Finding the Strength to Continue On
1. Focus your Attention on God
“We have suffered terror and pitfalls, ruin and destruction. Streams of tears flow from my eyes because of the destruction of my people.” Lam. 3:47-48 (NLT)
“I have cried until the tears no longer come. My heart is broken, my spirit poured out as I see what has happened to my people.” Lam. 2:11 (NLT)
“When life is heavy and hard to take go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions. Wait for hope to appear.” Lam. 3:28-29 (Mes)
Jesus: “Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace.” Matt. 6:6 (Mes)
2. Ask God To Remove your fears.
"From the bottom of the pit. I cried out to You, O Lord. And when I begged You to listen to my cry You heard me. And You answered me and told me not to be afraid.” Lam. 3:55-57 (GN)
"I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me, freeing me from all my fears." Ps24:4 (NLT)
"The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in Him. So it is best for us to wait in patience - to wait for Him to save us." Lam 3:25-26 (TEV)
Three Antidotes to Fear:
TRUTH—Jesus said, “The truth will set you free.”
LOVE—The Bible says, “There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out all fear.”
FAITH—David said, “I trust in you, O LORD;I say, “You are my God.” .”
3. Believe God will Restore you.
“Restore us O Lord and bring us back to You again. Give us back the joys we once had.” Lam. 5:21 (NLT)
“The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in Him. So it is best for us to wait in patience—to wait for Him to save us.” Lam. 3:25-26 (TEV)
4. Remember what Never changes.
God is still in control (Lam 5:17,19)
“We are sick at our very hearts and can hardly see through our tears... But you, O Lord, are king forever and will rule to the end of time!” Lam. 5:17& 19 (TEV)
God still loves me (Lam 2:19-33)
“I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter emptiness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all...the feeling of hitting the bottom. BUT there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering it, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, His merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great is Your faithfulness!” Lam. 2:19-23 (Mes)
God is all I need (Lam 3:24)
“Deep in my heart I say, ‘The Lord is all I need. I can depend on Him!’" Lam. 3:24 (CEV)