Faith Is Not always Easy!

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NLT)

 

 

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"Trusting God During Difficult Times"

What will it take for us to choose to follow God’s perfect will? I believe that many times a crisis must develop in our lives before we make the decision to totally rely and depend on God and not ourselves.  This is often how God gets our attention to help us focus on Him more completely so we can be the best for His glory. When the crisis hits we must decide to trust Him or ourselves. There is no middle ground. That moment, the moment of deciding, is the greatest crossroads we face in our daily lives.

When adversity comes into your life, surrender your will to God and you will find peace and freedom. Make a willful decision to follow His will. This glorifies Him and is best for you as you renew your mind spiritually and determine to honor Him with your life.

 I remember the amazing story of King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20. He is described as a good king – a Godly king. One day his patrolling troops looked out on the horizon and saw the dust clouds of three mighty armies marching toward Judah. They investigated and found out that the Moabites, the Ammonites, and the Meunites had made a treaty to attack and plunder their nation. Surrounded, Jehoshaphat poured his heart out to God. And in response God sent the prophet Jahaziel with a message. He said, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat. This is what the Lord says to you; ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but the Lord’s.”  Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”

God gave the men of Judah a great victory that day! God confused the minds of the opposing armies and they fought among themselves and not a single one survived.

We all experience battles, setbacks, and disappointments in life. Sometimes they are small ones that we shrug off or learn from them, then we move on. But, sometimes disappointments have a much harsher impact like cancer or other serious illness… someone is rushed to the ER…bankruptcy … a failing marriage … a missed promotion … the death of a spouse. What would YOU do if something like this happened? Where would you turn if the storm of crisis suddenly unleashed its fury on you or your family? How would you cope? What would you cling to in order to weather something like this?

If cancer has taught me anything, it has taught me that mastered by Christ, I can handle anything. The Apostle Paul said, “I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency” (Philippians 4:13b AMP)

2.24.2018

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