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Everything Is Gonna Be All Right!

    Years ago, an old violin maker always chose the wood
 for his instruments from the north side of the trees because this
was the side the fierce windstorms beat on.
At night, the storms came and the winds blew;
the violin maker  could hear the trees groaning
 and moaning under  the lashing of the storm.
 But he did not feel sorry for them.   
"They are simply learning to be  violins," he said.
     Romans 8:28.... and we  know that all
 things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are called
according to His purpose. Tough times.....we all
 have them. The apostle  James said
 to count it all joy  when we fall into divers trials. The Bible
 assures us that not only will we have trials,
 but we'll have many  of them.
Jesus said in the world  we will have tribulation,
 but to be of good cheer, for He has
overcome the world.  How do we handle tough
 times? When the cold winds of adversity come and
 we are reeling because we do not know what to do, or not do,
  what do we do? When in the natural realm we cannot
see how God is working for our good,  do we give up?
Or do we stand firm and steadfast
because we are trusting in Him?

     First of all, we have to realize  that nothing comes into our lives
 that is not  either divinely sent  or permitted.  Then we need to
realize that everything that befalls us is first filtered through His
loving Hands. Trials  as used in
 James  is of a beneficial purpose and has  a planned effect.
We are assured of God's  abiding  presence always.  In Psalms David is
 praising God..... " whither shall I go from
 Thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee  from Thy presence?
If I ascend up into Heaven,  Thou art there; if I make
 my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of
 the morning  and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
even  there shall Thy hand lead me, and  Thy right
hand shall hold me."
     God has a plan for each  of our lives, and His plans are perfect.
 Often we fail to understand things  because
           we have not really gotten hold of the fact that God
 really and truly loves us!   His plan is also to conform
 us to the image of His Son, Jesus.
1 Peter 1:6-7.....
"wherein ye greatly rejoice,  though now for a season,
 if need be,  ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
that the trial of your  faith,  being much more precious
than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire,
 might be  found unto praise and honor and glory at the
appearingof Jesus Christ."
     Although things may  look hopeless in the natural realm,
 we must not be moved by that. If we have Jesus,
              we can have joy in our trials, for the joy of the Lord
 is our strength. We walk by faith,  not by sight. If we keep
our focus on Jesus and not the  circumstances, we will not
              be swayed when strong winds come. We are strong in the
 power of His might,  when we arm ourselves
 with the whole armor of God.
              When the storms come,  ( and they will ) and the winds blow,
         (fiercely at times)  we want our God to say of us:
               " I'm not feeling sorry for them,  they're simply learning
                          to be my children!"

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