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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 16: Don't Give Up




Did GOD really say~

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds"*

Oh HE did.

The word that gets me is "WHENEVER",

which means YOU WILL,

as no one is exempt.

Actually WHENEVER isn't such a bad word

as it is all about the words that follow~

"WHENEVER you face trials".*

Now does this make you want to do the happy dance

or does it make you run as fast as you can in

the other direction

as far as you can get away from GOD.

Because who wants a TRIAL.

A TRIAL is A TEST.

Do you want to be TESTED?

A TEST comes with an outcome~

PASS or FAIL.

Sounds like a pop quiz at school

because doesn't

a TRIAL just pop up

when you least expect it.

Do you face the TRAIL wanting to PASS it

or do you run in the other direction

in fear of FAILING?

But if you know GOD,

if you really know GOD,

HE doesn't set us up to fail

because HE doesn't stop after the word

TRIAL.

"...because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance"*

Now doesn't this make you want to exhale.

TRIAL~

A TESTING OF YOUR FAITH

that comes in all shapes and sizes

that is so tailored for you,

because no one can take your TEST

because no one can have FAITH for you.

FAITH is yours.

FAITH is a choice.

Beautiful FAITH that can't be seen but can be

BELIEVED by you~

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see" (Hebrews 11:1).

What do you HOPE for?

A sunny day. The return of a prodigal. A new job. Lose 10 pounds. A phone call. A ________.

A TESTING of your FAITH.

A TEST in the midst of what you don't have what it takes to PASS it

because it takes you deeper into a relationship with the ONE who is FAITH.

FAITH always wins. FAITH always passes the TEST.

FAITH stretches you beyond yourself.

FAITH breeds PERSEVERANCE,

staying power that wins the race~

"Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" *(James 1:2-4)

Oh the word WHENEVER never looked so good

because GOD doesn't leave us hanging

because HE always has a greater purpose in mind

WHENEVER we FACE TRIALS of many kinds

because every TRIAL

becomes the place of GRACE

when you FACE the FACE of GOD

in FAITH

because FAITH is GOD.

HE doesn't leave you alone,

but joins you in the journey

so you pass the TEST with flying colors

because

WHENEVER GOD is in the picture

you always win.

What is your WHENEVER right now?

Are you being TESTED?

Where is GOD taking you?

Let's FAST from the weight of FAILING today

by FACING every TEST,

WHENEVER it comes

in whatever shape and form~

by facing it with the FACE of GOD

and staying where you are & feeling what you feel

IN FAITH,

so you meet GOD at a deeper level

and pass with flying colors.

Just because GOD isn't about failing.

You always PASS THE TEST

when

"MY FEET ARE ON THE ROCK" (listen to the song below)



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