Sunday, 4 March 2018

God is our refuge and strength in times of trouble

In our lifetime we will experience all kinds of stress and troubles, but by faith we can take comfort, direction, encouragement and strength in the promises of God, to be overcomers

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I feel in my heart that God is saying to the church ‘be ready for the great event which is about to take place’. I have listened and have read various prophecies recently and I am convinced that great things are about to happen and in fact are already in progress. Take note however; as we listen and read there will be backlash, but take heart because God has promised to strengthen and encourage us through His Word

Isaiah 40:8 ‘the grass withers the flowers fall, but the word of our god endures forever’.

After the victory when Elijah killed 450 prophets of Baal, in 1 Kings 18:19-40 he ran away because Jezebel promised to kill him 1 Kings 19:2-3 ‘So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, ‘May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them. Elijah was afraid and ran for his life’. But the Word of God promised in Isaiah 54:17 ‘no weapon forged against us will prevail’.

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Zephaniah 3:15 ‘The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm'.

2 Chronicles 32:7-8 ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.  With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles’. Who better to fight for us than the all-powerful Almighty God?.

Psalm 62:1-2 ‘Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Nahum 1:7 ‘The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him’.

Psalm 5:11 ‘But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you’.

1 Peter 3:12 ‘For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer’. 

We can also look and see so many times how God answers prayers in ways that we could never have imagined;

James 5:13 ‘Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise’.

James 5:17-18 ‘Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops’.

In our lifetime we will experience all kinds of stress and troubles, but by faith we can take comfort, direction, encouragement and strength in the promises of God, to be overcomers.

Finally, here is something for you to think about; Recently we were at a meeting where a couple from Burundi were speaking. The lady challenged me very much when she spoke. She pointed to three chairs; the first chair represented the kingdom of self, the second chair represented the kingdom of the world and the third chair represented the Kingdom of God. She asked us to think for a while and then to decide which chair we would be sitting on. Let me ask you the same question; which chair are you sitting on? Maybe It is time for us to make a choice for our eternal future, to seek first the Kingdom of God and to try to ensure that we are sitting on the right chair!

God blessings and His Peace to all.

Author: Herbert Jean 

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  1. An encouraging yet thought provoking article which reminds us that God will strengthen us through His Word and help us in all our circumstances. At the beginning of the article we are told that 'there will be a backlash'. We need to be prepared for this as the devil is not happy when we are working for God, He is not happy when we are reading God's Word, He is not happy when we Pray, he is not happy when we worship and glorify God and he will try to distract us and attack us. Let us always be prepared for any backlash in the comfort that our God is Greater, Stronger and more Mighty than anything the devil can throw at us. All we need to do is have faith that our God will always protect us. Amen

  2. Thank you dear brother for Blessing the body of Christ with this Blog. ALL the Glory to God ALWAYS.
    Praise God that "...we are protected where ever we go" Psalm 91 v11. In the words of the song "We are not alone, stop holding on, let go and just be held" Praise God.

    May we the Bride of Christ always choose the 3rd Chair "The Kingdom of God". Our lamps FULL of oil as we eagerly await our bridegroom King, how exciting.
    God Bless

  3. The Word of God stands for forever, and Never fails. Thank you for reminding us that God is true to His Word because He is the Word and we can trust Him and His Word in all situations. He is our strength and refuge at all times so let's stand firm in our faith and keep our eyes fixed on Him. Bless you.

  4. Thank you for this article today , much to think about , on where we are with God , we must be ready for God to move in our lives and collectively as a church? like the three virgins who had oil in there lamps ready for the bride.
    The greatest victories will come to those whose hearts are truly surrendered to him .
    2 CHRONICALS 16 ;9
    For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth , to show himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to him . AMEN

  5. Great word of encouragement brother at a time when we need it. It's very easy to allow someone something to sit in the chair of your life rather than the Lord. Timely reminder. Bless you