By Anthony Wright © 2003
God Will deliver, He hath allowed to be torn down, but He will build up, He hath allowed to be wounded, but He alone will heal me, He hath allowed me to be brought down, but He will lift me up again. . .
Out of the many experiences I have ever or should find myself, in this life, the hardships, the triumphs, the difficult challenges, I am promised a reward if I faint not, and not only am I promised a reward in the hereafter, but salvation (soteria), deliverance, redemption, prosperity and supernatural providence, protection from harm, joy, and gladness.
From conception throughout adulthood, I have found myself in precarious cituations that have either warranted danger, miraculous events, frustration, regret, grief, heartaches, disappointment, disaster, and times of great and overwhelming joy and peace.
It is to this end I find myself through retrospect, chronicling the negative and positive aspects of my continuous journey through life which have led me to a place of serenity, completeness and absolute trust in a living, breathing, all powerful, ever-present, all-knowing God who has proven Himself to be the Jehovah Shimah[?] or the God who is present in my darkest hours, deepest of sorrows, and most troublesome times in life.
He has also shown Himself to be a friend who often cheers me in times of rejoicing and happiness.
I have always felt alone in my quest for understanding and my metaphysical daily life. I HAVE FELT ABANDONED BY FRIENDS, ALIENATED BY THE ONES I LOVE DEARLY, ESTRANGED FROM PEOPLE I HAVE DESIRED TO BE CLOSER TO, DISSAPOINTED IN RELATIONSHIPS, LET DOWN BY A JUDICIAL SYSTEM DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF THE TAX-PAYING CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY, UNERVED BY POLICE BRUTALITY, DISTURBED BY A VEXED SPIRIT, CONFUSED BY AN ASSORTED VARIETY OF INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS, DISCOURAGED IN PRAYER, TORMENTED BY DESIRES, PARALIZED BY FEAR, AGONIZING BY A DOUBTFUL BELIEF SYSTEM, OVERWHELMED WITH ANXIETY, AFFLICTED BY MANAC DEPRESSION, PERPLEXED BY THE ATROCITIES OF THIS PRESENT LIFE, STAGNATED WITH COMPLACENCY, DEEPLY TROUBLED BY AN EVER WANTON CONTEMPLATIVE DISTRAUGHT VIEW OF THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF LIFE.
Some trees bend and some break, Redwood trees withstand years of seasonal changes ever flourishing and not breaking but glistening under the summer rays of sunshine as the morning dew melts on the pedals of each branch attributing to the tenacity, ENDURANCE, AND DETERMINATION OF THE TREE to survive though adverse conditions of nature when other trees fail to survive.
My life can be paralled to this tree of nature that has remarkably and even miraculously withstood the ultimate test of time.
In my theological quest to understand an unseen God who is, who was, and who is yet to come, I must look back over the many experiences over my life that have only drew me closer, much closer to a father, a disciplinarian, a coach and a friend who has proved over and over again that no matter what I have gone through, he is always there, and even in my darkest of hours, he has only been a prayer and a tear away. That gives me hope. . .
Each day, He adds new meaning and purpose to my frail life, conquering my self-doubts, comforting me in every sorrow, believing in me no matter what, nudging me along, and cheering me with the warmest of admiration and pride whenever I am successful in any endeavor I undertake. He alone gives me hope. . .
I have always been keenly aware that I face daily an unseen, powerful spiritual enemy who wages war on every believing Christian upon the face of the earth. He rejoices when we fail, laughs when we cry, mocks at our faith, accuses us of past failures, asks God to test us, tempts us in our weaknesses and threatens us with every form of evil under Godís creation.
I refuse to be afraid of him ever again. You should too! I have come to a place of absolute offensive all-out warfare with the devil and the demonic influences in my life that have plagued my conscious awareness of a loving God all my life.
Iím breathing better, sleeping better, optimistic about my future and constantly dazzled in complete amazement at the awesomeness of God that manifests daily in my life.
My life is now one filled with hope, meaning, thrills and exciting experiences of which I now live and share with you, my friend and fellow sojourner in this walk of faith.
May God fill your heart with a burning passion for life, faith and hope throughout all your circumstances as you read about Godís power and grace in mine.
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