What happens when push comes to shove in your life…
Listen to Rod Parsley’s testimony, having just faced his battle with cancer:
This was the Apostle Paul’s testimony, when the poop hit the fan in his life:
It started out with God telling Him,
“My grace is enough for you: for where there is weakness, my power is shown the more completely.”
Therefore, I have cheerfully made up my mind to be proud of my weaknesses, because they mean a deeper experience of the power of Christ.
I can even enjoy weaknesses, suffering, privations, persecutions and difficulties for Christ’s sake.
For my very weakness makes me strong in Him! (2 Cor 12:9-10)
So when your back is against the wall, and all the doctor’s reports, all the evidence and all the circumstances in your life are negative, what do you do?
Who or what do you turn to in your time of need; and who or what provides the foundation in your life to get you through these tough times?
Point in fact, this is where the rubber meets the road for everyone at one time or another in their life.
When that time happens in your life and you are faced with your own mortality, or your inability to cope with this problem or circumstance, this is when you learn exactly what your foundation in life is.
Listen to God’s promise, because this is exactly what He said He would do in the last days:
“See that you do not refuse him who is speaking.
For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.
His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.”
This phrase, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”
God doesn’t promise to keep you out of the fire; but He does promise to be with you through the fire; to NEVER leave you, nor forsake you; and to complete the work that He has begun in your life!
So the messages is, bad things do happen to God’s children, just like they do to people in the world; but Jesus’ message to the Christian is as follows:
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
31-33 “So you believe in me now?” replied Jesus.
“The time is coming, indeed, it has already come, when you will be scattered, every one of you going home and leaving me alone.
Yet I am not really alone for the Father is with me.
I have told you all this so that you may find your peace in me.
You will find trouble in the world—but, never lose heart, because I have already conquered (overcome) the world!”
25-30 “That is why I say to you, don’t worry about living—wondering what you are going to eat or drink, or what you are going to wear.
Surely life is more important than food, and the body more important than the clothes you wear.
Look at the birds in the sky. They never sow nor reap nor store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.
Aren’t you much more valuable to him than they are?
Can any of you, however much he worries, make himself an inch taller?
And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They neither work nor weave, but I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was never arrayed like one of these!
Now if God so clothes the flowers of the field, which are alive today and burnt in the stove tomorrow, is he not much more likely to clothe you, you of ‘little-faith’?
31-33 “So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, ‘What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?!
That is what pagans (the unbelievers) are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
Set your heart on the kingdom and his goodness (God’s righteousness and his way of doing things – put on the mind of Christ), and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.
34 “Don’t worry at all then about tomorrow. Tomorrow can take care of itself! One day’s trouble is enough for one day.”
So if you are a believer, a covenant child of God, then God has your back; you have His word on it!
The caveat though in all of this is that you MUST believe; you must walk by faith; this means that you must be willing to cast the WHOLE of your body and ALL of your life circumstances upon the reliability and trustworthiness of both God and His Word.
And the reason is, God’s ultimate plan for everyone of us is that we be conformed into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ!
Come join the Adventure!
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
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