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Can Any Good Thing Come From Pain?

Most of us will experience pain in our life time. Others, like me, will live with chronic pain. The way I see it, we have two choices – 1) Crawl into bed, pull the covers over your head and stay there until your pity party is over. 2) Decide to live in God’s grace and be an overcomer despite the pain. Afterall, God has great plans for you! – Romans 8:28

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”         – CS Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Is there value in walking through painful circumstances?                         I have learned the answer is YES! Here are a few reasons why:

  • We can learn to trust God – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
  • We can learn to obey God – Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. Psalm 119:67
  • We can learn more about who God is – God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
  • We can become more mature in our faith – But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:4
  • We can be a blessing to others – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 3-4

Pain is real, but so is Hope.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Rev 21:4
All Scriptures are from NJKV.
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Thank you, Lord, you are a present help in our afflictions.

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Those Who Wait on God Will Never Be Disappointed

I am waiting wait on Godand anticipating for God to answer a longsuffering prayer. To be honest, I must confess there are times I sigh and grow weary. I want to ask God, “When God, when?”

I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. How we wait is important to God. Will you be frustrated or transformed while you wait? He gives the grace to await His purposes if we trust in Him. In our flesh, we want proof; but our spirit requires faith.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) 

Here are some truths to follow while waiting on God: 

Put your hope in His Word.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. (Psalm 130:5)

Trust in the Lord, not in your own understanding. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You have an opportunity to experience God’s goodness. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)

Wait on God’s promise – Don’t go your own wayNow to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Be strong and courageousBe of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24)

Be steadfast in prayer and thanksgivingContinue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2)

Be assured – the blessings are comingTherefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. (Isaiah 30:18)

Next time you wait impatiently, remind yourself that God always has good reasons for making us wait, and he never asks us to wait without Him.  Isaiah knew this when he wrote:

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But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.        (Isaiah 40:31)

 

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Thank you Lord, for the faith to know that you are in charge of every detail of our lives. Your timing is perfect, and we can trust in you to renew our strength.

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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

pray-for-the-peace-of-jerusalem-sign-at-garden-tombPrayer Petitions for Israel

• Pray that our God would confound the plans of the enemies of Israel.
Psalm 37:20 “But the wicked shall perish; and the enemies of the Lord, like the splendor of the meadows shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.”

• Pray that all parties in the Middle East conflict would respect innocent life; voices of reason would rise up on both sides and be led by the Spirit of God.
Hebrews 10:30 “For we know Him who said, Vengence is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord. And again, The Lord will judge His people.”

• Pray for guidance and wisdom for Benjamin Netanyahu and the senior government officials of Israel. Pray for protection for the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces).
Isaiah 49:15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet, I will not forget you.”

• Pray that attitudes of anti-Semitism would be eradicated from the hearts of all mankind.
II Chronicles 16:9 “ For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”

• Pray God’s protection for the people of Israel and that they would not be afraid, but instead put their trust in the Lord.
Psalm 140:1-2, 4 “Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men: preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their hearts; they continually gather together for war. Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have purposed to make my steps stumble.”

• Pray there would be fair and unbiased reporting of the events in the Middle East. Pray that the world would have understanding and compassion towards Israel as they try to defend themselves.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which arises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.”

• Pray that the United States would stand firm with Israel; guidance and wisdom for the President of the United States, senior government officials and the military.
Psalm 122:6 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper who love you.”

• Pray that believers would have a Holy boldness to speak up for Israel in churches, communities and to government leaders. We need to make a stand with the Jewish community in support of Israel.                                               Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Isaiah 6Flag pin2:1, 6-7 “For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming our friends, Carolyn and Richard Hyde, into our Carolyn and Richardhome from Heart of G-d Ministries. They are actively engaged in sharing the Good News in Israel to people from all walks of life. Carolyn is an anointed worship leader and recording artist. Check out their website – You will be blessed!

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Blessings, Maureen