Are you having a hard time this holiday season?

If you are, it’s okay. The feelings of loneliness and loss are acute this time of year.

However, I want to take the time to remind you of a couple of things:

  1. You’re going to be okay–better than okay.

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one” (John 10:28-30).

You are eternally secure in Jesus. He has you in the palm of His hand, and He will never let you go.

Be strong in the power of His might!

I don’t know what you’re facing, but I know it’s no match for God. Jesus has already destroyed the power of the devil and his works (1 John 3:8).

If you feel like you’re being devoured or that you won’t make it, it’s time to suit up and put on the whole armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the evil one:

  1. Gird your waist with truth
  2. Put on the breastplate of righteousness
  3. Shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace
  4. Take up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one
  5. Take up the helmet of salvation
  6. Take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
  7. And pray always with prayer and supplication in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:10-20).

Understand that our enemies are spirit, and we must defeat them with our spiritual weapons.

Don’t take this assault lying down. Fight back! God is with you and for you.

  1. Life is bigger than this moment. Don’t give up now. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).

Burn that white flag! Don’t throw in the towel. If you do, you will never know, see, or experience what God has for you just around the bend.

I have found that the devil intensifies his attack when you are close to a blessing or a breakthrough. It’s in these moments when we want to give up that we must fight with everything that we have to stand and endure.

  1. You are not alone. Jesus lives in you! Christ has made His home in your heart through faith (Ephesians 3:17).

In Isaiah 53:3, it states that Jesus was a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief when He was on the earth. Isaiah 53:4 states that He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.

Therefore, no matter what you’re going through, Jesus understands. He is our great High Priest who empathizes with our weaknesses and was tempted in every way that we are, yet He did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). He is with you and will help you make it to the other side.

And not only has Jesus made His home with you, but you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit lives in you. He is your Helper and Comforter.

Ask Him to help you, and He will. Ask Him to comfort you, and He will.

I hope this post has encouraged you and reminded you that you have more that is for you than against you.

As much as the devil doesn’t want you to believe it or feel it, this is the season of perpetual hope.

You will not only survive this season, but thrive in it because of Jesus Christ!

P.S. (1) Read God’s word. Let it cleanse you and comfort you. (2) Pray to Him. Bring your petitions before Him, but also take the time to listen to Him. (3) Worship Him in spirit and in truth. God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:31). God draws near to us when we draw near to Him in praise and adoration

Be encouraged! You are loved! ❤️

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