokenhearted, tested, humiliated?  If so, know that Christ faced many of the trials we face.  I encourage you to know deep in your heart how real our God is to us ~ and how through His Word, He shows us the way to walk through these challenges, living a victorious life because of what Jesus did for us on the cross at Calvary!  He took all our curses/afflictions on the cross so we would not have to carry them.  And, He gave us His Word ~ the tools we need to move forward victoriously.  Receive His gift today!   Be encouraged, for He does understand you and loves you immensely, as He upholds you and takes your ‘hand’ to walk you through the fire.

If you need encouragement through God’s Word and Love, feel free to contact me at coachmichelle@charter.netFrom the Heart

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