08 March 2012

Passing Through

How many folks are going through something that they’d rather not be going through?

That would be just about everyone. Everybody’s going through something; don’t think it’s just you. Some things are more serious than others, in the eyes of the world, but how do YOU see it?  Are you looking at it through the eyes of the world, or the eyes of faith?

Some time ago, a very good friend of mine went through an absolutely awful time - he describes it as "probably the worst time I've ever experienced." An employee accused him of something horrible, and four of Anchorage's finest came to pay him a call. In their time-tested tradition, they all but convicted him on the spot, and threatened to haul him in front of a judge right then and there.

In his words, 
"I was floored. I know I must have gone pale, as I could feel the blood drain from my face. By the grace of God, I was so shocked by what they were saying that I didn't say anything at all. (I hadn't yet seen the videos where attorneys and even law enforcement officials tell us to say nothing - I just couldn't believe what I was hearing, and couldn't say anything at all.)

"I've never prayed so hard in my life. My wife and I were on our knees right away, and I contacted other friends in ministry all over the country so that prayers were going up from all angles."

Of course, there was no evidence whatsoever, and it appeared that the employee made it up in order to get his job. At least, that was her plan. It didn't work out for her, because he had no police record & no one could be found to substantiate her wild accusation.

But he still gets cold sweats just thinking about what could have happened. It could have destroyed his family and his life. His accuser turned out to be a complete train-wreck of a person, and her life quickly fell apart thereafter. Much of what she hoped would happen to him, wound up happening to her instead.

Trust God to save you from what you’re going through – believe Him! “Well, I don’t know, brother. I’ve seen Him do things like that for other people, but …” Then He won’t help you.

I didn’t say He CAN’T help, I said He won’t. “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.”  Sound familiar?

Psalm 34:6 says, “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”

Psalm 34:19 – “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

In John 16:33, Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation & trials & distress & frustration, but be of good cheer (take courage: be confident, certain, undaunted)!  For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you & have conquered it for you.] (Amp.)

The apostle Paul wrote that we are “more than conquerors through Christ” – “more than conquerors” through the Anointed One and His anointing.  We must not forget that.

If you're going through problems right now, no matter how bad, first put on the whole armor of God – Ephesians 6:13-18 says, 
"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests."
Psalm 31:1 - 5 says, 
In you, LORD, I have taken refuge;
   let me never be put to shame;
   deliver me in your righteousness.

Turn your ear to me,
   come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
   a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
   for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
   for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
   deliver me, LORD, my faithful God. 
Remember, Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” In other words, “do not allow it to happen.” Why would He say that, unless we had the authority to take control over it?  He never tells us to do anything that we can’t do . . . together with Him.

Remember that the Bible says, "And it came to pass ..."; it doesn't say, "It came to stay." Go on through, holding God's hand, and watch Him as He delivers you.


Anonymous said...

First, thank you for putting the effort into composing this encouraging word. Secondly, I really appreciate your timing as I have said before. I am going through some stuff right now, but through God’s Word, His Faithfulness, and good friends; I am staying encouraged. "Weeping endures but for a night but joy comes in the morning." Thanks again Paul, for being a friend and a encourager.


Anonymous said...

Thank you.


ProudHillbilly said...

Beautiful post!

Rev. Paul said...

jh, I'm glad it helped. It's always nice to hear.

Sandi, you're welcome.

ProudHillbilly, I don't claim any credit for it - I believe it was inspired - but I'm glad it made a positive impression.

LUCKY said...

I needed that Paul. Thanks brother.

Rev. Paul said...

No problem, Lucky - I'm glad it helped. God works that way!