This past week, our church lost a couple to a fire. Sometimes we don’t know God’s plan, but we must trust Him. I am reposting a blog from December 9, 2013 that I hope will help with any hardship you might be going through.

 

God’s Plan

 Christians are not immune to hardships. Some lose their jobs, some their homes. It’s hard to fathom what God’s plan is when we are going through trials and tribulations. At times, I’m not sure it is God. It might be the devil trying to drive a wedge between you and your Father.His will

Satan likes nothing more than to kill a Christian’s faith. That’s why reading the Bible is so important in times of strife. A great Bible story to focus on is that of Job. He lost everything including his children. His wife told him to “Curse God and die!”. Job’s reply in Job 2:10 was  But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Job lost everything, yet still praised God. That can’t be an easy thing to do. But if you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, He will help you through anything. God’s love is unending, and He hates to see you suffer.

Sometimes you have to go through a hardship to grow into a deeper relationship with Him. He might have a plan you don’t realize. There might be a bigger reward around the horizon you can’t see during your suffering. You just have to keep your faith like Job did. And he was rewarded for it.

Whatever the reason, rest in the assurance God loves you and is there with you while you’re going through the rough spots. He is there to walk beside you during the peaks and to hold you during the most destitute of times.

And valleys are what give you a better relationship with God. It is then you learn to depend solely on him instead of yourself. If you only live with joy in your life, you might come to think you are responsible for the good times, instead of Him. When you go through a hardship, and you realize that the Lord is the Trustonly one who can get you through, that is when your faith is deepened.

During terrible times, keep your head up and your eyes raised to Jesus. Read your Bible. It will give you strength to carry on. Job lost everything, his wife, children, and home, yet he kept his faith. God rewarded him with a better wife, more children, and a larger home.

Everyone goes through bad times, whether due to our own actions or those of others. But, you’ll eventually walk through the valley. Don’t forget, once you get back on top of that mountain, praise God for carrying you.

And if it weren’t for depths of the valleys, we would never come to appreciate the view from the mountaintop.

If you or someone you know are in need of prayer this week, please let us know. We’d be more than happy to pray for you.

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Who of us hasn’t had someone tell us, “if you lie down with dogs, you’ll wake up with fleas” at one time in our lives? Basically, this means if you hang out with bad people, you will eventually pick up their faults.  How many of us grew up with friends who got good grades in school, then started hanging with bad crowdthe “bad” crowd? Next thing you know they were failing classes or started doing drugs.

In most cases, whoever you associate with is what you will eventually become. That is why you need to hang out with those who are where you want to be. The same goes for those teachers you learn from. How often have you had someone who is overweight give you dieting advice? Or someone in debt who tells you how to get rich? If they really believed what they were saying, wouldn’t they be living it? You should learn from those who are where you want to be.

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If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly. – Steve Maraboli, business coach

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If you want to be a musician, you should get together with people who practice daily. Not those who just dabble. If you want to be a New York Times bestselling author then listen to what other NY Times bestselling authors have to say. And if they give you advice, don’t balk, do it.

The same is true for Christians. If you want to get a further understanding of Jesus, hang with other Winter2013183_zps6c869e37Christians. Good Christians, not those who just talk the talk. And going to church should be one of your goals. Hebrews 10:25 reads,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. By being with other Christians, you are encouraged to grow in God’s word.

Some people give up on church because they can’t find one where they fit it or they feel their church is about people, not God. Besides, it’s nicer to sleep in on Sunday after a hard week’s work. However, you should congregate with other Christians or you will not learn and grow in your walk. If you need to leave the church you are attending then do so. You must go where God is leading you, even if that means another church.

Hanging out with other Christians gives us strength to fight off the adversaries of the world who attack us daily. It gives us someplace to go for peace and encouragement. The less you attend church or associate with other Christians, the more easily evil forces can come against you and win. It’s no different than the woman who says she’ll never spend more than she earns, but she keeps going to lunch with women who do nothing but shop. She’ll eventually find herself with her credit cards out at the local mall.

If you or someone you know are in need of prayer this week, please let us know. We’d be more than happy to pray for you.

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