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A Tsunami of Legal Indictments

I remember when I was a kid my Mom would ask me to keep my room clean. If I neglected it at some point she would ask me to clean it on that day. If I got too busy playing (you know, important young boy stuff, like playing soccer) and I neglected to clean my room in a timely manner, she would issue a warning. “If you don’t clean your room, I am going to clean it for you!”

Oh wow, that was the ultimate threat! I knew she meant it, she had carried through on her warning in times past. It involved her throwing away so many wonderful things of “great value” that a young boy would collect, things like pieces of string and rope, and broken radios that I just knew I could fix someday. All of those treasure-like things were thrown away. My room was cleaned for me, but the cost to me was enormous. I learned to never push my Mom to the point of her following through on her room cleaning warning.

Fast forwarding now to today (February 9, 2016), God has been asking us to keep our nation’s government clean and orderly, or else He will clean it for us. We have played, we have delayed, and we have finally pushed Him to follow through on His warning to clean our government for us.

There is a Tsunami of legal investigations, indictments, guilty verdicts, and sentencing of politicians (and their aides) coming to Washington D.C. and to many state and local governments.

For much too long we as a nation (“We the people…”) have allowed government officials — especially elected politicians — to ignore “the laws of nature’s God” and the laws of the land. If they are a member of our personal political party, their indiscretions are overlooked in the name of party unity. When a member of another political party ignores the laws, our outcry is not for the sake of righteousness but for political expediency.

To mention ethics is to prompt a response of scorn and laughter, and a charge of being a hypocrite. The majority of our politicians and their inner circle of advisors, assistants, and enablers have lost their moral and ethical compass bearings. Not all of them have, thankfully, but a majority of them contribute to the atmosphere of lawlessness and self-serving unrighteousness by participating in it, or by neglecting to take a public stand for righteousness.

Most everything that happens (or does not happen) among our elected leaders is now evaluated by a political yardstick, by that day’s definition of political correctness, and by the so called 11th Commandment which is to never [under any circumstances] speak against a member of one’s own political party.

I believe that God has begun to “clean our room” for us, and we are not going to like it. The blame however rests solely upon our own shoulders. His cleaning of our nation’s government is going to result in the filling of many trash dumpsters, junk that has accumulated and contributed to the stench of our political tree house.

“’See, I am against you, you arrogant one,’ declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty, ‘for your day has come, the time for you to be punished. The arrogant one will stumble and fall and no one will help her up; I will kindle a fire in her towns that will consume all who are around her.’”

~ Jeremiah 50:31-32

When the indictments come and the sentences are announced, let us respond with sobriety. It is not about political parties and which party has the most or the fewest charges, or how many years of sentencing each political party’s members received. It is about God and righteousness, and if “We the people” had been doing our part things would not have reached this point where God has to clean our nation for us.

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Worship Wars: Hell’s Favorite Comedy

Too often individual believers sacrifice the true heart of worship on the altar of personal preference in exchange for a particular style and substance of praise and worship songs. This sad exchange takes place when the true meaning of worship has been lost, or has yet to be understood.

When factions arise within a church and begin a civil war in the name of God, hell gathers around with pop corn to watch what is to them a comedy routine. In God’s eyes, it is a tragedy.

While there is at times a distinction to be made between holy and unholy songs of worship, in all of my years in ministry in the Church I have seen only a very few instances of truly holy distinction in the realm of music. Most of the time it is solely about personal preference.

“In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval.”

~ 1 Corinthians 11:17-19

Most of the conflicts in recent church history (in the last 300 years or so) have centered around things like: which musical instruments are acceptable (“holy”) and unacceptable (“unholy”) in God’s eyes. Whether it be a pump organ, a piano, a drum set, a keyboard, an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, a harmonica, a harp, a trumpet, a French horn… because at some point in time each instrument was popular in some secular arenas like saloons, theaters, or rock concerts, they carried a stigma that spiritually immature people could not get beyond. Therefore (in their eyes) those instruments were unholy in God’s eyes. They were like those in the Apostle Paul’s day who could not fathom eating food that had been sacrificed to an idol and then sold at the community market where Christians would then buy it for food.

“But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.”

~ 1 Corinthians 8:7-8

While attributing a holy or unholy attribute to each kind of musical instrument might sound necessary to some and worthy of a church civil war, the problem is really with them: their own weak conscience, their lack of scriptural knowledge, and their immaturity. They may be sincere, and they may have been a Christian all their life, but their immaturity is obvious and their error in going to war is costly.

The style of music is another point of contention, a realm where personal preference is mixed with past experiences of God’s presence during genuine times of worship. A few hundred years ago there were several hymns where the lyrics were definitely scriptural and wonderful, but were battled against ferociously because the tune was borrowed from common songs of their day. This kind of “discernment” is still active today, certain genres of music are either required or are banned from being played in certain churches.

An additional attribute of worship music that is contentious for some is in relation to acoustic only, acoustic and digital, or only digital. The strongest opposition usually is on the acoustic side of the spectrum that rejects the more modern and “secular” digital sounds. So-called “distortion sounds” (i.e. Electric guitar) are rejected on the basis of stretching the meaning of a single verse of scripture from 1 Corinthians 14 about “distinction in the notes.”

The substance of a certain genre of worship songs are often mocked by other “genre groupies” (as I call them). Many of the old hymns have wonderful, rich proclamations of God’s goodness and love. Some hymns however are best left in the past. Many of the new choruses have wonderful, rich exclamations of love for God and speak of total surrender. Some choruses however are best left in the past. The point is this: the genre of the worship song is not what makes it worshipful or worthy of mockery. In fact, it’s not even the warm nostalgic memories that a song triggers within us that makes it good or right.

What is right or wrong about our worship is not our song, it is our heart! God is not impressed with our mastery of a certain musical instrument, our voice which might have “perfect pitch,” and our lyrics that have a “perfect doctrine” that is a recitation of our church’s 32 tenets of faith. He is however impressed with a heart that is passionately in love with Him, and that expresses that love through genuine, godly living. The prophet Isaiah spoke God’s corrective message to Israel about the difference between having right words vs. having right hearts:

“These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is based on merely human rules… Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”

~ Isaiah 29:13-14

So, the question you might be asking at this point is: “In the worship war in my church, which side then is right?” or “How do we solve this raging problem?”

The key to solving the civil war is to call a truce, and then call them all to the altar of prayer to ask God to come into the church and teach everyone, both the immature and the mature, both the young and the old, both the traditionalist and the charismatic, what worship really is in His eyes. Ask Him to reveal to each person the distinction between what is holy and unholy about their own heart. Openly confess that there is something bigger to worship than music genres. Then, enter into a season of prayer-soaked Bible-studied teaching on the true heart of worship.

One question remains: will you “sacrifice” your personal musical preference out of love for Christ and love for every person in His church so that a true heart of worship can be transplanted in the body of the church, His bride? Personally, I can’t bear to listen to a single note of the Blue Grass genre of music, but what if God in His infinite wisdom wants to bring a church-wide and city-wide revival that among other things uses that genre of music? I pray that I may become a Blue Grass singing, God-worshipping, and people-loving revival-junkie!

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At An Impasse?

Has God called you to a destination, but you have reached an impasse? God’s calling is followed by His provisioning.

“So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.'”

~ Genesis 22:14

When God calls us as Christians to a task or to a destination, He will always provide that which we will need to fulfill His call. Our part is to walk in obedience, to live in prayer mode, and to perpetually believe in His willingness and in His plan to provide what is necessary for the mission.

Most of the time when God calls us our journey will require miracles of one kind or another, miracles done by Him in sync with our steps. If we stop walking in the right direction, His miracles may cease until we get back on the right track.

Sometimes His miracles are not in the form that we think they should be. We might think we need money for the next step, but He may provide a different resource. We might think that He will open big doors to big places, but instead He may lead us into a desert. We might think we need gift certificates to a grocery store, but He may instead command Ravens to bring us scraps of food.

“’Elijah, you will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.’ So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.”

~ 1 Kings 17:4-6

Certainly there are times in our lives when God will provide in abundance, and we certainly enjoy those times and we thank Him with great appreciation and sincerity. However, as servants of the King of all Kings, our willingness to go with the flow of His provision is of utmost importance. Our time of service is not about our comfort, it is about our being trained and developed for service to the King in any environment with any resources He provides.

Good servants, good soldiers, good athletes, good princes and princesses of the King are not discouraged or offended by their training and their assignments that take them through mud and sewers, in extreme heat and cold, while being sick and experiencing loss. God is not treating us like dirt, He is helping us to overcome our weaknesses and shortcomings, and building within us great self discipline and a willingness for personal sacrifice of comfort and security.

God will provide, but His specific provisioning serves many more Divine purposes than just building a bridge for us to get from Point A to Point B. He is training us, building us, and using us all at the same time. And He gets the maximum glory out of all of it!

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Caring For Aging Parents

By Tracy Helling

“Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.”

~Leviticus 19:32

They aren’t our children. They may be regressing in some ways, and even behave in childish fashions, but they are not our children. One of the easiest ways to cause our relationship with senior parents to become adversarial is to condescend or dictate to them. It’s amazing how many adult children say things to their parents which, when they were young, would have made them very angry. We need to treat our parents with the same respect that we would want. They are still adults, and though they may need our wisdom and guidance more and more if they are losing mental capacity, they can still detect condescension, irritation, bossiness and impatience.

Seniors move slowly. They think slowly, speak slowly, eat slowly, make decisions slowly, and lose their once sharp organizational skills. They may not hear well, see well, or have great balance. We need to make time allowances for all those activities which may now take them longer, and not rush them. If we rush them it will likely only make them anxious, clumsy and irritable. Our hurry is not their problem.

Let them tell their stories. Nearing the end of one’s life, there is nothing there to look forward to, but if their life has been full and relatively rewarding, there is lots to look back on, and reminiscing is a wonderful activity for seniors. Quite often, it can release endorphins and relieve anxiety, and many times they are able to go to sleep quickly and peacefully after a time of happy reminiscing.

Start talking now about lifestyle changes that will come in the future. “How would you like to be talked with about giving up driving?” “What things should precipitate a move from home into a more appropriate living space?” Talk about getting power of attorney and long term care insurance–all talks that should be ongoing and frank while Mom and Dad are still very independent and functioning well. Hard discussions with our children and adolescents about life changing things shouldn’t be avoided, and the same is true for our parents. Getting their thoughts about whether or not to have them revived with extraordinary measures, and if/when they want hospice at the end of their lives, all these things will give both us and our parents peace of mind when the time comes, knowing how they felt about these subjects. They will know you care enough to be thinking of them ahead of time.

If parents should suffer from dementia, there may come a time when they don’t know who we are. This is not a valid reason to not visit frequently; for our parent’s sake our frequent visits help us to keep a close eye on the quality of their care and for accountability of the people who are caring for them. We know who THEY are. This is all we need to know. Honoring them has nothing to do with how they function. It is something between us and God.

A quick note about dementia. Quite often I describe it as a long play record which is being erased from the last track to the first. Most recent life experiences will disappear first from their long term memory. The oldest, most “hard wired” memories are the last to go. Encouraging them to talk about the things they do remember (and not quizzing and trying to jog their memory about things they’ve forgotten) is soothing for them. It can trigger great anxiety in them to be interrogated by loved ones who insist they SHOULD be able to remember their spouse is dead, or that they moved from their home to the present care center years ago instead of just days ago.

It is important (as much as possible) to enter into our loved one’s reality, and not attempt to orient them to time and date, that part of their skill set is gone. They can still laugh, love, listen, and reminisce, but they are creatures of the here and now. The future and recent past have no meaning for them, so we allow them the peace of being where they are.

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Tracy Helling is an Activities Professional in a Senior community, working in a variety of roles with Seniors since 2011. She lives in Spokane, WA with her husband and three sons.

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King David: The Comeback Kid!

King David committed sins of Divine Disobedience, Pride, Lust, Adultery, Deception, and Premeditated Murder, and yet he is heralded by scripture as a man after God’s own heart because he always returned to God with Brokenness and Transparency, and accepted the consequences of his sin.

“After removing Saul, He made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’”

~ Acts 13:22

God said this with full knowledge of all David’s future sinful activities. He also knew how David would respond to His correction and discipline. The entirety of Psalm 51 is a record of David’s prayer of repentance after his adultery with Bathsheba and his premeditated murder of her husband. Here is a brief selection of verses:

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow…

Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart You, God, will not despise.”

~ Psalm 51:7,9-10,17

Now, just to be clear, it isn’t that God allowed David to just get away with murder. Each of David’s sins resulted in profound consequences, physically, emotionally, mentally, relationally, materially, and spiritually. Some of the consequences were God’s disciplines to help teach David greater self-control, while other consequences were of a natural progression of events caused by his own actions. God’s grace is evident in David’s life because each of his sins made him worthy of the Divine death penalty (just as our own sins do), but he was afforded the opportunities to return to God wholeheartedly.

God’s grace is a delay of final judgement so that we will have an opportunity to repent and return to Him. God’s delight is always found in the return of His prodigal kids, He loves His comeback kids!

Are you a Comeback Kid? When you fail God in small ways or in big ways, do you always return to Him with a broken and contrite heart? Are you always accepting of the consequences? Though God will forgive, He may also discipline. His discipline is not the judgement and penalty for your sin (that would be the death penalty!), instead His discipline is training you for living righteously with Him and to help free you from further sin.

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Faith That Is Courageous!

Listen to His Word, walk righteously, and pray often and fervently. Your faith will become bold and strong like a lion, and you will minister side-by-side with the fearless.

“Those who walk righteously and speak what is right… they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.”

~ Isaiah 33:15-16

A constant inflow of the scriptures is vital; not necessarily read books about the Bible, but reading the books of the Bible. The consistent flow of the water of the scriptures will rinse the mind (yep, “Brainwash”) and will wear down the rough edges of the rocky personality. Faith will begin to grow and develop a firm foundation for the building of the rest of the house of faith.

“… faith comes from hearing the message… through the word about Christ.”

~ Romans 10:17

Vital to the human body is the breathing of air. So it is for our spirit, we need to breath-in the Holy Spirit and exhale prayers of surrender to God, worship of God, and intercessions for God. As we pray, our faith grows strong, and we begin to be utilized by God for the prayer of faith so that His kingdom can come and His will can be done “on earth as it is in Heaven” (from The Lord’s Prayer). Jude also addresses the building of faith through the practice of prayer:

“… by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit…”

~ Jude 1:20

The secret to building faith is hidden right out in the open, but it is implemented in the private life.

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No Rubbernecking!

The Christian Life is like driving in a long distance, high speed race: a single moment of looking at anything that is not pertinent to the race can result in our wrecked life, or worse yet, we could cause the wreck of another person’s life.

Rubbernecking is where we gawk at eye candy (exciting to the eyes and thus to the heart) in the middle of the high speed race, resulting in our distraction and the endangerment of our spirit-life and that of others. On a public freeway when traffic slows to just 15 mph because of an accident in one lane, there are drivers who rubberneck (gawk) at the accident like its eye candy, are distracted for just a split second and wreck their own car’s bumper or side panels. If that can happen at 15 mph, imagine the mess that can be made at 180 mph with not just car parts, but body and soul parts! So it is in the spiritual aspect of the high speed race: the Christian Life.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”

~ Proverbs 4:25

Gentlemen, we would be wise not to gawk (or even glimpse) with lustful intent at life’s exotic cars, erotic women, or erratic business opportunities. Each of those things do not pertain to life and godliness, they do not serve the purpose of safely navigating life’s high speed spiritual race. They are momentary distractions that can have dire, eternal outcomes.

“… train yourself to be godly… godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

~ 1 Timothy 4:7-8

Ladies… I’ll leave it to you to provide your own examples, no doubt you have your own list of “eye candies” that try to distract you, whether they involve your physical eyes or not.

Using the long distance high speed race analogy, please allow me to weave it together with a passage of scripture that really sums up our devotional. I will quote the scripture and insert (“Like This!”) words that are from the high speed race analogy.

“… since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses (“Grandstands!”), let us throw off everything that hinders (“Rubbernecking!”) and the sin (“Eye Candy!”) that so easily entangles (“Distracts!”). And let us run (“Drive!”) with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus (“Watching the Car in front of Us!”)…”

~ Hebrews 12:1-2

Let’s remember, as Christians we are to be “professional race car drivers” and we do not “rubberneck” in life’s high speed race!

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Discovering & Transforming The Heart’s Motives

Knowing what motivates us and what drives us requires a deep dive into the waters of our heart in partnership with the Holy Spirit for a humbling, honest, and transparent expedition of discovery and transformation. Knowing what our deepest motives are will help us to identify our strengths and our weaknesses when it comes to daily fulfilling the purposes of Christ.

The scriptures use the analogy of deep waters to illustrate how deep our motives reside in our hearts. In modern terms the analogy is like deep sea divers who explore the oceans’ depths.

“The motives of a person’s heart are deep waters, but a wise one will draw them out.”

~ Proverbs 20:5

This principle of searching out our own heart’s motives also applies to discovering the motives of other people’s hearts, if they will let you in. Pastoral counseling (or coaching, or consulting, or ministry) often centers on the exploration and discovery of deep seated motivations through conversation, the study of scripture, and prayer with the other person.

The depths of the human heart are not easily explored. It requires the assistance and the light of the Holy Spirit to discover and identify motivations and desires that might not be accustomed to light, they shrink back into their underwater caves when someone gets close.

“And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

~ Romans 8:27

Prayer, both private prayer on our part and intercessory prayer by another person (and the prayers of intercession of the Holy Spirit) is integral to arriving at a clear understanding of what is driving us: why we do the things that we do.

Quite often a very helpful tool in this process is that of journaling things we have prayerfully considered and scripturally studied in relation to our heart, the motives we have identified as being (or not being) central to how we live our daily life.

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Fashionable Christian Spirituality

The church seems to be led by the Holy Spirit through decade-long (decadal) seasons of topical emphasis. For example:

🔸The 1980’s seems to have been “Purification of Church Leadership” (multiple high profile ministers had their sin exposed);

🔸The 1990’s seems to have been “Calling the Church to Prayer” (multiple prayer movements and hot spots of revival that emphasized both group and individual prayer as a ministry of each church);

🔸The 2000’s seems to have been “Let The Worship Arise” (multiple churches had their fresh worship music permeate the global church);

🔸The 2010’s have multiple streams of emphasis that are gaining momentum.

It is exciting when the Holy Spirit moves the church in refreshing emphases and these subjects should always be recognized and emphasized. Each subject may have a season of emphasis, but just because a transition is made to a new emphasis does not mean that we can now neglect the previous ones. Each emphasis should be incorporated into our corporate and personal lifestyle.

There is a danger that we as Americans need to be aware of, and it is this: We are so fashion minded in everything that we wear, drive, listen to, watch, eat, etc. that we can easily treat the movements of the Holy Spirit like a fashion that appears and then we can throw it out or remodel for the next approaching fashion season.

The seasons of the Holy Spirit’s emphasis are not fashion statements. We should never hear someone mention “purity” or “prayer” or “worship” and respond with a “that is so out dated” and “we have moved on.” Neither should we get stuck in one season for the rest of our lives because “that season was real revival!”

Should we emphasize what the Spirit is saying or doing? Absolutely! Each season should be allowed to have its fullest impact upon our lives, and we should fully integrate them into our core being. What we should not do is run around looking for the “latest thing” just for the purpose of excitement, or for the adulation from some of the “slower folks” who aren’t “fashion-conscious” of spiritual things.

“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop, some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

~ Mark 4:20

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When God’s Grace Isn’t Sufficient After All…

The Apostle Paul had a “thorn in the flesh” which was never directly identified for us in scripture, but whatever it was it involved suffering and embarrassment, a humbling of his pride.

“… Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.‘ …for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

~ 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

God said His grace would be sufficient for Paul, and no doubt this message was for us too when our trials are not solved right away; God’s grace will be sufficient for us in our trials, but what is happening when we are convinced that His grace really isn’t being enough for us?

In my own life I have had a whole-body pain and fatigue condition that was diagnosed over 15 years ago, and has continued to increase over time. I am currently in bed about 18 hours every day, and some weeks I am unable to leave the house. There is no treatment for symptoms, there are no answers for medicinal or naturopathic healing, and traditional prescription pain medicine doesn’t work at this time (due to my body chemistry, since birth I have always been partially immune to most anesthetics and analgesics).

There are days when the pain is almost worthy of a scream, the fatigue feels like I have a ton on my shoulders, and my world has become very, very small because I am usually unable to socialize. I miss Pastoring a local church, and I miss preaching, counseling, and visiting the sick. I believe in Divine healing through the Name of Jesus Christ, and yet… here I remain.

So what about the grace of God? What about those who are convinced that God’s grace isn’t being sufficient for them? The problem isn’t with God, it’s with our perspective.

“Let God be true, and every human being a liar…”

~ Romans 3:4

It would be easy for me to think that God’s grace has failed me if I consider only certain outcomes to be the only proof of God’s grace being sufficient for me. But, I have learned that God’s grace really is sufficient for me if I allow Him to choose what kind of grace.

For those who are suffering in trials and are convinced that God has left them out in the cold, they need to realize that God’s grace is provided to us for journeying through the trial, not just to end the trial. In my situation, if my measure of God’s grace is only compared with how far my pain goes down, I will be sorely disappointed. God’s grace doesn’t take my pain away (yet), His grace gives to me an internal fortitude and joy for continuing through life’s journey while in pain!

If you are a believer in Christ and in the scriptures, there are specific things we know about God that are certain and factual, and one of those certainties is His faithfulness to His children to bring them through any storm that might come upon them. When we look around at our situation and we doubt God’s presence and participation in our circumstances, the problem is not with God, it is with our own perspective.

God’s grace is sufficient for you in your trials, just allow Him to choose how His grace will benefit you. If His grace for you is miraculous healing, great! If His grace for you is medicinal healing, great! If His grace for you is endurance with an ability to suffer long and hard with a bright countenance of joy and peace… great!! Let God choose the form for His grace, and you choose to accept His brand of grace regardless of what that means.

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