Sometime in the past few months I jotted down these notes. Today, after discovering them (and being freshly encouraged by them) I have no idea if they were inspired by a gifted speaker or if the Speaker spoke them to my heart. Either way, I needed to read them. Hope they encourage you and speak life into your dried up soul as they did mine. Jesus is coming soon, people. Soon and very soon.
The enemy likes surprise attacks.
Satan can do nothing to us apart from God's permission; he is on his leash.
After the attack is when the real test of faith begins.
Faith is what Satan is attacking.
Resist him by being firm in your faith.
Be a testimony.
Resist at the cost of your life.
Know and believe that whatever happens God is using for my good.
Bank and believe on God's promise of only suffering for a little while (1Peter 5:6-11).
This suffering is short compared to eternity.
Sustaining grace is given to the suffering, it is available as we go to Him and pray, moment by moment, it is freely given.
He is designing us to be conformed to His Son, like an artist carving deep into a block of wood.
God is forming a foundation for something yet to some, a glorious future, He is preparing us to reign with Him forever- this requires hardships. He is shaping and preparing us to do extraordinary things in the life to come.
Jesus is coming soon. When He comes, we will be resurrected, prepared to inherit this Kingdom forever more.
We are tempted to complain in trials. But Jesus is coming soon. It will be worth it all when we see Jesus. One glimpse of His dear face will be enough. Bravely run the race.
Don't judge God's work until He finishes it.
When He is done, all His children will say, "Well done, faithful God."