Count It All Joy (James 1:2-8) Who For The Joy That Was Set Before Him

September 26, 2017


Henry Lubega

The power of the prayer is in the one who hears it, not the one who makes it. Don’t assume that the faithful will never suffer. If the faithful never suffer, how do you explain the illness of Paul (Gal. 4:13) , the poor health of Paul’s friend Trophimus (2Tim. 4:20), and the near death of his beloved Epaphroditus (Phil.2:27)?

If the faithful never suffer, how do we explain the agony of Gethsemane and the death of Christ on the cross? Jesus, Himself prayed to be delivered fromearthly pain (Matt. 26:39), and that request was denied. Was that due to lack of faith? Absolutely not. God said no to the earthly prayer for a heavenly reason.
The plan of salvation was worth the the pain of the savior. There are times when God chooses to say no to the earthly requests so he can say yes to the heavenly one.

Doesn’t he still do that today? Doesn’t he use the challenge of the body to strengthen the soul? We need to remember that Peter was in a storm before he walked on water, Lazarus was in a grave before he came out of it, the demoniac was possessed before he was a preacher, and the paralytic was on a stretcher before he was in your bibles (Matt 14:23-29;John 11:1-44; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 5:17-25). We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him (Rom. 8:28)

My prayer is, God help our ministry and bless the people who have stood with us in all they can from prayers, financial support and material support, reward them abundantly and expand their territories. Amen 🙏🙏🙏🙏

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