"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience,But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may beperfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:2-4)
Greetings to you in the name of His Majesty! What a privilege it is to have this opportunity to share my heart with you again. You are so precious!
When I was thinking about what I wanted to share with you, I discerned in my spirit many of you are in need of encouragement. To be sure, all we Christians have "troubles" from time to time but God's Word gives us many words of edification and assures us we have victory over "troubles".
We all need to understand all we have to do to receive "bad news" - "troubles", is turn on a negative TV program, visit a website containing negative material, read or listen to a negative news report, view a negative DVD, or visit with a negative friend. To be sure, in this world there are many "troubles" but, Precious One, keep reading, I have good news for you!
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
What is tribulation? Webster's defines tribulation as a distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution: a trying experience.
What is a trial? Webster's defines a trial as a test of faith, patience or stamina through subjection to suffering or temptation.
Would you agree with me that when we are experiencing challenges, a more modern word to describe trials and tribulations, we are going through some kind of "troubles?" Am I reading your mail when I ask you if you are experiencing "troubles" in your life right now? Precious One, keep reading again . . . here's some more good news for you!
"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me; thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me." (Psalm 138:7)
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me". (John 14:27)
"We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed." (II Corinthians 4:8,9)
Precious One, no matter what kind of present "troubles" you are experiencing, you are not alone, you are not going through your "troubles" alone.
"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6,7)
"Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:18-20)
We want you to know how much we love you, appreciate you and welcome your praise reports and prayer requests. We would love to hear from you!
2012 is the year to delve into His Majesty's blessings! His Majesty loves you! See you in the Spirit . . .