It is in the difficult times of life that we must stand strong in our faith
and make up our minds that we will not be moved. It is easy to have faith
that all things will work out for the good when everything is working out
for the good, but many times we find it difficult to stay in faith when we
see nothing but darkness looming over. It is in the difficult times that
we must gird ourselves up and be steadfast in our resolve that victory will
be ours. We cannot stand in the darkness and complain about how dark it
is, but rather that is our moment to declare and decree that we will come
forth better after the darkness than we were before it. (1 Peter 1:13-19)
Always be faithful to God and trust that He has our best interest in mind.
He will not lead us to the problem if He hasn't already promised to lead us
through the problem. In the end we will find ourselves stronger, wiser and
better equipped than we were before the trials that came before us. Be
encouraged to face whatever it may be in your life with a quiet confidence.
Do not be fearful or dread the days ahead of you, but rather smile and let
God know that you are ready for the journey to your promise. That is
faith in action! (Job 23:10) (James 1:2-8) (Psalm 28:6-8)
I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to never complain
about how big your problems are, but rather boast to your problems about
how big your God is. He is able to do the impossible.
MAKING THOSE OBSTACLES VANISH
American President John Quincy Adams once said, “Patience and perseverance
have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles
vanish.” It's true!
Look what happened once to a North Carolina church that wanted to purchase
some property. The church regularly suffered from high tide flooding. But
when the church was built over a hundred years ago, they couldn't afford
They finally decided to relocate to higher ground. An ideal piece of
property was empty - actually the highest ground in town. It belonged to a
man named Sam. Officials from the church went to see Sam about selling the
property. He politely told them it wasn't for sale; that he had other
plans for the land.
The church looked elsewhere, but nothing satisfactory could be found. So
they went back to Sam and made another offer. Again they were refused.
Then an unusual thing happened. One of the worst coastal floods in memory
struck the town. As water rose, the church began to float. It left its
coastal lot and started inward. It floated down the main street, turned a
corner and eventually landed right on Sam's empty property.
Sam gave in. He allowed the building to stay and, if you ask the members
of North Carolina's Swanquarter United Methodist Church how they came to
acquire their land, they may relate what Sam said about the transaction:
“I guess if the good Lord couldn't move me to give the land to the church,
he would move the church to the land.”
The member's persistence, combined with a little outside help paid off.
Persevere - you may be surprised at how your obstacles vanish!
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
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.”
1 Peter 2:9-10 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who
hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: Which in time
past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not
obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
Philippians 2:13-15 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to
do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in
the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights
in the world.”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE ROAD
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Today’s Selected Testimony: HOW GOD USED CANCER TO BLESS ME
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry