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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Make You Better

Troubled times can make you bitter or better. Remember the enemy looks for those who are weak. With animals, this could mean the young or sick, but it also refers to the ones who have wandered off and separated from the the rest of the animals. Maybe they have removed themselves intentionally or by accident, but they are not under the eye of the shepherd any longer. People are just the same. We get feeling sorry and we remove ourselves from life's safeguards: friends, family, mentors, teachers, the church. We use the Why Me? as an excuse to put ourselves in danger.
Maybe the Why Me? question should be thought of differently. Why not me?  should be the question we can ask. Look at what Jesus had to say about the future; The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age
 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.
 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.Matthew 24:3-14

Looks like we are promised troubled times, but it will lead to Jesus’ return! Make sure you are where you should be in God's family: learning, growing, serving, and worshiping. Our greatest growth will come from those times we choose to overcome the adversity and allow our trials to make us better. Be joyful today, and turn your troubles over to the Lord. Turn them in to all praise, glory, and honor to God! Amen?