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It makes no difference how you describe your situation, pushed to the wall, end of your rope, in over your head... God’s mercy is enough. God’s mercy is sufficient.

If you are in over your head, then you need to call on God for a favor. Say, “I need a favor today, Lord.” The favor of God is sufficient for whatever you are going through. In the Old Testament, in particular, when God’s people were facing impossible situations, they called on the mercy of God.

One example is found in Second Chronicles 20. Jehoshaphat and the children of Israel were totally outnumbered by enemy forces. They had very little hope. So, what did they do? They lifted up their hands and said, “God, we don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” They asked God for His mercy. What did God tell them to do? He told them to go and confront their enemies. He said to get the praisers and the singers out front and confront their enemies. He instructed them to stand in their presence and begin to say, “Praise ye the Lord. For the Lord is good and His mercy endureth forever.”

That reveals to me that when you don’t know what to do, then praise always comes first.

Psalm 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”

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There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Cor. 10:13)

In these uncertain times, many people are facing huge challenges that have left them feeling like they’re stuck in a trap with no way out. Maybe you’re feeling this way too. However, I have good news for you! There’s a means of escape from every trap, whether it was laid by the devil, by external circumstances beyond your control, or even by your own mistakes.

There are many different kinds of traps people struggle with that span all walks of life. For example, any type of addiction can be a serious trap, such as overeating, substance abuse, illicit sex, or some other destructive behavior. Left unchecked, turmoil in your relationships, whether past or present, can also cause mental anguish and make your mind feel trapped in an emotional prison. Or it could be a discouraging prognosis from your doctor regarding an illness you’ve been battling that overwhelms you with feelings of hopelessness and negativity.

A financial trap can feel particularly crushing. In fact, it can seem like the deepest ditch of all because it affects your emotions, your mind, and your relationships. When you don’t have enough money to cover your mortgage, car payments, credit card payments, or utility bills month after month, it’s easy to let worries about money consume your thoughts. Let me tell you — that is not God’s will for your life. He wants to deliver you out of that financial trap and bring you into abundant provision and blessing. And He knows just how to do it!

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Have you ever “tested” yourself on one of those arcade “Passion-Meters?” You squeeze the handle and the light moves from “BLAH” at the bottom all the way to “HOT STUFF” at the top. In high school, you just hope it lands on something “steamy” in front of all your friends! Wouldn’t it be interesting if we could measure our passion for our dreams as easily? Just drop a quarter in the machine, squeeze the handle, and see what your odds for success are!

People make resolutions to change their life, go back to school, start a business, get serious about that dream. But what is the number one factor that will cause some people to achieve their goals while others never grasp their full potential? Passion. How passionate are you? How badly do you want what you say you want? The bottom line is: if you desire something strong enough…you will get it. How much you want something dictates your behavior and reflects the level of effort you are willing to make.

I believe there is a way we can measure our passion. How? By the results in our lives. If you really want to lose weight, you will. If you really want to get out of debt, you will. If you really want to start a business, you will. If you really want to go on a European cruise, you will. If you really want to draw closer to God, you will. It’s simple, we do what we really want to do!

If a guy really wants to go out with a girl, he will! He will call. He will text. He will show up. He will do these things because he wants to. If he doesn’t desire her enough, he won’t call, he won’t text, he won’t show up.

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