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How to Stay UP in DOWN Times

Do you ever fret (Worry)?

How can we stay Up in the Down times of life?

  1. Calm yourself by realizing that God is in control. (1-2, 7-9)

      Sounds to me like God wins – so those who trust in the Lord can stay

            UP in any down time.

      God is unstoppable – It doesn’t matter how much opposition there is.

      Our hope and confidence is in Him and His control.

  1. Keep putting your confidence in Christ (3, 5-6)

      The word picture for “trust” is rushing to someone for refuge

            and safety.

      The word picture for commit is someone who is loadeddown with a heavy burden, but then he rollsit onto the Lord.

      How is the Lord going to “make your righteousness shine like dawn”?           

            The only one way is through the cross of Jesus Christ.

       Louisa Steed, Missionary to Africa

  1. Do some good things for God. (3)

     

   Doing good is God’s simple and sure commandfor us, and the

   wonderful result that our doing good can lift our spirits when we

   are down. 

      Ephesians 2:8-10

      Small things done with love will change the world, and they can also

            change your world, as they liftyou out of the blues. 

  1. Feed yourself on God’s faithfulness. (3)

      (NKJV) “Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His Faithfulness”

      The word feedis the word picture of a shepherd faithfully feeding his sheep. 

      The Good Shepherd Jesus Christ certainly wantsto feed His flock, but what are you feeding on? 

      We have a choice– we will be feeding on something!

  1. MakeJesus the joy of your life. (4)

 

      This verse makes a great promiseto us.

      The word delightliterally means to take pleasurein.

      James Merritt: Let me give you a principle never to forget. When you want what God wants, God will always give you more than you want.”

      Sooner or later, you are going to run into plenty to get you down…

            Keep making Jesus the joy of your life!

 

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