As I see 2014 progressing and watching the people around me – I can see that this is going to be a year of Growth through either – Persecution, Trial or Temptations. This year several of us are going to be going through some molding periods that God has planned for us and we need to decide how we want to get through them.
How many of us have read these verses below – and really considered what we are going through as pure Joy.
James 1:2-4 Trials and Temptations 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Diane and I really enjoy our Devotional books – and sharing them is one of the enjoyments we have in the morning and relating them to what we are going through at the present time. We have encountered several challenges in the last several months and these words of wisdom have helped us see some of them as Joy. Here are a few words of wisdom from Diane’s this morning:
“You may encounter many obstacles as you move toward your goal, but don’t be discouraged – never give up! With My Help, you can overcome any obstacle. Do not expect an easy path as you journey hand in hand with Me, but do remember that I, your very-present Helper, am omnipotent.”
If you have been reading some of my recent blogs – this really covers it – we must remember that we are not doing this by ourselves.
Now my Devotional started off with this scripture:
2 Kings 5:14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.
Some of the Authors notes were:
“While God doesn’t always give us an easy way out, He does often give us a simple way out. But simple involves action on our part.” – “So next time troubles comes your way, remember to look for the simple solution that God has for you. It may not be easy, but it very well could be simple.”
I was able to experience just that – as in my last blog I wrote that I was having this Moses Talk with God about a Meeting I had in Denver. I did go and it was the simple way out of a very hard situation and there was Healing between some really damaged relationships. So sometimes God is just asking for obedience and it may be as simple as dipping yourself 7 times in the Jordan or just going to a tough meeting.
My challenge would be to remember God is looking for Obedience from us as we go through those Challenges this year. You must look for the solution that he is asking you to perform.