Quote: "When something bad happens or you make bad decisions, YOU HAVE THREE CHOICES: You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, OR - You Can Let It Strengthen You! *Anonymous
There is no denying that bad things happen or sometimes, we all make mistakes. It is unavoidable because we are all human. No matter how good we try to live our lives and even if we accept Christ, trouble will come. As a believer in Christ, sometimes, we experience MORE trials than the average person. The enemy doesn't bother to go after someone he already has. He spends his energy and efforts to change and literally destroy the hearts and minds of those who believe in Christ and can make a positive difference and change in the world!
Whether it is abuse or bullying or drugs or alcohol or lying and cheating, stealing, even murder or death - there is one assurance that we have through it all - that assurance is that GOD is there with us and that he will not forsake us! As long as he is there, we have a way of escape - a way that can heal hurts, soothe pains, bring joy instead of sadness, relief instead of regrets, and more!
No matter what you are going through and may be feeling in your life, KNOW that GOD is with you and there is nothing his son JESUS didn't experience as well. Even those before you such as Job and John and David (we will feature their stories here soon...), have gone through trials that took everything, EVERYTHING they had! They were homeless, rejected, abused by family and friends, mistreated by others, betrayed, and even accused falsely of things they did not do. In those times, it seemed like GOD was not with them - but he was and in the end, each one of the people mentioned passed the tests of their lives because they never gave up, never cursed GOD, never refused to believe that things would get better because of God's faithfulness and love! They each received blessings because of this, at the end of their trials, that gave them as much as double the things they started out with - wealth and riches, land, homes, health, family, friends, and long-life. MOST OF ALL, THEY WERE BETTER PEOPLE, HELPED CHANGE THE LIVES OF OTHERS FOR THE BETTER, AND EXPERIENCED GOD'S LOVE AND BLESSINGS IN UNTHINKABLE WAYS!
Believe that GOD has you through each and every storm or trial that comes. If you have made bad decisions that seem like they are too much to bear, believe that GOD can forgive and heal you from even those things! Make a decision to accept his love, to forgive yourself, and take steps to make your life better. That is the power he has placed in you! No matter what has taken place before, it is not how you start out in every situation of life, but how you choose to finish!
You are PRECIOUS to GOD and he loves you through it all and will not leave you EVER once you have accepted his friendship and love!
Today, choose to believe that GOD is with you through it all and that it is never too late to make things better!