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Overcoming Difficult Trials

“Remind Me Who I Am To You” by Jason Gray

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When I lose my way, and I forget my name,                                                                       Remind me who I am,                                                                                                       In the mirror all I see is who I don’t wanna be,                                                                       Remind me who I am,                                                                                                         In the loneliest places, When I can’t remember what grace is… 

*Tell me once again who I am to You, who I am to You                                                         Tell me lest I forget, who I am to You                                                                                              That I belong to You, to YOU! 

When my heart is like a stone, and I’m running far from home,                        Remind me who I am.                                                                                        When I can’t receive your love, afraid I’ll never be enough,                                   Remind me who I am.                                                                                                If I’m Your beloved, can You help me believe it?                                                  *Refrain      I’m the one You love, I’m the one You love.                                                               That will be enough; I’m the one YOU love!!

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John 3:16 (NIV)      “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Is there is any question in your mind as to who you are to God?  If so, reflect on John 3:16 and ask yourself this question:  “Can I offer up my own child and permit others to torture him, resulting in a cruel and very painful death?”  God did this for all of us so that we may become His adopted children.  Try to fathom that love.

When you are walking through a storm, you might have moments when you want to shake your fist at God and ask, “How is this pain and horrible experience a reflection of Your love for me?”  In the middle of your personal tempest, when you are trying to steady your course or right your boat, it can feel like God has abandoned you but He hasn’t. 

He is in the boat right alongside of you.

The testing of our faith is what matures us, according to James 1:2-4.  By learning perseverance, we grow in our faith so that we will be well equipped for the next lesson God sends our way.  Our life on earth is a classroom and God is our teacher.  He is fair but expects a classroom full of life-long learners. 

Every instructor works to prepare his or her students for the next grade level.  Equipping them to meet the harder challenges ahead is a loving thing. Teachers want to see their student fly to success and God is no different.

It would be wonderful to learn all the lessons God has for us, without the misery of painful trials and struggles.  Sadly, it seems as though the rebellious nature of humans responds to pain better than to a pain free life.  God’s children become complacent when everything is going their way.  If we could remain as passionate about our devotion to God in good times, maybe the storms would not be necessary. 

However, like a lamb who sees greener pastures out of the sight of the Shepherd, we wander to what we think is best for us.  We are shortsighted and don’t see the dangers around us.  The devil is called a roaring lion and we are told he is looking for opportunities to consume us.  We want what we want and usually don’t think beyond that desire, just think of Adam and Eve. 

To follow the desires of our hearts, without consulting God, will most certainly mean we have brought trouble upon our own heads. When we try to live a life of self-sufficiency, we distance ourselves from God.  He is the one in control, whether you want Him to be or not.  It is a done deal. 

If you can get to a place where you see how much God loves you, then huge storms will not cause you to capsize.  Yes, your boat will get rocked, but you will not drown in fear and sorrow.  He will walk on water to get to you because He loves you.  You are the one He loves.  That is who you are to Him.

James 1:2-4 (NIV)     “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

“Have I ever been carried away to do something for God not because it was my duty, nor because it was useful, nor because there was anything in it at all beyond the fact that I love Him?”  -Oswald Chambers 

From Cynthia Heald’s book:  Becoming A Woman of  Purpose (p.59)

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