CHARACTER BUILDING ADVERSITY


Here’s a special one from my husband, Mike… one of his sermons. It really goes along with Pastor’s message yesterday.   Enjoy!-anita

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“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.  So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and mountains crumble to the sea.”  Psalms 46:1-2

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As life unfolds, all of us at one time or another will face problems, setbacks, and occasional disappointments.  Life gives us sickness, heartbreak, and even the death of our loved ones.  These are all life changing events.  Our response to those things is what defines us and makes us who we are, or who we will become.

When these troubles come, our plans may have to change.  We will face situations that we are totally unprepared for.  So…what do we do?  Where do we turn?  How am I going to make it?  These are just some of the questions we may need to ask ourselves in the midst of the trial and tribulation we are going though.  When the sea of life is rocking us back and forth, and our darkest moments come, where do we turn and how do we find our way amidst the pain, anguish, anger and despair?

In our most painful moments, when we think we cannot endure another breath, we must remember that God’s love is constant and ever-present.  We must never forget that His intent dictates that the setbacks, pain and anguish we are experiencing at this moment, are but stepping-stones on the path to a better place and life!

Please remember that because we are allowed to encounter adversity, God KNOWS that we are able to fully handle and deal with it.  When you are in a place of deep darkness, so dark you are unable to see the truth and light, remember…that does not mean the truth and light are not there with you.  The overcoming begins only when we can reach out in our Faith, to Jesus, who is able and ready to lead us out of the darkness.

Read Psalm 145.  It promises that “The Lord is near to ALL who call on Him, to ALL who call on Him in truth.  He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him.  He hears their cry and saves them.”  Jesus spoke other words of comfort in John 16:33:  “These things have I spoken to you, that in ME you may have peace.  In the world, you WILL have tribulations, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”

As Believers, we have assurance that God is our comfort.  We understand that we are to seek Him in our troubles and lay our burdens on Him who is able to bear them.  We all know, that is easier said, than done; nevertheless, I encourage you to seek Him.  I encourage you to trust Him.  I encourage you to give Him that which seems too heavy for you to bear.  He IS able.  He IS the rock which cannot be shaken.  He IS our fortress and shield.  He IS the healer of the broken-hearted.  He loves you and cares for you.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Jesus does not say, “There is no storm…”  But He DOES say, “I am here.  Do not toss…just TRUST!”

By:  Michael Mondragon

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