The BIBLE states, (A) “…the race is not given to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill….” (Ecclesiastes 9:11); (B) “Blessed is the man that trusts and whose hope is in the LORD…For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters that spreads out her roots by the river …” (Jeremiah 17:7) There is ONLY one way “YOU CAN ENDURE HARDSHIPS,” you must TRUST in the LORD!
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
ARE YOU SUFFERING? Whether large or small, everyone is under some sort of physical, emotional, psychological distress, or satanic attack as the devil is the prince of this world. In fact, little babies cry (not able to express their needs in words) because they want immediate attention to be held, bottle-fed, or diaper changed. Certainly, little babies trust in their Mommies, Daddies, and care takers but WHO ARE YOU TRUSTING IN? In paraphrasing, the WORD of GOD says…you can be the fastest runner in the World, the best gunman in the World, the strongest man in the World, the wisest man in the World, the richest woman in the World, or the most skillful person in the World, but YOU’VE STILL GOT TO TRUST IN THE LORD because THE LORD GOD (WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH) IS YOUR ONLY HOPE!
GOOD NEWS: (1) If you trust in the Lord, “YOU CAN ENDURE HARDSHIPS” (including the difficulties you bring on yourself). There is no one on Earth who suffered more than JESUS CHRIST who paved the way for us. JESUS walked HIS talk! Furthermore, HE hung on the cross and died, preached to the souls in Paradise before taking them to Heaven, arose from the grave (leading captivity captive), ascended to Heaven, and returned to Earth making appearances to His disciples and others. Also the LORD continues to make appearances to people on Earth. Beware, you may be entertaining the LORD or one of His angels!
(2) Well somebody is saying, I don’t have the same will power as GOD’S Superstar (born from above), JESUS CHRIST. May I remind you about another man (born from below)? Listen to king David’s prayer for healing, “MAKE HASTE TO HELP ME, O LORD, MY SALVATION…” Why did David say this? Answer: BECAUSE, DAVID WAS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY SICK! He said, “My loins are FILLED with a LOATHSOME DISEASE [venereal disease]…My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my SORE; and my kinsmen stand afar off.” (Psalm 38:7-11)
(3) Like king David, we must repent and trust in the Lord. SIN IS SIN! There is no big or little sin! Stop using your mistakes as evasions of responsibility. FYI: Every excuse was nailed to the Cross! Admittedly, David said, “For mine iniquities are gone over mine head as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me…O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure for thine arrows stick fast in me and thy hand presseth me sore.” You may have 12,000 mistakes on the books but the LORD is faithful, compassionate, just, and full of mercy to forgive!
LOOKING UPWARD: There is only one way for your roots to spread (as a tree planted by Living Waters) … there is only one way “YOU CAN ENDURE HARDSHIPS” of storms, depression, sickness, failures, and so forth…TRUST in the LORD!
Have a Blessed Day!