When things look grim and trials seem too hard to handle, keep the faith, trust in God, never doubt Jesus and stand still because the blessings are coming! And not only blessings, but a wonderful lesson learned from God that will make you stronger and closer to Him than ever before.
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.h James 1:2-4
We see that James is telling us that we will all be tempted and come into trials in our walk with Christ. And although it is hard to do, we must keep our faith in God and press forward. We must stand still in Him and remain calm and peaceful because God will take care of us and get us through the storm. Yes, it may take longer than we had hoped, but itfs God's way of teaching us patience and faith. God never lies, and He never breaks a promise so He WILL bring us through. Itfs just up to us to be still and let Him work His wonders and teach us in a way we cant even imagine.
Our Father teaches us by allowing us to struggle through trials and temptations, because it not only makes us stronger but it feeds our faith in Him and it also teaches our flesh to be still and be patient. So the next time you enter a storm, or trial or temptation, remember this scripture and close your eyes and think on Jesus. Let Him be your guide and if you give all control to Him, it wonft be so difficult to be still and patient because Christ is working through you- and Who better to guide you than Christ, Who is patience and stillness.
Yeah, I know, all of this sounds easy enough, until you're the one standing in the stormy trial right? In my experience, I have found that standing still in Him and being patient while God works, well, this is harder to accomplish than the trial itself. Our flesh wants action NOW, and we live in a society that waiting is not an option, we must have it all now. So while we are in our trial, we expect God to hurry up and fix the issue right now so we can move on. But when it doesn't work out as quickly as we had been hoping for, we begin to get frustrated and we think God isnft helping us, we even wonder if He will help us at all because we've been in this trial for so long. Believe me, Ifve been there myself and I have even yelled at God for taking too long. I accused Him of worrying about others and leaving me behind because He must not think I'm important enough. I have done and said it all. But let me tell you, I have been in a storm, actually more like a cyclone, for three years now, and today God opened up the clouds and calmed the winds and diminished that cyclone. Yes, He came through for me after three long, lonely, broken years. And although I struggled with my trust and hope and felt that He wouldn't take me out of this storm, I never gave up on Him completely, there was still a sliver of hope inside me telling me to keep going and to trust Him. Each time I would get upset or angry with Him, something inside me would push me to read my Bible, or study certain Scripture, or even just watch a Christian movie. Hmmmmm, wonder what that something inside was, yep, that was His Holy Spirit pushing me with encouragement. So never doubt Him because if He says He will get you through your struggle, the you can bet your life, HE WILL!!
I have included a very personal poem below, it tells of my struggle with patience and faith. But through my struggle, my faith and patience have grown and my Father has not only blessed me double after the three year storm, He has given me a serenity of greater faith inside me than I never knew I could ever have. Trust Jesus and never doubt God and you will never be the same again.
This is something the Lord told me a while ago and I have never forgotten it, and now I would like to share with you: God is not of time, God is not just in the moment, for God is forever and eternal.
Leaves are talking as the wind directs their song. Gliding on my swing, I wonder where I belong. Life is unkind, and not turning out as I thought. Was promised all new when my soul Jesus bought. I was told to believe and always trust in God. And I did, but all He said had turned to a grand facade. He told me He would take perfect care of me, If I promised to leave the world's ways and let them be. So I did what He asked and stopped strong drinks and pills. Even gave up my obsession of searching ghostly thrills. So where has this taken me, this sacrifice so great? Well let me tell you that I was in a very fragile state. He told me to not worry and never give up hope. To keep trusting Him and He would help me to cope. I continued on, even when in secret I would cry. For I feel He is not helping and won't answer me why. Yet I still seem to get up and give Him one more try. Wondering if His new promise is just a wishful lie. He tells me things of others and of the future He has planned. Some I can tell of but the rest to be buried in sand. Visions and dreams take me to places so unknown. At times it all makes me feel frightened and very alone. God says I must write and tell others what I see. But when I do, eyes of condemnation always glare back at me. Ifve been told I am crazy, and am in need of special help. Some think Ifm so low I'm worse than back when I fell. What Jesus tells me, is so truly hard to believe. I search the Holy Word for it is the one and only key. Scripture Ifm led to gives me a little hope inside. Until another person or spirit tells me itfs nothing but a lie. By that I mean they tell me to not trust all that I hear, Even though His words are so biblically clear. I was lost and struggling with this life I now live. To understand and know The Truth, what I would not give. Am I crazy? Have I lost the girl I've always been? How can I go on this way, will it ever end? I ask for a sign to help with the doubt and to just live on. But nothing, is what I got, I felt all hope was now gone. Ifm torn in two pieces, of the flesh and of Him, This hurts me so greatly, I want to return to sin. Life was easier back then, when I lived an ungodly way. I have never suffered so much, what else can I say. Another promise of help, as I hear again from above. And my hope rises once more, to see that Salvation Dove. But let down again for no answer to set this pain free. I feel He ignores me as usual, and I sit down and grieve. Finances are spiraling so fast I feel I'm in a spin. Can't buy food at times, when is it my turn to win? Dear Lord, can you hear me or do you even care? My God up above please help me if you dare. I'm loosing this fight and have no where to go. I fear that my life is falling to the dark depths below. Jesus, you once told me you were my friend for all time. Was that true, will you help me before I loose my mind? I gave you my life and lived only for you. When, dear Lord, will you make me brand new? And as I hang my head, I feel a touch upon my hair. A caress so soft and words from a voice so fair, My child, I am your friend and will forever be. Do not loose hope and please trust in Me. I am here for you, in your heart is where I belong. You have obeyed and served and done nothing wrong. That promise you heard from my Father above. Is still to come with great wonders and love. I love you dearly and I always hear when you cry. I will even one day answer your question of why. Your time is coming, and soon you will be, The promise of blessing, of favor, and forever with Me.h And with that I raise my head and look up to Him, Swirling was inside my soul, my life was about to begin. Warmth of Holy arms took me in and held me close. Jesus is coming soon. When? No one really knows, One thing for sure, it is closer than a breath of air. Will you give your life to Jesus? Do you dare? I did, and it has been a whirlwind, like nothing known. But oh, how He has taught me things, how I have grown. I wont lie, it's been hard, a narrow path of many trials. But there is truth and humbling to all of my miles. He has taught me to have compassion for people in need. Through obedience I've learned to sew the smallest seed. I know of pain, and sickness, and desperation for a cure. My heart felt loneliness, abandonment too hard to endure Not long ago I had even reached a point so low, That a slit of the wrist seemed the best way to go. I have felt hope leave my soul and fear enter in. The helpless feelings of doubt when hours of tears begin. The Lord allowed this life I have been living. Little did I know at the time the miracle He was giving. A miracle of understanding, a miracle of His heart's ache. So many people feel they deserve to just take and take. They look at one in need and blame them for their life. Claiming itfs their own fault they live in a dreadful site. Just because they don't look as if something is wrong, Doesn't mean there isn't, silent pain could be their song. They may not have a dime left in their pocket to share, But give a testimony or just their time, because they care. Since my Father has sent me to His school of real life. I have changed, for the lesson was sharper than any knife. It was a scary thing, thinking God didnft hear my cry. I can assure you I was on the edge, I can not lie. But looking back, I wouldn't change a test or trial of mine. For it was God's Way of teaching me to act as His Son. And with this lesson I can tell you, in Him I have won. So if you seek to live a life that God wishes you to live, To live His Way, your complete life you must give. Can you do this? His dedication is etched in stone. The prize is a life closer to Christ than ever known. It's up to you, continue the walk your traveling today, Or let God show you the true humbling way. Don't be afraid to step out of that safe place. If I did it, you can too if you wanna know God's Way? I'll leave you with this last thing, just as He told me, Let God teach you His Way, and Christ-like you will be. Are you willing to make that change, to step ahead? God gives a covenant unbroken, accept Him and be led. For the Promise of God holds His name, signed in Red.
By: Wendy L. Fox (0212013)
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