1 Peter 2:20 “But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.”
There’s no honor in suffering for wrongdoing; as our actions are expected to have such consequences. Favor, my brethern, is found in the capacity to endure for what is right. So if life is bruising and beating you, and taking you through hell: “be strong, be brave, be true. Endure.” – Dave Eggers
*Glory comes out of one’s suffering.*
Nehemiah 6:9 “They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.'” But I prayed, ‘Now strengthen my hands.‘”
In a time of rebuilding opposition can be found. And it is in the now of that opposition that we should put our trust in God. In the intimidation and in the discrediting of our name, NOW go to God in prayer. For determination, Nehemiah, is built in prayer in the now of one’s discouragement. :)
Galatians 4:9 “But now that you know God – or rather are known by God – how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?”
Turning back only leads right back into bondage. So in order to reach what can and shall be, we must live beyond the appeal of what was. Truth is, the world can never supply the sufficiency that is found in Christ! Only faith is the key, my brethern, old ways won’t open new doors.
Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Just when the pits of life begin to break us, God extends His favor in the fragments. For we don’t have to be where we want for Him to bless us where we’re at. Any dream instilled, brethern, must be fulfilled. No one can contradict what God has confirmed, nor can any bad intention stop the good which He has designed. #FretNot
Timothy 1:13 “Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.”
God affords His salvation and redemption through His compassion; a compassion that isn’t dependent upon man’s actions. So even on our worst behavior, Paul, God STILL can show us His mercy. O for His grace and mercy, today, that not even what we were in our sins could disqualify us from what we shall be in Christ. :)
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Christ remains the same in every yesterday, today and tomorrow of our lives. In an ever-changing world, somehow He is unchanging. In Him there is no end, only transitions; not cross, neither death, nor hell could stop His glory. Christ is the everlasting “I Am.” He still heals, still provides, and still delivers. So when you find yourself at ropes end, find hope in that God ‘still’s’!
Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”
Though we make the plans, the ultimate decision belongs unto God. Any effort without His blessing is then in vain. Truth is, outcome isn’t dependent upon our own ability but rather upon the Lord’s favor. So in order for our plans to move forward, today, we must then trust that God will take care of the details.