Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Free Chapter: How God Sees Your Struggles: Encouraging Yourself, Finding Strength And Developing A Spiritual Perspective



Let the enemies or frenemies (friends who turn out to be enemies) turn up the heat. It’s okay. Because Jesus is in your life, you will not be destroyed. The Hebrew boys are a witness, Jesus will deliver you. He’s not afraid of hell-fire. He has conquered hell. 

“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:18).
As long as He’s with you, you don’t have to worry or be afraid. Before it’s all over your enemy will be bowing to your God.

“It is written: "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'" (Romans 14:11)

Let God work. Watch Him prepare a table in the presence of your enemy (Psalm 23:5). People who know you will have no choice but to acknowledge God’s presence in your circumstances.  Be encouraged by what God said to Cyrus in Isaiah 45:2-3:
“(2) I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars. (3)"I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places, So that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name…”

God knows who you are and He know what you desire. If He has chosen you and anointed you to do it, He will see you through it. And He will bless you beyond your imagination.

He also knows the best way to get you to your destination. Sometimes that route, through no fault of your own, is less than ideal. How inconvenient must the Fiery Furnace have been? Surely there was another way to show faithfulness rather than be faced with death by fire. But God is always with you. And no matter how hot it gets or how crooked that path seems, He is able to deliver.

I used to get so down when obstacles would come. It was all I could do to keep a fake smile on my face in public. On the inside I was crying, but I put up a front because I didn’t want people to know that I felt hopeless and afraid. Anything could come along and knock me into a negative slump.

Now I literally stop; take a deep breath; and tell myself, “God has never forsaken you and He’s not about to start now. Try to see it His way.”

No matter how complicated your situation has become he can straighten out any mess. Trust Him. Give it to Him. Take your hands off of it. Don’t be led by your emotions or what you see happening around you. Only allow yourself to be led by the Spirit. 

Encouraging Yourself and Finding Strength Through A Spiritual Perspective
By Lynn R. Davis
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