[IHFHBOH] 2016-01-15 - Trouble

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Recently, I was at a conference and the speaker, Clayton King, spoke of losing nine relatives in 12 years, including both parents and he spoke of his struggle in those dark times. When his dad died, he said the Holy Spirit spoke to him saying, "Your dad's dead. You're not. God's not done with you."

That one line spoke to me. I am sure many of you have lost loved ones, too. Or it may not be death but maybe your life has been shaken to the core by divorce, disease, or some other calamity. Whatever has happened has happened, and you cannot undo the past. You, however, are still alive, and God is still able to work through you in the future.

In your weakness, his strength can shine. Jesus spoke to Paul regarding a problem in his life ,which he referred to as a "thorn in his side". Paul writes of it in his letter to the church of Corinth.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NKJV)
And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I do not want to trivialize the hurt that we feel, when problems come our way. I know well the emotional toil it can take on people. I know, too, that these issues need to be worked through, but I also know that while God never promised an easy, pain-free life to his followers, he did promise his never-ending presence. Let us turn to God in our troubles ; he is by our side, every step of the way. Let us let him carry us in our dark days, and let us praise him for his strength.

Psalm 28:6-9 (NKJV)
6 Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.
8 The Lord is their strength,
And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
9 Save Your people,
And bless Your inheritance;
Shepherd them also,
And bear them up forever.

Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains–
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.


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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted

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