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FOR WE ARE GOD'S WORKMANSHIP

 

OUR HEAVENLY RESOURCES FOR DIFFICULT TIMES


 "The good man does not escape all troubles--he has them too.  But the Lord helps him in each and every one."  Psalm 34:19 TLB


When I was faced with the possibility of having to deal with a very troubling situation recently, the Lord led me to make a list of some of the resources I have in Christ that could protect me from discouragement and despair.  As I meditated on these heavenly resources, my feelings of panic began to subside, and my sense of hope began to spring forth.

The first thing I reminded myself was that in troubling times, I will have God’s presence.  Jesus said, "Be sure of this--that I am with you always, even to the end of the world." (Matthew 28:20 TLB)  Our Savior is not a fair-weather friend.  Even in our darkest times, He will be there for us.  He is always available to listen to whatever we have to say, and we can always count on Him for help.  When even our closest loved ones turn their backs on us, the Lord speaks to our hearts and says:  “I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm—I will come to you." (John 14:18 TLB) 

God’s power is also available to us in difficult times.  The apostle Paul prayed “that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy.” (Colossians 1:11 AMP)  We can pray this same Holy-Spirit-inspired prayer, knowing that God has promised to answer every petition that is in line with His will. (1 John 5:14-15)  It was Paul who declared, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)  When you and I make the same faith-filled declaration, we will experience the same divine power that sustained this great man of God in the darkest of times.

We also have the privilege of prayer in times of adversity.  Jesus said:  “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6 NIV)  Don’t miss what the Savior is saying here—that there are great rewards for prayer.  Some of those rewards may be divine peace, joy, and contentment, right in the midst of painful circumstances.  Other rewards can include seeing God move mightily on our behalf in ways that we don’t expect.  But perhaps the best reward of all will be witnessing the Lord causing all of our problems to profit us in amazing ways. (Romans 8:28)

God’s promises are another divine resource that is at our disposal in hard times.  Paul wrote:  "The Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled." (Romans 15:4 NLT)  Years ago, I heard a godly man say that the promises of God will always give us hope in “hopeless” situations.  Since then, I have tested this principle again and again, and I’ve discovered that it’s true in every case.  

God’s people can also be a tremendous benefit to us in difficult times.  Paul knew this when he wrote:  "I am going to keep on being glad, for I know that as you pray for me, and as the Holy Spirit helps me, this is all going to turn out for my good." (Philippians 1:19 TLB)  The prayers of fellow followers of Christ can be “powerful and effective,” and we should never hesitate to call upon these precious people in our times of need. (James 5:16 NIV)  Are you making the most of your heavenly resources today.


Dear Lord, when I am facing difficult circumstances, show me how to rely on Your presence, Your power, and Your promises.  Teach me how to pray the prayers of Your heart, so that I may receive Your best in every situation.  Thank You for equipping me with everything I need to gain the victory in times of trouble! Amen!!!

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canta...
Nov. 9, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Amen---Thanks. I needed something to lift me up this morning.

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Angel...
Nov. 9, 2010 at 11:31 AM

You are so welcome sis! You have a blessed blessed day!!!hugging

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Veron...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 5:40 AM

I also needed this, badly...It has given me the peace I have been seeking....

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clean...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM

My favorite verse to go to in trying times is John 16:33 where Jesus says - I tell you these things so that you may have peace; in this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.

That verse has gotten me through so many bad times.

Blessings to you.

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silve...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 12:15 PM

 Thanks also needed something today, didn't know what somehow was lead to this page. Now I  will make  it  thur another blessed day bow down

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Angel...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Your all welcome! God bless you all! Have a blessed day!!!group hug

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jcsafc51
Nov. 10, 2010 at 8:04 PM


A truly powerful, inspirational and helpful post; thank you so much for sharing. My bible verse i have counted on for years and thru many rough times is: ' The Lord is my strength and my joy' Exodus 15:9  I am sending this on to my friends and relatives; I may print it out, frame it and put it up on a wall in my home

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thare...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Great journal!! thank you!!

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Angel...
Nov. 11, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Your welcome!!!hugging

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