Jasmine's Place Issue No. 12 - July/August 2014 - Page 30

NOT WITHSTANDING, we must understand by God’s grace that each season will pass and receive power not only to enjoy the blessings of each season but also to overcome the challenges. Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11-13, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Consider also James 5:11, “Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful”. I was intrigued to note the focus on the END of Job’s life. It reminded us to note the end intended by the Lord and how this demonstrated the compassion and mercy of God in His dealings with us. I believe there are 4 things we need to do continually if we want to escape the temptation/snare of doubt and discouragement and avoid compounding the situation we may be facing by speaking negative words because of the state of our heart and emotions: Continually call upon the Lord for help. “And call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall honour and glorify Me.” Psalm 50:15 I was intrigued to note the focus on the END of Job’s life. It reminded us to note the end intended by the Lord and how this demonstrated the compassion and mercy of God in His dealings with us Remember the promises and prophecies of God and stand focused. “And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the LORD, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” Nehemiah 4:14 JASMINE'S PLACE 30