God sometimes allows us to enter into discouraging situations for the main purpose of testing and strengthening our faith, and also to humble us, and make us more dependent on him. At such times we must refuse to give up in despair. Like Jonah in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights,(Matthew 12:40), or Job who lost everything, and yet he repented in ashes covered in boils and would not deny the Lord. ( Job Chapter 2). If we would only turn to the Lord when our soul is fainting within us, trusting Him completely.
“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby”. (Hebrews 12:11)
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” (1 Peter 1:7)
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” (1 Peter 4:12,13).
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” (James 1:2,3)
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:”(James 1:13)
“Be still, and know that I am God”. (Psalm 46:10).
A well known Missionary named Hudson Taylor, was so feeble in the closing months of his life that he said to a dear friend, “I’m so weak that I can’t work or read my Bible, and I can hardly pray. I can only lie still in God’s arms like a little child and trust.? Why is it so hard for some of us to just be still, and trust the Lord? Shouldn’t we leave something up to the Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, God of Heaven and Earth, Our Lord ,and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who is able, and is worthy,and loves us with and ever lasting love. NOTHING IS TO HARD FOR HIM.
Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen