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'Take heart! I have overcome the world.' John 16:33 NIV

When we're facing situations that make us feel trapped, overwhelmed or ashamed, change and freedom can seem like an impossibility, or too much a part of us to be able to break free from.

The enemy wants us to continue feeling hopeless. But God does not. In him, we already have the victory. We're not overcome by our problems, because God says, 'In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world' (John 16:33 NIV). Even though it can be really hard to remember that, we can rely on God's strength to help us fight through whatever we're facing.

God can help us overcome the things that trap us, but we have to come to the place of deciding that we don't want to stay trapped anymore. And sometimes we have to take practical steps such as doing something new, seeing a counsellor or distancing ourselves from the situation. We have to change direction, otherwise nothing will change. And when it feels like too big a task, remember what Jesus said, 'Don't be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time' (Matthew 6:34 TLB). God is right there helping us through, and he's faithful. 'Great is his faithfulness; his lovingkindness begins afresh each day...therefore I will hope in him' (Lamentations 3:23-24 TLB).

So what now? If you're feeling trapped by a situation, take action. Decide to talk to someone you trust about it and ask them to pray for you.

Soulfood: Is 38-41 Jn 7:45-53 Ps 9 Pro 28:13-16,

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