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The Emotional Aspect Of Our Trials

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small

Sometimes we can put a guilt trip on ourselves by thinking that we always have to ďkeep a stiff upper lipĒ and a smile on our faces when it comes to facing up to our trials. We have practiced at great engths in order to become experts at hiding whatís really going on inside of us.

For many years I thought that there might be something seriously wrong with my spiritual walk. For when ever I would be around people, especially at church, and asked them, ďHow Are You Doing?Ē
without fail I would receive the response, ďJust Great, Praise The Lord Brother!Ē Of course, I would follow up by saying, ďMe too!Ē


Have you ever been there? You donít have to be ashamed. In fact as part of Todayís Devotional I took the time to interview several people who had gone through some heavy-duty times, and who were willing to share a testimonial with us. Here are some of their responses. You might find them interesting. Their names have been withheld to protect their identity. The question presented to them was this; ďIf you could say or ask anything of God concerning your present situation, what would it be?Ē Listen to what they had to say:

This Is too much to handle, my burden is too
much too heavy, I canít do this!


If my life is going to be like this,
go ahead and kill me, NOW!


O LORD, I would rather die, than live.


Please LORD, take my life, of what
value am I to anyone, anyway?


I wish I had died in my motherís womb.


Lord, I feel so hopeless.


I just canít handle this, I feel pressed in and
my strength is gone. Iím at the place where I even despair life.


I curse the day I was born!

Life is so useless to me; nothing makes
sense to me anymore, what a rut Iím in!

Wow! Can you identify with any of these people? If you can you are in remarkable company. Howís that? Well if you havenít figured out already the identities of these people Iím about to disclose their names to you. Ready? Brace yourself! Here they are; King David, Job, Jeremiah, Jonah, Moses, and King Solomon, and yes, the Apostle Paul,

You might think that after reading a list like that you can now justified the attitude you have taken toward your present circumstances, RIGHT? Actually, not! For have you ever taken a moment to consider how these ďmen of valorĒ came to this conclusion about their lives?

It simple, they left off making faith-decisions, and allowed their emotions to blind them as to what God was really doing in their lives. How about you? What is God trying to show you in your situation? We are reminded in scriptures ď

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small

So whatís the secret when it comes to being victorious in this area? Listen to the words of Jesus; And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart

WOW THATíS IT? PRAY? YES, PRAY

OH, donít fool yourself; itís also going to take some spiritual determination as well. It's going to require for you to lay aside aside your emotions, (crucify them) Gal 2:20, and to claim Godís grace to; Cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2Co 10:5

You say, but Iím not there yet. Again, donít put a guilt trip on yourself, for know this; He knoweth your frame; he remembereth that you are dust.


THINK ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
Dan

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