We should always allow ourselves to learn the lessons that life brings our way. Through our ups and downs, our good days and bad days, our laughter and our tears, we experience life in a profound way. We learn things that we did not know before and if we allow ourselves to, we can become better, wiser and stronger after we experience the negative situations than we were before them. I know that nobody likes to face difficulty. Nobody wants to have a negative situation in their life, but more often than not every difficulty, every trial, every challenge will serve a purpose in bettering our life. We simply have to be wise enough to know that we will become better while we are in the midst of a negative situation and allow ourselves to see that it will be to our benefit sooner than later. We have to be strong in our faith when we are in the midst of a difficulty and trust that God is working in our lives helping us in exactly how we need to be helped. (Job 23:10-12) (Ephesians 6:10-14)
No matter what you may be going through at this present moment, I want you to know that you must stay strong in your faith and don't even think about giving up or giving in. Have the foresight to know that this negative situation will be to your betterment in the end. Think of it as traveling through a dark tunnel which doesn't seem to be showing any light, but I want you to know the farther you go into that tunnel, the sooner the light will be coming forth. You will be proud of yourself for staying in the fight, for persevering, for standing strong in your faith and you will learn the lessons that those difficult times brought, and in the end you will be thankful for them. You may not think so right now, but you will in the end. God is too faithful to leave you by yourself. His grace and mercy is available to us when we need strengthening and His love is too great to leave us as we are. The Lord wishes for us to become better and better, rising higher and higher so that our life may be blessed and used in a profound way to bring blessings to others. (James 1:2-4) (Hebrews 13:5-6)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to learn the lessons that come with each trial and allow yourself to become better because of them.
LIFE'S HOT SPOTS
Living through the pressures of life can be compared to walking through fire. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah believed that if you have faith in God, you can walk through fire and not be burned. He didn't promise that you won't feel the heat, just that you won't be burned.
How to walk through life's Hot Spots:
Keep on walking. A surefire way to get burned is to stop walking. When you are afraid, or under extreme stress, or hurting -- keep going. You will get through if you keep dealing with the everyday tasks at hand to the best of your ability. PERSEVERE!
Remember that this difficult time will pass. It may feel that you are in a repeating time warp, but realize that pain is time-limited. All problems have a beginning and an end. BE PATIENT!
Make rough times work for you. Not everything is good, but the Bible reminds us that everything can be used for good if you submit your will to God. Look for ways to learn, grow, or cope in your pain or stress. HAVE COURAGE!
Take "what is" and make the most of it. Make lemonade from your lemons. You are not called upon to create perfection from every situation, only to make the most of it. Don't waste your time on ceaseless complaining, but look for meaning and joy in all situations. BE CONTENT!
Clean up your own trash. Stand on your own feet and don't try to blame others for your problems. You are not a victim. Choose to live the rest of your life with a controlled response to what is happening. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY!
Be true to you. You will have more strength for dealing with ordeals in life if you have the courage to be true to your own values. Hypocrisy destroys internal energy. MODEL INTEGRITY!
Be gladder than madder. Expressions of gratitude calm the soul and clear the mind. SHOW GRATITUDE!
Have as much fun as you can. Anticipation of fun raises the level of your energy. Learn to laugh through your trials. DISPLAY HUMOR!
Determine what is within your control. You cannot control what happens to you, but you can choose the frame you put around your experiences. You can choose how you will deal with all situations. EXHIBIT INTERNAL CONTROL!
Be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm literally means, “God in us.” If He is in you, let your life so shine. Learn to love life. SHOW YOUR PASSION!
Education is not the filling of a bucket -- but the lighting of a fire in your life. Live and Learn and Pass it On.
By William Butler Yeats
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 1:2-4 “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.”
Psalm 40:1-4 “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
Psalm 37:23-27 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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