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492nd -- Blessings In The Darkness


The Lord has promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us, but we
sometimes forget this promise because of the trials and tribulations that
come our way. We must never waver in our faith when obstacles come before
us because the enemy will use that moment of weakness to draw us away from
the Lord and His perfect will for our life. The Bible tells us in James 
4:7-8 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will 
flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you...” Be 
encouraged to stand steadfast in your faith trusting that God is with you
and will deliver you from every trial that comes your way. (Hebrews 13:5-6)

I hope this message ministers to your heart to continually trust the Lord
and have faith that He will work all things out for your good.


Out of the history of Napoleonic France, Leonard Griffith has given us a 
moving story of a political prisoner by the name of Charnet. Charnet was 
thrown into prison simply because he had accidentally, by a remark,
offended the Emperor Napoleon.

Cast into a dungeon cell, presumably left to die, as the days and weeks and
months passed by, Charnet became embittered at his fate. Slowly but surely
he began to lose his faith in God. And one day, in a moment of rebellious
anger, he scratched on the wall of his cell, “All things come by chance,”
which reflected the injustice that had come his way by chance. He sat in 
the darkness of that cell growing more bitter by the day.

There was one spot in the cell where a single ray of sunlight came every 
day and remained for a little while. And one morning, to his absolute 
amazement, he noticed that in the hard, earthen floor of that cell a tiny,
green blade was breaking through. It was something living, struggling up 
toward that shaft of sunlight.

It was his only living companion, and his heart went out in joy toward it.
He nurtured it with his tiny ration of water, cultivated it, and encouraged
its growth. That green blade became his friend. It became his teacher in a
sense, and finally it burst through until one day there bloomed from the 
little plant a beautiful, purple and white flower. Once again Charnet found
himself thinking thoughts about God. He scratched off the thing he had 
scribbled on the wall of his dungeon and in its place wrote, “He who made
all things is God.”

Somehow through the guards and their wives and the gossip of the community,
this little story reached the ears of Josephine, Napoleon's wife. She was
so moved by it and so convinced that a man who loved a flower that way 
could not possibly be a dangerous criminal that she persuaded Napoleon to
release him.

So Charnet was set free. You can be sure that he dug out his precious 
little prison flower and took it with him and cultivated that plant in the
years to come. He also pondered in his heart a verse that he put on the 
little flower pot holding the plant. What would that verse be?

“If God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is
cast into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

By David A. Seamands

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Hebrews 10:22-24 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies
washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith
without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;) And let us consider
one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”

Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have
loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I
drawn thee.”

Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my
right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory
rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my 
soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. 
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of Joy; at
Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: I KNOW
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem148.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: A NEW HEART FROM GOD
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony193.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
Gods Work Ministry


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