You’ll Never Know Until…

“when they call on Me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them” (Psalm 91:15).

Do you feel living in faith mean’s you’ll never suffer, go through loss, or even spend an evening crying for various reasons that have come upon you?  Many, if not most, have experienced this more than one or two times in life.  At the same time, many, or most of those same individuals have not felt comfortable enough to tell another about how their days and nights have been.  Sadly, we are living in a period of time that we trust basically few people…even a friend to share deepest feelings with.  Our mistrust of present day ‘news puppets’ and politicians, has spilled over into how many feel about another.  After all, will what I share come back to rest at the door-step of my heart and original intentions? 

Proverbs 10:19 in the Passion Translation has something to say about that, “If you keep talking, it won’t be long before you’re saying something really wrong. Prove you’re wise from the very start—just bite your tongue and be strong!”  Proverbs 21:23 reaffirms with these words: “Watch your words and be careful what you say, and you’ll be surprised how few troubles you’ll have,” while Proverbs 29:20 records Solomon’s caution that “There’s only one kind of person who is worse than a fool; the impetuous one who speaks without thinking first.”

 

You and I will never know how strong our faith is until we’ve been in a good fight, especially when it comes to battling with the enemy, because whenever we make effort to live in faith, we are going to have trials!  Charles Swindoll wrote, “He never promised us a rose garden. He came up front with us and admitted that the arena of this world is not a friend of grace to help us on to God.  Nevertheless, strange as it may seem, He went on to tell that handful of peasants (and all godly servants in every generation) that their influence would be nothing short of remarkable.  They would be “the salt of the earth” and they would be “the light of the world.”  And so shall we! So far-reaching would be the influence of servants in society, their presence would be as significant as salt on food and as light on darkness.”

Now read these last few words of Swindoll for encouragement!  “Without our influence this old world would soon begin to realize our absence.  Even though it may not admit it, society needs both salt and light.”

You and I cannot be powerful in God without suffering in one way or another, and our faith is proof-pudding if our faith is at peak performance backing up what our words have said.  America has come through so much, however at this moment the U.S. is being tested to see if we will endure and fight the “good fight of faith!” 

Since 9/11/01 we’ve repeated 2 Chronicles 7:14 so many times, however have we honestly obeyed what it has told us to do?  If we have, verse 15 assures us as to what God will do on our behalf!  2 Chronicles 7:15 … “Now, My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.”

Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie

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