Category Archives: Salvation

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16 (NKJV)

This month I want to focus on LOVE. Why not everyone else is! ūüôā If¬† you look around the stores right now (in the U.S.A.) you will see stuffed animals in white, red and pink. Heart shaped boxes filled with chocolates. It is also the time of year retailers sell the most red and white roses.

What does love mean to you? Do you see yourself receiving or giving the things just mentioned? Does someone special come to mind? So what does God’s word say about love?……Everything! It’s what it is all about!

Every time¬† I think of love, I hear the Tina Turner song, “What’s love got to do with it?”,¬† it has a catchy tune. Why I think of this song is a long story for another day. The chorus of the song says:

“What’s love got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a second hand emotion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken”

The Love we are looking at today is not, ” second hand emotions,” as the song says. In fact it is not an emotion at all! Nor is it an it!…. Confused? Love is a being who is all powerful, and through Him all things are held together.

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
                                                                                                              

Colossians 1:16 (NKJV)

He heals, not hurts (breaks), the broken heart.

     He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].

Psalm 147:3 (AMP)

Who promises to rescue, protect and shelter you and I from the “storms of life” when we abide and obey/trust Him. ( All of Psalm 91 is a good chapter to memorize)

HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.  [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

Psalm 91:1-4 (AMP)

In Him love is perfected (made complete). Only through Jesus Christ ( God’s Son) can we have and know True LOVE.

In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.

1 John 4:9-10 (AMP)

We love Him, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (AMP)

For further reading enjoyment read the book of 1 John. It is only five chapters long. It is one of my favorite reads.

 

 

BE MINE :)

When I was in elementary school( before Pintrest), we would make Valentine folders, and hang them on the wall. When class was over we would take a list of¬† names home with us to make a Valentine cards. Mom would buy a box of assorted cards for me to use. Nowadays you can get them at the dollar tree! On the day of the party we play games and pass out the cards/candy. It was a fun way of making each child feel special/they were valuable. My fondest memory of Valentines day however, was the way my parents celebrated it. Mom would cook something we all (six of us) enjoyed eating, and later that evening, dad would call us all together, and¬† give us a small heart shaped box of candy or the Whitman sampler chocolates along with a hug as he said ,”Happy Valentines Day!”.

1.)¬† a sweetheart chosen or complimented on Valentine’s Day¬† 2.) A gift or greeting sent or given especially to a sweetheart on Valentine’s Day; especially :¬† A greeting card sent on this day. Something (as a movie or piece of writing) expressing uncritical praise or affection : tribute (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

This Valentines weekend write a Valentine to Jesus/God. Make one up or find a verse that says what you want to tell Him. Get creative with it.

How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light. O continue Your loving-kindness to those who know You, Your righteousness (salvation) to the upright in heart. Let not the foot of pride overtake me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.
Psalm 36:7-11 (AMP)

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬† PS.¬† I LOVE YOU JESUS ūüôā

 

 

 

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16 (NKJV)

This month I want to focus on LOVE. Why not everyone else is! ūüôā If¬† you look around the stores right now (in the U.S.A.) you will see stuffed animals in white, red and pink. Heart shaped boxes filled with chocolates. It is also the time of year retailers sell the most red and white roses.

What does love mean to you? Do you see yourself receiving or giving the things just mentioned? Does someone special come to mind? So what does God’s word say about love?……Everything! It’s what it is all about!

Every time¬† I think of love, I hear the Tina Turner song, “What’s love got to do with it?”,¬† it has a catchy tune. Why I think of this song is a long story for another day. The chorus of the song says:

“What’s love got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a second hand emotion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken”

The Love we are looking at today is not, ” second hand emotions,” as the song says. In fact it is not an emotion at all! Nor is it an it!…. Confused? Love is a being who is all powerful, and through Him all things are held together.

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
                                                                                                              

Colossians 1:16 (NKJV)

He heals, not hurts (breaks), the broken heart.

     He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].

Psalm 147:3 (AMP)

Who promises to rescue, protect and shelter you and I from the “storms of life” when we abide and obey/trust Him. ( All of Psalm 91 is a good chapter to memorize)

HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.  [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

Psalm 91:1-4 (AMP)

In Him love is perfected (made complete). Only through Jesus Christ ( God’s Son) can we have and know True LOVE.

In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.

1 John 4:9-10 (AMP)

We love Him, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (AMP)

For further reading enjoyment read the book of 1 John. It is only five chapters long. It is one of my favorite reads.

 

 

When All Was Lost He Gave All!

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Today I am going to share what I read in my email  from Kenneth Copeland Ministries.com today. I hope this blesses you as it did myself.

But God’s free gift is not at all to be compared to the trespass…For if many died through one man’s falling away–his lapse, his offense–much more profusely did God’s grace and the free gift [that comes] through…Jesus Christ, abound and overflow to and for [the benefit of] many.

Romans 5:15

“If you ever need someone to tell you how to turn things around, go to God. He’s an expert on the subject. He’s suffered more losses than anyone who’s ever lived.

Just think about it. He lost Lucifer, His top-ranked, most anointed angel. And He lost at least a third of His other angels as well when Lucifer fell. Then He lost the man and woman He had created; and because He’d given them dominion over the earth, when He lost them, He lost it too. Any way you figure it, that’s a lot of real estate down the drain!

Yet, in spite of all that, God is no loser. He’s the greatest winner of all time. Do you know why? Because He knows how to turn the losses around. He knows how to use the law of giving and receiving to transform losses into gains.

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over” (Luke 6:38).

Isn’t that staggering? He had every option that exists to choose from to redeem the things He’d lost. He had all wisdom and all power available to Him. Out of all that, the law of giving is what He chose to use.

He gave the most irreplaceable thing He had: His only Son. Then He backed that gift with His own faith. And when the law of giving and receiving had done its work, the Almighty Father God received not only His first begotten Son, but millions of other sons as well.

Don’t despair over your losses. Redeem them the same way God redeemed His. Give and put the most powerful principle in the universe to work for you.”

By Kenneth Copeland

THE LION’S ROAR!

Have you ever had a day when all you can think of is all the mistakes you have made?  Do you feel God is not answering you because He is angry with you! Are the only feelings you are experiencing  guilt and condemnation? If you have received Jesus as your Savior you must know that you may be hearing a lions roar!????????????????????????????????????????

8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
9 Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset‚ÄĒrooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.
                                                    

1 Peter 5:8-9 (AMP)

This verse clearly says that the devil is your enemy (He has come to “make,wage, declare war” against you!

17 So then the dragon was furious (enraged) at the woman, and he went away to wage war on the remainder of her descendants‚ÄĒ[on those] who obey God‚Äôs commandments and who have the testimony of Jesus Christ [and adhere to it and bear witness to Him].

Revelation 12:17 (AMP)

One of the ways he does this is to imitate a “roaring lion”. (..like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger]). So if he is imitating a lion roaring, who is he imitating? Why would he do this? What is the real reason for the Lion to roar?¬† Lets take a closer look.

In Revelation5:5 it calls Jesus the lion:

5 Then one of the elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] said to me, Stop weeping! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root (Source) of David, has won (has overcome and conquered)! He can open the scroll and break its seven seals!

 Revelation 5:5 (AMP)

In nature the lion is called “king of the beast”. Here we see Jesus as the KING OF KINGS (The KING of everything)!

HE IS THE KING OF ISRAEL
49 Nathanael answered, Teacher, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!
                                                                                                                                                                                                               

John 1:49 (AMP)

 HE IS THE KING OF KINGS
16 And on His garment (robe) and on His thigh He has a name (title) inscribed, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
                                                                                                                                                                                               

Revelation 19:16 (AMP)

EVEN THE THIEF ON THE CROSS NEXT TO HIM RECOGNIZED JESUS AS KING
41 And we indeed suffer it justly, receiving the due reward of our actions; but this Man has done nothing out of the way [nothing strange or eccentric or perverse or unreasonable].
42 Then he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when You come in Your kingly glory!

Luke 23:41-42 (AMP)

Okay we see Jesus as the Lion and as the KING, but when and why does He (Jesus) roar?

12 The king’s wrath is as terrifying as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as [refreshing as] dew upon the grass.

Proverbs 19:12 (AMP)

The devil “roars” he wants you to believe God is mad/upset at you because of sin. When Jesus our “Lion King” roars (releases His wrath), it is against our enemy the devil…

8 ….. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].

1 John 3:8b (AMP)

.., His favor He gives to those that are His.

5 I will be like the dew and the night mist to Israel; he shall grow and blossom like the lily and cast forth his roots like [the sturdy evergreens of] Lebanon.

Hosea 14:5 (AMP)

 
8 For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

Ephesians 2:8 (AMP)

When the devil “roars” he is trying to get us to believe God is mad at us, or He is punishing us for something we did wrong. Nothing could be farther from the truth. If we give in to the lie the devil is “roaring”, it leads to guilt and condemnation (he will “devour” us!).

¬†To “Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times,” remember this:

  • ¬†For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.

1 John 5:4 (AMP)

 

  • Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7 And God‚Äôs peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

Philippians 4:6-8 (AMP)

  • Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset‚ÄĒrooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.

                                                    

1 Peter 5:9 (AMP)

GRACE AMAZING


4 Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:4-6 (AMP)

1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.
3 For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],

Romans 8:1-3 (AMP)

*How industrious is Satan served. I was formerly one of his active undertemptors and had my influence been equal to my wishes I would have carried all the human race with me. A common drunkard or profligate is a petty sinner to what I was.

John Newton, 1778 (Author of Amazing Grace song)

*(Amazing Grace with Bill Moyers, Public Affairs Television, Inc. (1990).)

WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?

13 Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is?
14 And they answered, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.

 Matthew 16:13-14 (AMP)

Notice how the world sees Jesus?¬† “Some say John the Baptist”…, because He and His disciples where seen baptizing. (John 3:26,John 4:1)¬† Some say Elijah”…, because of the miracles (signs) He did. (John 2:11, John 2:23-25)…Jeremiah or one of the prophets“…, because of the way He taught. (Matthew chapters 5,6,7). Even in pictures today when you see Jesus, He looks sad, stoned or glowing!

15 He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am?                                                                     Matthew 16:15 (AMP)

When it comes to YOU, who do YOU say He (Jesus) is?

Does the way you are acting confirm what you believe concerning Jesus?

16 Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.
                                                                                                                                                                                              

Matthew 16:16-17 (AMP)

* “Knowing” Jesus through relationship instead of “knowing about” Jesus ,as the world does, brings blessings on/in your life! The blessing is I AM is all you need!

1 GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. 

Psalm 46:1 (AMP)


14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness‚ÄĒtrusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

 Psalm 91:14-16 (AMP)

*To “know” Jesus is to accept Him as your Lord and savior. (John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10) Take some time today to think about who Jesus really is to you. Share your thoughts with Him and enjoy knowing Him!

MUD PIES

Mud Pie

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     When I was growing up one of my favorite things to do was to make mud pies! Mom would tell me to go outside and find something to do. Well, I did! The next thing I know I hear my mom yelling my name as the screen door slams behind her. She grabs me by the  hand and takes me to the water hose, and rinses me off. Then we went inside where I had to take a bath, with her scrubbing me with a little brown rubber scrubber! To moms defense, I had come inside for something, and brought the mud with me,  tracking it in the house. There also was mud on everything I touched!  The only way I could get clean without dirtying everything up was to have her do it for me. At the time I was to young to understand why she was so mad. After all, it was just dirt!

This Psalm reminds me of playing in the mud. Because we are born into sin we need someone to clean us up who does not have sin.

I WAITED patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings. 3 And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.

Psalms 40:1-3 (AMP)

We need Jesus to save us.

Let’s take a closer look:

“I WAITED patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.”

In the first verse we see that the person is waiting  expectantly for a response from God about something they have prayed about. 

When a person asks Jesus into their life as their Lord, He saves them.

And it shall be that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord [ invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord‚ÄĒChrist] shall be saved.

Acts 2:21 (AMP)

“He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime),”

My life before excepting Jesus as my Lord was a real mess. Now, life still has its moments when it is the “pits” and has¬† “slippery” situations; it is a mess with hope!

We are separated from God because of the sin in our lives.

Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.

Romans 3:23 (AMP)

Sin=Death

For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23 (AMP)

Jesus=Life

But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.

Romans 5:8 (AMP)

Jesus never said that we would have it easy, He did say He would be our source of peace and deliverance when bad situations arise.

 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

John 16:33 (AMP)

“and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.”

 For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.

Romans 10:13 (AMP)

“And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.”

Therefore if any person is [in grafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

2 Cor 5:17 (AMP)

“Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.”

So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.

2 Cor 5:19-20 (AMP)

It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).

2 Cor 5:19

When we except Jesus (are born again), we can go and tell others about Him, and help them get out of the mud! ( Matthew 28: 19-20)

WHAT’S THAT SMELL?

Incense

WHAT’S THAT SMELL?

As the sun was setting on the city of Rome the sound of marching soldiers filled the once peaceful sky. The people lined the streets to see the procession as it came through the main gate of the city. With the general in the lead the priest swung the incense burners as they followed close behind, releasing a fragrant scent into the air around them. The officers quickly followed riding high on their horses as they rejoiced in their victory over their enemies to the south. The captives followed with there heads hanging low, being prodded like cattle by the soldiers that followed them. As the fragrance filled the air with smoke it released the aroma of victory, job well done for all the officers and the soldiers in the procession, but to the captives it was the stench of slavery or even death.

Notice that in this story the smoke from the incense burners the priest where carrying  went over everybody in the line. One smoke-two scents! As you live your life in Christ you will give of a fragrance. To those people who are being saved (those looking for salvation, and fellow believers) you are sweet smelling. But to those people who reject (they are not interested in) the plan of salvation you smell bad to  them. So in the world you are sweet smelling or you stink! To God however, you are the fragrance of Christ.

   Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.

2 Cor 2:14-16 (NKJV)

Who always leads us in triumph in Christ?___________

What is diffused through us?_____________________

Where is it diffused?____________________________

Who’s fragrance are we to God?___________________

As you live your life in Christ you will give of a fragrance. To those people who are being saved (those looking for salvation, and fellow believers) you have a sweet fragrance. But to those people who reject (they are not interested in) the plan of salvation you smell bad to  them. So in the world you smell good or you stink! To God however, you are the fragrance of Christ.

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WHEN tribulation,trials,distress and frustration… STUFF HAPPENS

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

John 16:33 (AMP)

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¬†“When someone speaks the Word of God, they can talk their way out of anything!”¬†¬†¬†

                      -Pastor Tony Crawford Dayspring Church Acworth, Ga.

I remember the first night I was¬† alone in my¬† house, after my husband of nine years walked out on me,¬† a violent storm raged outside my window.¬† I could hear the hail pounding down on the roof, while lighting flashed around me and the thunder shook the entire house! Then, to make matters worse the alarm system went off. I was scared stiff! It was as if fear itself stood in my room pinning me down on my bed. At that moment I heard in my heart “Psalm 27.” I reached over to the drawer in my bedside table and pulled out a bible I kept in there. When I found the verse I started to read: ” The LORD is my Light and my Salvation‚ÄĒwhom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life‚ÄĒof whom shall I be afraid?”… I read the entire chapter out loud. As I read this Psalm the fear that paralyzed me faded into the night.¬† Even though the storm outside continued,¬† He calmed the storm in me.

If something or someone has got you scared stiff today, just remember what God has promised you in His word. That no matter what happens today, He (God) will always be there with you.

Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. 38¬†For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, 39¬†Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35,37-39 (AMP)

Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for andexpect the Lord.

Psalms 27:14 (AMP)