Suffering: Your Future Credentials

Your personal experience in pain and suffering will be your credentials that grant you access to many hearts who are struggling greatly.

Let’s not underestimate the future value of today’s experiences of pain and suffering that we endure. The comfort we receive from God through it all will be transferable to others!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”

📖 2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-5‬

See you at the altar of prayer. And may we never forget what it was like to suffer in the past, so that we may empathize deeply with those who suffer currently.

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Pray Until Heaven Invades Your Situation!

In my personal opinion, we have yet to discover the depths to which God has sovereignly chosen to wait for — and rely upon — the deep-hearted, earnest, persevering prayers of His people before His answers are dispatched from Heaven to Earth.

Elijah was an outstanding prophet of God in Israel’s history. He was a man through whom God poured great measures of His divine power to accomplish great signs and wonders to confirm and affirm God’s messages spoken through him to Israel.

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

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.”

📖 James‬ ‭5:16-18

Let’s be people who devote ourselves to developing our prayer life, and to discovering the depths to which God intends that we earnestly pray.

See you at the altar of prayer, the place where God pours out His power and effectiveness from Heaven and into our situations.

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When Darkness Approaches

Do you have a raging, dark storm quickly approaching you?

Do not be afraid.

God doesn’t only reveal Himself to us in wonderful worship services where even the impossible seems like child’s play for God to accomplish.

Most of the time it is in the midst of extreme danger and darkness that God reveals Himself to us. In these times He intends to test us, to show us what is in our hearts. He already knows what is in us, but He wants us to see for ourselves what is in us.

The storms of life are intended by the devil to “kill, steal, and destroy” us, (John 10:10) but it is God’s intention to reveal to us what is in us. He also wants to reveal to us what is in His heart, His love for us.

“When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear

Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.’

The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.”

📖 Exodus‬ ‭20:18-21‬

See you at the altar of prayer, located in the center of that coming storm. Get ready to have a lot of revelation, of self and of God.

Do not be afraid.

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The Refiner’s Fire & Reforming Hammer

Is your surrendered-to-God life being heated almost to the melting point, and then being beaten upon seemingly without mercy?

Stay on the anvil of God. Your outcome will be beautiful, powerful, and glorifying to Him! He isn’t punishing you, He is forming you into the greatest person that you can be.

He didn’t say that you would love the sculpting process, but you WILL love the final RESULT of His sculpting process!

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Impassioned through Pain

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

Some passions can only be learned through pain.”

( Max Lucado / from his book: “A Gentle Thunder” )

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God’s Grace for Joy in Pain

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

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“In a sense, the pain is almost surreal, but God’s grace is so real, and is provided through His tangible Presence! His grace does not take my pain away. His grace does however equip me physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually to endure the pain, and to do so with a heart that is filled with joy and is established in peaceHis peace!

( David J. Hall / from article: “The Chronic Grace of God” )

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Are You Carrying Your Cross?

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

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“… and anyone who does not take his own cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.”

( Jesus, Matthew 10:38 )

Have you identified your cross and called it YOUR CROSS? What are you doing with it today?

In the above verse, what did Jesus NOT say?
He didn’t say:

🔹“Rebuke your cross!”
🔹“Blame & curse those who gave you that cross!”
🔹“Find your own way with your own cross!”

He DID say, “Take up [YOUR CROSS] and follow ME…”

Its YOUR cross, so pick it up, set it squarely on your shoulders, and follow the footsteps of Jesus that have been pre-printed in the dirt by His Own faithful journey!

( David J. Hall / from article: “Have You Embraced YOUR Cross?” )

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When the Dictators Finally Die

Fidel Castro, communist revolutionary and self-enriching strongman of the small Caribbean nation of Cuba, has passed away at the age of 90. The cruel spirit in which he treated all of the Cuban people and specifically, persecuted the Christian church, resulted in an estimated 100,000 murders.

A lifetime of incarceration and torture were also standard fare for people who spoke against his regime, resisted his orders, or tried to escape the island nation on makeshift rafts. Millions of people have suffered poverty, hunger, illness, and basic human rights during his dictatorial reign as a thug disguised as a revolutionary for freedom.

He leaves behind an estimated net worth of $900 million dollars which [along with his power-base] will most likely be transferred to his 85 year old brother, Raul Castro.

“… when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.”

( Proverbs ‭11:10‬ )

The Cuban people need our intercessory prayer, especially during this time of transition.

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Suffering

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

“It is natural (and even a sign of a healthy mental state) to take evasive action to avoid suffering. However, our life’s primary purpose is not to avoid ALL suffering at all costs. Our life’s primary purpose is to bring glory to God in ALL situations at any cost, even if it involves seasons of suffering.”

( David J. Hall )

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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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