When You’re in the Fire

Borrowed this quote from a friend’s Facebkk story post. It got me thinking.
God had not promised to take away all our troubles. But God has promised:
– to never to leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6)
– power through the Holy Spirit to do the things Jesus did and greater things (Acts 1:8, John 14:12)
– power/strength in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9, Ephesians 3:16, Philippians 4:13)
– if we let go, Jesus will bear our heavy burdens and give us His light yoke (Matthew 11:28-30)
– if we humble ourselves He will lift us up (James 4:10)
– if we trust Him with our whole hearts and acknowledge Him in all our decision making, He will make our paths straight (Prob. 3:5-6)
– if we ask, He will give us wisdom (James 1:5)…and so many more promises!

When God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, He took them through the Red Sea and through the wilderness. It was their lack of faith and disobedience that caused them to suffer and make an 11-day journey last 40 years. The older generation’s hearts were hardened and God waited them out, to bring the next generation into the Promised Land. When we’re struggling with troubles we need to keep a check on our heart attitude and ask God to help us understand what we need to learn from our troubles to keep our journey through the wilderness, our fight against the giant, or our time in the furnace as short as possible. I believe our attitude and behavior can lengthen those times considerably. We must keep our focus upward instead of focused on the problem. The Lord is the only one who can change our circumstances. Worry, fear, and self-focused attention will only feed the anxiety and likely complicate the mess. Trying to find a way to focus outward (helping others) as well as upward will help is another way to find perspective in our circumstances.
Most of all keep if we keep trusting, never doubting, we will remember that no matter what this life may bring, our hope and our joy goes beyond the confines of this life into eternity! Our attitude, because of what Jesus has done for us, is a complete paradigm shift from the ways of the world. And we are forever grateful for that! And so, whatever comes into our lives does not have the same effect on our thoughts for the future as it does for those who have not found hope in Jesus. We live as children and heirs of the God and Creator of the Universe! Who chose us and loves us and calls us His own.
Hallelujah! Amen!Blessings of hope and joy,

Julia

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