"What I AM about to bring upon the earth is unprecedented. Many will quake, but you will not, because I have told you about it ahead of time." ...

Dealing with Adversity

If we believe a true Christian ought not to experience adversity, then the moment our lives fall apart, so does our faith. We begin to question a fundamental issue: “Am I really a Christian? After all, if I were really following God, then this wouldn’t happen to me.”

Following this line of false thinking, we perceive adversity as God’s punishment for unknown sin. As if God is dropping hints from heaven with every tragedy or that he has deserted us somewhere along the way. How easy it would have been for Joseph to question his belief in God and to assume God was punishing him with every misfortune (see Genesis 37; 39–40). Instead, the Bible records his remarkably opposite attitude of faith.

Similarly, we can look to Jesus as the ultimate example to debunk the idea that bad things do not happen to good people. Isaiah prophesied centuries before that the Messiah would be “despised” and “rejected” and well-acquainted with sorrows (Isaiah 53:3). If Jesus’ life is the Christian ideal, an example in every way, then we must accept Jesus’ suffering as a part of God’s divine impartiality and learn how Jesus handled it. If we were to believe the claims that adversity is unfitting for a believer, then we must discount the examples of Moses, Hannah, Naomi, David, Job, Hosea, Jeremiah, Paul, Mary, John and countless others who experienced great adversity as believers.

The Bible is, above all, realistic in its approach to life. Life sometimes hurts and threatens to crush us beneath its weight. But life in the Spirit is about perseverance and peace in the midst of struggle, not the absence of struggle. To believe otherwise is to join the disillusioned throng who encounter life on its own terms and are unprepared for the blow.

Taken from Flourish: The NIV Bible for Women.

February 3, 2024 - "The Era of the Open Door" - James W. Goll, Franklin, TN

"Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully." (Psalm 24:3-4)

We have not only crossed the threshold into a new year, but into a new era. This is an entirely new period of time where we are moving from the Church age to the Kingdom age. We have entered the season of the open door, where discernment will be required.

We need to discern which door we are to go through as we're presented with many options. How we close the door of our previous season will partially determine how we go through the new door presented before us.

Here are five key areas we've entered into in the new era of the open door in 2024:

Five Key Prophetic Points    continue >>>

The One Thing We Know in Uncertain Times

When you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can be certain of one thing in any time of trouble, suffering, hardship, difficulty, pain or tragedy: the Lord is with you! Time and again in his Word, he assures you of his presence:

  • “The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you” (2 Chronicles 15:2).
  • “Stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you . . . Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (2 Chronicles 20:17).
  • “Do not be afraid of him, declares the LORD, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands” (Jeremiah 42:11).
  • “Be strong, all you people of the land,” declares the LORD, “and work. For I am with you” (Haggai 2:4).

Jesus said the same thing to his disciples: “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).

TO ARTHUR GREEVES: On the meaning of interruptions and real life; on the difficulty of being patient; and on expiating through embracing one’s own sufferings.

20 December 1943

Things are pretty bad here. Minto’s varicose ulcer gets worse and worse, domestic help harder and harder to come by. Sometimes I am very unhappy, but less so than I have often been in what were (by external standards) better times.

The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own’, or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination. This at least is what I see at moments of insight: but it’s hard to remember it all the time—I know your problems must be much the same as mine (with the important difference that mine are of my own making, a very appropriate punishment and, like all God’s punishments, a chance for expiation.)

Isn’t it hard to go on being patient, to go on supplying sympathy? One’s stock of love turns out, when the testing time comes, to be so very inadequate: I suppose it is well that one should be forced to discover the fact!

I find too (do you?) that hard days drive one back on Nature. I don’t mean walks . . . but little sights and sounds seen at windows in odd moments.

I had a most vivid, tranquil dream about you the other night, just chatting in the old way. Let’s hope it will happen sometime. For the rest, I’ve no news.

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II
Compiled in Yours, Jack

Joey LeTourneau: "Preparing for Abundance" - Cody, WY Jan 30, 2024

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Have you ever felt those moments of antsiness while waiting for something or someone special? It's those moments where your spirit starts to feel full of that which you haven't received yet in the natural. Before something comes to life, there is an anticipation. There is tendency to feel antsy, like you don't know what to do with yourself, like a family member pacing in the waiting room knowing that a special life is being born just around the corner.  continue >>>

No Intimidation | Give Him 15: Daily Prayer with Dutch | January 29, 2024 (13 minutes)

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