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Saturday, 16 January 2016

HOW STRONG ARE YOU?

Most times I think I have everything together, but honestly speaking it’s when things don’t go as planned that I realize, “mate I'm not as strong I think I am, am I? ”. I can’t take pain, I can’t take disappointment. However 2015 tested me big time, last year taught me major lessons; to buckle up, to wipe my tears and move on, to be strong, and to eliminate the fear of bad times and challenges. Initially I wanted to proclaim 2015 as the worst year ever, however when I started to reflect I realized that it was in fact my best year yet, I finally grew up. 

I used to run away from or dread the fact that problems will arise in life. I can’t pin point the exact reason why, but I do believe that my “no weapon formed against me shall prosper” thinking contributed to this fear (or should I say ignorance). Preaching’s and preaching’s of you are not meant to be sick, you are not meant to struggle, you are not meant to be single, everything will be easy etc. also played a part. I stupidly thought everything has to be rosy because “I am a child of God” (ha!) I can laugh it now because I now see how folly that actually was. 

How did I (and I’m sure many other Christians out there) blindly refuse to see the real meaning behind Isaiah 54:17 -“No weapon formed against you shall prosper”. It clearly says that weapons will be formed against you, not weapons might be formed against you. Therefore, problems will arise, you will be stressed, you will face disappointments, there will be mountains that seem bigger that you, however, these issues will not prosper over you, they will not consume you, and they will not overwhelm you, this is God’s promise for His children.

So in light of this, “If you are weak in crisis, you are weak in reality” (Prov 24:10). It is in such days of crises that we have a natural tendency to be discouraged and overwhelmed. Hate to say it, but this means we are weak full-stop. It shows that we have little Christian strength or courage. It shows that the faith or assurance in God which we proudly proclaim when times are good, is actually non-existent because when we are actually meant to exercise this faith we speak so fondly about on the pulpit, we fail.  

Therefore, let us use times of adversity as a way to strengthen ourselves, our spirits, and our will. So when next you are facing a challenging time, keep your head up, don’t give up or run away from it, try not to be impatient. But instead, ask God for His Grace, His Strength and Wisdom to get through the turmoil. Because at the end of the day God is a loving Father who will never ever give you more than you can take. And remember that through it ALL He remains, always and for ever, a faithful and good good Father.

Ivonne Munito x


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  1. Thank you so much for these words of encouragement. This is my first time visiting your blog and I really enjoyed reading this blog. Please keep up the good work and God bless!!

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  2. Thanks for sharing. This indeed is a blessing at the appropriate time. Condemnation is really a tool used. God bless

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  3. Hello Ivonne,

    God bless you. You hit the nail on the head. It is usually from a place of trial and tribulation that we grow more in our Heavenly Father and learn life changing lesson if we allow ourselves to be taught. May God continue to guide and lead you always. God bless Abi B

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  4. Hi Ivonne, thanks for this reminder. After going through some up close and personal sad times in my life, I was awakened rudely. Since then, I have been working on taking the word of God and trusting Him for what His word says as against what I'm feeling. I recently realised that I really can do nothing (be fulfilled in life) without the Lord in my life! The Lord bless and keep you!
    Ebere

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  5. This is so beautiful.I've been truly blessed. God bless you richly!

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  6. This is so beautiful.I've been truly blessed. God bless you richly!

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  7. You are right dear. His word said in 1Cor10:13 There is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
    With the temptation not without temptation. As children of God we should know that trial is part of our life. We always sing "we are victorious" who claim victory without battle? But we want to claim victory without any form of battle and it will not work that way. In a battle (trials of life) two things are certain "loss or win". If you look at your strength in this period you will definitely loss because your strength can not carry you but if you look unto God who has promised that the battle belong to Him and who is faithful to His promised will always make a way of escape and you will be singing your song of victory.

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    1. Amen Sis! You have been such a blessing to me this morning. Look onto to God and to God only, He alone holds the key to victory. Got it, God bless you, thank u so much! :)

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