Tough Times Dont Last
Good morning Ekklesia
Its been 18 days for me dealing with Covid-19. Experts say 14 days and the symptoms should go away, I don't know why I need extra time 😷😄 But I do know God is still Faithful, Wonderful, and Good. And this thing is only temporary. I have come to the conclusion God is working on my character, He has put me in a position where I have to depend on no one but Him. Yes many of you have called, sent text, and offered to help, (thank you very much) but I won't subject you to catching this virus. God has to bring me through, and He will.
3 things God has reminded me since having Covid-19,
1. He sees room for me to grow (Spiritual Development) Paul says in Philippians 3:13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead... Sometimes God will place you in a position where all you can do is look up. I'm like a seed in a pot of dirt right now, reaching and growing to Spiritual Maturity. The past doesn’t matter. That's one thing I am guilty of "trying to fix my past" if this virus caused my death then the people I have wronged would still go on as if what I have or haven't done is not a factor. I'm not the reason people are living, God is.
2. Consequences from my Choices... I don't want to seem selfish as I say this, I strive to be as selfless as humanily possible. If I see a need and jump in to help I don't consider the consequences of my actions and neither do the people I help. I have paid peoples mortgage and rent and utilities and fixed peples houses and cars... and was money returned? You guessed it... nope. Then I went in personal debt, because I helped people who only gave me broken promises. You can have the best intentions to help someone else but it they don't have your interest in mind you will always suffer. God doesn’t bless us to bless others who would not appreciate it. He blesses us to bless others who would appreciate it. Look at Jesus healing ten people with leprosy only one came back to say thanks, even Jesus asked where are the nine? They took advantage of God’s kindness and went on with their lives... Consequences of choices... should they (the nine) be blessed again?
3. Spiritual Attack... yes the enemy attacks us but not everything is his fault, a lot of things are our own fault... its convenient to blame the devil because he's evil and thats what he does. But what about are own evil nature? Have we ignored the fact that we can still be and get nasty at times? God being God has the right and authority to bring the nasty out of us... yes through Spiritual Attack. But when He does count it Joy...look at this scripture So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT
Tough times don't last Tough people do.
I love u more than u know Pastor Steph