"Dear brothers and sisters,
when trouble comes your way,
consider it an opportunity for great joy.
For you know that when your
faith is tested, your endurance
has a chance to grow." James 1:2,3
Did Jesus ever promise us rosy circumstances?
When you become a christian you'll wake up to a rainbow each
morning, with everyone's warm smiles greeting you.
Your children will always be clean, healthy..the white fence and all that...
Like the slogan on my pajamas says: "Wakey, wakey, tea and cakey..."
Last night I watched a film, a testimony of a Muslim gentleman in Africa.
He was a strong Muslim and spiritual leader in his village.
He went to sleep one night and Jesus appeared to him in a dream.
Jesus told him He loved him. He showed him that he wanted him to read the Bible,
The word of God.
He also said, No one can come to the Father except through me.
He had numerous dreams after this and consequently decided to accept Jesus.
After he had made this choice he suffered various trials.
His own father disowned him publicly and also poisoned him, tried to kill him
on various occasions, but each time God made a way for him.
He suffered rejection from his own father, his own people.
In the end, because he stood strong, his father called for him
when he was sick in the hospital. He asked his son to forgive him
and his son said, I have already forgiven you because this is what my
God teaches me to do and then his led his father
into the kingdom of God and his father accepted Jesus
also as his Lord and Savior.
This man stood strong throughout this process and reaped
a harvest at the end. Endurance and
The parable of the Protea Flower
(from the south african christian magazine, My World)
was revealed to me by The Great I am when my firstborn
came into this life. She was very close to death, she
went through fire and so did we as her parents.
Let me tell you,
it was most difficult for us, but God was always there with us.
And today she is running around and playing, bringing so
much joy and life into our home.
a Protea Flower only starts to germinate
after it has burned. Then the Flower...
"WHEN YOU GO THROUGH
I WILL BE WITH YOU.
WHEN YOU GO THROUGH RIVERS
WHEN YOU WALK
THROUGH THE FIRE,
YOU WILL NOT BE BURNED UP,
THE FLAMES WILL NOT CONSUME YOU."
Take heart, Jesus has overcome.....