There are moments in life when we feel that we have reached our limits with
the trials and tribulations of life. It is important that we remember that
God has given us a special strength to endure and persevere and continue on
despite these hardships that befall us. I encourage you to gird yourself up
and recognize God's strength that lies within your spirit and be determined
never to give in or give up. God has you in the palms of His hand and
nothing by any means shall be able to overtake you. Rest in this promise
and know that God is with you. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10) (Psalm 91:2-4)
This is a great message that really blessed and encouraged me to continue
on even though there may be problems that are trying to keep me down. I
hope you are blessed by this simple message that shows how God uses our
life and testimony to reach and bless others even in the midst of our
suffering and hardships.
There was once a certain man who walked out into the middle of a field
where he would not be interrupted by anyone; raised his arms toward heaven,
then with tears streaming down his face, trembling with fear, he began to
shout. He, with all the strength in his being shouted out to God saying "I
just can't take it anymore. I have been used, abused, beaten, cursed,
laughed at, lied to, and sneered on. I have tried to love exactly how You
asked me to. I have turned the other cheek hundreds, even a thousand times
until my cheeks ache. I have given even when I had to borrow so another
might survive. I have prayed and cried for many who do not know You God.
Oh God...I am tired, worn out, and discouraged trying to fight the evil
that buffets my soul. I feel You have turned from me God, I feel like
this is more than I can do! God, do You really even care!"
Then he heard a voice speak softly within his troubled heart. The voice
said, "Yes I am here, I have never left. You know nothing of how many souls
have watched you in your struggles, your pain, your perseverance. You know
nothing of how many souls have turned to Me because you have stood against
the wiles of evil, not breaking, but standing firm. Many have seen your
pain because of your testimony of Me and they will stand without excuse
before Me because of your life before them!"
The voice continued within this man and said, "If I ask of too much pain
from you for the sake of other souls, then go into your house and do
nothing; I will find another who is willing to give for the sake of lost
souls. I will find another who will walk thru the suffering and pain even
as I allowed pain and suffering in Paul, Peter, and All those who went
into this world of sickness and evil so others might know Me!"
The man fell upon his face ashamed and then the love of God lifted him to
his feet. He looked up to heaven as his entire being began to experience a
refreshing and a new strength. He whispered..."Lord, I am ready to go
back and Love; even unto death," and as he walked away, he heard a voice
say, "Well done My faithful friend."
Let this message to be an encouragement to you if you are feeling
overwhelmed with life's troubles and challenges. Encourage yourself in
the Lord and know that He is with you and has never left your side. Never
allow the enemy to discourage your heart and make you feel like giving up
on being a witness and an example of the Lord. Your reward in eternity
will greatly outweigh this light affliction that seems so great right now.
The Bible declares in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "…Eye hath not seen, nor ear
heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God
hath prepared for them that love Him." God promises that our reward will
be so great that our imagination can't even fathom the treasures that are
awaiting us in heaven. Take encouragement in knowing that your sacrifice
will be rewarded with Joy unspeakable when you hear those precious words,
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant." (Revelation 22:12) (Matthew 25:21)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
John 13:34-35 Jesus declares "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye
love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By
this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to
Hebrews 12:1-3 "…Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so
easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before
us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the
Joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is
set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that
endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied
and faint in your minds."
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 "For our light affliction, which is but for a
moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which
are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things
which are not seen are eternal."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: GOD ISN'T FAR AWAY
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Today's Selected Testimony: TAKING A GOOD LOOK
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry