Surviving Tribulations

Surviving Tribulations

There was a theme of a story that began to brew in my mind…of a girl and her family overcoming a tribulation in life. The tribulation was tough but I was getting excited about the end result…and how they overcame. Then God’s words hit me…is it not the same with reality? Have I not promised you a greater life no matter what circumstances come your way?
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Do I not promise you the best kind of ending there is? Eternal life that you may live in me forever? “And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.” 1 John 2:25

The path and gate are narrow…have hope and faith. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” Matt. 7:13
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Hope in Me and I will be with you amongst the struggles, among the temptations, and among the tribulations.”For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“In all your ways submit to him and He will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:6
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No matter how small and feeble your faith may currently seem like to you, you still have faith! God has given us each an amount of faith we need! “…God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3
Just think of the faith the size of a mustard seed being able to move mountains! “He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.’” Matthew 17:20
God doesn’t promise bad things won’t happen to us…but He does promise to be there for us among these trying times. “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

If you are striving for Christ in a dark day/month/year and feel like He is far away, remember that God is not a feeling or emotion of His knee-shaking presence (at times) but the belief of the heart. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Prov. 3:5
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10

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Smiling in the Stormy Pain/Rain

Smiling in the Stormy Pain/Rain

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Rain washes away the irritating dust of our lives, cleanses away impurities, and nourishes our grounds for new growth.
Though the rain maybe a time of sadness, the thunder fearsome, and the light from the cheerful sun replaced by the dangerous veins of lightening…remember that this is a time of trials and purification. “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy,” Psalm 126:5
Also remember that it cannot rain forever! The sun will eventually come out! God may just throw a few rainbows in-between so we will not forget that He is with us during the storm. He will not over-flow our lives like the flood of Noah’s time, God will not push us past our limits (possibly to the edge of our existence but not exceeding how much we can handle). 😉
“I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.” Genesis 9:3
“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” 1 Corinth. 10:13

Soil cannot bring forth the vegetation if it is hard and dry, it must be beaten down and made soft by the stormy rains. “But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.” Matthew 13:8

May God make us soft like clay in His hands so that He may mould and sculpt us to be more in His Son’s likeness. “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8

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