30 June 2014 by Rev Dr Jai Kumar –
Paul said to Timothy, Son! endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. There are some things that you just got to endure. In other words, what I am saying is that the only way to get out of that situation is to endure through it. It means God is not going to rescue you out of the situation. God is not going to snatch you out of those problems.You just got to endure through those trials. It means you got to go through it. When you are faced with such a situation the best strategy you can ever deploy is to stop complaining and stop comparing and stop competing! If you don't do that then you will be simply inviting the enemy to come in and take over. Paul is a typical example to us, despite what he went through, he said in
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Listen! You need to understand that as long as you got your mind and heart focused on Jesus then your faith in God will see you through.
You got to pluck into His word and promises and trust in the Holy Spirit for your guidance.
When you have reached this place, you can be absolutely sure His grace will sustain you through.
Paul says despite all the trials that he has to endure through, nevertheless he says :“ But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 15:57)
The bottom line is that, His grace is sufficient to make it through! You can make it through despite all the demonic activity that is threatening to destroy you.
You need to take authority that has been granted to you through the blood of Jesus and prophesy over your life every time a crisis hits you and say “You can make it through”. You can make it through your finances. You can make it through your problems! You can make it through your marriage. You can make it through your life!
No matter what the mountain and the storms you are facing right now, you can make it through simply because, our God is a God of breakthrough! God is going to bring about every promise that He has decreed upon your destiny.
UNSHAKABLE FAITH IN GOD WILL SUSTAIN YOU THROUGH
By the way, how many of you have decided that no matter what happens, you are not going to let the enemy snatch your FAITH from you? No matter what is happening to you, you are not going to lose your FAITH?
You know what? You can lose anything. You can lose money. You can lose time. You can lose your dignity and you may even feel like you are going to lose your mind. But please take note; you are not going to lose your FAITH in God. If you lose your FAITH you are as good as dead.
You see, faith is not the absence of fear. But faith is despite the fears, you keep running the race of faith until fear runs away from you. If you are afraid of fear then you are going to lose your faith then fear will cripple you and kill you.
WE WILL ALWAYS BE CONFRONTED WITH TRIALS
Notice what Jesus said to Peter in Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your FAITH may not FAIL. And when you turn back (repent) strengthen your brother.” NIV.
Don’t let anybody stop you from losing your faith. You know what? When you have faith you can ask anything you want. You can move the mountain and you can walk on the water and you can even cripple the enemy that is after you. It's not about what you are seeing it's what you believe (your faith) that will carry you through.
THERE IS A HIDDEN OPPORTUNITY IN EVERY CRISIS
Did you ever know; there are some things that no matter how hard you pray to get rid of, it doesn’t go away.
In every crisis, in every hurt and pain there are various opportunities and lessons that can be learnt.
How many of you know that there are hidden opportunities in every CRISIS? In every problem there is an opportunity. There is an opportunity to grow into a better person with a better character. Even in a storm, an earthquake or a flood there are hidden opportunities to make money. All this problems will create jobs for the respective trades that people are involved in. The problem is that we lack discernment and wisdom of God to recognize the hidden opportunities presented to us.
Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you. Ask and it shall be given….
OUR IGNORANCE MAKES US UNPRODUCTIVE
Some people are just waiting for good things to happen in their lives instead of making things to happen. You got an opportunity to choose your direction and achieve something in life. You got an opportunity to correct your past and put things right in your future. The fact of the matter is that whatever you don’t want to see it happen in your future, cut out in the present.
You got an opportunity to choose to develop and maintain a healthy attitude.
You got an opportunity to care for other people.
You got an opportunity to share the gospel to somebody when a door is open for you.
Listen! Nothing comes to a sleeper or a dreamer. Opportunity multiplies as they are seized. You got to chase after it the moment you have recognized it. That is what is meant by pursuing your opportunity.
Now I am going to reveal to you something here. Apparently, on the other hand, not every opportunity is to be seized or pursued. Not every open door is from God. The devil will also show you opportunities; don’t get carried away. Don’t buy into what he is showing you. You need the wisdom of God to help you discern whether that particular opportunity is glorifying to God. You cannot allow any opportunity to take you away from your God-ordained purpose and vision.
EVIL CAN BE VERY DECEIVING
Remember evil can be very, very subtle; he can show you a carrot and deceive you by blinding you to see things clearly. If you are not careful he will steal your soul and leave you bankrupt at the curb. You need the Holy Spirit power, the anointing to enlighten your direction and choice at such moments. So your choice of opportunity is very crucial. Because not every OPPORTUNITY is a good OPPORTUNITY for you to walk in. Some doors can be very deceiving to the eyes. Therefore you need a highly sensitive radar of the Holy Spirit to enable you to discern and decipher which is from the enemy and which is from God.
GOD KNOWS ALL THAT IS HAPPENING TO YOU
He is an awesome God! He is the faithful one! He knows every bit about you, the things that are happening to you.
Sometimes you think He is not listening to your cries no matter what! Keep trusting Him! I am telling you, God is indeed listening!! He knows everything about you. He knows the storms that are blowing at you.
KEY IS PEACE WITH GOD
You remember when the disciples were sailing with Jesus' across the Sea of Galilee, a large storm threatened to sink His boat? (Mark 4) We understand that Jesus was sleeping peacefully in the lower deck of the ship. While the disciples were panicking and fearful, you notice that Jesus was not unduly worried despite the threats to their lives.
You know what? You will be able to sleep peacefully when there is no storm inside of you. You may have all the storms that are assaulting and threatening you externally but there will be calmness and peace inside of you. As long as there is no internal storm, you can sleep through the nights. When you are in a right relationship with Jesus there is no chance of an internal storm in you despite your troubles and crisis.
WE DON'T UNDERSTAND GOD FULLY
1 Cor.13:12 NLT
"Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely."
Sometimes God just leaves you in your problem. At other times, God delays bringing you out of your crisis. Yet in other occasions, God may allow you to deal with your storms by yourself.
God has His own time frame and besides, so often we don’t understand His ways at all. Because His ways are different from our ways! His thoughts are higher than our thoughts! Therefore it's dangerous to try to figure Him out in the midst of your crisis. Just “Be still and know that He is God!” (Psalms 46:10)
Listen! Despite all that has happened to you. You may appear twisted, bent and messed-up to the world but you bet there is no better person that God would want to choose to carry His mandate than you to the world.
1 Cor.1:27 NIV
"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong."
It's not how you started that matters! It's how you finish that counts!! Many people began well, they had a good beginning, but unfortunately they did not finish the race.
2 Timothy 4:7,
Paul says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is also the representative of Faith International Bible School for Malaysia & Singapore. He is the founder and senior pastor of Full Gospel Outreach Ministry KL, a member of ECCM, Spiritual Adviser & overseer of Full Gospel Christian Church KL. Co-founder and adviser of Kingdom Christian Fellowship, Subang Jaya, he is also the author of a book entitled, 'God's Time Clock.'
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