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Isaiah 43:18 ” Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”

A victim mindset builds an altar to all the bad things that have happened and worships there…harping on the past and paying more attention to it than to the future.  A victim mindset is put in place early on when others show sympathy,  so we continue to seek that support and favor…using our past to gain attention.  Soon we are defined only by our past…and not of how God is moving in our present.  A victim mindset chains us to the past… never able to move ahead, and break free.  For every time those old hurtful memories are brought up and dwelled upon…we’re victimized again.

Luke 8:50 ” Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.’ “

Jairus was the President of the Jewish Synagogue in Capernaum, but at this moment in time all his power and authority meant nothing to him… for he had a little daughter dying.  He was desperate enough to actually plead with Jesus to come to his house and heal her.  But it would get worse.  While they were headed there, someone from Jairus’s household ran up to tell him his daughter had just died…but it would get worse.  When they got to the house the scene was utter chaos with people weeping, wailing and milling around.  That’s when Jesus took control of the situation…moving all the people out except for the parents, Peter, James, and John.  He then took a hold of the child’s hand and said, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”   And she did.   So what practical application can we take from this story?  When you’re going through tough times,  position strong people of faith around you…people that can believe for breakthrough and won’t give up or become discouraged.   It’s friends that will gather around you and pray when you may not have the strength or ability to.   Finally, realize it may get worse before it gets better.  But through it all Jesus is saying to you,  “Don’t be frightened, just trust in Me.”

Psalm 142:1-2 ” I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before Him; before Him I tell my trouble.”

There’s been many times in my life when I’ve bared my soul to the Lord and complained loudly!  I’ve spilled out my frustrations as well as my tears before Him…knowing He would be the only one that could fully understand my distress.  And God does.  There is nothing you’re going through today that has caught God by surprise…nothing He doesn’t already know about.  The old Hymn, “What a Friend we have in Jesus”  is so true…for when there’s no one else you feel you can confide in…Jesus is always there.

I John 2:1 ” My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have One who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

As it tells us in Romans 8:34, at this very moment, Jesus is at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf.  Jesus is our advocate…one who comes forward on behalf and as the representative for another.  He is then also our intercessor and substitute…standing in our place before God…intervening in our defense.  We have no greater advocate than Jesus…no greater champion and friend.

I Corinthians 1:10 ” I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

Even the early Church had problems with Church division, and here Paul was pleading with them to unite rather than split into factions.  For if you think about it, if the  local Church can’t come together and become one voice…how do we expect the world to follow suit?  When Jesus called those first disciples, He told them to “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17)  And if you look at the other meaning for the Greek word for “perfectly united”…  it means to mend or repair broken nets.  Now anyone knows you can’t catch fish with torn nets…so how can the Church expect to follow Jesus and be fishers of men when their nets are shredded with division and strife?   We as a body of Believers need to become perfectly united together, and mend our nets.

John 4:13-14 ” Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thrist. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ “

Jesus spoke several times in John about this idea of water and thirst.  John 6:35 says, “He who believes in Me will never be thirsty.”  and in John 7:38, Jesus quoted the Old Testament from Isaiah 58:11, when He said,  “You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”  Thirst is a very strong desire.  It’s a longing to fill the dryness within us…whether with actual water, or spiritual water.  For within us all is this God-shaped emptiness…but sadly,  we will spend our entire lifetime trying to fill this emptiness with the wrong type of water.  Arid and parched,  we search for everything and  anything to satisfy our thirst…but every time we think we’ve found it, the water dries up and we thirst again.   It’s finally not until we find that Well of Living Water that we can drink and be fully satisfied.

Mark 8:1-4 ” During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to Him and said, ‘I have compassion for these people; they have already been with Me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.’ His disciples answered, ‘But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?’ “

His time on earth was getting short and Jesus wanted His disciples to understand their mission.  Everyday He had guided, demonstrated, and shown them what to do…to think outside the box of human nature.  For this wasn’t the first time Jesus had fed a crowd with only a few loaves and fish…but the disciples still didn’t get it.  The disciples had witnessed and actually helped distribute the food to that crowd…but when challenged to come up with a plan for this hungry group, they quickly reverted back to their humanness.  How many times have you sold yourself short by your limited vision of what God could do?  We need to be asking for God’s vision in our life, not ours…and we need to be thinking outside our “human” box and  seeking God’s unlimited and miraculous vision instead.