Faith Is Not always Easy!

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." (James 1:12 NIV)

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Maintaining Faith In The Midst of Trials
Hurricane Harvey 2017

Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Hurricane Harvey has caused a lot of turbulence for a lot of Texans. It’s Sunday morning and it’s still POURING rain. I am watching live TV coverage of many destroyed homes from the hurricane and tornados, as well as flooded homes and flooded abandoned vehicles. Every time I look out our front or back windows, the water just keeps rising! I just heard that some homes in our subdivision may soon take on water. For now, we are ok.

As a Christian, I have discovered that regardless of my circumstances, God is always with me. I am reminded of what God said to Isaiah, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” (Isaiah 43:2 NLT).  Again, God said, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NLT). Now that doesn’t mean our troubles will disappear, but it does mean that God will walk with us through the deep waters of difficulties. God promises to stick with us and provide encouragement, hope, and a reminder of our potential through and beyond our current situation.  In order to actually trust God we must first understand the nature of God and how He often works in our lives. God is sovereign over all, and His love and wisdom exceed anything we’re fully capable of grasping. Consider what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:35-39 NLT, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This passage makes it clear that God is all-powerful, nothing can hinder His love for us, and His desire that we live victoriously in our lives. It’s important to remember, however, that God’s ways are higher than our ways. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
(Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT)

This often means that His timetable is different than our timetable. Even our answered prayers may look different than how we expect or hope they will look. Regardless of when or how God sees our hardships, we must trust that He is the one ultimately knows what’s best for us. Don’t allow fear to drive you away from God – cling to Him in your trials. <<Click on Graphic To Read More>

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