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Spiritually Speaking

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By Pearl Harper

God, our refuge and strength

 

Here on this Earth if you are alive and breathing you will suffer afflictions.

Things that can cause pain or distress, has no respect of persons. This comes to Christians and non-Christians. Personally I am so glad we don’t have to go through them alone.

The outcome of our afflictions are so much better if we trust in God. Our prayers and the prayers of others on our behalf, can literally move mountains. I have seen many miracles in my lifetime for me, for my family, and many others.

Recently I have been in prayer for a couple, both facing many health issues; both are in their late 50s. Their doctor’s appoints and the frequency of them, is quite an undertaking. There was another problem that seemed to add to their burden- finances. I received a call from them last week the Lord opened a door that made the finances better and I am sure He is working on their behalf. I am also thankful for many of my friends who are helping by keeping them in their prayers.

We know Christ is not going to stop loving us, but can anything make us stop loving Him? Not if we believe what Paul wrote in Romans 8:35-39. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

As it is written, “For thy sake we are killed all the daylong: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conqueror’s through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus Our Lord.”

Remember there are conditions to all these promises. Psalm 34:17,18, “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out all their troubles.

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart: and saved such that be of a contrite (repentant) spirit.

James wrote in chapter 5:13-14, “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing Psalms. Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church: and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”

Paul wrote some great instructions to us in Romans 13:5-6, “Let your conversation be without covetousness: and be content with such things as you have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.

So that ye may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not feat what man shall do unto me.”

I often think of the Apostle Paul and all of his afflictions. He wrote about them and how the Lord delivered him out of all of them.

Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” This scripture should give us great comfort through any affliction.

God Bless.