How are doing this week, there are many people going through hard times these days, maybe this would help them, if they want to talk to you about your faith.
God's will be done, Suffering in a believers life
Problems and trials confront us everyday, trials comes no matter who you are or what you do. Only through His grace can we learn the truth concering suffering. Suffering prepares us for spiritual growth, we become aware that we need a Savior in times of pain and suffering. The pain and suffering in our life will last only so long as ia necessary for God to accomplish His will in our life. We will learn more in the dark moments of our life, than all the happy days.
Maybe you are facing a time of suffering and you think the pain is more than you can bear. But the trials will mold us to become more like Christ. Charles Spurgeon wrote, " God knows that soldiers are to be made only in battle, they are not to be grown in peaceful times. God is developing in you the qualities of a spiritual warrior. The apostle Paul faced discouragement and many trials, but he knew God was in control and so he placed his hope and faith in Jesus Christ.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
Paul believed that the trials in his life came with a purpose, Paul was a tool in the hand of God. and the hand of God will reshape, refine and refocuse your life. So you can become more like Christ.
We have so much to be thankful, where do we begin. Begin to accept the pardon that Jesus came to bring us. That we are those who are to share the Good News of Jesus to those who are either do not know or do not really care that through Jesus we are pardoned and forgiven of our sinful life. We are not called to force people to be Christians, but we are called to share our faith, something if we are honest, we just do not have an urgent sense of doing as we should or are capable of doing.
In 1 Corinthians 9:22, the Apostle Paul states, "To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some." (NIV). We must recapture a sense of urgency for furthering the ministry of Jesus Christ to those who do not know him and for those who may have just forgot the need to be instruments of Christ. Far too often we are so caught up in the doing of ministry that we forget to BE Ministers of the Good News of Jesus. We get more upset when things do not go the way we planned rather than the fact that there are people dying without knowing Jesus everyday.
In 1 Timothy 4:14-16 Paul writes, “Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” It is clear that it did not concern Paul whether or not he pleased everyone so no one would be offended, but it was Paul’s concern that Timothy may neglect his gift and Paul DEMANDED he be diligent in using it – just as God DEMANDS of us today. Paul also is clear that Timothy needed to be accountable in life and doctrine because the basis of Timothy’s pardon was in his faith and belief in Jesus Christ and that would save both Timothy and those who hear him.
How diligent are you in utilizing your gifts that God has given you? The greatest thanks we can give God is by serving Him a big helping of committed, devoted, loving, and that desire to serve God with every ounce of strength and desire. When it comes right down to it, “What really matters to you? Is it what matters to God?”
How are you, I am sending the prayer request out tonight. My calling from God is praying and encouraging others to become more like Christ.
Here is a devotional to help you in your spiritual growth, and inspire you to a higher calling for God.
That Christ’s Power May Rest on Me
by Simon Whitton
But he said to me,
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
" Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why,
for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Cor 12:9-10 (NIV)
Christ’s power is not only about miracles and amazing answers to prayer, it’s also about His nature and His temperament. The power of His love, peace, insight, forgiveness, and grace; these are life changing qualities when they rest on us and they cause us to walk in the way of the Lord.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.
If we want Christ’s power to rest on us, we must learn to rely on Him and His strength, not our own. This means we have to be willing to lose our independence, our confidence in our own abilities, strengths and resources. Instead, our heart has to turn towards the Lord and lean on Him.
This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
Jer 17:5,7 (NIV)
For us to learn reliance on the Lord and His strength requires a work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that this work can’t be done by us. We are dependent on the Lord to accomplish this, which He does by using failure, weakness, poverty, pain, difficulty and suffering. The Holy Spirit brings us to the end of our own strength, so we can find the beginning of God’s.
Paul recognized this work of the Holy Spirit in his life, which is why he delighted in weaknesses and hardships. Like Paul, we should embrace this work of God in our lives, knowing that as He brings us to the end of our own strength and resources, He forces us to rely on His.
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.
Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
2 Cor 1:8-9 (NIV)
Spend some time in prayer and ask that the Holy Spirit will lead you to a place where you no longer rely on yourself but on God. Pray that you would be able to embrace weakness and suffering in your life as a work of God that will result in blessing. Pray that as Christ’s power rests on you, that He would use you to minister to others.
Its been a long week, and Satan has on my back everyday. So much is going on, I just leave it all in God's hand, and let His will be done.
Its good to know that God has sent me brother and sisters in christ to encourage me
A Prayer For Comfort In The Storm
Precious Lord Jesus, the storm rages about me and I need your hand.
The storm rages about me with such fury.
The wind is blowing about me and I cannot see the sky for the storm has brought such darkness.
I have lost so much already and it appears everything is now about to be torn asunder and plunged into the depths.
Touch me now O Lord.
Reach down with thy mighty hand and pluck me from this fury.
If it is your will I should die this way, give me courage to hang on until you make your final call upon my life.
I love you Lord, but I am in such fury I cannot seem to say all the words filling my heart.
Only now can I see the great things you have done in my life.
I am sorry I was so blind to your will and your works in my life.
I spent too many hours in selfishness.
If it is your will to take this storm away from me, then so be it.
If it is not your will to move this storm aside, then so be it.
All I know is that I love you, Precious Lord of mine.
All I have I give to you.
All my memories I send to you.
All my thoughts, reflections, doubts, fears, certainties, and ambitions I now give away to you.
O Lord, be gracious and merciful to me, for I sinned against you.
Please forgive me now.
In your goodness and mercy, take what you would of me and shape me with your divine love.
Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." (John 14:27). Peace is lost in the world without Christ. People worry, wait, doubt, and long for things they covet. They want. They need. They demand. They must have just one more thing, or one more fulfilled desire. Without direction from God, they ingrain in themselves false needs and hopes which are out of the will of God and then complain to God and doubt Him when their self-centered prayers go unanswered. The result is a lack of peace. So, to solve this problem people often try to create a false peace with alcohol, drugs, sex, or other addictions. Sometimes they deny their sin and push away the conviction of the Holy Spirit. They no longer feel the touch of God's correcting movement in their hearts. They are left to their own ways.
Those lost in the cults also want peace. They want to believe that what they are following is going to help them and get them to heaven. So, they study their false doctrines looking for half-truths that will lull their souls into a false rest. They want to be made to feel safe and at rest in their hearts.
Unbelievers want peace. But, they don't turn to God for it. They look within. They try to muster up a self-assurance, reachable expectations, and, they hope, when they achieve them, they might have confidence and peace as a result. The sad truth is that sometimes these things give them peace. But, it is a false peace. It is false because it is not based on God. It is based upon themselves, their desires, and their possessions.
True peace can only be found in being in the will of God. True peace is a gift from God found only through Christ. Think about it. If you knew you were in the will of God, and even though things were tough, would you have peace in your heart? I hope so. If you did, then your confidence and hope in life would not be based upon the situations around you, but upon God who lives in you. That way, true peace will always be yours.
I can remember a time in my life when the simple answer "yes" or "no" would have a profound affect on the direction of my future. If I answered "yes" then I could stay in the profession for which I had been trained for years - the pastorate. If I answered "no" then I would have to leave it and find something else to do. Three godly men waited for my answer. I knew that I could tell them what they were hoping (which was not my position concerning charismatic gifts) and then I would be able to remain a pastor. But, I knew I could do nothing but answer as completely truthful as possible, according to the conviction of my heart, and that doing so would mean years of study and internship would be for naught. At that point, realizing the seriousness of the decision, I reflected on my relationship with God. I wanted to please Him, even if it cost me. So, I answered according to the convictions of my heart. As a result, I lost the pastorate to which I had been called. But, I had peace in my heart knowing I had been as truthful as I could be before the Lord. If I had shaded my answer just a bit, I could have remained in the pastorate. But, I knew I would have had no peace in my heart and would have no right to preach if I gave an answer that others wanted to hear. It was not worth it. I answered the call of integrity knowing that God was looking at my heart. I answered truthfully. It cost me greatly. But, that is okay.
Peace is rest in the heart. Though life may be hard, though our bodies be frail, though pain is our companion, to be in the will of God is to abide in the peace of God. Let me find the will of God and walk in it and let all other things be as they may.
"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence," (1 Pet. 1:2-3).
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Here is something to encourage your walk with Christ. Just knowing there is a brother in Christ who is praying for my walk with Christ, helps me..
By Charles R. Swindoll
Read Job 20:1--29
Let's fast-forward momentarily and face the music. Some of you who are reading these words have awfully sharp tongues. You say things that cut, but you couch your words in phrases that sound pious and even eloquent. They can sound super religious at times, but they're hurtful and damaging. They imply much more than is actually said. It is here that self-control plays such a vital role. How valuable it is to think before we speak and then, even after giving our words careful thought, to measure their tone, their possible impact, their truthfulness. Zophar did none of the above. With reckless abandon he dropped his harsh words like depth charges. Though Job was a seasoned and mature man of God, they must have hurt as they exploded in his mind. Even for the strong, false accusations hurt.
Forming habits of self-restraint is an essential discipline. When receiving information about another, it's best to ask the source: "How do you know that? Who told you? Is this information credible?" Those questions have a way of silencing people who tend to pass along damaging and exaggerated information. They assist in getting to the bottom of rumors. Furthermore, truth is given the opportunity to flourish, replacing lies. But you need to know that this kind of truth-talking comes with a price.
Throughout Zophar's lecture, Job has been listening to what my mother used to call "a lot of palaver." Just a lot of lip flapping---he's been talking nonsense. What he's saying against Job isn't true, even though Zophar delivers his words poetically and eloquently. Job has patiently endured, but he refuses to let those words slide by.
I've heard it said that, no matter what, when false accusations are made, you just sit quietly and say nothing; God will defend you. There are some occasions when that may be appropriate. Not always. I often call to mind a motto from the American Revolution: "Trust in God but keep your powder dry." Wise counsel! If your reputation is being ruined by lies, if your company is going down the tubes because of false accusations, if your church is being destroyed and demoralized because of wrong information from lying lips, there are times it is necessary to step up and set the record straight. Truth has a way of silencing lies.
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