Thursday, September 19, 2013

Our Trials Are Not in Vain

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners..... Isaiah 61:1

It’s really easy to feel sorry for yourself when you’re going through trails in your life. The one thing that makes me feel a little upset is when people do not understand what process God is allowing you to go through, so they judge you instead of really looking at the entire picture.  I do understand that many things, we place ourselves through because of the decisions we have made; but before God allowed His only begotten Son to die for us, He knew we would make those mistakes and take the wrong turns; but yet He still called you and me. There is a purpose in everything we go through, I believe. Have you ever wondered why is it that when you're going through a trial,  there is always someone coming to you needing some Godly counsel  in the midst of your storm?  

I've doesn't stop for everyone because I am going through a trial. God has to show me that what I am going through has nothing to do with me, but for me to learn so I can assist others to overcome what they are going through. How do you think you are able to speak such wise words in the mist of your storm?  Realize that even though you feel like God is not hearing you, He is; and He is showing you by bringing others that are hurting, so you can speak His word? We tend to overlook that. We think to ourselves: "why does God keep bring these people to me and I am broken myself"?  We must take our eyes off of self in order to understand the assignment God has for us. Jesus Christ placed His eyes on Himself for a second. He said: O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be doneIf he would have kept His eyes on Himself, we would not be here today. When Jesus allowed his focus to be shifted back to God's will, that’s when all that had to happen came to pass. Think of it like this: if I allow myself to be selfish in the time of my storm, I may hinder many women from hearing a testimony that can free them from their situations. How are we healed from many of our trails? We are healed because of the testimonies from many woman and men of God in the bible, and their testimonies still speak to us today.

Our trials is not in vain if we don’t allow ourselves to stay in that circumstance.  
We are over-comers by the words of our testimonies. As long as our eyes are on ourselves, those women that God has lined up to hear your voice will not get the opportunity to hear you. Do you think Peter really believed in His heart he would deny Jesus, not one, not two, but three times? But he did. Did you ever think you would be in the position you are in today? I’m pretty sure you didn't, but you are. Although Peter denied Christ, he didn't give up. The bible says: And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.” Yes he felt sorry for himself but he did not give up. He did not allow His past failure to keep him down. It may have taken some time but he continued to preach the gospel; and because he took his eyes off of himself,  many were healed and many accepted Jesus Christ. How would Peter have understood how it felt like to deny Jesus unless he went through it himself? You never know what God is preparing for someone. So before you start to play judge and jury over someone’s life, look at where God has brought you from and look how many times he had to bring you from that situation. Lift that person in prayer because the adversary does not rest. Your prayers do more than your personal advice.

My Testimony Marvin Sapp Lyrics

Written by Maribel Castillo