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.

Lord, rescue me

ZionFire.org - Prophetic teaching, Biblical Truth, Edification -- Lord Rescue Me! Spiritual Warfare Trials Faith Prayer Help In Time Of TroubleHow many times have we found ourselves distraught and overcome by the difficulties that are happening in our lives? It is hard to endure and always seems to go on longer than it should. We are desperate. We cry out to God for victory. Lord, make it all just go away.

To use a cliché, “Life is not easy”. The Lord never promised us it would be.
Good news is that when we stay under the umbrella of God’s protection, His care and His instruction- we can carry on in victory. This all hinges on what we choose though.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are saved. Proverbs 18:10

What does that mean to run to the name of the Lord?
How would we be saved by His name?
Because of what Jesus did for us, we can come to the Father and petition Him in the name of Jesus. Without the name of Jesus Christ, without the finished work of Jesus, we cannot approach God.
There is no other Name by which we are saved.

It is through Jesus that we are saved from our sins. We must first repent of those sins before we can be rescued. When we come to Him humbly repenting, the good news is that He is faithful and just to forgive us. Every time.

When we reject Jesus, we choose death and destruction.
When we choose Jesus, we choose life.
So, follow God’s way, it leads to abundant life.

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Chutes And Ladders – How to advance in a lose-a-turn world

How to advance in a lose-a-turn worldDo you ever wonder why there are so many people heavily burdened with pain and crisis all around you? People with the same types of problems they had five years ago? Something is wrong. Where is the freedom and victory that is supposed to be in the Church?
But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:22
Here is the deal. Each day we wake up it is a new day full of fresh challenges. Quizzes and tests, if you will. That should not be cause for alarm if we know the material, if we studied. We might know what the Bible has to say about this and that, IF we listened during a solid Bible preaching church service or IF we actually read the Word for ourselves, but we have not taken it to heart. We have not made the Word of the Lord and His instruction part of who we are, part of how we think. How can we pass the pop quiz if we have not learned the material?
“Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” Exodus 20:20

Growing and learning from our mistakes and trials -knowing full well we will be tested again on the same issue but on a different level of difficulty- is what we are supposed to be doing. You must learn and grow. The same issue will always come up again to check you, but this time it will be wearing a different dress. If we are being thrown a test on the same basic level, for example lying about who was on the phone, we must consider that we are most likely still not passing the most rudimentary of tests. Ouch. We have been unfaithful in the small things, therefore how can we ever hope to “attain” the larger things? We can’t. As frustrating as it may sound, we will stay on square one until we pass. If you indeed pray for those larger things- things such as great faith, authority, discernment, to heal- you WILL be put through all the training and testing to get there. What about “Ask and it will be given to you”? Don’t be misled by common feel good quoting of scripture like that. People who chant those kinds of verses are lost in a Mayberry fantasy and will keep struggling with the same problems. Count on this: it will not be simply just given to you like a birthday gift you unwrap. It will be earned and learned step by step. That is how it will be given to you.Chutes & Ladders - how to advance in a lose-a-turn world

Are you finding yourself still on the same space of the game board drawing “lose a turn” or “go back 2 spaces”? The Israelites walked circles in the desert for forty years. This is a clear message we are usually too frustrated or angry to see.

Time to turn to the Lord. Run to the tower, the name of the Lord. Repent for doing things your way. Start doing things His way. Ask Him to forgive you. Ask Him to teach & train you. All in Jesus’ name.

I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You. 1 Chronicles 29:17


Taking A Hit – When we are under enemy attack

The strongest we can be as Christians is when we fully understand who we are in Christ Jesus and what we can accomplish in Him. However, even when we are completely secure in our knowledge of who we are in Christ, we still occasionally trip and have a difficult time getting back up. The confidence we have has been marred but not altogether lost. We struggle to remember our identity when we stumble and feel weak. Depressed. It seems the longer it takes for us to return to that full standing position is dependent on many factors. So, assuming that Physical/Chemical imbalances in our bodily system are not a factor, this article addresses what we all struggle with.

-Our own faith may have taken a hit. Even those who have been tested many times and had our faith stretched and grown until we are very strong can stumble a step or two backward when a heavy hit lands squarely. [Read more...]