Hello everyone…and how is your Friday? Just think…we have made it through another week…and I can say without a doubt; that it is only because of the One who is holding our hand and walking us through every moment we pass through. Praise Him for that!
I don't know about you; but there have been many times in my life, when I went through a problem and eventually wondered when it was ever going to come to an end. I have found that I can easily cope with a problem when it first hits me; but as time wears on and the problem intensifies; that is when the problem seems to try me even more, until I wish it would just go away and leave me alone.
Last night, as I was looking through some Bible verses, God led me to a verse in Philippians 1:6, which reads… " Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" When I first read this bible verse, I thought to myself…yes, this is what I'm looking for; but as I began to go deeper into the verse and read the section that says… "that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ;" that is when I began to wonder, as to how this part of the verse would work with the title of the writing; because I began to see this verse, as though it was related to those who serve God; but later, after studying the verse even more, I came to see that these were the words that Paul used to encourage the Christians.
One thing I want to say to you today; is that we should never see our problems in the same way that the world does; for the world sees a problem as a hopeless cause, which can only lead us deeper into despair. We must remember that what we first see as a problem; is actually God beginning a great work within us…and once His work is complete; that is when the problem will come to an end, while allowing us to see the finished product, of what He had allowed the problem for to begin with.
You know…I don't think I will ever forget the very hard and difficult moments of my past. These were times in my life, when I was truly put to the test. Between all the knee surgeries and counseling, I began to feel that this was my lot in life. Never did I realize at the time; that God was doing a great work within me. All I could see at the time, were some very miserable moments of suffering; but now, as I look at where those miserable moments have led me…I rejoice; because God not only brought those hard and difficult times to an end; but He took all the dysfunctional moments of the past and gave me a brand-new life…one that has taken me out of a hopeless prison cell of despair…and has totally freed me, while giving me life anew.
Maybe today, you are going through a circumstance that has been ongoing for quite some time. Maybe you are beginning to think like I once did and wonder if this will be your lot in life. May I encourage you today, by saying that each problem we face actually becomes a process God uses, as a means of changing our lives completely around, so He can take us from a point of weakness to a place where we can progressively become more like Him.
Throughout my life, I have felt as though I have been climbing a staircase to heaven. Some steps have been easy to climb, while other steps have been so steep…to the place where I felt as though I wasn't going to make it to the next step; but one thing I came to see through it all; is that when I'm willing to turn to God and allow Him to work through that time in my life; that is when I eventually find myself at the top of that step, in which I didn't think that I could make it to…which in the end, has allowed me to experience a strength that I never had before.
As we close our time together today, I truly hope and pray that you too, will come to see what God is up to in your life, rather than what the problem seems to be doing to you. As you walk through times that can seem very hard and difficult to get through, I pray that you will also come to see that God hasn't abandoned you; but rather, He has been at work in your life…and when He has finished, He will remove the problem and replace it with something new…something that will make you stronger and take you further away from the despair you once walked through…Amen!
Have a very blessed day…and I will look forward to another visit with you on Monday!
God bless…and have a very special weekend with Him!
It's Always & Only Because of Him…
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