But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.
– 2 Timothy 4:17 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible God does not leave us alone when we face overwhelming odds. Paul felt abandoned by others, but he was not separated from God. Paul knew that God had a purpose for him that was yet to be fulfilled, so Paul was able to stand strong even in the midst of incredible danger. This is the confidence that any man or woman who calls on Jesus should lean on—that God will give you strength, for He has a destiny for you to fulfill.
..and my response to this verse
If you are going through tough times or if you feel like you dont have any support just know that God is your support. Whatever trials or tribulations you may be having, God knows about it, he has a plan for you, and it is through his word that gives you peace and makes you become a stronger person as a result. These are life lessons that you must carry with you and share with others your experiences to also bring peace to them. Them who may not believe or not feel like they are distined for this life.
You ARE destined for this life and yes you better believe it. There is no strong person with an easy past. God saved me when I was in my darkest moment. When I was questioning what my purpose in life was. Loosing three people dearly close to me within a three month period, my failed relationships, a near death car accident almost killing my friend. I did not know what my purpose was. Nothing was going as planned. But he saved me, this is my plan, I would not be the strong confident woman I am today without any of those experiences. Keep fighting and know that you ARE loved and supported every step of the way. Be positive and believe. God gives you peace and strength within his word. Believe, Love, and always strive to be a better you. May God bless you today and always.
I've been reconnecting with my Faith and as I start this new journey I want to share some verses along the way, that really hit home and relate to life itself. So excited. Enjoy.