Category Archives: Trials & Trouble

Be Faithful To Do What You Know To Do

When you read these verses, you can understand more about the mysterious ways of our LORD. Read these verses several times and meditate on them. The LORD is saying His ways are not our ways. His ways are past finding out. Our task is to be faithful to what we know to do.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. -Isaiah 55:8

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! “FOR WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD? OR WHO HAS BECOME HIS COUNSELOR? OR WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM AND IT SHALL BE REPAID TO HIM?” For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. -Romans 11:33-36

Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, Or as His counselor has taught Him? -Isaiah 40:13

For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD, And has perceived and heard His word? Who has marked His word and heard it? -Jeremiah 23:18

Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine. -Job 41:11

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Your Spiritual Pipeline

I am blessed so many times through my daily devotional reading from “Our Daily Bread” from the Radio Bible Class. The one from June 13, 2011, really stood out to me. Here are some excerpts from it. Also, read Psalm 57 from your Bible or on the post for the Psalm.

“The believer’s spiritual pipeline to heaven is built upon firm trust in God…In a crisis, we can make the mistake of shifting our focus from God to our painful circumstances. Our prayer should be, ‘God, I don’t understand why You have allowed this painful situation. But I am trusting in Your ultimate deliverance despite all that’s going on around me’…The psalmist expressed this so well in Psalm 57:1: “My soul trusts in You…until these calamities have passed by.””

“When the earth seems to move under us, let’s be flexible in our expectations but firmly confident in God’s steadfast love and care.”–Dennis Fisher

“God may delay or deny our request, but He will never disappoint our trust.”

Read the whole devotional at:
http://odb.org/2011/06/13/your-spiritual-pipeline/

Psalm 57

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by.

I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me.

He shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.

My soul is among lions; I lie among the sons of men Who are set on fire, Whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth.

They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They have dug a pit before me; Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.

Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations.

For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, And Your truth unto the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth.

The Bible Doesn’t Promise

The Bible doesn’t promise believers a life free of pain, difficulty or loss. Christians are not exempt from heartache or disappointment. And sometimes we’ll find that in the midst of periods of joy and blessing will come episodes when we desperately need a renewed perspective.

The Bible promises those who believe in Christ that they will have a Companion on the journey to help, encourage, and strengthen them in whatever may come their way. He is the One who has promised: “‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?'” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

–From Our Daily Bread, May 2011, The Question of Eternity

A Christian’s Testimony

Not half the storms that threaten me
E’er broke upon my head.
Not half the pains I’ve waited for
E’er reached me or my bed.
Not half the clouds that drifted by
Have overshadowed me–
Not half the dangers ever came
I fancied I could see.

Dear Heavenly Father, hold my hand
Each moment lest I fall.
Thine is the power to keep–my part
To let Thee, that is all.
I dare not take one step alone,
And, oh, how sweet it is to know
Thy loving, mighty, tender clasp
Will never let me go.
–Author Unknown

ANOTHER PICTURE FOR YOU TO VISUALIZE IN YOUR MIND

In one of the first posts I put on this blog, I asked you to visualize this in your mind. (Visualize This, January 2, 2011)

I find how it is always so amazing to me how God reinforces us with first one verse and then another.

In your mind’s eye, picture this:
The Lord’s wings are over the top of us and He is holding us with His right hand!!!
There we are right in the middle!!! Wow!!!

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:10

Now I want you to add to that first mind picture.

We are covered above with the Lord’s wings.

We are covered with His right hand as He holds us.

And He surrounds us completely.

He leads us for He is our shepherd.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.

Psalm 125:2

I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

John 10:14

DOUBLE WOW!!!

Any soldier in combat would love to be under that amazing protection!!!

Always remember, no matter what happens to us in this earthly life, when we are born again Christians, we have this amazing protection!!! AND THIS IS FROM THIS TIME FORTH AND FOREVER!!!!!!!

Don’t Confuse God With Life

During my devotion time several days ago, the writer relayed the story of a gentleman going through some very difficult times. When questioned about this, his answer was "Don’t confuse God with life." I have heard this before and it is so true. Earth is not our home, heaven is.!

With the trouble, trials, anger, hunger, sickness, injuries, discouragements, and other hardships we all face in life, it is easy to be depressed and forget God. But when we live daily with God, we need to turn to him every single time we hit the bumps in the road of life. It is part of living in this sinful world, but we are not going to be here forever.

The devil likes to use these times in our lives to get our mind off of Christ. He knows he can’t get us to rob a bank or do some horrible sin, but if he can just get us to not trust God, or get us to forget about God, that old devil is happy!

Remember our God is faithful. We may not understand why so many things happen in our lives, but it is our mission on earth to glorify God, no matter what, and tell others about His love and salvation. None of these trials will separate us from God. Look beyond these to God. Remember, don’t confuse God with life!