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Despair leads to Deliverance

Someone once said the closer you are to despair the closer you are to deliverance. I've seen this in my own life several times. It seems like God has to let us put ourselves in a bad spot before we realize we need to seek His face. In stead of consulting God first, we tend to do our own thing and end up getting into trouble.  Trouble can lead to despair, can't it? Especially when it is a lot of things piling up on you. If it is a result of God trying to teach us to seek Him, we should stop focusing on the trouble and focus on the One who is able to get us through the situation.

In Genesis chapter 21:1-20, we see a familiar story. In vs. 1-7 Abraham and Sarah were promised by God that they would have a son in their old age. In chapter 16, Sarah got a little impatient and as we all know the result was a son born by the bondwoman Hagar, named Ishmael. Ishmael was the direct result of human reasoning: trying to solve the problem instead of waiting for God. Of course, Ishmael posed…

My Best Friend

My best friend
Is with me every moment of the day
He calms my heart when fear comes my way
He speaks sweet peace into my weary soul
He comforts me with His words and makes me every bit whole

My best friend
Watches or me and walks beside me continually
He loves and cares for me eternally
He always knows just what I need
He dwells in my heart and on His word I feed

My best friend
Promises to never leave me or forsake
I feel His presence each morning as I awake
I walk with Him the whole day long
He cheers my heart and provides my soul a song

My best friend
Is preparing me a beautiful home above
In Heaven where I will know the completeness of His love
And I am waiting and watching for that blessed day
When He returns to take His bride away

My best friend
Has taught me the meaning of love and life
He gave His all to free me from sin and strife
And I love Him for making me His choice
Just the sound of His name makes my heart rejoice

My best friend
Jesus

Proverbs 18:24 "A man that hath …

EPHESIANS 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplica…

THE FURNACE OF AFFLICTION

Isaiah 48:1010 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

None of us like affliction. But as Christians we must face trials if we are expected to grow spiritually. Just as a child must face challenges in order to learn and grow, as God's children we must face challenges in order to develop into a mature Christian. Being honest with ourselves and admitting that we have not yet 'arrived' is the first step towards maturity. 
Here are a few things we find in Bible about the furnace of affliction.

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Purges away our old sins. Psalm 79:8-9 "O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake."
Purifies our hearts and minds. Psalm 17:3 "Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and …

Philippians 4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever sta…

THE FRIENDLY SMILE

I so enjoy a friendly smile It makes my efforts seem worthwhile To see that someone else does care Can pick me up to the place where I can think and feel as I should On positive things like I wished I could The intriguing smile of an enjoying face Hides the drear and puts happy thoughts in its place It makes me wish to see it once more It like a magnet draws me for It cheers my heart to see it so That I can’t help but look again, I know I never can get enough it seems And I find myself catching some of its gleams And before long that friendly face Has left part of its smile in yet another place Deep in my heart it settles in And before too long, I begin to grin Just from thinking in memory Of that kind face smiling at me. That smile could be covering pain, I know It could be overlooking a stressful day, that’s so It may be looking past my peculiarities To see the real person inside of me To know that I too wish to be Cheerful and happy and also free Free to enjoy life unbound by care …