For everything that was written in the past
was written to teach us,
so that through endurance
and the encouragement of the Scriptures
we might have hope.
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Ever felt like, no matter what, things never seemed to go your way? I believe we all have at some point. I remember when my brother went through a bad spell that seemed to last forever. From bad relationships to an attempt at suicide, he felt alone and desperate. Through family, friends, and God he found his way back. He is in a strong relationship and is happy.
God will allow us to go through issues—not to keep us down, but to make us stronger. He has to prepare us for serving Him. It will not always be easy (as some of our brothers and sisters in Christ are finding out in other countries right now). As we pray for them, God will help the families and people through their journey. God has given them the hope of seeing their loved ones in heaven if they believe.
God gave hope to Hannah. Hannah was barren. She went to the temple and prayed for God to take away her shame. When the prophet, Eli saw her praying, he thought that she was drunk instead and questioned to her. When she explained she was praying for what she requested of the Lord yearly, Eli sent her on her way, asking God to grant her request. And God did. She gave birth to a son, Samuel, whom she dedicated to the Lord. She was also blessed with other sons and daughters for her faithfulness. (Click here to read this account.)
God still shows up in this way today. I have some friends whose child was at the point of death and was brought back to life. Others who were dying of cancer and once they were prayed for, they were healed. There is power in prayer and belief. Within these lies our hope. We only need to pray with confidence to our Father who can heal and restore our homes, our families, and our nations. Not just the United States, but all nations.
For we have been given the commission to go and share the good news about Jesus to everyone. We are doing this with our blogs, sharing our stories. Sharing our life struggles and our victories in life, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. God wants to use us to spread His good news!!
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Father, thank You for loving us. Thank You for sending Your Son to die for us on the Cross. Help us continue to share Your Word—Your good news to the world. Let the words we write honor and glorify You and Your Son, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.