Power In Suffering (Celebrating Homeschool Moms)

Some of you may not have been able to get on Facebook last night to see my FB Live video. I spoke to homeschool moms about power in suffering.

Although this video was focused on homeschool moms, anyone may get some good truth from it for his own personal life. Everyone goes through some suffering and needs some strength in it. I would encourage you to view this video and see what God has to tell you about having power in suffering.

Here is a link to the video: Power In Suffering.

May God bless you and guide you in your life today.

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Celebrating Homeschool Moms Live Video

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there reading this!

All mothers are very hardworking. One group of mothers that many people overlook and see as not working that hard are homeschool moms.

Many in the workforce see homeschool mothers as ones who do not really work and just sit around all day at home. While looking at homeschool moms from the outside, it mayappear that they do not do that much, but it is not true.

My wife is a homeschool mom, so I can attest to the fact of all the hard work that she puts in on regular basis.

On Facebook I am a part of a group called Celebrating Homeschool Moms. They will be doing a Facebook Live set of videos this week celebrating and encouraging moms. Each session will be about 20-30 minutes in length and at different times each day.

I have been asked to be a guest speaker at doing one of these videos. I will be speaking on Power In Suffering. This will be tonight, Thursday, May 18th, at 8:30 CT. I want to invite you to be a part of watching this video. It will give you a chance to see and hear the man behind this blog.

Please let any homeschool moms you know, know about these Facebook Live videos.

This is something new for me to do and ask for your prayers that many mom’s lives will be touched and encouraged in the Lord when watching mine and the other’s videos. Pray that I will be able to clearly state what God has placed on my heart to speak.

Psalm 119:50 Comfort While Suffering

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Psalm 119:50

While going through suffering or a difficult time, it is very difficult to keep the hopes up high. There seems to be very little comfort in life during that time. The world seems to be falling apart and is completely against a person.

During times of pain and suffering many feel as though God has abandoned them and that all hope is gone. There does not seem to be any purpose or reason for the pain and suffering that is going on. The suffering does not appear to have an end and many feel as if there is no reason to try to go on with life. Some will go to the point of suicide because of the loss of hope.

The psalmist says that during those times, his one comfort that he finds is in God’s promise.

As a believer is going through a great time of suffering, he must keep His focus on God and His promises. God has promised that He would be with every believer and never leave or forsake a person. He has also promised victory in the end.

At the time it may appear as though the world is winning the battle. That Satan has received the upper hand in this world. That God is no longer in control and all is failing.

Take a look at Jesus when He was on the earth and they were getting ready to crucify Him. It looked as though He had failed and that the Father had failed Him. Yet, three days later, He rose from the dead, triumphant and victorious. God’s promise to preserve Him was fulfilled.

If you are going through a tough time of suffering, keep your eyes on God’s promises. Hold on to those promises, knowing that God is with you and will fulfill all of His promises to you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you.

You may die the physical death in this life, but Jesus will give you eternal life with Him, if you trust Him. Keep your hopes up high as you suffer, knowing you will be victorious with Jesus in the end. Find comfort in know that God will fulfill His promise to you.

I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that you will trust the promises of God; that you will find comfort in God’s promises; and that you will not lose hope in suffering.

Psalm 118:6 No Fear Of Men

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 118:6

Fear is one of the most common feelings that people have. The range of what people fear is nearly endless. It is common to hear about how people fear things like: spiders, heights, closed spaces, bugs, and other things.

It is not so common to hear people talk about fear of other people. The only fear of people that is heard about, is fear of terrorists. In some countries, that may be a reality of actually happening. In America, the reality of getting hit by a terrorist is extremely slim, yet people fear them.

What is not talked about is the fear of what other people think or say. In that line of thought, many fear what others may think or say about them.

The Psalmist says that since God is with him, he has nothing to fear. The question he asks is what can mere mortals do to him.

Those that fear men, are fearing something that has no real basis. As a believer in the Lord Jesus, one, must take a reality look at what a person can really do.

Just like Satan, no person can do anything to you without God’s approval. The worst that a person can really do to another person is kill him, if God allows it. For those who believe in Jesus, that is actually the best thing to happen. When you die, you get to go to heaven and be with Jesus for all eternity with no suffering or pain any more.

The other things that people can do to you while on this earth can make you feel pain, both physical and emotional. Although feeling pain is hard and painful, it is not the end of the world. The pain being felt is only temporary.

You are told that God uses suffering to build you up. It can cause you to turn to God and draw closer to Him. It also allows you to show His true love to those who are against you and hate you.

Do not fear what a person may do to you. Trust God to protect you or be with you through the situation. Man cannot really do anything bad to you, God will use it all for your good and His glory.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will know God’s love for you; and that God will remove all fear of men in your life.

Job 29:2-3 Only Looking Back

How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness! Job 29:2-3

Job starts to complain as he is looking back on his life. He is remembering the good times in life, when everything was going exactly as he thought it should be going. Looking back at the times of blessings when he felt God was on his side and pouring out blessings and there were no troubles in his life. He wants to go back to those days.

It is very common for people to look back on the “good old days” when things seemed to be much better. Every generation has a period in their lives when years ago life was easier and not as many problems.

Young adults look back at their high school years, when they did not have so many responsibilities or bills to pay. Middle aged people look back to when they were younger and had more time and dreams still seemed possible. Seniors look back to when their family was closer and they had more energy and less body aches.

Believers in the church are always talking about how God moved in their lives or church twenty years ago.

Looking back is good to remember, but not to want to go back to. Job was desiring to go back to those days, while missing what God was doing in the present time. God had never left his side. God was still pouring out blessings, in spite of all the trouble.

Jesus had said that He would be with you always. All throughout the Bible God told His people that He would never leave them, nor forsake them.

Keep this in the front of your mind when you are going through some of the many challenges of life. God has great things in store for you. Part of those things may include some suffering or challenges.

During those tough times, God is right there with you building you up to be more like Jesus. He is using you to be His witness to this lost world.

Do not fear the present and only long for the past. Look to the God of the present and future. Embrace what He has for you today.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; and that you will know the joy of the salvation Jesus has given you while in the trials of this life.

Job 21:22 God’s Judgement

“Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest?” Job 21:22

Job gives a great description on how the wicked live their lives. They appear to live in wealth and abundance of life, while ignoring God, yet all will still die. He points out how one person lives a full life, secure and at ease, while another lives in bitterness and suffering his entire life, but both still die and are buried in the ground. God is the one who decides how each person’s life will go.

The age-old question of believers has been asked over and over again as to why one person has an “easy” life, while another person suffers his entire life. People question why God allows these things to happen.

As people ask these questions, many will try to teach God something. They will try to point out wrongs being done by God. Often they feel that if they can just reason with God, that maybe God would see their argument and change the situation.

When Job states that God judges even the highest, he is stating that God is in control of every person’s life. He is the one who allows a person to have a “successful” life or one of “suffering” and pain.

Although those in the world, that do not follow Jesus, appear to be have a great life, they are living without any long-term hope. Their hope is only in the here and now, not in the future. They may not be paying a price for their sins now, but in the end God will have the final judgement on their lives and actions.

Believers are not to question how or why God allows what He allows. They are to trust His judgement. God will always judge fairly with every person, whether they serve Him or not. How a person lives will not change how God judges them.

The difference is that as a believer in Jesus, you have been forgiven of any wrongs you have done. The judgement is still the same–death. You do not have to die because Jesus paid that price for you.

Those who do not follow Jesus, will have to pay the price themselves in the end.

Trust God’s judgement in your life and in this world. He knows what is best for every person.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know the price Jesus paid for you; that you will trust in God’s judgement; and that you will know the abundant life Jesus is giving you.

Job 18:21 Implied Judgement

Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who does not know God. Job 18:21

Bildad speaks again to Job about the fate of an evil person. Through the entire eighteenth chapter he speaks of various torments, sufferings, and tortures that an evil man will go through because he does not know God. He points out that one who does not know God will dwell in a life being judged by God. His statements imply that Job was living an evil life because of all the suffering he is going through.

People are very quick to judge a person when they are going through a tough time in life. Often those judgements are on how they had lived or choices that they had made, which brought them into the situation that they are now in. Both those in the world and those in the church bring these types of judgements upon a person very quickly.

One common example of this is with a homeless person on the street. They see the person as worthless, lazy and unwilling to work. The situation may be that he was laid off from an already low-paying job and was evicted from his house because of no payments, and was unable to get another job. These are no faults of his own. He may be a hard worker, but just can’t find a new job to get started again.

Jesus had to deal with this type of thinking when the disciples asked him who sinned that a man would be born blind. Jesus pointed out that it was for the glory of God that he was blind, not because of sin.

Be careful on how you judge why a person may be going through a tough time in life. Yes, it may be because of sin in their life. But at the same time the possibility is that it could be a time of God’s testing and proving a person is living a righteous life.

Take a full look at your own and their life and see what you see. Do you see fruit of God’s work in their life? Then God is at work proving them, not punishing or correcting them.

What is God doing in your life? Proving or correcting you?

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will live a life like Jesus; and that you will be His witness in this world.