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  1. I have a serious question I would like to ask; Why does God allow pain & suffering in the world? I'm not just talking about in general like war, terrorism, racism etc but in each of our lives as an individual. I was a victim of child molestation as a baby, I have suffered from neglect, childhood bullying, in fact I have been bullied all my life, both in real life & online. I am going through financial issues and currently putting up with verbal & emotional abuse from my Mum who is actually my Great Aunty which she got custody of me when I was 10 months old because of the neglect by my biological parents and was diagnosed by my pediatrition with an intellectual learning disability since being a child. I am on a disability support pension which is why I am struggling with financial problems and my Mum is on the Seniors pension. Because of the verbal & emotional abuse I am dealing with from my Mum, I feel I really need to move out and get my own place but because I am on a disability support pension I don't think I could even afford to pay rent. What I want to know is why did God allow all this to happen? Is he punishing me for something I did or maybe because of what my biological parents did? Is God trying to tell me something through my pain & suffering? Is their a purpose for my pain and suffering? If so then why?
  2. This is a post I made to my blog site in 2015. It is still important and valid. This phrase “shall wear out the saints,” came up in conversation recently. It begs explanation and answers; at least in my opinion. Depending on what version of the Bible you are using, wear out is also translated as: exhaust, crush, hurt, and consume. It is the Chaldean word belâ, meaning: to afflict, and it is only used once in the Bible. The terms wear out and to afflict, say two entirely different things to me. One makes me think of the damage I used to do to my jeans during the summers as a child. We climbed and slid across everything we could. Mental pressure could certainly do that. To afflict on the other hand has a broad range of violence attached to it. I can remember the knuckle to the head in grade school, but it can also mean beheadings. Needs some clarity, doesn’t it? I asked, when does this take place, and is it possible that we are in it now? Does it imply a continuous action, or it could be at a given moment? Is it suggesting common issues of life or a constant threat of death? Allow me to apologize up front. This piece, as with most of my writings is long. There is a reason for that, and it comes out of conversations and sadly, disputes. The confrontations, when you follow the broken logic, could never end as every illogical argument seems to be thrown at you. Most of these arguments are easily resolved if the person speaking would merely read their bible, but they do not. They only read and hear what they want. That is why these become more of a visual conversation. One in which I could actually pull up concise information, such as quotes from Josephus, that clearly show why the answer is not always so black and white, or narrow-minded. On that note: there is only one way, and his name is Jesus. The confrontations are not so much on my part, mainly because my memory is shot and I am not retaining scriptural references as I once could. I think that this is the Holy Spirit keeping me in check, because I know me, and I would shred these false teachers if given a chance. Since I cannot, I often defer and withdraw. I hate that, but if I look at this in terms of a warrior who has taken a hit to a dominant arm or hand. They might be rendered ineffective, but you will not remove the warrior mentality from them. That warrior mentality can become a burden at times, primarily because there is no need for a full-on clash. Sometimes all you need to do is reason with people. I suppose I should tell you that I am still affected by learning disabilities and often find my mind disconnecting from the topic. This is particularly noticeable to me when I am under pressure. Thankfully, we have the Holy Spirit, and it stuns me the way he kicks in and gives me the words to say. I wish that happened every time. One other thing; I have also come to realize that I do not have to be heard all the time. This takes a tremendous amount of pressure off me, as I have come to realize that God is in control, not me. While we understand that Satan is the perpetual enemy of the believer, scripture tells us that there is a particular time range. Unfortunately, this wearing out of the Saints falls during is during a vast, nondescript period, the time of the fourth beast. The particular reference is found in Daniel’s book of prophecies. “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them, and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.” (Daniel 7:23-26 KJV) I felt safe in calling the time of the fourth beast, vast and nondescript because we have a sharp clarity on the identity of the former three kingdoms. The last of the three was the Grecian Empire starting with Alexander and continuing through the Seleucid and Ptolemaic Empires. Although, we like to speculate that the fourth empire was the Roman Empire, which is not spelled out as the others were. The typical approach most use in determining what to call this empire, and therefore decide where the “beast” will come from is published in the book of Daniel, specifically: Daniel 9:26 KJV And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. If you have followed me, long enough you understand that this has two fulfillments. One came under the rule of the Roman general Titus and the destruction of the temple in 70 AD. However, there is another fulfillment coming in the last days. Titus, the Roman general, is considered by many to be “the prince that shall come.” However, if you do your research, you find that the evidence leans toward a Middle Eastern people, not Roman. Here is what the historian Josephus tells us in - The Wars of the Jews - Book 5 Chapter 13 “.yet did another plague seize upon those that were thus preserved; for there was found among the Syrian deserters a certain person who was caught gathering pieces of gold out of the excrements of the Jews' bellies; for the deserters used to swallow such pieces of gold, as we told you before, when they came out, and for these did the seditious search them all; for there was a great quantity of gold in the city, insomuch that as much was now sold [in the Roman camp] for twelve Attic [drams], as was sold before for twenty-five. But when this contrivance was discovered in one instance, the fame of it filled their several camps that the deserters came to them full of gold. So the multitude of the Arabians, with the Syrians, cut up those that came as supplicants, and searched their bellies. Nor does it seem to me that any misery befell the Jews that was more terrible than this, since in one night's time about two thousand of these deserters were thus dissected." "Moreover, do the Arabians and Syrians now, first of all, begin to govern themselves as they please, and to indulge their appetites in a foreign war, and then, out of their barbarity in murdering men, and out of their hatred to the Jews, get it ascribed to the Romans?" In The Wars of the Jews book 6, chapter 4, Josephus tells us that many considered the temple a citadel for the Jews and an inspiration to continue rebelling against the Roman occupation. The fire had already been ordered against the gates of the temple, but Titus argued and verbally prevailed in regards to saving the temple. "But Titus said, that "although the Jews should get upon that holy house, and fight us thence, yet ought we not to revenge ourselves on things that are inanimate, instead of the men themselves;" and that he was not in any case for burning down so vast a work as that was, because this would be a mischief to the Romans themselves, as it would be an ornament to their government while it continued. So Fronto, and Alexander, and Cerealis grew bold upon that declaration, and agreed to the opinion of Titus. Then was this assembly dissolved, when Titus had given orders to the commanders that the rest of their forces should lie still; but that they should make use of such as were most courageous in this attack. So he commanded that the chosen men that were taken out of the cohorts should make their way through the ruins, and quench the fire." "Titus's retiring, the seditious lay still for a little while, and then attacked the Romans again, when those that guarded the holy house fought with those that quenched the fire that was burning the inner [court of the] temple; but these Romans put the Jews to flight, and proceeded as far as the holy house itself. At which time one of the soldiers, without staying for any orders, and without any concern or dread upon him at so great an undertaking, and being hurried on by a certain divine fury, snatched somewhat out of the materials that were on fire, and being lifted up by another soldier, he set fire to a golden window, through which there was a passage to the rooms that were round about the holy house, on the north side of it. As the flames went upward, the Jews made a great clamor, such as so mighty an affliction required, and ran together to prevent it; and now they spared not their lives any longer, nor suffered anything to restrain their force, since that holy house was perishing, for whose sake it was that they kept such a guard about it." Notice the reaction of Titus and ask yourself, does this look like someone bent on a complete destruction of the temple? "And now a certain person came running to Titus, and told him of this fire, as he was resting himself in his tent after the last battle; whereupon he rose up in great haste, and, as he was, ran to the holy house, in order to have a stop put to the fire; after him followed all his commanders, and after them followed the several legions, in great astonishment; so there was a great clamor and tumult raised, as was natural upon the disorderly motion of so great an army. Then did Caesar, both by calling to the soldiers that were fighting, with a loud voice, and by giving a signal to them with his right hand, order them to quench the fire. But they did not hear what he said, though he spake so loud, having their ears already dimmed by a greater noise another way; nor did they attend to the signal he made with his hand neither, as still some of them were distracted with fighting, and others with passion. But as for the legions that came running thither, neither any persuasions nor any threatening could restrain their violence, but each one's own passion was his commander at this time;” I perceive this statement to be the most telling of them all, and it was said by Titus, the Roman general: “Moreover, do the Arabians and Syrians now, first of all, begin to govern themselves as they please, and to indulge their appetites in a foreign war, and then, out of their barbarity in murdering men, and out of their hatred to the Jews, get it ascribed to the Romans?" Titus’ fear was that the barbarity of these men would be ascribed to the Romans, and that is exactly what we do when we declare the fourth empire to be a revived Roman Empire. Do you not see that ascribing Rome to the fourth empire also takes our eyes off what could be the true evil of the last days, Islam? In recent years, I held the position that “the saints” were only those that were martyred during the seven-year period of God’s wrath, that we so foolishly call the tribulation. I did the very thing I despise, spewing out concepts as fact without checking my Bible adequately. Paul used the term saints throughout his writings, and that tends to dispel the idea that the saints are exclusive to the years of wrath. Several examples are Ephesians 1:1; Philippians 1:1; Ephesians 6:8, and numerable others. The terminology saint immediately takes me to Revelation where we see things like the woman, drunken with the blood of the saints (Revelation 17:6). It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that the largest implication here is the martyred saints. However, there is something notable about John’s writings. He never used the term saints in speaking about the church outside of the Revelation; the majority of the time he calls them –little children and brethren. The feel is one of association and an understanding of the heart and character of God. Considering John’s beginnings in comparison to the end, it only makes sense that he would have God’s heart as he unfolds the Revelation, a time of nightmarish destruction and judgment. This time is not directed at “my little children.” I realize that I initiated this conversation with a portion of Daniel, not John, yet they talk about the same thing. This demonstrates the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit. We cannot discount that John’s recollection of Daniel’s prophecies may have played a role in John’s terminology. When you look at end times prophecy, there are only three people groups to consider: the Jews, the nations, and the church. While there can and will be some crossing over between the Jews and the church; at that point followers of Christ are considered a part of the church. Some will say that God gave up on the Jews. I do not think so. He has engraved their names and faces on the palms of his hands. You do not give up something that precious, especially after showing that level of commitment. God has a plan to drive the heart of the Jew, his chosen, back to himself. Unfortunately, there is much pain and suffering involved with that journey. In general, the Jews have rejected Jesus, the Messiah, and therefore subject themselves to the wrath that is coming. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou had known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knew not the time of thy visitation. (Luke 19:41-44 KJV) The rejection of God by Israel is a common theme. An example of this is seen in the selection of Saul as king. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. (1 Samuel 8:7 KJV) The nations could also be referred to as the Gentiles. Daniel referred to them as the people of the prince that shall come. Jesus, talking about the days of vengeance said, “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24 KJV) The church is the entire collection of believers comprising the body of Christ. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:22-23 KJV) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:15-18 KJV) In general, the church is excluded from the wrath, or vengeance, that is coming upon the earth. But God proves his love for us by this (James Moffatt), in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:8-9 KJV) “. you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and a real God and to wait for the coming of his Son from heaven — the Son whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who rescues us from the Wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 Moffatt NT) The church likes to hold itself in exclusivity, thinking that we are protected from tribulation. Look, Jesus guaranteed us three things: In this world, you will have tribulation. You will be hated by all men for my names’ sake. I will come again for you. Tribulation and Wrath/vengeance is two different things. Tribulation is non-stop and comes in many forms. It has nothing to do with your inability to buy a new propeller for the family ski boat. Get real, people in parts of the world where there is a heavy Muslim influence are being killed daily. If you lived under a constant threat of death, do you think you would feel as though you are being worn down, absolutely? Perhaps the Bible in Basic English translates it more appropriately. Daniel 7:25 (a) BBE “And he will say words against the Most High, attempting to put an end to the saints of the Most High;” It is clear that the intent is to kill the saints. And he shall speak words against the Most High, and he shall wear out the saints of the Most High. And he intends to change times and law. And they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and one-half time. (Daniel 7:25 LITV) Daniel 7:23 Declares what was to come, the fourth beast. If the fourth beast is Islam, then that was initiated over 600 years after Christ's death by Muhammad. Born approximately in 570 CE in the Arabian city of Mecca,[9][10] Muhammad was orphaned at an early age; he was raised under the care of his paternal uncle Abu Talib. After his childhood, Muhammad primarily worked as a merchant.[11] Occasionally he would retreat to a cave in the mountains for several nights of seclusion and prayer; later, at age 40, he reported at this spot,[9][12] that he was visited by Gabriel and received his first revelation from God. Three years after this event Muhammad started preaching these revelations publicly, proclaiming that "God is One", that complete "surrender" (lit. islām) to Him is the only way (dīn)[n 3] acceptable to God, and that he was a prophet and messenger of God, similar to other Islamic prophets.[13][14][15] (From Wikipedia.) Islam has operated under various caliphates since the death of Muhammad in 632 AD (BCE). While all of them caused the Middle Eastern world grief, the largest most powerful were the Ottoman Caliphate. Ottoman Caliphate (1453/1517–1924) At the end of October 1922, the Allies invited the nationalist and Ottoman governments to a conference at Lausanne, Switzerland, but Atatürk was determined that the nationalist government should be Turkey's sole representative. In November 1922, the Grand National Assembly separated the offices of sultan and caliph and abolished the former. The assembly further stated that the Ottoman regime had ceased to be the government of Turkey when the Allies seized the capital in 1920, in effect abolishing the Ottoman Empire. Excerpt from, the Ottomans.org Is it possible that believers have been under attack for eighteen hundred years, without a doubt! Pay attention to another aspect of Islam. “The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Ismailia, Egypt by Hassan al-Banna in March 1928 as an Islamist religious, political, and social movement.[1][2] The group spread to other Muslim countries but has its largest, or one of its largest, organizations in Egypt, where for many years it has been the largest, best-organized, and most disciplined political opposition force,[3][4][5] despite a succession of government crackdowns in 1948, 1954, 1965 after plots, or alleged plots, of assassination and overthrow were uncovered. Following the 2011 Revolution the group was legalized,[5] and in April 2011 it launched a civic political party called the Freedom and Justice Party (Egypt) to contest elections.” (Wikipedia) Notice that this is two years after the Caliphate was disbanded. “Links to the Nazis began during the 1930s and were close during the Second World War, involving agitation against the British, espionage and sabotage, as well as support for terrorist activities orchestrated by Haj Amin el-Hussaini in British Mandate Palestine, as a wide range of declassified documents from the British, American and Nazi German governmental archives, as well as from personal accounts and memoirs from that period, confirm.[7] Reflecting this connection the Muslim Brotherhood also disseminated Hitler's Mein Kampf and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion widely in Arab translations, helping to deepen and extend already existing hostile views about Jews and Western societies generally.[8]” (Wikipedia) The point to this is that Islam has been a destructive thorn in the flesh of those who do not comply for over 1800 years. Have they been a global threat throughout their history, no, but it took a global response to subdue them in 1922. I think we can agree that they are global now, and a greater threat than ever before. Aside from that, their prime directive is to kill the people of the book, which would be the Jew and the Christian. Have you noticed that they are making a serious dent in their goals? If you have watched the news the last couple of years, then you are aware of Christians that are being slaughtered in the mid-East and African nations. Perhaps you have also noticed that attacks against any group outside of Islam are fair game to them. Buddhists, Catholics, you name it. They even fight each other as though there is a competition to see who can follow the Qur’an most precisely. Unfortunately, for the outsider, while the Qur’an does have passages devoted to peace, they are superseded by newer passages that demand a strict and violent compliance. I think it is evident that there is affliction directed at Christians in certain parts of the world. Not to be left out of this violence against Christians is China and North Korea. I suppose the question is, how long until this level of violence comes to the Americas and afflicts us as well? Do not think that your non-belief will protect you. In general, Islam feels that any American is a Christ follower and worthy of death. Scripture tells me that you may have a chance to reject God and accept Allah as your God of choice, bowing before him in worship. Perhaps that will save your neck for the moment. I am aware that they cut a man’s head off anyway, possibly because they felt he was a coward with no backbone. I suspect it will not be as easy as that, and they may not have the time to await your decision. Of course, giving into this cuts you off from any hope of a relationship with God. In other words, there is no turning back from this decision. If you do not know this Jesus Christ, you can. Ask him into your life, and turn yourself over to him and accept his forgiveness. Allow him to run it. You do not have to work for your salvation, as it is free and paid for, you merely have to receive this life and salvation. You will experience a peace that you have never known before and a promise that he will come for you so that you can live with him in glory.
  3. "He will NEVER leave us or forsake us" for this I am thankful. This verse has has literally helped me through so much. Even though I strayed from fellowship and HIS presence, it is reassuring to know "HE NEVER leaves me." Thank you Father for your unconditional LOVE...I long to be in your presence again. Thank you for this site and the people you have chosen to create it. Even though I have not been faithful to you, you are always faithful to me...you have NEVER left me. I hope this is your will and your way for myself and many others to fellowship, learn and fulfill your will for my(our) lives. Teach me to LOVE others the way you LOVE me, UNCONDITIONALLY. Amen Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; "He will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:8, The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Isaiah 41:17 "The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. "Isaiah 42:16 "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do;I will not forsake them." Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
  4. When faced with illness, infirmity, pain, or a situation that is beyond our control... how are we to respond? Certainly, we are expected to pray and trust God in the midst of it, fully knowing He hears, and He will answer. Take a look here at what Paul said.... 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but [now] I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me [to be], or [that] he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, 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. 10 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. In verse 9, the word “infirmities” in the Greek is astheneia. It means "disease, infirmity, weakness." It is from the Greek word asthenes which means "feebleness (of mind or body); by implication, malady; morally frailty -- disease, infirmity, sickness, weakness." In circumstances such as these, humility brings us to the feet of Jesus. We pray for relief, until/unless either we are healed, or God says, "My grace is sufficient." Either way, God gets the glory! The person who gets healed or delivered from a circumstance is not better, more loved, or more special than the person who hasn't been and still chooses to praise God... or who is still expectantly awaiting their healing or deliverance. In fact, many times, God is more glorified when we praise Him and declare His goodness despite our circumstances or pain. Do we measure God's goodness because He answers our prayers the way we want Him to? OH! TASTE and SEE ... OUR GOD is GOOD!!!!!!! We know He is good, because we have tasted of His goodness that goes far beyond our temporal circumstances! Psalms 34:8 “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Whether blessing, illness, or adversity - it is our faith in God that sustains us, knowing He is working all things for our good and for His own divine purpose! 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.” We will have victory over trials and adversities through the presence of God that is with us and strengthens us as we walk through them. Psalms 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Romans 8:36-39 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ______________________________________________________________ James 1:2-4 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 12 Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. The book of James speaks much about how the believer is to endure trials. James 1:2-12 discusses the reason and the appropriate responses to trials, and also the result of trials in the life of a believer. If your faith is genuine, it will prove itself in times of trouble. If my faith in God is good only when I'm doing well, then it's of little value. True faith will sustain the believer even when life takes a downward turn. James 1:2 "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials." The "various" in the Greek is poikilos which means "many colored" or "variegated." This speaks of the diversity of troubles that believers face. The word "trials" in the Greek is peirasmos which is a verb meaning "to proof” or “to put someone to the test." Therefore, every trial that comes into the life of a believer is a test of faith which we either pass or fail. When we respond incorrectly, the test them becomes a temptation. If it ends up leading to sin, it has proven to be successful in tempting us. If it ends up in victory, it has proven to be successful in strengthening us. James 1:3 “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” Trials are tests that reveal the genuineness, integrity, and strength of one's faith. When you consistently persevere through trials and do not abandon your trust in God, then you prove to have genuine faith. When one is put through a test, it will inevitably reveal what is in one's heart. When a true believer goes through a test, they will be driven to prayer, and even to worship, leaning on the strength of God rather than their own weakness. James 1:4, 12 4 But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 12 Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Trials are like a fire that burn out impurities and strengthen true faith. They may cause us pain when we are confronted by our own weaknesses, but the good news is that they have the positive result of causing us to turn from ourselves to the infinite strength of God. Amen! 1 Peter 1:1-9 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls.
  5. “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world”—John 16:21 Some years back, as I was faced with a very strong trial that pressed me to the wall, with no help in view from anywhere- humanly speaking- God gave me a very great revelation from the above scripture. The revelation sprang out of the above scripture, as I reluctantly opened my Bible and studied (in my moment of melancholy). And since I caught this very revelation, I have always seen God confirm it to me, in every tough situation I find myself. From the above scripture, the Lord opened my eyes of faith to understand, that each time I have exercised my faith concerning a particular situation or challenge, with nothing showing up, till the point where believing becomes almost or totally impossible… To the point where even doubt and dismay and hopelessness begins to set in- just like a laboring woman in travail- the hour of glory and miracle has come. That is, in such a time: you have prayed; you’ve fasted; you’ve sown your seeds; in short, you’ve done all you know to do scripturally, with nothing to show… To the extent you’re pressed to the wall. And you feel like, you’re better-off dead than alive, because of the straitness of your challenges. Just have it at the back of your mind that your moment of miracle, is very close to the door. Since I caught this very revelation and have always been watching out for the hand of God, when I’m pressed to the wall, I have always seen God move in my direction in the most astonishing and aghasting ways. Let me just share a recent testimony to buttress what I’m saying: Early last year, while I was in my former relationship, for which we had a great prospect for marriage, the Lord spoke to me audibly (with a small still voice), just before I awoke from my sleep. He said; “Emeke, your marriage is next year. Choose a date for next year”. Immediately after that, I awoke from my sleep, with a conviction of the Holy Spirit in my heart. Then I began to think how I was going to explain it to my ex-fiancé then. But all the same, I had to tell her, knowing very well the implication of disobeying the voice of God. As I told her, we agreed on a date for this year. But eventually, as providence will have it, as we continued along the line, we had a disagreement along doctrinal lines, and eventually deemed it fit to discontinue the relationship. We finally did, and were happier apart. Then eventually, by the end of last year, she took ill, and after much treatments, she died (quite a pity). Then as for me, because of the word of the Lord I received, I had been trying all I could with prayers to get the right person to marry. But all my efforts and relationships since then, had proved abortive. Even the ones that proved ideal, the Holy Spirit would step in, and lead me out of them for good. Because they were not the perfect will of God for me. I continued relentlessly, until I got fagged out last month, and just concluded that, may be God has changed his mind. That if he still wants me to be married this year as he said, let him work everything out himself. But then, as I relaxed into that passive state, I just decided to collect the phone number of my neighbor’s sister-which they have been asking me to marry- in order to see if anything worthwhile could work out between us. As I started out wooing her, one of the nights, during my personal prayer session before going to bed, I prayed concerning the girl, asking the Lord, for his will concerning my marrying her. After praying, I slept, and very early in the morning, I awoke from sleep, still lying on my bed. As I laid on the bed, the thought of the girl I was wooing, came to my mind. But then, almost immediately, a word concerning my female best friend (Joy) just jumped to my mind. It went something like this: “Joy likes you so much”. Immediately, I got that, I understood what it meant in my spirit, but I quickly waved it off. I waved it off because there were certain things I didn’t want to put up with her- though I had the nudge of the Spirit that she is the person God wants me to marry… I put the thought off until I got the complete and final conviction of the Holy Ghost, that she is God’s perfect will for me. As I got that final conviction, I called her and shared my revelations with her, and she has accepted to marry me. And we’ll be marrying before the end of this year, according to the word of the Lord to me last year. And deep down my spirit, I am totally persuaded that our marriage, is going to be eternally hitch-free. In short, it is going to be a heaven on earth experience all the way, by the special grace of God. So if there is anything you’ve been believing God for, with no result to show yet, and you’ve even started to doubt and dismay, I encourage you to pick up your faith again, and be very expectant. Because your miracle is so very very close. It will happen in a twinkling of an eye. It will happen in one fell swoop, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ! Remain Blessed! Emeke.
  6. One Sunday morning, as I was on my way to Church I encountered a big and vicious looking stray dog. It started to run towards me, while barking and forcing. I was so terrified that I did not know what next to do. As the dog got about 4 feet close to me, instantly I shouted, "Jesus help me"! Immediately, the dog stopped, turned around and ran away in fear. His name is above all names, and at the mention of His name every knee must bow.
  7. Changes! For my family, friends and self...serious, heartbreaking and high stress ones! We all need your prayer support so very much. Thanks. P.S. I miss you. I hope to get back here more sometime.
  8. Unshakable November 13, 2012 My name is Tiara and I am broken, but my faith can not be shaken... My daughters and I endured two horrifying years of abuse while we lived with my ex-husband in Canada. I tried many times to escape but because I had no legal status, my options were very limited. As an American citizen, I was not entitled to work without a permit or obtain any form of help other than a short stay in a domestic violence shelter. During this time, I would have freedom from abuse but there was nothing more they could do to help us build a stable and secure future. After six months I exceeded the time allotted for visitors to remain in Canada without a visa, and my status became illegal. Because my baby daughter was born there, I was terrified to try and leave, and because of my illegal status, I was terrified that my older daughter and I would be deported without her. I didn’t know what to do... Each and every time I tried to break free, my fears always forced us back in the same abusive situation I tried desperately to escape from. After several vain attempts to either, reconcile with my ex or escape the abuse, I finally fled the country with my children in spite of my fears. I knew that returning to the US was the only way I could give my children a good stable life. After I crossed that border I felt free for the first time in years, but for 8 months, my fears of my ex one day finding me held me captive. Not long after I got my own place, all my fears suddenly became a reality. My ex filed abduction paperwork through “The Hague Convention” and my two year old daughter was removed from my custody and sent back to Canada with her father. No questions asked. Once again, we were forced to return to the abuse,- but this time it was abuse of a different kind... It seemed that, now he was the victim and I was the abuser... I immediately gave up everything, ripped my oldest daughter from school, and returned to the same place I spent two years in fear. At the Canadian border, I was handcuffed and searched like a criminal. This was when I found out that I am now listed in their system as a “child-abductor”. As a result, I can no longer legally enter Canada without permission from immigration. I spent a great deal of money to support my oldest and I while I fought in a Canadian Superior court to no avail. All over again, we had no means by which to survive, other than a small amount of assistance I was receiving back home, and what others graciously provided for us. Several weeks down the line, I did manage to establish visitation with my child but after six months, I could no longer afford to reside there. I had completely exhausted all of my resources and was forced to leave. I fought court date after court date as the trial was continually postponed. I endured as the father of my child said every kind of evil, slanderous thing about me imaginable. Although there is documented proof that he has an extensive criminal history involving domestic abuse, it was not compelling enough for the courts to allow my two year old daughter back home with me. I could not appear for the trial and ultimately lost custody of my daughter to a man who tried to take my life. The Canadian justice system failed us and put both my children and I in danger, while enabling my ex-husband to continue abusing us... But even after all this, I forgive them all and my heart is full of compassion for them. For too long, I misplaced my faith, trusting in a corrupted system to render justice and mercy. I spent months fighting with all my strength, until I had nothing left... That day God brought me to my knees in total surrender as the words “I WILL FIGHT FOR YOU” thundered through my spirit. It was then that I gave Him everything and made a decision to put my faith completely in Him. I know that He is going to bring my daughter home because with Him, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.. My hope is ALIVE and I trust in the One who can do ALL things! I “am” broken but I am not abandoned... and I am CONVINCED with UNSHAKABLE faith that in the Name of Jesus Christ, we CAN move ALL those mountains that stand in our way... No matter how how tall...
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