" Reaching The Harvest One Person At A Time "
SEIZING THE MOMENT
A Glimpse into an Extremely Important Moment in the Life of Jacob
Written By:Mike Shreve ( Shreve Ministries }
" Only A Child Of God "
It seems as though the past year has been one mountain after another to climb...The unexpected death of Pastor Robert's dad, and then my dad unexpectedly battled cancer and lossed that battle on May 20th of this year, and presently my mom, battling colon cancer and cancer of the spine.
To say the least, life and ministry as a whole has been overwhelmingly challenging.
That is just our story........ But I am sure many of you have
your own similar lifechanging, faith challenging, heart breaking stories to tell.
It's that moment in your life when there are some days you wake up and you just feel like you can't even get up to face the day.
It is these times in our life that we are grasping for the hand of Christ to uphold us....And hanging on to His precious word to strengthen our steps to move forward.
I'm so Glad to know that our Faith Triumphs in Times Of Trouble If We Perservere And Never Give Up !!!
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans chapter 5 tells us that by FAITH in God through our Lord Jesus Christ we have peace.
And also through Jesus by FAITH we have access to His GRACE by which we have the strength to STAND.
Not only to just STAND but STAND in the HOPE of HIS GLORY.
Not only STAND in the HOPE of HIS GLORY but STAND and GLORY in our tribulation.
Because these tribulations will produce something in our life that we are going to need to move to the next level He is calling us to.
These tribulations have been designed by God personally to produce perserverance and character, after which we will not be disapointed with the outcome of the changes that God will pour into us by the Holy Spirit as we are sustained by His love daily poured out upon us to ensure WE WILL OVERCOME!!!
But let us not forget to continually lay our burdens down at the foot of the cross where grace and suffering meet,
for our strength comes only in releasing our burdens to Him who so graciously will shine His mercy and grace upon us and will strengthen us as we surrender it all to Him.
Therefore, let us not flinch under the disciplines of our Savior, for He will never put more upon us than we can endure.
Pray This Prayer With Me Today:
Lord help us to accept the cup of suffering as eagerly as we accept your blessings.
For we know that your love never fails us even when it brings us pain.
For it is in the patient endurance of affliction that our soul is seasoned with grace and strength.
Surely it is a life fully surrendered that holds true happiness and peace in you.
Lord, speak to us in our sufferings, Let your Holy Spirit lead and guide our every step that leads to unexpected pathways of TRUE GROWTH IN YOU.
For we know you will never guide us in a wrong direction, but all roads will lead closer and closer to you.
Lord, help us not to walk according to our own natural reasoning, and may we not question the things we cannot understand, but may we always obey the prompting of your Holy Spirit and be obedient to your voice.
I urge you today, If you have found yourself, as I have, in seemingly unexpected, one crisis after another... and your heart is full of questioning and wondering why??? Let us hold fast to the promises of God's word....Knowing that He alone is preparing us for something greater.
He will never leave us nor forsake us in our time of trouble,
and His GRACE is sufficient to see us through.
No!!! it will not always be easy to arise and face the challenges that are before us, but remember, God is always in control of your circumstance, even when you cannot see it.
Your Father is holding on to you, and He will never let you go nor give up on you, His arms will forever enfold you for you are only A CHILD OF GOD!!!
Child Of God.