Forget Me Not
James 1:2 HCSB Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
Learning joy in times of affliction does not mean being happy. It is learning to count the affliction as joy because of the benefits it will give.
During times of trouble our hearts yearn for God. The more intense the trouble, the deeper the desire to diligently seek the Lord with all our heart should become. We now need to be carried and pulled through the affliction and the realization comes that only the Lord is able to do this. I can't imagine life without Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
In the darkest moment of my affliction I ask the Lord to take my life. I meant one thing but God knew the truth which was choose myself or give all of me to Him. I am writing this to tell you, His truth always prevails.
God answered my prayer being faithful to His word.
2 Timothy 2:13 HCSB if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
Exodus 20:3, 23:13 Deuteronomy 5:7, 6:14, 11:16, ...many more.
God says we are to have no other gods before Him and I was putting my situation ahead of God. The Holy Spirit revealed truth to me, I repented, and Jesus Christ freed me.
I have not nor will I forget the day God graciously protected me from myself. I did not deserve His grace, mercy, or protection. God's hand guided me when I was rebelling. He poured out His grace on me when I was acting ugly. He loved me though I was unlovable. He met all my needs especially the ones I did not know about and He did this for me freely. Meaning I did not and do not even now deserve what God has given me.
Psalm 78:7 HCSB so that they might put their confidence in God and not forget God's works, but keep His commands.
Psalm 103:2 HCSB My soul, praise the Lord, and do not forget all His benefits.
Psalm 119:16 HCSB I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
93 HCSB I will never forget Your precepts, for You have given me life through them
153 HCSB Consider my affliction and rescue me, for I have not forgotten Your instruction.
Proverbs 4:5 HCSB Get wisdom, get understanding; don't forget or turn away from the words of my mouth.
I pray I never forget what the Lord has done for me and has given me. I pray for more and more growth in the Lord upon my life.
Joy in times of tribulation is not being happy, it is expecting God to bring us closer to Himself. To God be all the honor and glory for what He has done, is doing, and will do.
Luke 24:46 NLT And he said, "Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. 47 It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations,beginning in Jerusalem: 'There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.'
Jesus came to die for our sins! Do you have a relationship with Jesus? Do you know who you are in Jesus? Have you accepted Jesus?