Triumphing in Trying Times (by Fenny West)

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Triumphing in Trying Times

Is possible for us all

If we will commit to pray

And put our faith in the Lord.

 

Learn to say what God has said

And not what the world has said

Learn to say what the word says

Not what the enemy says.

 

When men are cast down

Then thou shalt say,

‘There is lifting up.’

This is the way to triumph:

 

Maintaining your integrity

Maintaining your positivity

Refusing to worry or hurry

Praying the word

Seeking God’s face

Praying and fasting

Hearing from Him

Exercising your faith

Standing your ground

Putting on the whole armour of God

Fight the good fight of faith

Counting it all joy

Knowing who you are and

Whom you serve

Obeying what God has said

Sowing good seeds

in good grounds

watering the seeds

and waiting for God’s time.

 

 

 

 

26  But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matt19:26

6     Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

7     and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Phil4:6-7

16   Rejoice always,

17   pray without ceasing,

18   in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1Thess5:17

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1John4:4

4     For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.

1John5:4

57   But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58        Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.1Cor15:57-58

14        Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.2Cor2:14

 Rom8:28, 37-39, Jn16:33, 1Jn4:4, 1Jn5:4, Jam1:2,12, Eph6:10-18, Matt6:25-32, Mark11:22-23, Rom1:17, 1Pet1:7, Ro12:2, Prov23:7, Eph4:23, 1Sam17, 1Sam30, Acts16:23-32, Acts11:23-33, Acts16:23-32

Triumphing in Trying Times

 

Trying times will come to you and I. They often come unannounced. But the way you respond to a storm in your life will determine the outcome. Triumphing in trying times implies battles, fighting, difficulties, trials or even tribulations. You cannot triumph if there are no obstacles or opposition. It is therefore important to come approach this message with that mind-set.  Yes, there are difficulties but through our God we shall do valiantly. Greater is He in us than he that is in the world. Jesus told His disciples clearly in John16:33 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

 

Here is a recipe for triumphing in Trying Times.

If God be for us who can be against us?  In this world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Nay in all these things, we are more than conquerors. And we know that all things work together for good for those that love God and who are the called according to purpose.

 

Faith Nuggets (2) (by Fenny West)

Faith in God is gold

Faith strengthens you

Faith in God’s word is good and great

Faith in God comforts you

Faith puts fear to flight

Fear feeds you a lie

Faith equips you to fight the good fight of faith

Faith releases the ability of God

Faith fuels confidence and excellent performance

Faith lifts you to higher plane

Faith increases your self esteem

Faith is: Forgetting  Adversity I Trust Him

Faith is a product of hope; no hope, no faith.

Faith rejoices in hope despite adversities.

Faith sees beyond the seen.

Faith gives thanks in all things.

Faith sings in the rain like a robin.

Faith praises God at all times especially at midnight of life.

When you fear, you forget every good thing and run.

Fear intimidates, emasculates and strangulates

Faith puts God in the picture and becomes happy

Trials Will Show that Your Faith is Genuine (by Rick Warren)

 

 

“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being   tested as fire tests and purifies gold.” (1 Peter 1:7a NLT)The Bible repeatedly says that God has promised to meet your needs: “And   my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in   Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NIV).

But the Bible also tells us that with every promise there is a   condition. One of the conditions for this promise is that you have to trust   him. The more you trust God, the more God is able to meet needs in your life.

So, how can you learn to trust God more so he can meet all of your   needs? How can you learn to have greater faith?

You don’t get faith by sitting in a Bible study group or just talking   about it. Faith is like a muscle; it develops by being used. The more you use   your faith, the more it gets stretched. And the more it gets stretched, the   more God is able to bless your life.

We call the circumstances that God creates to stretch our faith   “trials”: “These trials will show that your faith is   genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold” (1   Peter 1:7a NLT).

There are four common trials that God uses to test our faith, and,   chances are, you’re in one of these tests right now. When you go through   them, you can know that it is an opportunity for you to develop your faith so   you can trust God more. I’ll talk about the first two today and the next two   tomorrow.

  1. The Pressure Test
    The pressure test asks the question, “How will you handle stress?”        Will you depend on yourself, or will you depend on God? Psalm 50:15        says, “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you        will honor me” (NIV). Do you turn to God when you’re in trouble        and not to other things?
  2. The People Test
    God often uses people in your life to test and stretch and develop your        faith. This test asks the question, “How will you handle        disappointment?” Life is often disappointing. Careers, marriages, and        even plans don’t turn out the way we planned them. But the most disappointing        thing in life is people. Why? We get disappointed by people because we        expect them to meet a need that only God himself can meet. This is a        test!

Your problem is not the people in your life. Your problem is your   response to the people in your life. People are not the problem, and they’re   not the answer to the problem, either. The answer is God. When you expect   other people to be your savior, you’re setting yourself up for   disappointment.

Jeremiah 17:7 says, “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and   have made the Lord their hope and confidence” (NLT). What happens if you   trust in the Lord? Look at God’s promise in Isaiah 49:23: “Those who hope in   me will not be disappointed” (NIV).

Talk It Over

  • Which of these tests is        God using in your life right now to stretch your faith?
  • How will you choose to        respond to the stress and people in your life that are testing your        faith?

 

 

 

Zechariah 6:13

He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory.

 

Christ Himself is the builder of His spiritual temple, and He has built it on the mountains of His unchangeable affection, His omnipotent grace, and His infallible truthfulness. But as it was in Solomon’s temple, so in this; the materials need making ready. There are the “Cedars of Lebanon,” but they are not framed for the building; they are not cut down, and shaped, and made into those planks of cedar, whose odoriferous beauty shall make glad the courts of the Lord’s house in Paradise. There are also the rough stones still in the quarry, they must be hewn thence, and squared. All this is Christ’s own work. Each individual believer is being prepared, and polished, and made ready for his place in the temple; but Christ’s own hand performs the preparation-work. Afflictions cannot sanctify, excepting as they are used by Him to this end. Our prayers and efforts cannot make us ready for heaven, apart from the hand of Jesus, who fashioneth our hearts aright. As in the building of Solomon’s temple, “there was neither hammer, nor axe, nor any tool of iron, heard in the house,” because all was brought perfectly ready for the exact spot it was to occupy-so is it with the temple which Jesus builds; the making ready is all done on earth. When we reach heaven, there will be no sanctifying us there, no squaring us with affliction, no planing us with suffering. No, we must be made meet here-all that Christ will do beforehand; and when He has done it, we shall be ferried by a loving hand across the stream of death, and brought to the heavenly Jerusalem, to abide as eternal pillars in the temple of our Lord.
“Beneath His eye and care,

The edifice shall rise,

Majestic, strong, and fair,

And shine above the skies.

The Path Back To God (by Rick Warren)

The Path Back to God
by Rick Warren

“When you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” (Jeremiah 29:13 MSG)

I don’t know where you are today. You may be far away from God. Maybe you haven’t been to church in years or maybe you’ve just been distant for a month or two. Maybe you’ve had one of those weeks where you thought, “I really don’t feel God’s presence in my life.” And yet we all long to be close to God. How do you get back to him?

This is the pathway back to spiritual transformation — the four things you need to do to get back to God.

  1. Get fed up with your life.

    Nothing is going to happen in your life until you get dissatisfied with the way you are, until you can say, “I don’t like this. I’m tired of being stressed out all the time. I’m tired of being frustrated all the time. I’m tired of being overworked all the time. I’m tired of feeling distant from God.” Why does God let you get to this point? Because he loves you just the way you are, but he loves you too much to let you stay that way. He will not let you waste your life. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “When you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed” (MSG).

  2. Own up to your sin.

    Isaiah 59:2 says, “The trouble is that your sins have cut you off from God. Because of sin he has turned his face away from you” (TLB). Have you ever prayed and felt like God was a million miles away or like there was this veil between you and God? Where does that come from? Your sins have separated you from God. But if you feel far from God, guess who moved? God has always been there. He loves you unconditionally, and he’s waiting for you to own up to your sin so you can have a right relationship with him again.

  3. Offer up yourself.

    The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings ever greater glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (NCV). True transformation happens when your heart moves from self-centeredness to God centeredness. Are you there yet?

That transformation doesn’t happen overnight. God is going to work on you your entire life. But there is a decision that starts the process.

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1a NIV).

Talk It Over

  • Why do you think it is sometimes difficult to let go of the things that stress us out?

  • What does it mean to repent?

  • What does it look like practically to offer yourself up to God?

The Way Back To God ( by Fenny West)

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The way back to God

is in His good word

It’s about the cross

How Jesus took your curse

To enable you to cross over

To your Maker, God the Father.

 

 

It’s by getting fed up with your life

And desiring a brand New Life

The type only Jesus Christ gives

And coming just as you are

Regardless of how far you are

And accepting Him as Alpha and Omega.

 

 

For He is the only solution

To the sin-sickness question

In Him is salvation

In Him is reconciliation

In Him is removal of condemnation

In Him is total redemption.

 

 

So today, call on His Name

It was for you He came

Know that He knows you by name

Invite Him to take His place

Then You will receive His grace

And then you will see His face.

 

It’s not a question of religion

But the matter of salvation

It is a question of relationship

And a question of fellowship

With your Creator and Maker

Your God and your Father.

 

“When you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” (Jeremiah 29:13 MSG)

 

9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

Rom10:9-13