Where we are today in life is based on the sum accumulation of what we have experienced throughout our life. We are where we are today because of what we have been through in our many yesterdays. The ups and downs, the laughter and tears, the good days and bad days are what shaped and molded us into who we have become today. By going through the tough times, we learned perseverance, we learned resolve, our will became strengthened and our faith became unwavering. We know now that the tough times served a greater purpose for us because they were the catalyst in which a positive change occurred in our life. Someone once said that “experiencing life is one's best education.” I believe that is true to a certain extent because only by going through the “fire” of life can we know what we didn't know beforehand. We receive the wisdom and understanding that we didn't have and we learned that we become better, wiser and stronger after the trial than we were before it. (Psalm 91:14-16) (2 Corinthians 4:15-17)
No matter what you may be going through right now, I want you to know that it will be to your benefit sooner than later. You will gain wisdom from it, you will gain strength because of it and you will have a resolve that will never allow you to give up or give in. Job was one who had great tribulations in his life. He had his entire life turned upside down and yet he still had the confidence in God to say in Job 23:10-12 “But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.” None of us have suffered as much as Job did and yet he still had faith and confidence that God was with him and that He would be his vindicator. Let us have that same faith and trust that our trying times will be to our benefit in the end as well. (Hebrews 11:1-3) (Psalm 34:1-10)
Be encouraged to have a proper perspective and see far down the road that you are still traveling. Know that it is brighter than you can imagine right now and when you are tempted to murmur and complain remember that you are in the process of rising higher than you were before. Have confidence in the Lord, keep your eyes of faith focused on His mercy and grace and most importantly rest in Him when you need to be strengthened. The Bible declares in 2 Samuel 22:33 “God is my strength and power: and He maketh my way perfect.” We can lean upon the Lord and receive the encouragement to strive another day and become all that God has created us to be. (Psalm 91:9-16) (Isaiah 61:3)
I hope this message encourages your heart to see that every difficulty serves a purpose in making our life better than it was before.
RECIPE FOR A MIRACLE
Ingredients and directions . . .
1 cup Tension
2 cups Stress
1 teaspoon of Guilt
2 heaping cups of Limited Time
3/4 tablespoon of Urgency A dash of “No Other Choice”
3 heaping cups of Faith
Fold ingredients gently into a bowl. Mix vigorously and add a few tears as needed. You'll sweat a little as you knead the dough. Pack it firmly between your hopes and dreams and form into a perfect little ball. Sprinkle it with a little faith, rolling the ball in love until fully covered.
Place it under a veil of belief and allow it to rise.
Now put it in an oven that has been pre-set at the perfect temperature for the heat of trials and tribulations.
Allow it to brown under the warmth of God's love. Remove after due season and allow to cool in the confidence of His promise.
Garnish with your praises. Arrange neatly on a platter of thankfulness and serve to friends, families and, oh yes, strangers...invite them too!
Pass on this recipe to all who request it and let them know that with this recipe, they can have the makings of a miracle!
Addendum -- Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Isaiah 40:29-31 “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
2 Samuel 22:29-32 “For Thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. For by Thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all them that trust in Him. For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?”
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him My salvation.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: WHAT IS FAITH?
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Today's Selected Testimony: JESUS IS THE FAITHFUL PROVIDER
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry