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An Attitude Which Will Change Your Life (December)

by Sarah Lee Bryant

In every thing give thanksfor this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

It was the night before Thanksgiving—one of my favorite holidays.

The house was filled with an array of delicious aromas—smells of the feast we would all enjoy as a family tomorrow. It’s a time I always look forward to each year.

However, that night my heart was heavy. I wasn’t feeling thankful…in fact, to be completely honest, I probably could have come up with a list of things I was not thankful for faster than the things I was grateful for.

As I climbed into bed, I told the Lord how I felt. I poured out my struggle and burden to Him. I know I should be counting my blessings—of all times of the year!—but I just don’t feel like I can do that, Lord! I am overwhelmed. Show me what is wrong…I want to have the right attitude!

I reached for a book sitting by my nightstand, entitled Choosing Gratitude. Of all topics, this was certainly the one I needed to read about. As I read, I felt the Lord convicting my heart of my ingratitude. I opened His Word and began to soak in His truth…in the reality of what I have received through the finished work of Christ…taking my eyes off my perceived difficulties and burdens…focusing on His goodness.

That night—on Thanksgiving eve—the Lord reminded me of three very important (and yet basic!) keys to maintaining a grateful attitude. An attitude which will really transform our lives.

1. What’s inside will come out.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

I’ve read this passage so many times, and yet the truth contained therein is absolutely life changing. That’s because our outlook on life (attitude) is directly related to what is taking place in our heart. That night, I was struggling with an ungrateful attitude because I had allowed myself to focus on the wrong things. I was looking at the trials, not the blessings…I had expectations, instead of a surrendered spirit…I was focusing on myself, instead of others. And as I found, wrong thoughts lead to a wrong attitude: ingratitude and selfishness.

Guarding our thoughts is a constant battle. Whether it’s envy, complaining, selfishness, jealousy, or any other nasty sin—it all starts in our mind…and grows from there. Sisters, we simply must immediately cast down these sorts of thoughts from taking place in our mind!

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (II Corinthians 10:5)

As we choose to meditate on what is true, pure, and lovely, our heart will overflow with gratitude and praise! I’ve really found this to be true. It’s the best way to live!

 

2. We are commanded to count our blessings.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18)

Being thankful is a choice. It’s also a command—it is God’s will for us. As we choose to meditate on what is true and good, we’ll inevitably notice how abundantly our loving heavenly Father has poured out His goodness upon our lives. Going through the day thanking the Lord, focusing on His blessings at every turn, is a sure way to develop a more grateful attitude! Lord, thank You for the cheerful birds singing this morning! Thank you for ___ which You have provided! And on and on we can go!

Of course, we all face situations and circumstances that may not be pleasant at times—yet even then, we are to give thanks. (And really…it all goes back to our focus. Am I magnifying my troubles, or magnifying God’s goodness? Are my “hardships” really as serious as I perceive them to be? I’m finding that there are always others going through much much greater trials than anything I can imagine facing. Young widows struggling to make ends meet. A family with a member killed in an accident. Persecuted Christians suffering and sacrificing dearly for their faith.) No matter what we are facing, God’s Word tells us to give thanks.

And isn’t it truly a most beautiful thing to see one who radiates thankfulness and joy, even in the midst of hardships or sorrow? An indomitable grateful heart is precious to God and to others!

3. We need to serve others.

“The King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)

I’ve been pondering this a lot lately. We live in a world of hurting people. People without Jesus, people who have suffered much loss. The way to point others to Jesus through the holiday season—and all year long—is to see and meet the needs of others in whatever ways we are able…big or small. It may be something as simple as smiling at everyone we walk past in the grocery store or helping that elderly lady reach the item on the top shelf or praying with that little girl at church or taking a fresh batch of homemade bread to the sick neighbor. In a world that is fast-paced and “too busy” to care, as daughters of the King, may we be others-focused, shining brightly for the Lord Jesus.

Serving others sometimes actually helps ourselves more than it does the receiver, though. The path to true gratefulness and joy in Christ is through serving, sacrificing, giving—focusing on others. As we give (as an offering of our thankfulness for what God has done for us), Jesus is poured out through us.

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” (2 Corinthians 4:10-11)

How can you serve someone today? Is there something you could do to help your mom with her responsibilities? How does she want to make the holidays special for your family, and how can you help her in that? Look for needs around you, and you will find how blessed it is to give! 

These three things will change our attitude.

That night, the Lord convicted me of my ingratitude. I thought of the ten lepers (Luke 17) who Jesus healed. How many came back to thank Jesus for their miraculous healing? Only one. No doubt, the other nine also enjoyed the benefits of returning to a normal healthy life…but only one was truly grateful for what Christ had done! He returned and thanked the Lord for his restoration: and reaped the extra spiritual blessings of that gratitude.

And as I thought of all that Jesus has done for me in redeeming me by His own blood, I was humbled. I have been given so much! I asked the Lord to forgive me for my ingratitude and to help me guard my heart against “joy robbers,” to count my blessings, and to look for ways to serve others.

And guess what?—my attitude was completely transformed! I had a most wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving…because my focus was where it should be.

Dear friend, this holiday season, will you join me in looking to the Lord in gratitude? Let’s lay aside our expectations and focus on the Lord’s goodness, and let that gratefulness flow out in loving service to others. It’ll not only change our own life—but it will also impact everyone around us!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

P.S. What are some ways that we can serve others or bless others this Christmas season? We’d love to hear: leave a comment with your ideas!


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Choose Joy! (January)

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by Laura L.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
{2 Corinthians 4:17-18}

A gray, dreary day...or was it my outlook? In the fourth chapter of 2 Corinthians, we see that in spite of struggle and failure in us and around us, we can find joy and it does not come from ourselves or surroundings…it comes from the Lord.

By God’s mercy, we were granted the blessed gift of walking with God in His presence each day. Because of this fact alone, we can rejoice and live cheerfully every moment. Even the moment that when your family gets a flat tire and everyone is hungry and some are complaining. Ever had those moments where you just didn’t think surely you had to be joyful, and that it is ok to be grouchy?

God does not want His children living like this. When life is stressful and you feel like flying off the handle, consider this. In the light of eternity, how much does this current petty stress matter? Wouldn’t it be better in eternity to have been cheerful, trusting the Lord, rather than grouchy?

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“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
{2 Corinthians 4:6-7}

What is this treasure we are given to carry about in these earthen vessels (our bodies)? It is the light to shine on our path, that comes from our knowledge of God’s glory that we see in Jesus. We have this treasure in prone-to-failure vessels—when we realize this light and it brings victory and power in our daily reactions to life’s circumstances, and it will only bring glory to God.

In Titus 3:1, Paul instructs Titus on how to admonish and instruct Christians on this very subject of choosing joy in all circumstances.

“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.”

Why? “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” (Titus 3:3-6)

It is Scriptural to seriously consider our relationships and dealings with others. In these few verses we are admonished to give respect. We are to have willing, servant hearts on the lookout or people to serve. A life free from gossip and vehement ordering with a gentle, kind, considerate outlook. In these verses is tucked a very key ingredient to remaining joyful in life. It is realizing who we really are, and who God is and what He is doing for us, and our responsibility to be a light for Jesus. On our own power, we cannot do this.

Remember we are dusty vessels – but through Christ’s redeeming work in our lives and by His power, we can overcome and live victoriously.

Let us be joyful at all times! God is our joy and our strength!

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
{Philippians 4:4}

-Guestpost by Laura L.

 


 

Learning Contentment In All Things (February)

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“Choosing God’s will over our desires is certainly a lifelong process.”

by Mrs. Cynthia Veysey

“Not that I speak in respect of want;
For I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
[Philippians 4:11]

As believing women, we will all admit that the road to learning settled contentment seems to be a lifelong one. The Christian life is a journey along a wonderfully lighted path. Our Lord Jesus goes on before us, the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, illuminating every step with the light of His Word. Through the years, by God’s grace, we see measures of growth toward maturity in every area, including, and perhaps especially, that of contentment and a willingness to only please Him in all that we do. God brings various and sundry things into the lives of individuals, couples and families.

This testimony is what the Lord has given to us and is an area that I find little written about. It may be partly because it involves a relatively ‘small’ population of Christians, or perhaps because there is very little recorded concerning this topic in the New Testament. I hope that it will be used by God in the lives of others who may be experiencing it, or will in the future.

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When I met the love of my life in 1979, we were both new believers. I was eighteen years old, recently graduated from high school and so very excited to begin a second “new life”; that of a keeper of the home; looking forward to being the wife of this wonderful young man and the mother of 12 children, if the Lord would be willing. We married in October of 1980 and month by month, year by year, we prayed and waited expectantly for our first dear little child to come into the world.

After our second year of marriage we were blessed to have our sweet nephew, Bradley, come into our lives on a regular basis. Due to sad circumstances he lived with us, spending time with his father (my husband’s brother) for a few hours each day but returning to his home with us for 4 years of his life. We were thrilled to have him from the time he was 9 months old until he was almost 5. This filled a void in our lives for a season, but when God made it clear that we were to move to a different state, Bradley went back to be with his father and soon started school. The separation was difficult for both Bradley and for us but God gave grace through it all.

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We had been married nearly eight years at this point and we continued to pray and await God’s timing in having children. The Lord moved us into two more major life-changes; one, a relocation to South Carolina so that my husband could attend college at Bob Jones University. Six years later He brought us back to New England to help in a small church. By the time we were sent “back home,” where we presently still abide, we had been married 17 years. Though it had not happened yet, we knew that God was still entirely able to bring children into our lives. Being surrounded by nieces and nephews once again was a great blessing, something we had missed for the nine years that we had been away from our home area.

Many times through those years, loving and well-meaning couples reminded us that there was always the opportunity of adoption. Having had witnessed adoption through the lives of grandparents on both sides of my family, I hold it in very high regard. We know many families, and highly respect those who have adopted children into their homes. From the beginning of our marriage we only wanted to have God’s will for our lives. I suppose that part of the decision not to adopt may have come from fear of not knowing if it was truly God’s will or if in adoption we would just be trying to “fill a void” that God was entirely able to fill with Himself. Whatever the reason, though faced with two opportunities to adopt newborns, we both were convinced each time that it was not the Lord’s will. When I turned 40 I went through a tumultuous two months of struggling with the Lord’s will in this burden of our hearts. He used the verse from Hebrews 5:8 to remind me that, “Though He were a son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered.” Obedience is “learned.” Obedience is also a choice. Choosing God’s will over our desires is certainly a lifelong process. It is a daily discipline.

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“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
[Matthew 16:24, 25]

No two people bear the same cross. Perhaps this testimony is similar to that of many couples, but it is that which the Lord has given to us alone. As you can understand, I can only write from a woman’s perspective. It is difficult to know or articulate how a man does view this same situation, but I am thankful that my dear husband has left it completely with the Lord. Our lesson of contentment in ‘disappointment’ has gone on now for nearly 34 years. By God’s grace the ‘disappointment’ has become less and less, while He teaches us obedience more and more. There will come a day when we step into eternity with our God to worship the Father and Lord Jesus Christ forever. What will it matter then, what we have gone through, “suffered,” here on earth? Until then, He says,

“My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
[2 Corinthians 12:9,10]

By Mrs. Cynthia Veysey
who writes from Vermont. She is the joyful wife of her loving husband, and they serve the Lord in a small Bible church and both help with the care her dear, 85-year-old mother.

“When thy secret hopes have perished in the grave of years gone by, let this promise still be cherished, ‘I will guide thee with mine eye.’”
-William Cowper [I will Guide Thee With Mine Eye]

Photography by Maggie and Martha Joy B.

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In Everything Give Thanks (November)

Julie Peterson


Give Thanks Challenge 2014Throughout November, KBR is hosting our annual GiveThanks! x7 Challenge. Join us as we thank the Lord each day, for seven things we are thankful for. You can write these things in your personal journal, or share them on our private minigroup. More info on the challenge is here. We’d love to have you join us!On the topic of thanksgiving, Christianna shares how thankfulness is so important!
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by Christianna Hellwig

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Have you ever thanked God for something for which you could see no purpose? It is easy enough to praise God joyfully for some great blessing which we’ve wanted or appreciated. But have you ever bowed your head and prayed, “Lord, I thank you that my brother just splashed mud all over my freshly ironed church blouse?” Have you ever softly whispered, “Father, I want to thank you that I am sick and have to sit here at home instead of going to the autumn fest?” I doubt too many of us have.

It is perfectly Biblical to ask for things; in fact Paul tells us, “let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” But have we ever spent a time in prayer simply thanking God for every single situation that is going on in our lives, whether we like them or not?

To be thankful is one of the hardest things we can do, because it requires humility and selflessness. And if you were to name the root of most of your sins what would it be? Probably, pride and self love!

We see the theme of ‘sacrifices of thanksgiving’ sprinkled liberally throughout the Scriptures, because the giving of thanks is a sacrifice. To thank God, instead of asking, is sacrifice on our part: we sacrifice our desires, our idolatrous interpretations of what life ought to be like, and, most importantly, our pride and self love!

I have read that there are four states of thankfulness:

  1. Constant complaining; grumbling constantly because there seems to be nothing good in our life.
  2. Ungrateful; not complaining, but not thanking either, as in the case of the nine lepers whom Jesus healed.
  3. Thankful for the good things; thanking God for the obvious blessings in life but not for that which is unwanted.
  4. Thankful in everything; taking the good and bad alike with a thankful heart.

Which state are you in? I fear I find myself far too often in the second and third categories, sometimes in the first, and exceedingly rarely in the fourth.

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Of course the question may be asked next, “Should we thank God for sin and evil? Should we thank Him for a killing or a stealing?” I think the key verse in this case is Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

The thought here is that every circumstance will turn out well for us who are Christ’s—no matter whether it is good or evil. So if we know that every thing will turn out well for us, why shouldn’t we thank God for every situation He brings our way? In light of this, pray, “I thank you, Lord Jesus, that you have caused this situation to happen to me; help me to learn from it.” We’re thanking Him that He can use any circumstance for our good.

I want to encourage every one of you to spend this next month thanking the Lord for things that, may not necessarily be things you wanted. What often happens is, as soon as you thank the Lord for it, you begin to find joy in it. I used to be extremely ungrateful for the fact that I had four younger brothers and no little sister. I didn’t care for boys and wanted a little sister who would look up to me as I looked up to my older sisters. About five years ago, I began to thank the Lord for my brothers and now, I can truthfully say, I wouldn’t trade them for a younger sister at any time, simply because that’s not what the Lord has given me. He gave me brothers and once I began to thank Him for them He granted me contentment with them. This leads to an extremely important point: with thankfulness comes contentment.

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If you ever find yourself discontented, start thanking the Lord for whatever it is you’re unthankful for that moment. Not only will you start to see all the good in the situation, but you will also begin, very soon, to feel satisfied and content.

Another benefit, is that the constant thanksgiving will be a cure for any discouragement you may have in your life. When we are discouraged, we are willing to grasp onto anything that coddles our emotions and makes us feel hopeful instead of clinging to the truth. This is why discouraging thoughts must be nipped in the bud before they blossom into something ugly; try thankfulness as the clippers. If you are discouraged about how you behaved yourself one day, for example, start thanking God for all the times that you didn’t mess up! If your heart begins to sink at the sight of a ‘C’ on a Science test thank God you didn’t get a ‘D’. When we’re thankful, the petty annoyances and upsetting experiences that happen in life shrink down to their proper size.

This doesn’t mean that we try to pretend like the frustrations and troubles don’t exist in life; they do, and they are upsetting, but they are not our masters. We have the privilege of being able to say with John Newton:

I am not the man I ought to be, I am not the man I want to be, I am not the man I hope to be; but by God’s grace, I am not the man I used to be!”

In conclusion, remember that if we were not able to give thanks in every situation, the Lord wouldn’t have commanded us to. And though we live in a fallen world, there is always something wonderful in every mishap—something we can praise God for with a joyful heart.

Thank Him, right now, for your eyes to see His many blessings!

-Christianna Hellwig {Guest Writer}

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Experiencing God (January)

“Every day will I bless thee;
and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.”

(Psalm 145:2) 

It is hard to believe that we stand on the threshold of a brand new year! I love the fresh start of a new year and am excited about what the Lord will do in 2014. I also am blessed as I reflect upon God’s blessings and lessons in the journey of 2013. How many tender mercies He has daily shown (Lamentations 3:23), and things He has taught me about Himself. This past year has been one of the most enriched times in my walk with the Lord.

Not because it has been the easiest. Quite the contrary.

But I’ve experienced great joy and blessing in 2013, because I have experienced Him. I look back and see God’s great faithfulness to me each day. Through the fire, God has shown to me His overwhelming goodness, His strength, and His precious Word. And it is there, in the pain of my own weakness, that I have come to know the Lord Jesus as never before. And oh, how faithful the Lord is. Christ leads us every step of the way and He is what really matters in my life. As I have learned to “be still and know that He is” (Psalm 46:10), I have experienced Him in all of His glorious attributes…

He is

He is. He always will be. He is God, and as an eternal Being, He is eternally my Father and gentle Shepherd! There is nothing in earth or in the heavens that can prevail against my Father or end His existence. The joy that this never-changing truth brings to me, as His child, is truly too deep to describe. This Lord is my own God, Creator, Savior,  strength, song, Guide, conqueror, protector…and He can never change or die (Malachi 3:6)! I can trust Him no matter what storms may arise or opposition assails, for He is with me and will never forsake me. “For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). Oh, what glorious truth. In the journey of life, we need to often quiet our minds of our troubles, set aside our fears, rest in our trial, and just know that God is.

“Some of the most rapturous moments
we will know will be those we spend in reverent admiration of the Godhead.
In those holy moments the very thought of
change in Him will be too painful to endure.”
-A.W. Tozer

He is good

How unspeakably good our God is. He is good apart from anything He does, creates, blesses us with—despite who we are, how we change, how we sin, whether we obey, whether we understand—He is good no matter what. Our Almighty Father can never do anything that is not good. We may face a shattering loss, death, sickness, or grief, but it can never change Who God is. Yes, we often do not understand how God can workall things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28), but it is His promise to us, and we know that He WILL indeed do work everything for His ultimate good and glory. We must cling to this truth no matter what trials come and tempt us to stop trusting Him! God is the only One worthy of our trust, and we must cling to Him like Job—“Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (Job 13:15).

“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard,
nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen,
O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared
for him that waiteth for him.”
(Isaiah 64:4)

He is gracious and gentle

It is overwhelming for me to think of God’s gentleness to His people. He is not a distant father orchestrating the details in our lives without love, care, mercy, and gentleness. Rather, He is a very close, tender, gracious Father Who is right here, intimately involved in our hearts, feelings, desires, prayers, and though He does do things in our lives that can be very difficult, He always does so with great tenderness. He has His arms wrapped around us, hiding us in His secret Place—under His wing (Psalm 91). And in the shadow of His mighty wings, there is nothing that can harm us. There, we can experience His tender love and promises to us in His Word, in the midst of great hardship. We can cling to Him and find Him all-sufficient and caring about our troubles. There we can know that even in the difficulties of life, He cares and loves us with His everlasting love. There we can trust in His goodness, though in the darkness of the night we cannot “see” it. We can know that when the sun breaks through the clouds, we will stand in utter awe of our Lord’s marvelous love and glory. Ponder the tenderness this passage portrays of our dear Shepherd:

 “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:
he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom,
and shall gently lead those that are with young.”
(Isaiah 40:11)

He is sufficient

…after all, He is Jehovah Jireh, and that name tells us…

that you can trust God always;
that no promise of His ever fails;
that He does all things well;
that out of all seeming loss and destruction of human hopes,
He brings blessing.
…because the Lord will provide!
-J.R. Miller

Our Jehovah Jireh is our only source of strength, yet so often we will not acknowledge or recognize our complete dependency and need for Him. Therefore, He uses trials in our lives to show us our own weakness, doubt, fear, and struggles—and when we see that we cannot overcome them without HIM, we fall at His feet, begging for His strength. He always hears our cries, and has promised, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them” (Isaiah 41:17). God understands completely our weakness, and He alone is sufficient to meet that need and give us strength to press on. How good it is to experience His power, in its fullness!

“For thou hast been a strength to the poor,
a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm,
a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones
is as a storm against the wall.”

(Isaiah 25:4)

It is through death, the darkest mountain, that we lay hold on eternal life,
the greatest triumph.
In the same way, it is through conflict that we discover God’s true peace.
It is through weariness that we experience God’s limitless strength.
It is through despair that we realize God’s bright hope.
It is through rejection that we feel God’s faithful acceptance.
It is through need that we find God’s perfect fulfillment.
It is through a mountain of difficulty that we reach the greatest heights.
Without the steep climb, we would not know the summit.
Without the pain, we would not recognize the healing.
Without the need, we would not enjoy its fulfillment.
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He is always Victor

Sometimes we need a little reminder of how great our God is. When we feel engulfed by a trial, we need to step back and take a fresh look at GOD. At His power and sovereignty. Here are some notes I wrote in my journal one day, when I stopped to contemplate the Lord.

Just Who is my God—and what can He do? Today my faith in the One I long to meet needed a reminder, so I read through a list I made last year about God’s attributes displayed in the Old Testament. Imagine all of the greatest things in the world — and then multiply that 1000x — and that is MY God!! He is beyond all of my wildest imaginations. Truly I have nothing to ever doubt or fear, because His promises stand true and firm.

Ponder some of the incredible things He has done in the past. Joseph — sold by his own brothers into slavery. I can’t fathom his grief and loneliness through years of slavery and imprisonment. Yet, he chose to be faithful through those long days, and eventually the utter impossible happened — he was exalted as ruler of the entire land of Egypt, and later reunited with his own father and brothers. And Gideon — he had “too many men” in his army. God wanted the glory to fight his battle for him — and He did! Think of how many times God spared David’s life. And Daniel, a man who feared and trusted God even if it meant he would be dashed to pieces by lions. Countless times in God’s Word I see how He turned lives up-side down, using difficulties to bring joy and blessing. Esther. Rahab. Hannah. Elizabeth. Mary. God’s people have faced the most impossible, grievous, difficult trials and situations that can be imagined — and God delivered them from them ALL.

There is an entire cloud — countless gathering — of saints who have gone before and can testify to His faithfulness.

And this is my God. HE is my Guide even unto death (Psalm 48:14).

“To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.” (Isaiah 40:25-26)

He is my Guide

The Lord is truly more glorious than I can imagine. I find such joy in knowing that I will walk through all of this earthly life with Him at my side—Him as my Guide. I know He will never fail me, and He will go with and before me throughout the journey of life, drawing me ever closer to Himself along the way.

But best of all—I know that I will be spending not only this earthly life with the Lord, but also a coming eternity—in His presence! Throughout the unending annals of eternity, I will catch brighter glimpses of His holiness, and that joy will be all the more precious because of these earthly trials (2 Corinthians 4:18).

“And it shall be said in that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him,
and he will save us: this is the LORD;
we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
(Isaiah 25:9) 

We do not know when the Day will be, when our Lord calls us Home. Sister, do you know my God as your Savior and Guide? If you have not trusted Him with your eternal soul for salvation, please do not let a day of this new year go by without yielding to His merciful call for repentance (Romans 3:23-25). Call unto Him, and be saved. Embark on the greatest journey of your entire life!

At His mercy,

P.S. What did the Lord teaching you about Himself this past year? Was there a particular passage of Scripture that blessed you? We would love to hear from you and what the Lord has taught you – please share in a comment!

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