Faith Turns “Hopeless” to “Victory”

Keep believing, standing firm in faith. Do not doubt or faint, for God’s deliverance is indeed on it’s way, if we do not give up. 1 Cor. 10:13 tells us that God will allow no temptation beyond what we are able to bear. Is not one of our biggest temptations –unbelief? –Unbelief in God’s words, His goodness, His ability to deliver? Doesn’t the temptation to disbelieve God in our sufferings and trials slide us into even more grief? Let us not succumb, for He promises us in this same verse that He will always provide a way of escape.

Read these encouraging quotes from the blind Scotch preacher, George Matheson: “There is a time coming in which your glory shall consist in the very thing which now constitutes your pain… It was the seeming absence of his God… The hour of thy loneliness will crown thee. The day of thy depression will regale thee. It is thy DESERT that will break forth into singing… The thorns will be roses… the ruts will be level. The shadows will be shining… The tears will be tracks of gold…” Let’s believe it and use all seemingly obvious defeats as stepping stones to the joy and peace which is sure to come –IF we but believe God! (Not faith in faith… no, for that can crash often… But faith in GOD.)

Here’s an anonymous quote I found: “If there is a great trial in your life today, do not own it as a defeat, but continue, by faith, to claim the victory through Him who is able to make you more than a conqueror, and a glorious victory will soon be apparent. Let us learn that in all the hard places God brings us into, He is making opportunities for us to exercise such faith in Him as will bring about blessed results and greatly glorify His name.” Yes, the exercising of our faith is necessary in order to get stronger…

So let us not attempt to cut our cross in half, or attempt to make our burdens lighter, or beg Him to have “this cup taken from us”… For later we will most certainly be grateful for the training we received from the cross, the burden, and the cup. They are the very methods by which we will have acquired maturity, strength, and faith in God. They are that which will help us over the huge trials that later are bound to come, and will actually be the cause for our future afflictions seeming to be easy and light! For God uses the cross, the burden, and the cup to not only teach us to “walk on water”, but He often turns them into blessings for us and are the means through which He is glorified!

So may we always remember that what seems hopeless, can always, with God, be turned into victory! As 2 Cor. 2:14 says, “Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ.” And we could add Romans 8:28 & Gen. 50:20.

May faith, strength, and victory be yours,


~ by smilesback on August 28, 2009.

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