“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad that you came for a visit today and my prayer is that we will come to see that there is ALWAYS a way through the difficult moments, when we have God on our side!
You know…many times I have thought to myself…how is it that people believe that a Christian’s life should never have struggles…challenges or even pain and deep heartache. Don’t we realize that these are the moments, when there is actually a battle going on within us…a battle, where Satan is attempting to take us away from God? I have come to see through a lifetime, of my own pain… heartache and loss; that these are the moments, when we actually gain Christ and become strengthened, with new growth that will help us on our journey through life.
In this world we live in…people tend to believe that pain, heartache or any other time of suffering; is only a sign that things are going to get worse, until we fall into a pit of total destruction…but that’s not what I have found to be true…for it’s the struggles…the difficult climb and the lonely dark paths of affliction; that actually nudges us along in God’s direction.
You know…as we climb these difficult mountains of circumstance; it’s so easy to just want to make that mountain move on our own; but one thing we need to remember; is that Satan not only has a certain amount of control over the problem…but even more; God has control over these trying times in our lives and sometimes He would rather have us climb the mountain, rather than moving it out of our way; that we may learn much…gain more and reach the top, with lessons learned…etched within the heart.
When I look back, on the many years of pain…heartache and struggle; I see my life as a journey…a difficult journey. Many times, there were weeds growing along my path, rather than beautiful flowers and instead of sunshine, there was a backdrop of gray, with dark clouds everywhere; but the thing that God made known to me was this; if I would only be willing to let Him lead me out of my wilderness of despair and climb the mountain with Him; then He would take me to the top of that mountain and let me see how far He had brought me…and you know what…He did just that!
I’m not even going to begin to say that each step of my journey was easy…because it definitely wasn’t. There were many times, when I felt as though I was experiencing an uphill battle…and there were even times, when I felt as though I was about to lose my footing; but through each struggle and challenge I faced…God was with me all the way…and much was learned along the way; that has now brought me to where I am today…and as I came to learn these new things; God took them and etched them within the walls of my heart, where I would always be able to look back and once more be reminded of His faithfulness.
No matter what Satan attempts to convince us of…there is a way…that is, if we choose to follow the path that God longs for us to travel down. That mountain path may seem hard…tiring and very discouraging but the more we climb…the more we will find hope, for the steps that we haven’t reached yet.
When I look back on my life, it’s almost hard to believe that I got through those moments that seemed so hopeless at the time; but I have truly found that the only way I made it, to where I am today; is because I kept climbing that mountain…no matter how difficult it seemed at the time…and now, I have learned much; that will always remain etched upon my heart, while being used, for the honor and glory of God…praise Him! Don’t ever give up…keep climbing and I KNOW that God will take you also, to the top of the mountain…praise Him!
Blessings so much on your day!
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