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In-spite of...
By Pastor Allen
Jan 30, 2012 - 1:15:12 PM

In-spite of what you’re going through!   The set-backs, financial challenges, health issues, marital problems, death in the family, home foreclosure, lost of a job, etc; it’s imperative that you remain  faithful to God and that which He’s called you to. (1Corinth.4: 2.   Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful).    
No matter what position one may hold in this life, financially stable or not, academically inclined or not, nationality or geographical location we all will have challenges; sometimes more than we care to talk about or can explain. Have you ever found yourself asking such questions: “Lord, how much longer? Or, when is it my turn?” Well, maybe not you; and if that’s so I’m happy for you and do wish you continual success.

But if the truth be told there are some of us who have asked such questions and yet we refuse to give up and cave into life’s pressure and challenges. We won’t compromise our position in God (Yahweh) through His son, Yahshua Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus the Christ) despite what our critics are saying.

The critics, spiritually dead, undiscerning persons would be the first to secretly or publicly judge and speak negatively about you and what you’re going through.   In-spite of their talks, this doesn’t give you the right to hate or walk in bitterness towards such persons. The best thing that you can do is to ignore and don’t allow what’s been said to contaminate your faith, and continue walking faithfully with God and in your assignment.

Here’s the Apostle Paul’s response when pressed with some of his many challenges and speaking to the church at Corinth.

1Corinth.4:3.   What about me? Have I been faithful? Well, it matters very little what you or anyone else thinks. I don't even trust my own judgment on this point.
: 4.   My conscience is clear, but that isn't what matters. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.
: 5.   So be careful not to jump to conclusions before the Lord returns as to whether or not someone is faithful. When the Lord comes, he will bring our deepest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. And then God will give to everyone whatever praise is due.
We’re living in a day and time when and where our faith will be challenged far beyond we can ever imagine; despite the fact that we’re saved and doing everything within our power to live a godly life, we’re not immune from life’s test, trials and challenges. When walking with God (in obedience to His word) there will be times when you would feel all alone even though you’re not alone; for He’s promised never to leave thee, nor forsake thee. It’s in those moments when God’s empowering presence / the Holy Spirit will encourage you to continue walking by faith, and not by sight.

Don’t think it strange that you’re facing adverse circumstances and maybe experiencing various challenges, nor be of the mind-set that you’re the only one that’s going through; but holdfast to your faith and sin not.

Speaking of Yahshua Messiah here’s what the scripture says:
Heb.4: 15.   For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
The word infirmities in the Greek is: astheneia, as-then'-i-ah; which has several meanings such as: (1) Feebleness of body or mind, (2) Malady / problems, difficulties, troubles (3) Frailty or shortcomings and weakness.
Therefore, whatever you’re going through I strongly encourage you to remain obedient to God’s word; because He faithfully watches over His word to perform it (Jer.1:12).  In these trying / difficult times many persons are succumbing to the financial challenges, marital problems, unemployment situations that they’re facing; but again, I encourage you to continue walking in obedience to God’s word.

There is a saying that says “If you fail to plan, then plan to fail” while this saying might have a great degree of truth, there are many persons who have countless hours methodically laying out various comprehensive plans only to have those plans come to naught.   It’s at this point that frustrations, disappointments and heart aches tend to overwhelm such planners.
With that being said, I wish to take you outside the realm of religion and point you to the one true planner who has a failed proof plan for you; His name is Yahweh, He’s the God of Abraham, Isaacs and Jacob, as He said to the prophet Jeremiah so is He saying to you today; right now as you’re reading this article.

NLT: Jer.29: 11.   For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Do you want to make God laugh; tell Him about your plans?  Do you want to please God; submit too and follow His plans for your life?
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