As we begin to “recover” from the rather tumultuous past twelve months, or so, we need to consider how we have been able to endure all of these different, but oftentimes related, issues.   This, of course, is one of the first steps we need to take to move on with an active Christian life. It’s also only the first step in renewing our primary mission and our goal of reaching the community(ies) that God has entrusted to us. We can’t let these circumstances — well beyond our control — to hinder us from getting back to living our lives for Christ!

            I believe one of our first considerations is to remember that we are not immune from the same circumstances, situations, and maladies that the rest of the human race is subjected to. Don’t forget what the Apostle Peter has to say in his first letter about Christian suffering and testing. Our response to those trials says much about our faith! Perhaps we should read First Peter again and again? While we were going through the last twelve months or so, did we forget that God promised to see us through whatever things might come our way? Did we pray to be RELIEVED FROM the situation? Shouldn’t our prayer, rather, be that we would ENDURE THROUGH those circumstances? The LORD made no promise that we would not have to go through anything that is common to all. What He did promise is that He will provide the means to endure whatever happens and to be delivered from the situation! (Jas.1:12; 1Pet.2:13&19)

            What lies ahead of us and how long will it be before we return to the conditions under which we can carry out our lives and Kingdom work unencumbered? None of us knows, but we do know Who does! We need to trust in His wisdom and follow the example of the Apostle Paul: forget about what is behind us and press on. (Phil.3:13-14). A few other scriptures to think about as we move forward (at the pace that the circumstances and situation allow:

            Genesis 18:14 – “Is anything too difficult for the LORD?...”

            Jeremiah 32:17 – “…Nothing is too difficult for You…”

            Jeremiah 32:27 – “…is anything too difficult for Me?”

            Mark 9:23 – “…All things are possible to him who believes.”

                      Ephesians 3:20 — “…to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly                                                                                                      beyond all that we ask or think…”

            Hebrews 11:6 — “…without faith it is impossible to please Him…”

            So, stay positive and remain vigilant in prayer. We must look forward to what God will do for — and with — us and move on with a positive outlook. Remember, we are blessed far beyond what we deserve. We must continue to believe and trust our Almighty God!

We Must Believe to Endure!

 

          As we begin to “recover” from the rather tumultuous past twelve months, or so, we need to consider how we have been able to endure all of these different, but oftentimes related, issues.   This, of course, is one of the first steps we need to take to move on with an active Christian life. It’s also only the first step in renewing our primary mission and our goal of reaching the community(ies) that God has entrusted to us. We can’t let these circumstances — well beyond our control — to hinder us from getting back to living our lives for Christ!

            I believe one of our first considerations is to remember that we are not immune from the same circumstances, situations, and maladies that the rest of the human race is subjected to. Don’t forget what the Apostle Peter has to say in his first letter about Christian suffering and testing. Our response to those trials says much about our faith! Perhaps we should read First Peter again and again? While we were going through the last twelve months or so, did we forget that God promised to see us through whatever things might come our way? Did we pray to be RELIEVED FROM the situation? Shouldn’t our prayer, rather, be that we would ENDURE THROUGH those circumstances? The LORD made no promise that we would not have to go through anything that is common to all. What He did promise is that He will provide the means to endure whatever happens and to be delivered from the situation! (Jas.1:12; 1Pet.2:13&19)

            What lies ahead of us and how long will it be before we return to the conditions under which we can carry out our lives and Kingdom work unencumbered? None of us knows, but we do know Who does! We need to trust in His wisdom and follow the example of the Apostle Paul: forget about what is behind us and press on. (Phil.3:13-14). A few other scriptures to think about as we move forward (at the pace that the circumstances and situation allow:

            Genesis 18:14 – “Is anything too difficult for the LORD?...”

            Jeremiah 32:17 – “…Nothing is too difficult for You…”

            Jeremiah 32:27 – “…is anything too difficult for Me?”

            Mark 9:23 – “…All things are possible to him who believes.”

                      Ephesians 3:20 — “…to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly                                                                                                      beyond all that we ask or think…”

            Hebrews 11:6 — “…without faith it is impossible to please Him…”

            So, stay positive and remain vigilant in prayer. We must look forward to what God will do for — and with — us and move on with a positive outlook. Remember, we are blessed far beyond what we deserve. We must continue to believe and trust our Almighty God!

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