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Morning Prayer, Monday, February 18, 2019 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY: STAYING STRONG IN THE STRUGGLE

Father God, when I am facing struggle in my life, don’t let me run away from it.  Help me learn how to stay strong in the midst of it until You can work me through it.  Amen

Romans 5:3-5 and 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

 “God has a reason for our struggles."  During a conversation with a friend recently about how the enemy sometimes will use people around you, in your family, on your job, even in your church to break your spirit, I had to think back to a time in my own life when I had a situation years ago on a job.  My first instinct was to quit.  I didn’t need the headache, but when I prayed about it, God said, “Stay.”  Running is always the easiest thing to do because most of us do not like confrontation.   At the time, I did not understand why God would want me to stay in a situation like that.  The reason that I didn’t understand it was because I didn’t understand God.  All I knew was that I was sick of this person always trying to make me look bad and incompetent, but God had spoken so I had to be obedient.  It was during that situation that I learned that God does know best.  He may take a while to get us through what we are facing but in His own timing. He works it out.  Yes, during that time that you are working through it and having to deal with it, it’s a struggle.  Quitting seems the only viable option.   Lots of times in life when we don’t want to stay in the fight, we quit. Quitting means I am not willing to give God time to work in me, or the other person.  Don’t quit.  Let God do what He will on your behalf.  Remember the Word, “My ways are not your ways, neither are my thoughts like your thoughts.”  You think because God has not moved He is okay with your plan of action.  God’s silence sometimes means be still and give Me time.  You are strong enough to get through it.  As I have said many times before, “I [Y]ou can do all things through Christ who strengthens me [You].  In my case, it took a year for God to move the person.  It took that long because He was trying to teach me how to stay strong in the struggle. 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.."  John 3:16         

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