The test results come back, it’s cancer. The company you work for is downsizing, and your job is no longer necessary. The promotion you were in line for, gets handed to someone else. You step into the bathroom stall, and loud voice -voices you recognize echo through the room- spews garbage like a leaking sewer about you, never mind that it isn’t true. Not a word, it spreads anyway. A knock at your door at midnight, an officer on your doorstep.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, James 1:2-4
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Nowhere in the bible does it say the “fire” the “storm” the “accusations” will not come. Nowhere does it say that people won’t lie about you, trash you behind your back or betray you when you become a Christian. Being a Christian doesn’t promise a “get out of pain-free card”, but it does promise that we will never face it alone. It promises that when the typhoon strikes out of nowhere we will stand. The attacks will not prevail. The Enemy will. not. win.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2
It doesn’t say that the devil will never try to break us -because the truth is he will day in and day out.
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For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth–the one who accuses them before our God day and night. Revelations 12:10B
But that we will prevail, we will come out stronger and we will be the victor. That no matter how dark tonight is, hope will rise like the dawn. This battle has already been won, your savior already struck the victory blow now all you have to do is ride out the wake.
Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalms 30:5B
God doesn’t use just the strong, the unmovable towers. He calls the weak, the battered and bruised and then He shines through so they become like a lighthouse in the midst of the hurricane so that others weathering the same storm will see the light and know they are not alone. It’s in our weakness that He shows his strength.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9