Through the storms
Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom. Proverbs 18:1
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. Psalm 103:13-14
Hey all brethren! Been awhile since I've last been on, I wasn't sure where to put this at since it is going to be a prayer request, but it's also going to be a mini exhortation as well 🙂!
Over the past couple of months the Lord has really put me through some very tough trials, situations, and tests... And it really felt like I wasn't going to get a break (or make it out alive) through it all... I'm not 100% out of the storm yet, but I can see the sun poking through the clouds. Also over this past month or so I have totally cut myself off from everyone including the brethren. And it became virtually just me and the Lord. And in these past couple of months I have dove deep into the word and also have been really trying to apply it to my life, and learned and experienced quite a bit from doing so, but that learning and experience did not come without a price... And the price was hefty. I went through numerous tests not only spiritually, but also carnally as well... And more than most of those tests left me on my wit's end, especially the spiritual ones... But I can always testify and solidify (to what we all already know...) that God is indeed faithful. And even in the very low moments I gave thanks to God, which made things easier to endure. Which is a lesson learned for me that even in our moments of total failure(s) that if we give thanks to the Lord even when we grievously mess up, He will provide some sort of comfort to us in our short comings and failures...
I can go on and on, but I won't make this a 5 page post ahaha, but anyway I ask that you all continue to pray earnestly and perpetually for me because I always need all your prayers. I can not stress the absolute importance of prayer (James 5:16 & Luke 18:1). And I have not forgot about you brethren either, I pray daily for each and every one of my brothers and sisters.
I will keep you in my prayers brother Andrew, what you wrote was very touching and an important reminder for all of us to abide in the word of God and have fellowship with the Lord continually despite trials and struggles, thank you for taking the time to stay in touch brother, may God be with you and keep you safe under His wings.
“My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Psalm 73:26
“And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Roman 5:3-5
Thank you sister Mary, I deeply appreciate it. And praise the Lord. Like Hebrews 3:13 says: "But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." I try and give everyone some of the wisdom of what I have learned, because I know eventually there'll be a brethren somewhere out there that will go through what I went through, it happens all the time. And amen yes, the word is our only comfort sometimes, it truly is a blessing to have the word of God with you through our times of troubles. And praise the Lord for putting it on my heart to write these things, I'm not wise enough to write these things, it's all the Lord's doing.
And thank you for the verses sister, as life goes on the more and more I can relate to David in the Psalms... many were songs of sorrow, grief, and remorse... but even in that sorrow, grief, and remorse David still praised and gave thanks to the Lord. Very telling to how we ought to be.
Amen brother Andrew, when I was a babe in Christ I often wondered how king David and king Solomon could have made such terrible mistakes reading how close they were to God; but with time I started considering this a blessing. Because not only did the Lord show us that despite their status and power they were flawed and weak just like we are, but these failures are also what allowed them to share profound truths about the temptations, hardships and vanity of life. The Psalms and Ecclesiastes are my go to books when I feel depressed and struggling with my flesh, their observations and conclusions are so relatable that they never fail to sooth my heart. God bless you brother, may the Lord protect you and equip you with strength & wisdom in these tough times.
Can definitely relate to everything you said, good verses, even worth mentioning this verse:
2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
also good verses
alot of what you said reminded me of this hymn
Amen sister, one of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 136, each verse in the psalm reminds us that His mercy endures forever... and amen the psalms, proverbs, and ecclesiastes really do help ease the remorse and sorrow. And thank you, God bless you too sister, and may the Lord Jesus continue to open up your understanding also.
Amen brother Bendik! That Lamentations verse struck several chords... I continually hate myself because I do take advantage of the Lord's mercy, grace, kindness, longsuffering, forgiveness, love, and salvation... 😭.
Glad to hear you've been doing well, brother. I noticed you've been gone a while and have been praying for you! That's great that you have been growing closer to the Lord. Second Peter 3:18, "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen."