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Go Out Into The Wilderness & Face The Dark

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Sometimes, if you want to see the stars in all their glory… you have to go out into the wilderness and face the dark. The stars remain during the day but we can’t see them. Only when darkness falls do we see their magnificent splendor. 

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“And the Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went and met him on the mountain of God, and kissed him.” Exodus 4:27 (NKJV)

“I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. 27 Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them.” Ezekiel 34:25-27 (NKJV)

Afflicted? Roll Over And Gaze At The Stars

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When difficult times knock you down, roll over and look up at the stars. It’s okay if you don’t have the strength to stand up right away. Facing unexpected trials can knock over even the most mature Christians. Reasons for a fall will differ from believer to believer. However, I do guarantee that Satan knows the vulnerable spots in every believer’s armor and will not hesitate to aim fiery darts in his or her direction.

“Through affliction, He teaches us precious lessons that otherwise we would never learn. By affliction, He shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world and makes us long for heaven.”—J.C. Ryle

Trials are a part of life, and affliction usually accompanies them. Nobody can escape this. Joy and love, sorrow and hardships—these are what face us as we journey to our forever home after we die. We should try to accept that trials are part of our journeys in life and attempt to build up our spiritual muscles. We can do this by reading the Word of God.

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12 NIV)

In the first chapter of James, we are told to count trials as pure joy. How is this possible, and why is it a joyful thing to face difficulties? It is because the testing of your faith produces perseverance. When perseverance has finished its work, you will be mature in your faith, lacking nothing.

If you find yourself face down in a puddle of mud and tears, you could drown! Roll over and gaze up at the heavens. Meditate on the constellations and imagine the one who designed it all. He is powerful. Better yet, He is powerful and loving. His compassions are new every morning. Tomorrow will be a fresh start.

Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Faith requires that you accept the truth of this Scripture, even though you may not see the good in your circumstances right now. God has a plan for your life, and He has allowed or sent your difficulty for a good reason.

Oswald Chambers wrote, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”2 Corrie ten Boom spent the first fifty years of her life learning lessons of love and forgiveness so that she could teach the world how to be more like Christ. God sent hardships her way and permitted trials in her life that transformed her character and refined her spirit.

Endurance and perseverance belong to the same family. They are cousins and true allies. Throughout your trial, you must hold on to the biblical fact that God will never leave or forsake you. Your desert journey, or the hurricane you are experiencing, is only for a season. You will not live a life of sorrows. Your weeping will eventually turn into dancing. A joyful song will once again rise anew from your lips.

God loves to whisper words of hope and encouragement into the heart of a suffering and weary child. He walks with you through every one of your struggles.

So, while on your back, you will see the beauty of the night. Not all darkness is ugly and fearsome. Behold the lights God has provided in the darkest of times. A zillion pinpoints provide us with not only illumination, but also with the ability to navigate. It is true that in stormy weather it is harder to find your way, but storms do not last forever. If you are feeling lost, rest and wait for the weather to clear. Eventually, you will be able to navigate and continue on your journey. God will help you get back on your feet, but you have to will yourself to live and roll over.

Meditate on the three Bible verses below:

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:3–5 NIV)

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so” (Genesis 1:14–15 NIV).

“O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these is the life of my spirit. O restore me to health and make me live” (Isaiah 38:16 ESV)

This devotion is found in my book FACING TRIALS: THOUGHTS FOR MEDITATION available on Amazon.

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Overcoming Depression

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“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.They are new every morning; 
great is Your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Many strong and inspiring figures of the Bible suffered from depression: David, Jonah, and Job are just a few. David had Saul breathing down his back and trying to kill him. (1 Sam. 19:1-2) God commanded Jonah to warn his Ninevite enemies to repent. Instead, he turned tail and ran away. God then sent a whale to swallow Jonah, but only after sailors tossed him overboard hoping to calm a raging sea. (Jonah 1:4,11-12, 15). God tested Job’s faithfulness by permitting Satan’s request to afflict and torment him (Job 1:8-12). Each man had a strong relationship with God and a deep faith, yet they suffered from depression. Why?

One reason for their depression is because they all faced very painful or challenging circumstances. When you are asked to do something incredibly hard, or when you face persecution, injury, or loss…. you too will find your faith tested. You may also fall prey to depression, which springs forth from roots of hopelessness. Even the mightiest of believers can tumble into this debilitating trap. The enemy is adept at spreading lies of hopelessness and fear. He schemes of ways to infiltrate our heart, which is the seat of our emotions. He persistently harasses and taunts the children of God.

Remember, he is that “prowling lion” who always watches for opportunities to devour his prey! As his intended prey, we need to remain with the flock and not isolate. Depression often causes a believer to step out of fellowship. This is an unwise and dangerous move. The times when you least FEEL like going to church are the occasions when you most need friendly interaction and support. By choosing isolation, you give the enemy a big opportunity to drag you down into a pit of despair.

Our God is a God of HOPE. Depression contradicts the promises of God, which are intended to encourage. There is always a new beginning to look forward to with each new day. Your trial might not end or improve tomorrow, but there are new blessings in every day, including the hope that the next sunrise will bring relief.

If you find yourself down and out of sorts, believing your situation is too much for you to bear….bend a knee. Ask God to send His ministering angels your way to lift you up. Humble yourself and ask others to pray for you. Offer up a petition and ask God to send cheerful advocates your way who will speak words of comfort and encouragement.

Why not ask your heavenly Father for insight and understanding? Try to change your perspective by asking God to give you His eyes and insight. Consider what His point of view might be regarding your struggle. Then, follow the directions given in Philippians 4:8. When you meditate on things that are praiseworthy, you will discover that your trust and hope in the provisions of God are reinstated. Your strength will also be restored.

Finally, consider God’s promises and how faithful He has been over the course of your entire lifetime. Because our heavenly Father knew we would walk through dark times and painful adversities, He made sure to include countless words of encouragement in His Word. Go ahead and stand on each promise you read today. Let your faith shine bright. I pray it is bright enough to guide you out of any dark pit that has robbed your joy. May His peace lead you to greener pastures of hope so that you find rest and comfort in your day.

MEDITATE ON THESE SCRIPTURE VERSES AND BE ENCOURAGED

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, 
but a kind word cheers it up.”   Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth;Shall you not know it?I will even make a road in the wildernessand rivers in the desert.”  Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)

Bride Of Christ

 

Bride“While praying one day a woman asked, “Who are you, God?”

He answered, “I Am.”

“But, WHO is, I Am?” she asked.

He replied, “I Am LOVE. I Am PEACE. I Am GRACE. I Am JOY. I Am STRENGTH. I Am SAFETY. I Am SHELTER. I Am POWER. I Am THE CREATOR, I Am THE COMFORTER. I Am THE BEGINNING AND THE END. I Am THE WAY, TRUTH, AND THE LIGHT.”

With tears in her eyes she looked toward heaven and said, “Now I understand. But, who am I?”

God tenderly wiped the tears from her eyes and whispered, “YOU ARE MINE.” ~ Unknown 

I have been single all of my life. I never married and did not adopt my son until I was in my forties. I lived alone for many years. Learning to accept my life as a single person, and then as a single parent, was difficult. In fact, it can still be a challenge, but I have accepted God’s will and now recognize the many benefits my station and position in life provide. 

However, most little girls do not grow up dreaming about life as a permanently single person. Instead, they want to marry Prince Charming. They daydream about the wedding dress they will wear and think up ways to make their wedding day extra special, fun, and unique. I was no different. I wanted to wear that pure white dress; after all I had taken a vow of celibacy. In fact, I have remained a virgin for the King, but back then I felt I had “earned” the right to a wear a white dress. For whatever reason, marriage was/is not the Father’s will or plan for me. 

My personal relationship with God has always been more important to me than any human relationship. Yet, in my young adult years, I longed for a husband who would nurture and encourage my spiritual growth. Many a time I would return home after a long workday yearning for a husband’s comfort, love, and protection. I wanted a partner who would share in my problems, joys, and biblical insights. 

We must strive to see the blessing in the midst of our sorrow thus, I tell you now that the single life I live has brought me into a deeper understanding of God’s love for me. By leaning totally on God, I have gained insight into the many dimensions of His character and love. He wants all of us to interact with Him, learning about the many roles He plays in our lives. As for me, I relate to Jesus not only as my Savior and Redeemer, but also as my brother, friend, counselor, AND husband. I am a Bride after all. I am a Bride of Christ! 

If you are a single person, please do not settle for a relationship that is any less than the one God has prepared for you. He wants to give you the very best. Your marriage partner might not come for a very long time, which requires great faith and patience, but you would be wise to wait for this person. I am. 

If I do marry some day, I know it will be hard work (any relationship is after all), but a blessing given by the One who loves me most of all. Remember, He only gives good gifts! Furthermore, if He decides my present is a life of singleness, I will also rejoice and be glad. Why you ask? Because I believe He has my best interests at heart. He trust Him with my future and in the fact that He has equipped me to live a life best suited for His glory. I trust God that much. He made me and therefore, He knows how I tick.

So as you wait for your heart’s desire, don’t stop living your life. Follow the path God has placed you on…. work the job, buy a house, get a pet, adopt a child in need (if so led). Live your life and don’t put things on hold unless you hear God say, “Hold on and wait a bit.” Use your time wisely, by reading your Bible and memorizing scripture.

As a single person, you have fewer commitments and distractions than those who are married. Take time to have conversations with God. Work on seeing Him from different angles and deepen your intimacy with Him. He really is all you need. If you align your will to His, the desires of your heart will be granted. Seek His face in diligence and fervor asking, “What do you want from me and how would you like me to serve You?”

I am a Bride of Christ! I will wear white on my wedding day and feast upon wonderful foods at the wedding supper of the Lamb! I am His beloved, and He, my dear reader, is mine. 

READ THE SCRIPTURES AND QUOTE BELOW THEN PRAY ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST. 

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!
 For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and His bride has made herself ready.Fine linen, bright and clean, 
 was given her to wear.”(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” Revelations 19:7-9 (NIV)

“Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.” 1 Corinthians 7:8 (NIV)

“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”  Revelations 21:2 (ESV)

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Plumb Sings I NEED YOU NOW

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“And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”   Romans 16:20 (NKJV)

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God Is In Your Darkest Hole…Helping You Out

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I came across this story and had to share it with you. Life has both good and bad times but there is always HOPE. Hold on to your faith! Trust that God will provide the strength, ideas, friends, and means to bring you through your  trial or testing. He is all you need!

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. 

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. 

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. 

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off! 

MORAL :

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 

1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive. 

2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have. 

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

God’s Forgiveness Will Heal A Hardened Heart

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But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; 
the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) 

Dear One,

Jesus suffered many physical injuries on His road to Calvary.  The beatings, whippings, and crucifixion left him barely recognizable to His family and friends.  For love and for our salvation, He took up the cross and it is by His wounds that we are healed.  It is through His punishment that we have peace.

Why then do we wrestle with forgiveness, first in giving it and second in receiving it?  We have such an incredible Savior and role model, who loved us while we were yet sinners.  John 15:13 says,  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  There are surely believers who have lived and died this example of Christ’s love, but the majority of us have not.  Our sufferings are great in our own eyes and yet, they are nothing compared to the sufferings of the early church.

We should not compare our pains and trials to other believers, as God knows each of our frames and the measure of strength He has given to each of His children.  Rebellion and personal sin can magnify personal sufferings, so our obedience and submission is a factored in to our trials.

What really matters is that if we sin and then confess it, we are forgiven.  God never refuses our request for forgiveness and communion with Him.  Therefore, why do we withhold forgiveness when others ask it of us?  Is it due to a cold and hardened heart?

How then do you heal a hardened?  It is surely a sign of a sad spiritual state.  It is a hungry and thirsty soul who has neglected the Word of Life and the Springs of Living Waters. It is parched and weak for lack of food and water.

The first thing a hardened heart needs is the love and healing found in the Word of God.  For a time, this hard heart has not been open to the wise counsel of others and has stopped communicating with God, or listening to the prompts of the Holy Spirit.  The truth contained in the Word can break through the self-protection and remind the wounded of the truths Jesus taught.  It is after all in dying that we are set free to find eternal life.

God’s Word will not only feed the human spirit, but it will untwist the lies *satan has implanted in the heart of marble. 

Another important part to healing a hard heart is fellowship.  All of us have sinned.  There are many believers who will not throw the first stone for their own sin reminds them of God’s continuous grace and forgiveness. It is said in Ecclesiastes that it is a good thing to heed the rebuke of a wise person. When we are not walking closely with the Lord, the usual action is to avoid others of the faith.  We tend to become anti-social and isolated.      It requires humility to accept that you have travelled off the path God had you on and seek the support of the Body of Christ. However, once you decide to fellowship and honestly face what has hardened your heart, peace and joy will once again return to your life.

Forgiving yourself for the sins you have committed is also required if you want to soften your heart.  God has taken all the sins of the world, including yours, and laid them on the cross.  It is finished.  When you refuse to forgive yourself you are dishonoring what Christ has done for you.  When you confess your sin, it is cast as far as the east is from the west.  It is forgotten.  Stop reminding your Father of things He has already forgiven and forgotten.  Stop beating yourself up!  He was beaten and bruised so that you would not have to suffer His fate.  Say these words aloud:  By His wounds I am healed.

“As far as the east is from the west, 
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 (NIV)

 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”    John 15:13 (NIV) 

“It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.” Ecclesiastes 7:5 (NIV)

Broken Then Reassembled By God

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Psalm 147:3 (ESV)   “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Psalm 34:18 (ESV)   “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Dear Reader,

God promises to take your broken heart and bind up your wound.  He cannot lie and this is a promise. Therefore, the Great Physician will tend to your injury and (in His time) touch you with His healing powers.  Have faith!

There will be times when you feel like you have not the strength to get through another day.  When you get to this point, you have finally broken in a way that God can use you.  Your frame splintered, your plans destroyed, your pride laid low…. God can now get to work.

He will take your broken pieces and knit them together into a thing of beauty.  I say beauty because your final act of love, faith, and submission has allowed Him the creative freedom to reassembled your shards.  They may not be restored in the same places as before, and you may even find that a few missing pieces have be located.  Rejoice…. You will be whole! All in all, your breaking gave the Artist an opportunity to turn His clay into a masterpiece.

So will you have scars?  Yes, probably so. But think about a beautiful mosaic.  The pieces are expertly assembled with mortar.  It is made of many pieces but is still one unit, one whole.  You are made of many pieces….. emotions, spirit, body, mind, soul…. but are still just one being.  The mortar is part of the beauty in a mosaic.  It is a part of the wonder. Your breaking is part of your beauty and your spiritual scars will be badges of honor in heaven.

How God heals you will be a mystery.  Since we are all so unique and different, the healing process will be uniquely designed.  He has a special healing balm for each of His children. He knows our frame and how best to approach our healing process. 

For some of us, healing will come slowly and not always in a forward motion.  There will be setbacks of depression, requiring much patience from our dear loved ones.  Others of us may have a bigger reserve of strength, thus allowing God to move our healing process along at a faster rate. 

When you are bruised and sore all over, remember that God is the strength of your heart.  He will help you in your recovery.  Never will you be alone and never will He abandon you.

The “Whys?” and the “How Comes?” may or may not be explained.  We all want answers for the pain we have had to suffer, but if you really think about it, does it matter?  Reflection is always a good practice, but He does not have to give us answers.  We can meditate on what led up to the trial but it won’t change the fact that we are in the middle of it.  What DOES matter is how we react to our struggle.

Broken hearts will heal.  Scars will remain.  However,  with the correct perspective, they can be viewed as beauty marks.  They will be seen by God as our Crowning Achievements in submission, faith, love, trust, hope, and perseverance. May He reach out today and heal all of your broken pieces.

Psalm 73:27 (ESV)   “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

CONFUSION IS NOT OF THE LORD!!

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Dear Reader,

I had a little extra time today, so I am REPOSTING this article on confusion.  I hope it serves to encourage you.

I Corinthians 14:33       “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace… “

There are times in a Christian walk when confusion attacks and leaves a believer frozen in his tracks.  The questions in his mind seem to turn into a demonic cloud of smoke, blinding all vision and understanding.  Thus, progress in his journey comes to a complete stand still.

The Word of God warns us to be wise to the enemy and his schemes.  Matthew 10:16  informs us that we are living among wolves and are to be as shrewd as snakes, while maintaining our innocence.

If you are experiencing confusion in your prayer life it is one of two things.  It could be that satan is harassing you and attacking.  This will often occur when a saint make some kind of progress in taking back ground from the evil one.  Confusion is not of the Lord and so you need to dress yourself in the armor of Christ and sharpen your sword, which is of course the Living Word. 

The Bible promises us that if we submit to God and resist the devil, the evil one must flee from our very presence.  We are in a battle down here and we cannot be complacent while on our daily path. 

We are soldiers in the army of Christ.  We need to exercise our spiritual muscles and increase our strength by leaning more and more on our Savior’s provisions and grace.  The Holy Spirit is quiet in nature but faithful to pinch us if we are in danger, or in need of instruction.  Trust your discernment and practice it.

There is another reason why you might be confused.  Is it be possible that you are expecting God’s answer to your prayers to be exactly how you expect and want them to be?  Remember, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  His ways are so much higher than ours.  So once again, could it be that since the prayers you have offered are seemingly unanswered, you are confused?  Is it that you are not allowing God to answer them in HIS time and in HIS way?  If this is the case you need to ask for the ability to trust and be patient.

The Lord is the MASTER TEACHER and we are His STUDENTS.  When He sees our heads tilted to the side and the “Huh?” in our glance, He will be faithful to reteach His lessons.

Today His lesson was all about how a believer is to identify confusion and deal with it.  Prayer and scripture is always the best way to overcome the schemes of the enemy.  Take heart and do not hesitate to cry out to God when confusion strikes.

JAMES 4:7      “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

MATTHEW 10:16        “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

1 PETER 5:8     “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

“No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.” Guy H. King

Pearls and Diamonds

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Deep in the center of the earth, a diamond is formed. Though many will admire its beauty and usefulness, when its formation is complete, none views the process by which it is formed. It is hidden, unseen, in the darkness.  So is the work of God in the heart of man.’    -Diane Dew

Matthew 13:45-46 (NIV)     Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a Merchant looking for fine pearls. When He found one of great value, He went away and sold everything He had and bought it.

Dear Reader,

You are a treasure belonging to God.  He took great care in your design.  Just as every snowflake, pearl, and diamond is unique, so are you!  However, it takes pressure to turn a lump of coal into a diamond or a grain of sand into a pearl. 

Intense pressure causes great suffering and turmoil. The transformation of our spirits, as we are sanctified, must endure pressures just as a grain of sand or diamond in the rough must.  In the end, we will be the spiritual diamond or pearl our Lord desires.  However, before the Lord can press and transform us into the gem He has envisioned, we must lay down our wills and submit to Him.

When you are undergoing the incredible but painful process of transformation, you will often find that the only comfort you can obtain is from the Word of God.  People, even with good intentions, will leave you unfulfilled and empty.  The Word is full of encouragement and hope.  The promises of God are many and should be read during times of weakness and doubt, struggle and hardship.

No soul, pearl, or diamond, will remain in the dark ocean or earth forever.  Something will come along to propel it to the surface.  You will be discovered, admired, loved, and treasured by the ones who find you.  The Almighty God already knows about your beauty.  I am speaking about those around you who finally discover your value as you live out His purpose in your life.

You are the pearl in Matthew 13:45-46.  God is the Merchant.  When finding you, He sees your value and sells everything He has in order to purchase you.  Jesus purchased you with is blood.  You are His treasure.  Think about your value and your cost to God.  With this in mind, can you now endure the sanctification process?

Job 22:21 (NIV)      “Submit to God and be at peace with Him.; in this way prosperity will come to you.”

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