Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, January 26, 2014

From Trial to Triumph

Life can be extremely challenging. Whether we experience financial troubles, hunger, death, disease, bad relationships, or simply the upkeep of owning material goods, the frustration of dealing with unfavorable issues weakens us. Agitation and distress undermine the positives in life, draining our strength. Our outlook on life is dismal at best, and then it seems everything continues to go wrong. All the while, behind these horrible scenes prowls the enemy of God, waiting to steal our joy and create chaos. What do we do?

As believers in Christ, we pick up our sword, the Word of God which is Jesus, and we fight the good fight of faith (Ephesians 6:17, John 1:1-5, 2 Timothy 4:7). But what if we don’t have the strength to fight? What if we don’t feel like reading Scripture? What then? Simply speak the name of Jesus, sing a song of praise, pray a short prayer, or talk with a trusted friend—there’s power in those actions. 

Scripture warns us about our adversary, the devil. Scripture instructs us not to be anxious about anything, but to thankfully pray to our God who cares for us. Scripture guides us in living a godly life. Scripture strengthens and heals. 

If you are suffering from heartache and hurt right now, God’s Words are posted below to help you heal. But if you don’t have the energy to read them, then gaze at the pictures of the heavens and know that the Creator loves you. If music soothes your soul, then click on the links below and let the gift of song restore you. Simply be still and know that He is God.

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:7-8 (NASB)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 (NIV) 
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 (NIV)
“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name...
Matthew 6:9 (NIV)
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121 (NIV)

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 46 (NIV)

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11(NASB)

“Sweet Jesus” by Selah and Jill Phillips -------

“The Prayer” with lyrics sung by Celine Dion and Josh Groban  ----

We give thanks to You, Lord God, for who you are. We love you, Jesus Christ, for giving your life for us. Holy Spirit, guide us daily and lead us to life everlasting. AMEN. 

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