The Purpose of Trials

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Psalms 91:1-2 ,5,14 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” …  5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. NIV

Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. KJV

“To be brought to a place where God is our only real hope is a merciful experience.” Jon Bloom co-founder of Desiring God.

I believe Mr. Bloom is saying that when we are allowed to experience very difficult trials that are so trying, that only God can help us get through them, this humbling of our spirit man will allow us to see God’s compassion and mercy towards us.  I should be so honored to be allowed to see God’s Enduring love and care towards me.  If I didn’t go through any trials, I could never be a witness to God’s mercifulness.  I would have nothing to testify about God’s goodness that could help someone else going through suffering also.

When I read this quote from Mr. Bloom, it really puts trials into perspective for me. Being in a very vulnerable physical or emotional state will surely teach us to put our hope and trust in our Abba Father.

I am truly so very grateful for all the trials in my life.  I’ve had trials that doctors, lawyers, mother, Father, sister, brother, friend or family member could not fix for me.  My trials had no solution that any human being could help me with.  Only God could solve my problems!  Looking back, the Lord has ALWAYS seen me through!!!

To have such difficult circumstances in my life, is a very humbling experience.  It makes a person one hundred percent dependent on God Father for help. As long as the heavy trials keep coming, I will be in a constant place of seeking God.  I cannot possible think that I am all that and a bag of chips!!!   My dependence on God teaches me that.  Trials make you know your place in God’s kingdom.  I need God, period!  Everything about my life depends on Father God.  My hope is in Him alone!

It’s so easy to think more highly of yourself when you are in ministry and people say that they are so blessed by what you do and what you say.  The glory belongs to God and suffering has a way of keeping it that way in your heart and mind.

Trials enables us to experience the highest level of God’s grace and mercy!  You may not see it as much during the trial as when you look back over your life and see just how God can to your rescue.  You will get a clear picture of how God hovered over you, hung around you and pulled you right through your trial to safety. This realization brings tears to my eyes every time I reflect on God’s mercy on my behalf as I reflect on my past difficult circumstances.

I must be honest here; I really don’t like hard trials at all! But God’s word tells me that I shouldn’t be shaken by sudden trials and to count it all joy when they do occur in my life.  In fact, God clearly explains their purpose which is for my perfection.  It’s really alright not to like and understand our hard trials. But hopeful I will come to terms with the fact that they will bring me to a new level in my walk with the Lord.  This will help me to trust God through other test, trials and suffering that I will experience in the future.  I will be able to experience God’s power and ability to bring me through my trying situations.  I will have miracles and blessing to look back on that will give me strength going forward in my life.  It will also be a testimony to others who hear about the goodness of God and His mercies in my life.

God has given me everything I need to make it through my hard trials.  It’s an honor to be trusted with this sacred time in my life where God is so close to my sometimes-broken hearted heart.  God is my knight in shining armor and my hope when I’m facing difficultly.  Knowledge of His word is the highest level of my daily strength.

Some think God wouldn’t allow great suffering to come to His children. There are many examples in the bible of great people who suffered tremendously.  I look at Jesus and also John the Baptist, who other than Jesus was the greatest man who ever lived and went through extreme sacrifices and suffering for the kingdom of God. So did the 12 disciples, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Job.  These men put all their hope and trust in God.  I know that right now they are enjoying all the treasures they had built up in heaven.  They were perfected by what they experienced on earth so that their rewards in heaven would be tremendous. 

This is God’s world and God’s way!!!  If the Lord has a purpose for our suffering in which He said He will reward us for enduring it, then it would benefit us to put all our hope, trust and faith in Him.  Also, one day we’ll be able to see clearly what these trials were for and what they accomplished in our lives.  Trials benefits us in this life and in our heavenly life!  We surely need to have the right perspective on suffering.

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.  On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.  Psalms 62:5-7

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 17:7-8  “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Sometimes we look out over our trials and it’s surreal. But God is real and offers help in our times of need. Pray in Jesus name and TRUST GOD!!!!

A Serious Message 2020

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For the past few years I have noticed a sharp change in every area of mankind’s life and a severe change on our planet earth.  I’ve written many blogs over the years on what I’ve noticed.  I wrote a blog in 2011 on what is happening in this world spiritually which is predicted by God Himself in the bible. This is the main scripture for what’s going on:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2). People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3). without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4). treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5). having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

In the past few months I‘ve heard of some of the most heinous acts done that have been done to another human being.  I just can’t wrap my mind around it and I can’t even mention these things in this blog.  I’ve heard of these acts in remoted countries, but not here in the USA until now.  Hatred is at an all-time high.  Children are out of control with drugs taking over in their lives.  Child suicide is rampant.  Children as young as 7 years old are committing this.  Suicide is a very popular now in our society.

Financially things are a tremendous strain for many people as the middle class has dwindled away and the cost of living has skyrocketed.  Foreclosures and layoffs have affected millions of people. 

There are many medical situations such as cancer, flesh eating bacteria, HIV, drug resistant germs, Ebola’s return, many viruses and the worst flu epidemics.  Hospital ER’s, doctors’ offices and pharmacies are overrun with patients.

Mass shootings and killings are a COMMON occurrence.  Terrorist, robbers, sex traffickers psychotic attackers and rapist are lurking around making everyone feel unsafe. Nobodies personal information is safe anymore because of hackers.

The planet is also experiencing apocalyptic events.  Earthquakes, tsunami’s, tornados, hurricanes, volcano’s, droughts, fires, ice melts, global warming and unusual weather patterns.

Psychosis, depression, anxiety, and self-harming is at an all-time high.

Many religious leaders have had major moral failures. Church attendance is down.  Pastors are leaving the ministry and places of worship are closing their doors.

There is a pattern here and something is defiantly going on in our world today.

The cause, effect and explanation of this all is clearly spelled out in the bible, so I don’t need to get into that in this blog because God has spelled it out clearly in the bible. I do have something to say about this all though.

This is the time to:

  1. Make sure you have a close relationship with the Lord.  If you have NEVER asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior…do so genuinely and immediately!!! Nobody is guaranteed one more second of their life on this earth.  You see, these days people are dying very unexpectedly and very quickly, at any age.
  2. Obey God!!!! God has said in the bible exactly what He wants you to do.  Currently for all humanity, this is even more important.  I believe there may not be any more huge revivals like back in the day.  I believe that those who are Christians will have to be in personal individual revival mode which could lead to a group/church revival.  Christians need to let their lights shine!  Christians will have to be living examples of their faith and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people they come in contact with, daily.  This is not a suggestion.  God says to do this in the bible.  This is the season to stand up for what you believe, promote the kingdom of God and be bold for your faith in Jesus Christ.
  3. You need to develop a prayer life if you don’t have one.  You need to pray all the time!!! Pray all day and night and under every circumstance for every situation!!!  Do you realize that nobody can really help you but GOD!  Doctors, lawyers, your mama and your daddy are LIMITED!  God is UNLIMITED in His ability to help you!  This is a fact!

That’s it.  You and God!  This is what I need to tell you today.  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit is what you need in 2020 and up until the day you die.  What we thought was important years ago is not the same today.  What is important now is survival!!  Our health and safety are very important.  Keeping a job and having a place to live is high priority.   The highest priority is SERVING THE LORD!!!

Individually, we need to really focus on God. We Need to thank Jesus for what He did for us and serve Him!  God said in His word that we won’t the day that Jesus will return but we will be able to tell get an inkling because God gave us the warning signs to look for.  These warning signs are now appearing everywhere and is evident to all.

Now I’m not saying to all this so you can be scared out your wits.  I’m also not saying, let’s not have any fun or good times because life is collapsing around us.  I’m saying for our own sakes…let’s be wise, watchful, prayerful, obedient, evangelistic. Respect the times we are living in. We also must realize that it’s not only about saving lost souls, but it’s also about us gaining heavenly rewards. When we individually stand before our Great and Almighty God, we don’t want to be ashamed because we did nothing to build His kingdom.  We don’t want to be embarrassed because we told no one of God’s goodness and His love for His creations. 

This is it folks…. we are truly in the end times.  It’s very evident now.  What are you going to do about it?  How is this all affecting you?  Have you tried to reach out to God to be closer to Him or has this made you angry with Him?  It’s ok to be mad at Him because of all the suffering that’s going on but know that He owes no one any explanation for anything He does.  Know that He still is the only help and answer for every human being.  This is His world and His wayWe have to get with His program…. period!

I personally am going through a lot right now.  I’ll share just one of those things with you.  I’ve got health issues and I never know how I will feel throughout the day.  No cure.  I have to be VERY careful about what I eat and the energy I use.  I must be careful about germs because if I get sick weakens me for many weeks.  I also suffer with other health issues and have had major surgeries and have battled cancer.  What has God done for me through this?  He has been there!  I raised 6 kids with these heath issues.  God helped me incredibly!!!  I continued to do ministry throughout too.  It was very hard but God was there.  God is with me now…holding my hand, comforting me and covering me with His wings.  I sing precious Lord and His eye is on the sparrow to myself a lot.  I KNOW the goodness of the Lord in this life and I will know it in a very special way when it’s my turn to go to heaven. When I get there, I know that I will be able to rest from all the pain and suffering I’ve been to.  It will all be worth it!

But in the meantime, I will work for my Father God until my last breath.  I will say…I was born…I lived, and I died!  I want my “I lived” to be all that God had intended for me to do for Him.  There is no other way I can show my appreciation for all He’s don’t for me.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Mathew 24:3-8 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

I believe we are reaching the pert of the labor process that says “PUSH”.  This baby is almost ready to be born.  Jesus Christ return!!  The kingdom of God is near…. all hands-on deck!  Onward Christian soldiers…forward…march!

Praying While Under Difficult Circumstances

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Acts 7:59-60 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

The story of Stephen in the book of Acts is a horrifying true story of a wonderful dedicated man who was filled with grace and the Holy Spirit of God.  He was martyred for His faith in the true word of God.  Stephen was in the worst situation a person can face and that is imminent death.  This man with his last breaths of life prayed and called on the name of Jesus.  He prayed for himself…for God to receive him and he prayed for others and then died.  He prayed to the very end of his life.

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God Is Trying To Tell Us Something

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Revelation 2:11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 3:11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. 13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

I am no great theological genius….far from it in fact….But I do have a pair of ears. God has been speaking to the Church…to us in His word. His word may have been written a long…

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Your troubles ain’t nothin’! …Really!

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WHAT DO YOU MEAN MY TROUBLES AIN’T REALLY NOTHIN”? HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND???

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

This morning as I read these two scripture verses…my heart was so overjoyed.  I thought to myself…God considers these extremely difficult things we go through…light compared to the eternal glory that waits for me in heaven?  You mean…heaven is so awesome that this will seem light in comparison?  Yah- hoo- weee!!!  Thank you Jesus!!  Glory to God!

I believe I CAN endure this life!!  I want to!!!  If this life… as hard as it is… can’t even be compared to what awaits me….I’m going to take advantage of everything that God has given me to use…

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Quotes…Do You Have A Saying?

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Do you have something you always say? Post it here. I love quotes.

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Mary said:

Ester 4:16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in
Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and
my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even
though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

Joshua said:

Joshua 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to
you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods
your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in
whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the
LORD.”

Ruth said:

Ruth 1:16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you
or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will
stay. Your…

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Why I need to worship God

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Psalms 95:6 Come, let us bow down in worship,  let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;

Worshipping God is for me.  It keeps me knowing that God is taking care of me.  God doesn’t need my worship…I need to worship you God for my sake.  Worship keeps my mind in the right place which is in you.  You God are the I Am and you are securing in who you are.  You don’t need anything from anybody.

I need to worship you more than I can understand.  Worship is a very important part of who I am as your child.  I need to really get into honest and truthful worship from my heart and soul.  I need to develop in me pure worship from my sanctified spirit if I am to grow and mature as your child.

I must make worship a priority in my life!

I must also remember…

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