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Sometimes it’s hard to give thanks when things don’t go our way.
Sometimes we may experience our own version of the “Agony of Gethsemane” in life.
We may even feel we don’t deserve what we are going through.
So when we do.
God wants us to “give thanks in all circumstances. for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 18
Let’s remind ourselves that God will not let us go through something we can’t handle or overcome. 
His grace will always be sufficient to our needs.
It is when we loose sight of His goodness and His mercy, that we become discouraged;
It is when we focus on the weight of our circumstances instead of His amazing grace and the power of His resurrection that we experience doubts, hopelessness and sorrows.
Take comfort and hope when God says,
28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
God sent the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and Counselor.
Our Guide and Sanctifier.
Seek the Spirit of God to enlighten you and guide you to His Truth and Will for your life.
If we continue to do good. Do what’s right in God’s eyes. Thank Him in all circumstances.
Then, in His Time……       in His Way…………
He will shower us with favor…..       with grace………
and blessings……………
For the Scripture says,
”For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” Psalms 84:11 (Amplified Bible version).

So let’s not loose heart or give up of being obedient in following God’s Word and in doing good in LOVE and in TRUTH. To honor God and give Him the Glory.

And let’s remind ourselves.
That when we are in a situation where we are tempted to complain, whine and grumble.
no matter how small or big it is,
deserving or not –
to “give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus.”
Keep in mind that “NO GOOD THING will He WITHHOLDfrom those who walk uprightly.”
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“Now if you OBEY me fully and KEEP my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my TREASURED POSSESSION….”. Exodus 19:5

We are God’s special treasure.

Treasure is defined as “precious” or of “value.”

Possession on the other hand is defined as “wealth” or “property.” Or something owned.

When we own something that is “very precious” to us we will do anything to take care of it.

Because it is “special” to us.

And when we loose that “special treasure” we are brokenhearted, sad and in sorrow.

That is the same with God. When we forget Him. When we go on our own way. When we blame Him for our circumstances our struggles, our pain. And question Him that if He really loves us then why do we experience such tragedies in our life or why we go through difficult circumstances?

JUST BECAUSE……………..

– you are struggling in life

– can’t get a break

– have been sick and no doctor can’t find a cure

– have been past over for promotions

– lost your job, your savings

– lost your home

– Experienced betrayal from family, spouse, friends?

– you always do the right thing and you end up at the short end of the stick?

doesn’t mean God loves any more or any less.

God loves us for who we are. He created us after all in His own image  and likeness. That alone speaks volumes.

Whatever it is. God remains the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His Love endures forever no matter what.

Remember the story of Joseph? A good young man. He has GOD in his life. And yet his own brothers sold him for 20 pieces of silver because they were jealous. Did God forget Joseph then? Nope, as the story goes………..

He was sold to Egypt. God was with Joseph. And Potiphar one of Pharaoh’s officials was fond of Joseph. He was put in charge of Potiphar’s household and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.  The LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph.

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome. Potiphar’s wife noticed this. And she wanted to sleep with Joseph. But Joseph refused several times. So she claimed he wanted to sleep with her and she screamed. Upon hearing this he was put in jail.

Now, he did the right thing and yet he was falsely accused. Does that mean God doesn’t care anymore? Where is God’s justice you say? Let’s go on……………

In prison, two co prisoners, a cup bearer and a chief baker assigned to Joseph had a dream but don’t know what it means. Since Joseph can interpret them. Joseph offered to do so and they were impressed. All Joseph asked of them is that when all goes well with them, to remember him and show him kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get Joseph out of this prison.

But when they got out. Joseph was forgotten for 2 years. Nothing. Did Joseph suddenly lost favor from God? If you were Joseph can you still feel and acknowledge that you are God’s special treasure? ++

Two years later Pharaoh had a dream and no one can interpret it. The cup bearer finally remembered about Joseph and told Pharaoh who asked for Joseph and Joseph successfully interpreted his dream.

And Pharaoh so impressed put his ring on Joseph’s finger and made him second in command. Joseph was put in charge in all the land in Egypt.

You see in all of Joseph’s adversities and challenges it can be easy for us to doubt or question God’s love, faithfulness and mercy. God never changes. He is constant. His Love His Grace is always there for us. Joseph never was bitter about his brothers after selling him. He never complained to God after being falsely accused. He never doubted or questioned God when the cup bearer forgot to return the favor. He can. But he did not!

 

For he knew God will see him through in His time and in His own way. Knew that God has a plan for his life. He knew in his heart he was God’s special treasure.

 

Joseph knew that we are God’s special treasure if we obey Him fully and keep his covenant.

“Now if you OBEY me fully and KEEP my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my TREASURED POSSESSION….”. Exodus 19:5

That is how Joseph responded to life’s setbacks in his life. Instead of doubting and questioning God’s faithfulness, complaining, grumbling & blaming… We should respond the same way in our difficulties. We will be blessed like Joseph did!

Keep your eyes on Him/ No matter how strong or violent the storms in your life may be. Because God is more powerful than anything or anyone in this world. His great Love for you and me assures us that…

Keep your eyes on Him

The sun will shine again in your life. It’s just behind the clouds. It is there. God is there.

You and I are so precious to Him……

Don’t you forget that!

How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand

Psalms 139:17-18

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Let’s pray together….

Father God – open our eyes that we may see You… sense Your Presence that you here with us right now
Open our ears that we may hear your Voice when you try to speak to us in the midst of our busy life… open our hearts that we may receive You – your Love… Forgiveness and your Grace…

We lift our all to you. To praise you and worship you this very moment… Come Lord, be with us. Fill us… fill this place… our homes… our hearts… with your Holy presence.  Let your WORD enrich us, BUILD OUR FAITH and empower us in our daily walk with you… and increase the desire in us to spend more moments with you… We ask this in Jesus name our Savior, Amen.

St. Augustine said that when we sing we pray twice to our Lord.

Here’s a music video that you can sing along. It’s a wonderful song!

Have a blessed day 🙂

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