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Empowerment Devotional

Matthew 5:10: "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
James 1:5: "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him."
Psalm 34:18: "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit."
Matthew 5:4: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Psalm 41:3: "The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health."
1 Peter 4:8: "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins."
1 Timothy 3:5: "For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?"
Philippians 4:19: "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
This week, we'll be transitioning into the idea of rising in it. This idea involves the difficult truth that more often than not, there are things that we can't change. Sometimes, there may not be a way out. But that doesn't mean that we can't soar. In fact, our darkest days can even strengthen our faith in God. It is in these moments that we learn to place all our hope in Christ.  
Last week we talked about what it truly means to "rise past" the things we face. We talked about how we must look beyond our present troubles and our past hurts in order to grow spiritually. Now we must dive deeper into how we can actually practice this in our own lives. After all, letting go of our burdens is far easier said than done. So how, then, should we approach them?

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