this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was
in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but
emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross. 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 Phil
2 - Heb 12:2
up for me was not always been easy task. At the age of thirteen I was suddenly
stricken with an affliction that left me paralyzed from the waist down. I remain
in a wheelchair until this day [over 35 years later]. On a few occasions I have
brushed up with death, and had to see a lot of what I thought to be important
to me, slip away.
I only share these things with you so that you will better understand where I
am coming from as I share Today's Word with you. I think one of the biggest breakthroughs
I have had in my spiritual walk is seeing through two of the biggest lies that
a lot of believers fall for.
fist lie is that, Bad Things Happen To Good People. And the second lie
is, We Can't Understand Why God Allows Suffering In Our Lives? There was
a time when I would have agreed with these statements.
The Bible states,
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as
a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish reasoning. 1Co 13:11
So where am I going with all of this. Well, there was a time when I looked
upon life as an imposition, something undesirable, and burdensome. And as a result
my life was filled with a lot of frustration and anxiety. You might of said, My
attitude needed a major readjustment. Instead of going from "strength to strength",
that is the heritage of all true believers, I went from "trial to trial", just
hoping to make it through.
But none of us have to life this way!
Instead we can live victoriously if we choose to have the proper attitude toward
our trials. Yes it is possible when Passing through the valley of Weeping, to
make it a Place of Springs Psa 84. So I ask you, how should we respond to our
trials? I leave you with the follow words of encouragement for your reflection
and enjoyment. Feel free to print these out and pray over them. Think On Them.
Be Surprised When Trials Hit
1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning
the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto
Be Of Good Cheer
John 16:33 These things have I spoken unto
you, that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of
good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Don't Try To Wiggle You Way Out
2Tim 2:3 Suffer [stay uder] hardships with as a good soldier of
Take The Focus Off Yourself And Put It On Others
5:9 Whom withstand steadfast in your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are
accomplished in your brethren who are in the world.
Use It As A Time
To Humble Yourself Before God
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of
the Lord, and he shall exalt you.
Glory In Your Situation
5:3 And not only so, but we also rejoice in our tribulations: knowing that tribulation
Set Your Affections On Things Above
Col 3:2,3 Set your mind on the things
that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. For ye died, and your
life is hid with Christ in God
Find Strength From Your Trials
5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you unto his eternal glory in Christ,
after that ye have suffered a little while, shall himself perfect, establish,
strengthen you. To him be the glory for ever and ever.
Be Patient [Slow
Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing
steadfastly in prayer;
Give Yourself Over To God
1Pet 4:19 Wherefore
let them also that suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing
unto a faithful Creator
Ask God For Wisdom
James 1:5 But if any
of you lacketh wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all liberally and upbraideth
not; and it shall be given him.
PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY - DID
I MENTION PRAY?
James 5:13 Is any among you suffering? Let him pray.
Keep Heaven Focused
Psa 34:5 They looked unto him, and were radiant;
And their faces shall never be confounded.
Look For Ways To Use Your
Suffering For The Good Of Others
2Co 1:6 And whether we be afflicted it is
for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the
same sufferings which we also suffer or whether we be comforted it is for your
consolation and salvation
his anger is but for a moment; His favor is for a life-time: Weeping may tarry
for the night, But joy cometh in the morning Psa
30:5 - ASV
ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS
God grant you His peace
If I can be of any assistance
hesitate to drop me a line.