Trials

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I was watching news and they had some coverage about a man being on trial. The talked about the charges against him and such. Wellllll…..my mind working as it does I had a couple different thoughts. One was that with all the evidence God has against me due to my human frailties and from that I have sinned. I am guilty and even though I am guilty with no defense, I was forgiven. The charges against me were dropped and my record expunged. Christ paid my “attorney fees and court costs” with His pain, suffering and death on the cross. He bought me my freedom, forgiveness and salvation and paid for my place in Heaven when He defeated death and was resurrected. I didn’t deserve it, but He did. I’ve said it before, what an amazing God!

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.   Isaiah 53:5

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

The other thought was about trials. Not court cases but difficulties we deal with throughout our lives. Problems at work, with family or other relationships, financial, any number of trials. Sometimes people think those trials are punishment for our sins. But that isn’t the case for those who seek Christ and acknowledge He is the son of God who suffered and was crucified for us. If we do that and confess their sins, ask God to forgive us He does so. And the sin exists no more. God won’t punish us for something that doesn’t exist. We become new creatures who are blameless in His eyes.

Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

He does allow us to go through, and sometimes puts us through trials. Not as punishment but as a means to improve our walk with Him; to help our faith grow, to teach us to lean on Jesus and not ourselves, to strengthen us spiritually so we are better able to withstands all the enemy throws at us. He rewards our faithfulness during those trials through spiritual growth. Oh, He rewards other ways at times but the most precious reward is the one that has no monetary value but pays tremendous dividends in Heaven.

3 And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 5:3-5

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you].  1 Peter 5:10

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

1 Peter 4:12-13

Lord, I come to you and ask again for the forgiveness You offer for my sins. Though I try to not sin I know that I fail at times. I praise Your name and thank You for the gift of Your own Son who suffered and died in my place and who arose and defeated the death I earned. I pray in the name of Jesus that people see the message You try to give us and that You draw them to You. I pray that those going through trials remember to look to You and seek You in the difficult times that You deliver them from their sins and strengthen their faith during the hardships. Bring us all closer to You that we may know Your true grace and mercy.

Amen.

I hope all are safe and God is with you as you go about your days. If you don’t think He is, look into your hearts to see that He is there, waiting for you to reach out to Him. I hope all are blessed and that you are able to be a blessing to someone else as well.

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God, is this a test?

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Ever had to deal with various situations and wonder if God is testing you and your faith? Or, if it is possibly the work of the enemy trying to undermine you and your faith. Well, sometimes that is a difficult question to answer. Sometimes, God does test us, when we find situations that are hard to deal with as no matter what a person does, there really doesn’t seem to be a good option. Trying to decide how to proceed is difficult. IF, one thinks with the human mind its difficult, but as I find myself facing some of the challenges of life and try and figure out how to move forward I realize that it is so far beyond my capabilities that I need to continue to do as I have been doing and put it all in God’s hands. He knows what is right, He knows what I should do. I need to give it to Him, let God have control and follow His way. I will, unless I feel Him lead otherwise, continue to pray and let Christ be in control.

 

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 3:3-7

Unfortunately, I have had to deal with issues where one person starts making accusations, some directed at me, some at coworkers. Accusing people of things that no one should have had reason to believe but once the comments are made, someone has to do a formal review. To worsen things, I very recently was inadvertently told of things said but the one instigating all the commotion, which indicate a good possibility that the one that has been making the accusations is very likely the one to have done the things of which they accused others and apparently went to significant effort to try to incriminate others instead of themselves. I fail to comprehend the mind set behind such thinking. Then see that person do as they have in the past and try to create turmoil. Bragging about how gullible so many people are and that the same could easily do the same to anyone he decided to do that way. Seeming to derive great joy and satisfaction from the acts and what is left behind when they have finished with their game. While their victims have to deal with the mess that was created.

Knowing all that, it becomes more difficult to do as I should and forgive. It does not come easily to my human self to do so. I sought Christ and prayed, and He gave me the ability to forgive. Yet, I find this person continues to behave as they did and seems, not only fail to show remorse, but instead seems to revel in their actions. It becomes more, and more, difficult to forgive and to not lash back. However, through the grace of Christ I am able to do so.

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

Matthew 5:39-40

 

I have not resisted the evil done me, I have not tried to retaliate. I answered questions, review of records was completed and I have been exonerated but I do not know about the others that were drawn into the circumstances but I have no doubt they will be found innocent as well. Personally, I have forgiven, and turned the other cheek, forgiven again, and again turned the other cheek. I do this because of the grace that God gave me and I have ability to have the love of Christ towards others, even those that have done wrong, and that I have learned to forgive out of that love. I am not claiming spiritual greatness or piety. I am working hard in my struggles to follow Christ. Seeking His guidance in the Bible and in prayer. He gives me the guidance and the ability to restrain my human emotions and not be to others as they have been to me. It is not me, but Christ in me that makes it possible. Oh, I fight against it sometimes, it is a struggle no doubt and I begin to wonder if God is testing me or teaching me or both. Or, is this an attack by the enemy to try to undermine my faith and dedication. I claim victory against the attacks by the enemy if it is him and rebuke him in the name of Jesus. I HAVE VICTORY in JESUS!

43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

Acts 10:43-44

 

14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

 

My Heavenly Father, I pray to You and ask that You continue to help me continue to learn the heart and mind of Christ, strengthen my faith, my Christian love for all, even those that so me hate. Please further improve my ability to forgive them. I thank You for the mercies You give me and my redemption through Christ. I ask You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones, and those that show me hate and draw them to You. Teach them Your true love and mercy. Lead them to You.

In the name of Jesus I ask for the ability to pass the test and stand up to the attacks by the enemy and not just remain strong, but grow stronger and more resolute.

AMEN

 

Thanks for bearing with me. Dealing with some tests in life, home, work, and other places as well. I don’t ask much of readers other than to bless others as able, and, in that veing, I ask you to Please, when you pray, remember me in your prayer for His guidance and strength.

 

Trust Building Exercises

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Has anyone else ever had to do one of those team building programs? When I started residency at FT Bragg, it was required that we attend, and participate. It was a couple days long, we had to climb walls without ladders or ropes, too high to get over alone so we had to help each other up and over. Then,  we had to pretend we were over lava or some such thing, with only a few safe spots, wooden posts, about as big around as a telephone pole, but only about 2 feet high. We had been given some planks to go from one to the other, but that meant someone had to get from post 1 to post 2 so we could get the plank in place, then, have to keep repeating it. Some of the times we were able to work together to get the plank into position, other times we had to balance the plank, one person on one end, and depending on the balance point, 2 or 3 on the other end. If anyone moved wrong, all would fall. Eventually we got through that, on to another, on, and on. The final exercise was one of trust. All had contained some aspects requiring trust in each other, but this was in the first few days of arrival for us all so we didn’t know each other well. Of course, that was the point of the exercise. But, the final exercise required that each take a turn, standing on an elevated platform, blind folded, then, lean backwards and allow themselves to fall while the rest were there to catch that person. I think I was the 3rd or 4th to go, but hats off to the one that went first. That required the most trust as none of us knew for sure how to catch the guy. Oh, we had been shown how to lock arms together to make a cradle of sorts to catch him, but we all had some concern that we may lose grip and drop him. After the first couple, we got more comfortable catching, but taking one’s turn to fall was not all that easy. You couldn’t see where exactly you were, who all was doing the catching, if they were positioned correctly or not. You just had to trust. We all did fine, no one was dropped, no one was injured so it was a good day. But, when I heard something on the radio about trust, it made me think of that. Then, my mind working as it does, I began to think about how that can apply to my spiritual life.

God wants us, REQUIRES us, to trust in Him, completely. Now, I have heard a lot of people that say they trust in God, but then they do little things that show they don’t fully trust Him. All of us have had trust betrayed at some point in our lives, and because of that, it makes it more difficult to trust fully and completely, often times because of that attitude, we don’t trust Christ completely either. But, we must get over our human mindset, get past our lives experiences with people that are not faithful and true and simply trust in Him. God does not lie, He fulfills His promises to us. He is forever faithful and true. I guess, to a large extent, developing unconditional trust in God requires adapting the mind and heart of Christ and to get that unconditional faith from which the total trust we need to give God comes. It aint easy, I know. I pray and tell God I give things to Him, but then I still worry. That means I have some mental and spiritual reservations. That in turn means, though I say I trust Him 100%, it may be only 90%.

The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust. Ruth 2:12

 

The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.            2 Samuel 22:3

 

Here the Bible is discussing Hezekiah, that I found information saying he was the 13th descendant of David, so several generations removed, and we all think of David as having the heart of God, but this tells us that Hezekiah had no equal in regards to his trust in the Lord and his reign as king of Judah.

5 He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
6 For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. Psalms 4:5

 

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

 

35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

Mark 5:35-36

 

6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

Psalms 118:6-9

 

So many times we see that trusting God has great rewards. He has promised He will be faithful to us, we only are required to be faithful in Christ, and give total trust. Seems a simple concept, but as I mentioned, it isn’t always easy. There have been times I said I am trusting God, when I was thinking, I am trusting God, mostly. HUGE difference in those things, partial trust is mistrust. I will no longer mistrust God. I will give Christ the total and complete trust He deserves and demands of me. Only when I trust completely can He do the work He needs to do in me and my life.

 

Jesus, I praise You and thank You for the sacrifice You made on the cross for me. For the salvation You graciously give one so undeserving as I. I ask that You work in me, help me better trust in You, trust in Your word and promises that I not falter in my faith. That I trust implicitly, 100%, totally and completely in You. I pray You continue to foster my desire for You and Your way in my life. I ask You to draw me ever closer to You, give me Your mind and heart. Teach me Lord. Show me Your will and way in my life. The path You have for me. I pray You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones as well, give them the desire to serve You, draw those not saved to You. Deliver us all from our sins that we may worship You and bask in Your many glories. Show them Your will and way, Your true path for them with Christ and make them ache to follow You. I thank You for my many blessings and ask You to use me to help reach others for You.

Amen

 

Thank you all for reading my post. I hope there is some sort of encouragement and blessing for you. I hope all are sure to have a blessed day, and to share the blessings with others.

 

Memories

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Memories are part of human existence. We remember many, many things. Some good, some bad. Memories help us know what may be dangerous so we avoid such things in the future. Other memories are pleasant, food we ate that tasted good, that we want to eat again sometime. Some take us back to happier times in our lives. Maybe when something is upsetting, a person thinks back on a happier event to escape the current situation. I do that a lot when something triggers memories of losing my parents. Since I have been needing to do a lot of work at their house, sorting things out, the pain of loss can get pretty intense at times. But, I see things that bring back happier thoughts and those help push the unpleasant memories away, bringing me joy, instead of sorrow.

So many things can trigger memories, certain locations that for one reason or another are associated with pleasant and unpleasant memories. Theaters, restaurants, stores, parks, cemeteries, stretches of highway, songs, photos, certain pieces of clothing that someone used to wear or bought for you, aromas (they claim the sense of smell is one of the most powerful in triggering memories, that’s why realtors either use cookie scented air fresheners or put a pan of cookies in the oven when having an open house, so people will think about childhood, gramma, mom, feelings that say home and happiness) many small, seemingly insignificant objects can do that. Many times we can’t really control when the memories surface. Sometimes something doesn’t stimulate memories, other times, the same thing will trigger powerful memories. Sometimes, that happens when I don’t want it to happen. Some are happy, joyful memories while others are painful. A couple things for me is driving past a Church’s Chicken Restaurant, my mother loved Church’s Chicken and we would get that often; a park in town where we would go as children and feed the fish; a golf course where we used to go to watch fireworks displays; the river bridge, my mother hated driving over bridges; the smell of meat, my dad was a meat cutter and we worked together for several years, the aroma fresh cut pork and beef remind me of him; stores, mercy sakes stores, she would drag my brother and I along and her favorite stores were K-mart and Woolco when I was growing up, just driving by them triggers memories; the green houses too, she loved flowers. So many locations, items, aromas, I was going through a box of things at their house the other day, dropped a bottle of the perfume she always wore and it definitely took me back to childhood, some of the clothing in the closet that were her favorites and she wore often do as well, I could go on and on listing things but, I think you folks get the gist of it.

One thing for certain, a person cannot escape their memories, many try through all kinds of methods. Some use drugs or alcohol, some try to replace the memories with new memories only to find that the new memories don’t displace old memories, they are just different memories, one thing I did was to avoid facing memories, I tried avoiding thinking about things, found busy things to keep me occupied. Unfortunately, the busy didn’t occupy my mind completely and memories still popped into my mind at times.

Other times, memories are elusive. I can think of something I need to do, start to go do that thing, and when I get to where I was going, maybe into the kitchen, I forget completely why I went in there. There were times in school, taking a test that I had studied hard for and knew the material well. But, while taking the test there will be a question, I started to answer and…….nothing, I could not remember the answer at all. NOTHING in my brain could jar that memory loose. I would skip the question, go to the rest of them, get finished with the test, go back and see if I could remember the answer. Sometimes I could, other times, still nothing. I would put something down. If a multiple choice test, at least the right answer was there and I had a chance to get it correct, but if an essay or fill in the blank question, sometimes I just put something down, not knowing if it was correct, but hoping for maybe partial credit. I would recheck other parts of the test, hoping that I would be able to remember the answer, sometimes would work, sometimes not. Eventually, the time would run out or I would give up, figuring after that much effort, if I couldn’t remember the answer, I wasn’t going to so I would turn in the test. Only to no more than walk out the door and suddenly, I remembered the answer. AND, could not get the test back to correct my error. Yes, memories are interesting parts of humans.

But, God has purpose for memories, like I said, they aid in survival. They help in hard emotional times as well as times of spiritual need too.

God also remembers and He wants us to remember things as well.

14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

Genesis 9:14-16

 

But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD. Leviticus 26:45

 

And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. Deuteronomy 8:2

 

6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words,
9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

Luke 24:6-9

 

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Luke 22:19

 

But, even more than the remembering things, or instructing us to remember things, God forgets things and wants us to forget some things as well.

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 8:12

 

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 10:17

 

And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:34

 

Yes, God has things he wants us to remember. He also remembers things, and forgets things. He has promised that if we accept Christ as His son, and the way to salvation, confess our sins to Him and serve Him. He will forgive and forget our sins. What a magnificent, glorious God we serve.

 

Dear Lord, I praise You and thank You for my memories, the good, the bad and the in between. I pray You will soften any that have pain or other hardship associated with them and strengthen the good memories. I ask that You work in the hearts of others that may have bad memories and soften those as well. I ask You work in my heart to remember Your will, Your way, Your word and all the blessings you give me. I ask You to work in my heart to make me a better servant. Help me remember that I am small, but You are great and mighty and all I do should glorify You. I ask You work with me to show me Your will and way, show loved ones Your will as well. Help us all get ourselves out of Your way so that Your will be done. Draw us all closer to You, give us the heart of Christ that we act as You would have us to act. I thank You for my salvation and mercies You show me.

Amen

 

Thanks for coming with me down memory lane (yeah, yeah, bad pun, but what can I say, that’s the only kind I have.) Hopefully all will have only pleasant memories and many blessings, and that you all bless others as well.

 

 

 

Fitness Test

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I mentioned being in the military. I was active duty for several years and have been in the National Guard for a several years since my active duty time. One part of military, active duty or reserves is fitness testing. We have to take the fitness tests a couple times a year that consist of sit ups, push ups and either running, walking or some other event to test aerobic and cardio fitness the Army physical fitness test or APFT because the military loves its acronyms. Well, years ago when I first had to start doing them, I could pass, but didn’t do as well as I would have liked, more on that later. But, I ran a lot, worked out more. Due to other events in life I was doing less working out so the tests were more of a hassle, my scores went down, I still passed, but not as easily and not as well as previously. I started working out more, losing weight, getting back into shape and we had a test at the last drill. Well, funny how it works out, but when one works out and prepares, if they work to get more fit, the fitness tests are much easier, you perform better.

I got to thinking on that, how I had evaluated my physical condition and fitness, realized I needed to get into better shape, so I did. I also thought about how much more important it was for me to evaluate my spiritual fitness. I also thought about how when I exercised in my spiritual life: with prayer, studying the Bible, praising our Lord, I was much more spiritually fit as well and that when I had spiritual fitness tests in life, I performed better, I responded better, to events in my life. Once upon a time, I was much more fit spiritually and things went well spiritually. When difficulties or challenges arouse, I dealt with them better and they were usually less stressful anyway. God looks out for us when we follow Him and are living the life He wants us to live. Well, since I returned to Christ, I am learning to be more spiritually fit. God does not disappoint, when I put the effort into things, the spiritual fitness improved and tests are easier to pass. Oh, just like the physical fitness tests, some events are more difficult at times. But, if one prepares, one passes the test. Praise the Lord for His help improving my spiritual fitness.

I also thought about how our physical condition and strength, if we train to a certain level, that is the level we reach. We do well at that level. Years ago I used to train for the APFT by doing the events. I ran the 2 miles, did the push ups and sit ups for 2 minutes each and such. Well, I would pass, like I mentioned, but would be finished physically by the time I was done, I had reached my limit. One day after the APFT a buddy and I were talking, well he was in better shape than I and didn’t appear exhausted like I was and I commented on that fact. He asked me how I trained for the test, I told him I ran the 2 miles and such. He then said something that really made me think, he said, “You know, if you train for the standards, you meet the standards but that’s all you can do and it is hard to do it because that is the max you can perform. But, if you train for more than that, do more push ups and sit ups, run 3,4 or 5 miles every day, the test is an easy task.” Simple concept, but eye opening. So, I started doing that, actually did at least twice the distance and other things and guess what, HE WAS RIGHT! The next time the APFT came around it was a piece of cake. I did better than I ever had and wasn’t exhausted when I finished. AMAZING!

Now, why does physical fitness have anything to do with my Christian walk? Well, if we spiritually prepare for normal events, normal life, work, home, etc then the more significant challenges one encounters will spiritually drain you. If you study the Bible and pray, seek God, just enough, then you are spiritually prepared for the normal day to day events, but the sudden, unexpected hardships will cause a set back. One needs to train for more than they think will happen, one needs to spiritually be ready for the really tough times. God will be with you either way, He just makes dealing with it even easier if we are ready before hand.

More thinking, if anyone has ever used a personal trainer, they come up with a plan to help you get physically stronger, they give you goals. Once you reach that goal you can stay there, just train to that level and that’s where you are with physical condition. But, if once you reach that goal, they set another goal for you, push you, get you to reach higher levels of physical conditioning and strength. God does that too. Sometimes, just by making one want to pray, study the Bible and seek Christ more, other times, like a physical trainer puts more weights on the machines, God puts more weights on us, sometimes He helps us get stronger by giving us a harder burden. Nothing more than we can endure, but more than we had previously. That isn’t always a punishment, sometimes it is a reward. He knows you have improved your spiritual strength to a point you can endure more, but Christ still wants more from us. He wants us to continue to grow as Christians. He doesn’t want us to get to an okay level and remain there, He was us to excel and, if that means putting more burdens or hardships on us for a while, He will do so. If we respond to those challenges as we should, by seeking Him, praying, looking to the Bible. WE GROW STRONGER as Christians.

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Yeah, I think I want to start training above the standards, I am going to work even harder on my spiritual growth, more time in prayer, more time reading the Bible, more time seeking God. If I have challenges, I will be ready for them, if they seem to be too much, I know He will be there to help me get through. He will never leave me or forsake me. He won’t give me hardships I can’t endure and when the time is right, I can give those burdens to Christ. Praise Jesus what a wonderful God we serve.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

 

Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

 

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

 

The LORD [is] my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he [is] my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15:2

There is so much more on how God is our strength and salvation, with Christ I can do all things. Such powerful words.

Lord, I praise You for all You are. I thank You the lessons You are teaching me and how You do strengthen me and help me when things get tough. How You have helped me get through difficult times, even when I wasn’t serving You, and how now, You make it so much easier to deal with any adversity. I pray You continue to work on me, work in my heart and help me train more for the future challenges. Help me grow spiritually stronger that I can be the Christian warrior You wish me to be in my life. I ask You to strengthen loved ones in their walks with You and draw those not serving You to Christ that they may know the salvation You have given me.

Amen

 

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