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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Do I Go To Church Today?

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

The choice was to lie in bed and continue listening to Satan’s lies or get up and go to church.

All week this person had been saying, “what if” what I heard was true? What if that is how things play out? What if I am left in the cold? The pastor said instead of the “what if’s” in our lives, say, “even if”. Even if what was heard was true things would be ok. Even if things played out that way, it would not change God’s perfect plan for us. Even if they were “left out in the cold”, God would be their Comforter and Provider! God takes care of all of the what if’s!

Jeremiah 29: 11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” People were reminded of God’s perfect plan and that is what we can dwell on. We just have to trust God during the storms. Psalm 31: 14, “But I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’” Psalm 56: 3, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Proverbs 3: 5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

The battle I was fighting seemed too big to fight. God orchestrated for “Surrounded (This Is How I Fight My Battles)” by Michael W Smith to be sung. “It may look like I'm surrounded But I'm surrounded by You. This is how I fight my battles.” It was time to let God fight the battles! I walked into church burdened by the battle, wilted from all of the lies, and felt no hope. I left filled with joy and peace that only God can give. Philippians 4: 7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Psalm 94: 19, “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Our God is an awesome God and He is always faithful beyond belief! Don't miss out on His encouragement!


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