Have No Fear

1 Peter 4:12-13 – “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some No Fearstrange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

Peter tells us not to be surprised when fiery trials come.  Trust me, when I’m going through trials, I need to remind myself that I’m not the only person going through them.  Many people are going through trials – through persecutions, hardships, loneliness, and so much more.

I’m unemployed right now.  I was laid off three times in the past 2 years.  My mother, grandmother, and grandfather passed away during this time.  I was struggling so much financially; I had to move to my father’s home to get back on my feet.  Then, months later, I was kicked out because my Christianity “disgusted” my family.  Aaaah those fiery trials…..they aren’t fun.

We need to remember trials produce patience and maturity.   If it weren’t for trials, we’d be weak, obnoxious, narrow-minded Christians.  A trial is an instrument to accomplish God’s purpose for you.

James 1:3 – “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”  Can you see how God is using these trials to make you pliable?  He’s causing a stiff, unyielding person to become softened, sweet, loving – the way He wants you to be.

Remember, God wants us to know the blessing and the peace that comes from being steadfast and unmovable.  God desires that we may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing – James 1:4.

Be strong my dear friend.  God will never leave you nor forsake you.

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Watch the Casting Crowns Courageous Music Video

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The movie, COURAGEOUS,  is opening on September 30 at a theater near you!

Produced and directed by Alex and Stephen Kendrick at Sherwood Pictures Ministry, this movie will undoubtedly be a huge success.  I can’t wait to see it!  Let’s encourage our friends and family, especially the men to check this out!

From www.courageousthemovie.com/themovie

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3 Things God Cannot Do & 4 Things God Does Not Know

3 Things God Cannot Do

1) God cannot learn Because He knows everything!  Which means He knows when you and I will mess up next week!  Remember, He sent Jesus, His Son, to die for the world 2,000 years ago to die for the sins we committed before we accepted Him and received salvation – and for the sins we will still make!  That’s grace and mercy at His finest!  John 16:30; 1 Kings 8:39; Luke 5:22; Ezekiel 11:5; John 2:24-25; John 21:17; Revelation 2:23 Continue Reading