Come let’s praise the Lord for His mercy endures forever, alleluia. You are the reason why we are singing Jehovah, you are the Most High God.

Glorious God, hallow be thy Name, thank You for another bright day and good health in the land of the living. Blessed be thy Holy Name forever. Forever you will be the lamb upon the Throne, I gladly bow my knees to worship you our Lord.

Beloveth, what a pleasant opportunity we have to live right again. What a rare opportunity you have as a gift to find expression before the Throne of mercy. Shout alleluia! to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Hosanna in the highest to Him alone Who is worthy of our praise forever.

Can a promotion comes without a performance? Put in another way, can you ever get into a higher responsibility without first proven that you have mastered the level were you are?

Same way brethren, our walk with God can only be proven with the things that come our way to test our faith in Him Whom we claim to be our Father. In most case it can lead to deprivation, denials, pains, separation, bruises, death.

On contemplating on these challenges recently, how often we suffer even in the hands of people you think will know better rather the devil uses this same people to accuse and persecute you severely. I was not happy at the turnout of events and was discourage even threatened to challenge them if need be.

But God answered all my questions and calm my anger with this simple analogy which I will also be sharing with you and I believed that it will answer all your questions and encourage you as well.

By the way of ministration a man of God said, “If you resolve to stop worshipping God because you were insulted in the church by an usher, who in the course of duty directed you to sit somewhere else other than where you wanted to sit. He said, than you are free to go but wait until you go to the other side of the religion where you will not only be insulted but you will be assaulted.

How? Someone is asking, never mind I was also kin on hearing the next part. He said, “until you get to where you will be ask to ‘undress down up to your pant and carry sacrifice round the village square or market square in the name of worship” then you tell me which one is better.

To be insulted for God or to assault your personality? Wow! He went further to say, is like you calling your office to say “ I will not be coming to work today because someone insulted you on your way to the office, therefore you are not sure whether you will ever go back to work again. Why? because someone insulted you. He said, wait until your bills start accumulating then you know if that decision is to your best interest.

Beloved, does that proffer any solution for to you? For me, I resolved to follow Him to the end come what may, no matter the level of the insults and assaults put together in God’s Name, He will help me to overlook and move ahead. Are you saying same with me? Is that your resolve as well?

Our fathers and the Apostles of the old had their own fair experiences also to share with you (Gen 39:20; 1 Sam 18:8-9, 11-12; 1Cor 15: 31; 4:9-13; 2Cor 11:24-27; Acts 7:54-60; 12:2-3). What about our dear father Abraham? Can we claim the blessings without passing through the test?

Until your faith is tried, you cannot stand firmly for the Lord.

The trial of your faith.” 1Peter 1:7

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators. When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too.

Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired haven.

 No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity.

Tried faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God’s strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods. Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too.

Let not this, however, discourage those who are young in faith. You will have trials enough without seeking them: the full portion will be measured out to you in due season. Meanwhile, if you cannot yet claim the result of long experience, thank God for what grace you have; praise Him for that degree of holy confidence whereunto you have attained: walk according to that rule, and you shall yet have more and more of the blessing of God, till your faith shall remove mountains and conquer impossibilities.

Amen! But hear me, the Lord choose our inheritance for us. What more:

He shall choose our inheritance for us.” Psalm 47:4

 

Believer, if your inheritance be a lowly one you should be satisfied with your earthly portion; for you may rest assured that it is the fittest for you. Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected for you the safest and best condition.

A ship of large tonnage is to be brought up the river; now, in one part of the stream there is a sandbank; should some one ask, “Why does the captain steer through the deep part of the channel and deviate so much from a straight line?” His answer would be, “Because I should not get my vessel into harbour at all if I did not keep to the deep channel.”

So, it may be, you would run aground and suffer shipwreck, if your divine Captain did not steer you into the depths of affliction where waves of trouble follow each other in quick succession. Some plants die if they have too much sunshine. It may be that you are planted where you get but little, you are put there by the loving Husbandman, because only in that situation will you bring forth fruit unto perfection.

Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there. You are placed by God in the most suitable circumstances, and if you had the choosing of your lot, you would soon cry, “Lord, choose my inheritance for me, for by my self-will I am pierced through with many sorrows.”

Be content with such things as you have, since the Lord has ordered all things for your good. Take up your own daily cross; it is the burden best suited for your shoulder, and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good word and work to the glory of God. Down busy self, and proud impatience, it is not for you to choose, but for the Lord of Love!

“Trials must and will befall—

But with humble faith to see

Love inscribed upon them all;

This is happiness to me.”

Lord, try me to preserve me, I pray in Jesus Name. Join me to say that prayer for yourself. May you not fail in your trials in Jesus Name rather let my trails make me strong and firm in Whom I believed, my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

Remain blessed in the Lord.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.