Hey You! Don’t Give Up!

Don't Give Up!
Don’t Give Up!

So many things don’t turn out the way we hope they will or “when” we think they should. It doesn’t make our hope wrong or make it wrong to anticipate the hope of our heart. Nor does it give us the right to give up, or throw in the towel. Neither should “not receiving” what we desire, shake our faith. Our faith is more than our circumstances. It’s more than our heart’s desire. It’s more than our successes and it’s more than the love of our life. ‘Real’ faith is not receiving from God what we want, but it is accepting from God what He gives. When we can get to that point my friend, When we can accept the disappointments as His appointments, then He can begin to show us His plan. Perhaps He’s just ushered you into the real place of His divine purpose. For that reason we have to keep plodding on through the ups and downs of it all!! We have to persevere, keep going ~ strong in the faith…..strengthened in the Hope that we have in Christ. He is victorious!! That victory is ours. Claim it my friend, even when you don’t feel it, or see it. He embraces us with grace for the moment, but that grace dispenses freely on the obedient who follow Him through those extremely tough times.

To persevere means to stay with it, see it through until the end; in the Christian context, it means to hold onto your faith through thick and thin, through every trial, and every storm, to the end of this earthly life. Yeah, it’s true that perseverance is not an easy assignment. In fact, throughout the Bible we see believers subjected to tests of their faith, some of which seem extraordinarily difficult. Abraham told to sacrifice his son, Daniel in the lions’ den, Joseph in prison and Jeremiah in the miry pit are all examples of extreme situations that called for huge faith in God on the part of these believers.

Hebrews 10:36 “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.” It is not enough to have one moment of faith with no growth, no fruit, and no learning, because spiritual fruit is a vital ingredient and cannot be omitted. If we persevere in the faith, we remain in the will of God. Those who do His will, enter His kingdom. Matthew 7:21

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Beyond Difficult Consequences.

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

Trapped and imprisoned yet on the Run to nowhere! So you’ve been there have you? Thrust into the utter depths of ruin and despair for no other reason other than a selfish rebellion that robbed you of your better life, that you once knew? That rebel in you, that you gave consent to, took you to the dead-end of the road and left you beaten at the edge of the cliff and stricken with massive loss! Now you sit in a heaps of stinking garbage and life is so heavy with a heart that’s heavier still!! It’s terrible and the loss has been incredible and so not worth it, but it’s too late to change the fact that it happened, for it surely did and it happened to you. Oh how could rebel ‘Self’ get you into this fix? Hanging over this sharp, dangling edge of abyss, where the darkness is darker than it’s ever been before, where nothing makes any sense any more? Guilt, anger, depression, and all the emotions that come to take over and take you down farther still, all have to have their day with you, and when you try to fight them off you find your fight is weak because your strength has been zapped, and it’s just Way easier to give in to that power that undermines you, than to stay strong! The ‘rebel’ in you seems stronger and just easier to succumb to than your will power and self-discipline to begin to dig out.

And… You wonder, where does it all end? How do I make a comeback and re-surface to the top? Will I ever re-surface? Will I ever again see the light at the end of the tunnel, or is gone forever fallen into that dark abyss that stares at me in the face? oh selfish ‘self’ what have you done?

No Longer Alone
No Longer Alone

Anyone who goes the way of the prodigal, turning a deaf ear to God, in order to find greener pastures in the life they imagine, only finds it to be a self-destructive dream! A dream that quickly accelerates into a nightmare of no escape, where consequences of actions are frightening and difficult to overcome! Maybe you know of a prodigal or live with one and are all too aware of the heartbreak to watch one, where it seems easier to spiral downward than to fight the current and rise up again. One can’t do it alone. Oh Yeah ~ the enemy’s grip is too tight and his web of deceit too binding. His bondage too strong ~ too tough! He lies to your face while he knocks you down and tramples on you while you’re there. Let’s just say he’s not your best friend. Never was! Never will be! Let Him go! But there is no help for the “rebel” you unless you hear God’s words of redemption and seek His face, divine wisdom and His healing counsel.

You Can Overcome this! God's grace miracle is beside you.  Spread your wings and fly.
You Can Overcome this! God’s grace miracle is beside you. Spread your wings and fly.
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Psalm 107: 4, 5, 6, 9

“Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle;
They were hungry and thirsty and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble and He delivered them from their distress…
He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

Psalm 107: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

“Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains,
for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the council of the Most High.
So He subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled and there was no one to help.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble and He brought them out of their darkness and deepest gloom
and broke away their chains.”

Psalm 107: 17, 19, 20

“Some became fools through their own rebellious ways and suffered affliction through their iniquities…
They cried to the Lord in their trouble and He saved them from their distress. He sent forth His word and He healed them;
He rescued them from the grave.”

Psalm 107: 8, 15, 21

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men.”

The Calm In The Storm

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

For the things that you don’t understand, don’t try to! For some things you may never know the “Why” or the “What For?”

One thing you can know is, that as a believer, the Sovereign One who is in control is with you, walking beside you, perhaps carrying you over the rough spots. He can speak ‘Peace’ into the eye of your storm, calm the wind and still the tide if you ask Him in childlike faith. Seek His council and hear His advice. Walk on faithfully in complete trust and know that He cares.

Mark 4: 38-40
“Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”…

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