There are times when most of us would like to hide our true feelings from God. We want to pretend He doesn’t know about the secret bad attitudes we harbor! Who jumps at the chance to talk to God about the bitterness we often hold onto because of how another person has treated us, and the disappointment we feel toward Him for allowing it?

But God knows about these feelings. He sees the innermost part of our hearts. We might as well be honest with Him. If you are frustrated or depressed about your circumstances, tell that to God. He will listen to your complaints.

King David was brutally transparent in the Book of Psalms when he expressed to God the hurts and fears he felt. You can do the same. Talk with Him about your troubles, your anger, your disappointment and your hurt. But remember, David didn’t stop there. After David got it all out on the table, he turned his focus away from his feelings and onto His loving, all-powerful, all-knowing, merciful and just Lord. David asked for God’s help and for God’s will. Then David did something we often forget—he trusted God.

Follow David’s example and watch what happens to your relationship with your Savior. Intimacy occurs in a relationship when there is transparency and trust. It is no different with God.

Your view of God really matters…

What prevents you from being completely honest with God about how you feel? It usually boils down to one of two things:

  1. You don’t trust Him – you struggle to believe He is who He says He is.

  2. You don’t want to trust Him – you would rather do things your way and feel what you want to feel (bitterness and all).

If you fall in the second camp there is nothing we can do to help.

If you are in the first camp, there is hope! Identify the attribute(s) of God you struggle to fully trust and ask Him to help you. We encourage you to find a friend and together read GOD, Who Are You Anyway? by Bill Bright.

Always feel free to email us if you have any questions!

Read God’s Word Today…

Psalm 142:2,3 NLT “I pour out my complaints before Him and tell Him all my troubles. When I am overwhelmed, You alone know the way I should turn.”

Psalm 77:10-12 NLT “And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned His hand against me.” But then I recall all You have done, O Lord; I remember Your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about Your mighty works.”

GOD, because You are Personal I can talk with You about everything and know You better every day.

Based on the writings of Bill Bright

©2020 Bright Media Foundation

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She had just turned 30. She was a wife and a mother, and she was fighting for her life.

Days after her doctor admitted her to the hospital, she began having problems breathing. Although she pressed the call button for the nurse, no one responded.

Panicked, she realized that she was dying in a hospital bed—and no one knew. As her breathing became more labored, she began to lose consciousness. She was helpless, yet she desperately wanted to live to see her young daughter and husband again.

Within seconds of her panic, a supernatural peace flooded over her. God impressed this promise clearly on her heart: “If you awake and are in heaven, I am with you. If you awake and are in this hospital bed, I am with you. Either way, I am just as close to you.”

With that promise ringing in her ears, she put her future in God’s hands. Then through eyelids barely cracked, she saw the elevator doors slide open in the hall outside her room. Out walked her pastor! By the time he reached her bedside, she drifted into unconsciousness. But because of his quick response her life was saved.

What crisis are you facing right now? If you can’t think of one, just listen to the nightly news and they will supply a crisis for you! From a human perspective it seems like the world is falling apart. As followers of Jesus we do not have to panic. He is with us. He will help us if we only ask Him and are willing to do things His way. Did you catch that? God is with us either way, but to experience peace that passes understanding we must be willing to do things His way. Are you willing?

Your view of God really matters…

God is with you right here, right now. If you aren’t experiencing the power and peace of His presence it’s not because He’s not there. Ask yourself this question: “What attribute of God am I struggling to believe is true in this circumstance?” Are you struggling to trust His love, His faithfulness, His power, His sovereignty, His mercy…? Talk with God about it and ask Him to help you trust in Him and to experience His presence no matter what is happening in your life or the nation.

Read God’s Word Today…

Isaiah 43:1-3Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

GOD, because You are everywhere all the time, I know You are always with me.

Based on GOD, Who Are You Anyway? by Bill Bright

©2020 Bright Media Foundation

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“You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.” Psalm 18:28 NLT

Perhaps you have heard the story of a traveler who was on a business trip. As he drove down the main boulevard, he realized he had no idea how to find the convention center for his meeting. Being a humble man, he pulled his car over to the side of the road, rolled down his window, and hailed an elderly man sitting at a bus stop. “Excuse me, sir,” he said, “Can you tell me how much farther it is to the convention center?”

The old man smiled and said, “I certainly can. It depends on which route you want to take. In the direction you’re heading, it’s many thousands of miles. If you turn your car in the opposite direction, however, it’s a block and a half.”

So near and yet so far!

You may feel many thousands of miles away from God today, but He is as close as a whispered prayer. The Bible tells us that He never removes His eye from us and never sleeps. If you can no longer see Him, it may well be that you’re simply facing the wrong way.

You may feel like our country is many thousands of miles away from God today as well. There is only one solution for you, and only one solution for our country. Turn around. Every one of us.

Turning back to Him again is called ‘repentance’, and it is a word many believers are uncomfortable using today. Perhaps they do not like stopping to ask for directions. But if they did, they would find that God is so near – just a 180-degree turn away.

Your View of God Really Matters…

There are so many things that can take us off the right path and send us in the wrong direction. How can you turn back to God today?

Read God’s Word Today…

1 John 1:9 NLT “If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

Psalm 25:5-5 NLT “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by Your truth and teach me, for You are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You.”

GOD, because You are Holy, Merciful, Just, Sovereign and always with me, I will confess my sins and seek Your direction in all things.

Based on the writings of Bill Bright

©2020 Bright Media Foundation

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