Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hold on is a bumpy ride

 Dear Friends,
             just suppose
I sent you a personal note.....and asked you:
         "How is it going?"
and realizing I really meant the question
 and really cared
you wrote back and got honest.
I would expect every one of you would tell me
you are facing a challenge or
a change, a loss,
or a physical problem....
something unexpected
 an interruption in a well oiled routine,
 an added responsibility,
       a time stealer.
I don't know if this will encourage or not
 but I want to tell you,
you are not alone.
Recently, every person I talk to
 is struggling with something....
we are all in the boat
and the waves
are coming at us
It is like
We are being dragged out of our comfort zone,
 we are discovering that there is a limit to our strength,
 that life can throw curves...
like the loss of a husband,
added responsibilities due to a cut in staff,
 an accident that leaves the person with broken ribs,
 and on and on.
Maybe like the apostles in that tossing boat
we cry out
        Jesus, don't you care?
His response:
"Why are you so afraid? How is it that you have no faith?"

I am right there with you
in that boat   and
Here is what I am doing

I am reading and praying and thinking about
         James 1:2

 Consider it nothing but joy, 
my ]brothers and sisters, 
whenever you fall into various trials.  
Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] 
produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. 
 And let endurance have its perfect result 
and do a thorough work, 
so that you may be perfect 
and completely developed [in your faith], 
          lacking in nothing.

When the storm came, it tested the apostles faith in the boat....
faith that Jesus cared, faith that He could get them to the other side, 
faith that they would prevail,
because of who they were called to be

So too, about this storm that is hitting you
 be assured that it is for the testing of your faith, 
and that as you develop it, hold on  and 
expect a breakthru, the victory,
you can expect
maturity to come so that
you will weather the next storm, 
stronger, in more confidence 
and with a good word for fellow travelers.
You will be ready for the next advancement
of the will be a more effective
builder, encourager, testifier.

What is the faith tested?
 That God is a good God
that Jesus loves you, cares for you
and has an answer ready for you....
written there in the promises
that cover your situation.
And as you make that decision
to hold onto promises in prayer,
think about them,
praise Him like Paul and Silas
who got their victorious out come
you also will see a breakthru as His Kingdom comes
as Jesus breaks the chains of the storm.
     The Bible says: “About midnight Paul and Silas were…
                              singing hymns to God…
                             Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake 
                              that the foundations of the prisons were shaken…
                              all the prison doors flew open, and 
                                             everybody’s chains came loose” 

So as the waves toss, you can look unto Jesus
who is the developer of your faith.
Look to Jesus with your thoughts,
with the reading of the Word
with singing songs of praise, worship
full of confidence.

Last thought:
if we have to walk 
thru these things 
no matter what, 
lets, at least, make it count,
lets, at least,
 have something to show for it,
a development of a faith that produces 
spiritual maturity 
and inner peace.

get a prayer warrior to pray with you.
Someone who can join hands with
you in Faith and together you won't
just weather the storm
you will by Faith
stop it ! and reach the other side


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