Monday, January 7, 2013

“Don’t Tell Me to ‘Go Through’—Show Me How to ‘Get Through’ ”

God is also blessing others whom I know.  A couple that we knew overseas returned to the states and had a wonderful praise report.  They have a new home, she has a prosperous new job, and he retired from the Army and received salvation.  One son went into the military, and their daughter successfully graduated from high school.  You might not think this to be much, but you had to know what they had gone through earlier to appreciate where they are now.  Theirs was a real spiritual Cinderella story.  My heart was jumping with joy for them.  I was overjoyed, and the whole time, yes, the devil was in my ear taunting me about my own journey through life.  I had to bind up the enemy in the name of Jesus.  I had to get rid of the thoughts of, “Maybe you’re going crazy, nobody feels the way you do while you’re going through these tough times”.  Wrong, Mr. Devil, I am fine.  I am in Christ and all is well with my soul.  God will get the glory out of all of this.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Cor. 10:13).  That verse lets us know that we are going to be tempted in this life here on earth.  We are required to go through much in order to receive much.  We are sometimes the strong ones who can help someone else to overcome difficulties that may befall them, and that’s why we go through this or that thing.
Sometimes people want you to believe and trust God without telling you how God has gotten them through a particular situation.  We can’t always just pray and expect instant results.  Sometimes we have to do something in order to reap the blessings of God.  Remember, He’s not up in heaven with a magic wand waiting for us to pray and for Him to zap it and make it better.  Read James 2:14-26.  Here, God’s word talks about using our faith to work through some things.  It’s not just our words but also our actions that matter to God as evidenced in the following verses: “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?” (Jas. 2:14), and “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (Jas.2:20).
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