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  • Trials, Tribulations, and Victories

    Psalm 119:75

    “Both David and The Korah Clan understood that God’s Providence can include pain, that difficulties can be a Divinely plowed path inviting us to experience Him more fully.” Page 82 of “A Perfect Mess” by Lisa Harper

    Trials…the word strikes fear into even some of the strongest people. It’s a word that gives us a sense of discomfort and uncertainty. As human beings it’s one of our greatest fears. I think one of the reasons we fear trial is because we fear weakness, we fear vulnerability, and we fear uncertainty. We tend to fear a need to rely on God in a situation without knowing the details of the end results of said situation. Again we fear vulnerability but we also fear judgement. To go through a trial means admitting ones weakness. We fear other seeing weakness in us. At the same time we fear that our weaknesses will taint an unbelievers view of our God.

    But I think the thing is that we tend to forget that without a good battle a victory isn’t much of a victory. If everyone showed up to a sporting event and both teams were just handed a trophy there wouldn’t be much reason to boast in either team nor in all of the hard work they put in to preparing for the match.

    Here’s another example; armor. In order to truly know if a piece of armor is durable or how durable it is it has to be tested. Without a test you really wouldn’t know what needs to be fixed. It can only be made known during the test where there is weakness in the armor and what needs repair and once the weakness is exposed it can be fixed and the armor can be used for a future battle.

    Sometimes God allows us to go through trials to make us stronger. To expose our weaknesses and make them known to us so that we can give them over to Him to fix for the future plans He has for us.

    Other times in our lives the devil will try to attack us in an attempt to discourage our faith in God, but God will give us the victory in Jesus because that is His promise to us. Jesus going to the cross and rising again gave us the victory.

    It’s the blood, sweat, and tears that make a victory sweeter and more effective. As human beings we love the story of the underdog, but we seldom love the idea of actually being the underdog.

    We forget that the underdog overcame when he realized he possessed something great. When we are in Christ and we focus solely on Him and not in ourselves we see that our strength comes from Jesus and we realize we were never really the underdog.

    We already have the victory because Jesus has the victory and that is His promise to us. Not that everything in our lives will be perfect but that we too will be victors despite what tries to come against us.

    A crowd of people shouted for Jesus’ crucifixion and He still came out the victor. Jesus didn’t deny the pain or even the fear, but in spite of them He pressed on knowing and trusting God The Father’s will knowing the victory was His to take, but first He had to go through suffering.

    It was the moments that Christ Jesus put down His guard and endured the suffering, trusting the Father that gave us and the whole world victory Salvation.
    It’s what our whole Faith is, Christ’s victory at the cross. Christ’s sacrifice gives us the strength to endure any trial or tribulation we experience. It’s not that we deny suffering but that we recognize it for what it is and that we understand the Strength and Empowerment that we are given through The Holy Spirit in these times.

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  • Say Amen God Is Faithful

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    Everytime I think of all that I’ve been through in my life I find great joy in both the good and even the bad because in all those times God has proven Himself faithful to me and He has made me stronger than I ever thought I could be. God never promised that everything would be easy, but He did promise to be with us through it all and give us the strength to overcome. Everyday I hold on to His promises and everyday I see His Love more and more.

    Finding Favour – Say Amen (Official Lyric Video) .

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  • Growth In Our Relationship With God (Accompanying Song: Learning To Be The Light By NewWorldSon)

    As a Christian we are constantly growing and learning. If we stay close to God and seek Him, He will reveal to us. In Deuteronomy 4:29 it says ” But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
    We learn everyday and God can use anything to teach us. It’s a lifelong journey that takes effort and is filled with lessons that are worth more than anything else we could ever learn.

    (Accompanying Song: Learning To Be The Light By NewWorldSon)

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  • The Presence Of God (Accompanying Song: In Your Presence By Beckah Shae)

    Psalm 16:5-11
    5Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
    6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
    7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
    8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
    9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
    10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
    11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

    In the presence of God all of the things that are not of God must leave. In God’s presence there is love, perfect peace, mercy, forgiveness, healing, instruction, security, and there is rest. God wants us to know just like a child comes to his earthly father with his joys, sorrows, concerns, etc. we can come to Him (our Heavenly Father) with everything. God wants to hear from you, He wants to talk to you and He wants you to talk to Him. To build a relationship there has to be communication, God already knows but He wants to hear from you. You’ll find that you’ll draw closer to God when you talk to Him and allow Him to talk to you. In the presence of God there is rest from the burdens that we attempt to carry, the ones we so stubbornly hold onto that we need to hand over to God.

    Accompanying Song: In Your Presence By Beckah Shae

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  • God Is Our Refuge – Psalm 62:8

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    Psalm 62:8
    New International Version (NIV)

    8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.

    Cross references:Psalm 62:8 : Ps 37:5; Isa 26:4Psalm 62:8 : 1Sa 1:15; Ps 42:4; Mt 26:36-46

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  • Putting Effort In Our Walk With God

    “Jesus did not call us to a passive faith. He never told us that following Him was a short cut to an easier life. The truth is that real faith in Christ requires plenty of bumps, bruises, and elbow grease. Faith is active and those God used most throughout scripture were those willing to work through their faith, making room for Him to move. In this clip from our series Get Back, Pastor Steven explains how to begin activating your faith.”  http://elevationchurch.org/sermons/getback

    A relationship with God requires work. I have been told many times “God is not a magic trick.” In James 2:26 it says “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” For instance you pray and ask God to help you get a job and you believe He will give you one, but instead of going out and filling out applications you just sit in your house waiting for someone to knock at your front door offering you one. God isn’t going to drop a job from the sky, He can but most likely you are going to have to put out effort as well as pray. God wants you to be pro active in your walk with Him, He wants you to seek Him and want to know Him. It’s like if you ask someone to be your friend and then you don’t talk to them, or care about them, or care what they think. They want to know you and you said you wanted to know them but then you don’t put any effort into knowing them. God wants to be known, He wants you to want to spend time with Him. God has a great calling on your life, but unless you seek Him for instruction and strength and put effort into your relationship with Him you are never going to acheive it. So today take time to pray and seek God’s will for your life. Ask Him to show you the things in your life that get in the way of His will for your life and ask Him to help you to be who He created you to be.

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  • A Burning Desire Within Us To Talk About God (Accompanying Song: Can’t Shut Up By Anthem Lights)

    God should be everything to us. As a Christian we should come to the place where we want to tell the world about God and what He has done for us. The desire to talk about God and what Jesus did for us by dying on the cross should burn within us and it should be as if we were to burst if we were to keep it to ourselves. We need to make it clear why we do the things we do and act the way we act. Make it known that God has saved us from our sins, death and eternal separation from Him through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We need to have a courage and a desire to share our Testimony with others. In Jesus God turns what the enemy meant for evil and turns it around for the good of those who serve Him. This is God’s promise in His Word. We need to tell everyone that He can do the same for them.
    – Christine Sawyer

    Accompanying Song: Can’t Shut Up By Anthem Lights

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  • God Is In Control

    Exodus 3:7 -10 (Moses)
    7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
    Joshua 6:1-5 (Joshua)
    6 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.
    2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

    Judges 7:7-8 (Gideon)
    7 The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.

    1 Samuel 17:32-37 (David)
    32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
    33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
    34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
    Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
    1Samuel 45-47
    45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

    1 Kings 17 (Elijah Proclaims a Drought) and 1 Kings 18 (Elijah’s Message To Ahab)(Elijah’s Mount Carmel Victory)

    Esther 4:6-14 (Esther)
    6 So Hathak went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate. 7 Mordecai told him everything that had happened to him, including the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews. 8 He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict for their annihilation, which had been published in Susa, to show to Esther and explain it to her, and he told him to instruct her to go into the king’s presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people.
    9 Hathak went back and reported to Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, 11 “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.”
    12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

    Acts 9 (The Damascus Road: Saul Converted)

    Looking up these Scriptures has encouraged me. I am truly amazed at what God has done for those who are faithful to Him. In every situation God has a plan and His plan will be fulfilled. All we have to do is trust Him and be obedient to Him. Find comfort today and everyday knowing that there is nothing our God can not do.

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  • A Reminder To Give God The Praise Today

    A song of praise for our God and King who is worthy to be praised yesterday, today, and forever ! May we remember to praise God in every circumstance and trust that He has a plan and a purpose for us. Trusting that God will use what the enemy has meant for evil and turn it around for the good of those who love Him just as God has promised us in His Word. Bringing glory to His name and strengthening and empowering His faithful servants to live the amazing life that He has called them to. In Jesus Mighty Name We Pray, Amen
    – Christine Sawyer

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