Going Deeper During Adversity

Going Deeper During Adversity - Hope & encouragement for christians enduring hard difficult trials and situationsWhen we have decided in our heart to truly dedicate ourselves, our children and our marriage to the Lord, then He is faithful to make a beautiful thing out of it, but not before He purifies it in the fire. Dedication and consecration are a process.

Believer, if you have said in your heart at some point, “Yes, Lord.” then it brings glory to the Father, but your willingness to be under His hand means that He must sharpen you.

As I have walked through the fire many times, I can tell you in my experience that it often is one trial overlapping another. So as one issue is fading or near over, another one materializes. It’s our attitude, our bent knees/hearts and willingness to learn everything we can (that the Lord is showing us) that are the key.

Can we find praise to give to God?
Can we worship Him during our moments of suffering?
Can we see the bigger plan He has for us in our situation?

The Lord wants your heart, all of it.

Surrendering our heart brings us to a place where we revisit another depth in God where He presses us to go deeper again. Our trusting Him comes in layers. Our depth of forgiveness toward others and forgiving ourselves comes in layers. Repentance comes in steps too.
The more flesh that is burned from us, the more we become like Jesus.
Many years ago, a good friend of mine said, “If you want to be like Jesus, you’ll have to learn to take those Judas’ kisses.” Goodness was she ever right. I have walked through almost unbearable pain time and time again and even public lies and slander. Maybe you have too. All for the glory of God. Almost every issue surrounded a relationship thing with some person. Relationships are SO important to God! I’d say that He deems them paramount. Unfortunately for our flesh, He uses them to purify us, humble us, to bring our broken hearts to Him, to teach us new facets of forgiveness and His mercy. Our tears are never lost, never wasted, in our journey walking with God.

Those scriptures you use to edify yourself are crucial. Ones like “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” and “He has plans to prosper me and not to harm me”, “the prayers of a righteous man avail much” There are so many. Encourage yourself with the word. I post them in my car, by the kitchen sink, the bathroom counter. I repeat them aloud. I preach them to myself in my head everywhere I go.

Don’t let the enemy drag you down into a pit of despair, discouragement and doubt. Being self-consumed is a dangerous slope. Your situation is not bigger than His work in your heart and life. God’s love never fails. He has never left you, Believer. He has always been there. The love and empathy He has put way down deep in you is to share, to pour out.
So even when your world seems like it’s crashing down, like it’s raining anvils- you still have a powerful ministry.
Worship Him.
Love His people.
Love the unloved.
Speak the Truth to them.
Be that light.

Worship: What It Is and What It Isn’t

And so it begins…

The lights were half dimmed as a drummer positioned behind ten other musicians began to play a loud militant beat. The sound increased with fervency as the other band members joined in one by one. Finally the lead guitar begins a riff to which the dancing crowd shouts out and claps along. The stage lights change up when the lead singer begins to sing a song about the power of love. People stream down to the front to dance and hug their friends on the way down. Clasping their hand and bringing them along, the stage area fills up with dancing, jumping, spinning, clapping and whooping. The band plays on. [Read more...]