Do not Be Surprised!!!!!
I received this scripture from daily motivations from Joel Osteen this week and thought I should share with you. As we approach the storm of the pandemic and numbers rise exponentially, the words cannot be truer.
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed…” (1 Peter 4:12-13, NIV)
If you know you are going into a challenging season, you can get prepared for it. You can make sure you are mentally ready. But what about the difficulties that we don’t see coming? The unexpected crisis that catches you off guard? Sometimes it can seem so overwhelming and devastating when your life is suddenly turned upside down.
The Scripture says that we shouldn’t be surprised by fiery trials. That’s because the forces of darkness would not be fighting against you if they didn’t know that God has something amazing in your future! Sometimes those unexpected difficulties are just a sign that you’re on the right track.
It’s always darkest just before the dawn appears. The enemy always fights the hardest when you are closest to your breakthrough. The key is to stay the course and keep fighting the good fight of faith. In the difficult times, keep your joy and keep declaring God’s Word over your future.
God has promised that you will overcome every obstacle. You will defeat every enemy, and you will embrace the blessing and victory He has in store for you!
We will weather the storm and we will overcome. Nothing stays forever and this will also pass. Stay safe, wear masks at all times in public places, practice social distancing and wash/sanitise your hands regularly. Be your brothers’ and sisters’ keeper as this virus is spread and can be controlled by people.
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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane