One Good Reason To Hang On (5)

One Good Reason To Hang On (5)

 I would have been without hope if I had not believed that I would see the loving-kindness of the Lord in the land of the living. – Psalm 27:13 (NLV)

This passage gives you another reason to be optimistic in the face of a critical challenge that is threatening to tear your world apart or destroy all you have laboured for. If any man knew what it meant to be afflicted with myriads of problems, it was David. Declared an enemy of state when the reigning king, Saul, turned against him and launched a massive manhunt for his head, David took to the wilderness and became a fugitive. Harassed, pursued and severally betrayed, he was always on the move without a permanent base. He suffered all these for no offense, except that he was favoured by God to become king.

Nevertheless, he maintained an upbeat attitude about his predicament. He made the most of the negative situation, fostering goodwill among the people he mingled with in the course of his flight as well as building a followership of loyalists and a formidable army whose exploits later saw to it that he had successful war campaigns and was never defeated in battle.

David was able to do all these because he adopted a long-term perspective, as seen in the reference passage; at the height of his problems, he did not give up hope because he was convinced that he would still experience God’s goodness, not as a dead man but while he was still alive!

David’s example is a good reference for us that the best is yet to come. No matter the situation you find yourself at the moment, it is important to note that tough times indeed never last. So your present challenge does not have the capacity to get the better of you, unless you allow it to. It will not outlast you; you will be the one to outlive it and even see through many more challenges besides in the process of your becoming a better person on all fronts.

Don’t lose hope, because you will soon see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. And that is a good enough reason to cheer up and hang on.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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One Good Reason To Hang On (4)

One Good Reason To Hang On (4)

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. – James 1:2-4

When beleaguered with troubles, another reason to keep keeping on, rather than call it quit, is by drawing encouragement from the knowledge that every trial is a refining process to produce a better you. Just like there is no promotion from one class to a higher one in schools without passing some tests or examination, so also is there no sustainable upgrade in life unless one has successfully transited from a mental, emotional and spiritual realm to a higher one.

And it is adverse circumstances, most often than pleasant experiences, that help to facilitate the transition process: refining our character, improving our perspectives and grooming us for future exploits. That is why, according to the passage above, challenges are necessary regimen for development and should not be viewed as fatal.

It will be nice to read how different translations of the Bible render this wisdom:

The Message

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

Common English Bible

My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing.

Easy-to-Read Version

My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy. You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be.

Now, isn’t this a good reason to hang on?

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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In the Hand of the Master

In the Hand of the Master

Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy quietly got up and eventually explored his way through a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE.”

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage.

In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized.

That’s the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren’t exactly graceful flowing music. But with the hand of the Master, our life’s work truly can be beautiful. The next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You can hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” Feel His loving arms around you. Know that His strong hands are there helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces.

Remember, God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called. And He will always be there to love and guide you on to great things!

– Author Unknown

Meditation: For by You I can run against a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall. – 2 Samuel 22:30

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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An Everyday Survival Kit

An Everyday Survival Kit

Below is a list of items in a survival kit:

– Toothpick
– Rubber band
– Band aid
– Pencil
– Eraser
– Chewing gum
– Mint
– Candy Kiss
– Tea Bag

Here’s why:

Toothpick – to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others…Matt 7:1

Rubber band – to remind you to be flexible, things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out…Romans 8:28

Band-Aid – to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s…Col. 3:12-14

Pencil – To remind you to list your blessings every day…Eph1:3

Eraser – to remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it’s okay…Gen. 50:15-21

Chewing gum – to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything …Phil 4:13

Mint – to remind you that you are worth a mint to your heavenly father…John 3:16-17

Candy Kiss – to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug every day…1 John 4:7

Tea Bag – to remind you to relax daily and go over that list of God’s blessings…1 Thess 5:18

This is my gift to you. May God richly bless you.

To the world, you may just be somebody…but to somebody, you may be the world.

Send this to anyone whom you think needs to know that they are loved by someone in their lives. Make someone’s day just a little brighter today!

– Author Unknown

Meditation: For thus says the Lord of hosts: “…for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.” – Zechariah 2:8

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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One Good Reason To Hang On (3)

One Good Reason To Hang On (3)

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

The passage above gives us some more reasons to hang on and remain hopeful in the face of challenges. It may seem harsh, but the Bible says there is hardly a situation that you are facing now that no other person has encountered before. So don’t succumb to devil’s wile to keep you despondent, asking why is your own case different. You have not been singled out for hardship. The Bible stresses that people all over the world are in your same shoe right now (1 Peter 5:9). Some have passed through it before, some are experiencing it presently and many more would experience it after you.

A bigger consolation is also derived from the insight that, firstly, God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can endure. He will not allow a challenge that is bigger than you into your life; otherwise, He will cease to be a just God. That you are in this situation suggests that you are up to it. If you don’t think so, at least God thinks so; and He should know better than you. You should, therefore, take heart in the knowledge that the problem, no matter how big it is, is not equal to you.

Secondly, God considers you stronger than the person whom you are envying for not experiencing the same turbulence. That is why He would allow it to happen to you in the first place and spare the other person, as he/she may not survive it.

The third learning point for our meditation is that God has also made a way of escape for you to be rid of the challenge. Every problem has its solution inherent in it, so also is that pressure you are battling right now. God has factored a solution with it the very moment it dawned on you. But, oftentimes, we dwell so much on the problem, analysing its enormity and intricacies that we forget to seek the solution to it.

Therefore, you need to take solace in the knowledge that you are not alone in this kind of issue, so you are not worse off than everyone else. Secondly, the situation is not beyond you, otherwise, God would not have allowed it to come your way. And thirdly, there is a solution to the problem that is waiting for you to discover it; so that you can become a deliverer to other people who may find themselves enmeshed in the same kind of issue (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Now aren’t these some good reasons to keep keeping on?

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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One Good Reason to Hang on (2)

One Good Reason to Hang on (2)

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
– Romans 8:28

While under pressure, one other reason to hang on and not adopt a capitulatory attitude is because of the fact that God makes all things to work together for the good of His children – and yes, it is ALL THINGS He contrives to turn out for good, not some of them. So, rather than get bogged down with the weight of your circumstance, you should rather focus on the goodness of God in the past, then look out for the inherent good in the present situation, and the likely good that will come out of it.

By nature, God is benevolent; He is always seeking ways to bless; He is not all out to judge and to exact. He is a God of justice, yes; but He is more inclined to show compassion first before meting out judgement. Even in the midst of punishment, He is always looking out for a repentant heart, so He could have a ground to stop. His mercy prevails over judgement (James 2:13). In the word of the Psalmist, ‘He is good, and everything He does is good’ (Psalm 119:68).

Meditating on this nature of God should give you an assurance that He’s got your back. He is watching out for you. Even in the thick of your challenges when all you could see are woes and nothing else, He has not abandoned you and He is not going to do that anyway. The fact that you don’t see Him doesn’t mean that He is not with you; and His silence does not mean that He is not hearing your prayers either. But you need to ensure you are really praying, not whining and throwing tantrums. He is up to something; and it is something good. He is about to turn your test to a testimony and your tears to cheer.

Now, that’s a good reason for you to keep hanging on.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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