Character Formation, Inspirational, Reflection

REJOICE IN OUR STORM-Series 3

Thank God in All Things- SERIES 3

1 THESSALONIAN 5:16-18

Thank God in All Things 

It seems odd to say that we have to rejoice in our storms and now it more peculiar that we need to thank God in all things.

In this third series of Rejoicing in our storms, we need to recognize that whatever storms we are into, we have to thank and acknowledge God that He is always in control.

IT HAPPENS FOR A PURPOSE

We thank God in everything because in all our circumstances God has always a purpose.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 says that “in all circumstances give thanks to the Lord for it is the will of God.”

Paul is encouraging us to be grateful in God for there is something hidden in every storm we are into.

It is not easy to thank God in all our situations especially when all hell break loss and almost everything start to rock your boat.

In Genesis 50:20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it good in order to bring about this present result to preserve the people alive.

In every circumstances happening in our life, nothing just happens.

It happens for a purpose.

When there is no way, God will make a way.

LAUGHING ON OUR PROBLEMS

David in his Psalm says that this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We rejoice in our situations because whatever conditions we are in, God has created it for good.

I believe that there is always a miracle in disguise. It may be a problem for now but there is something to be learned in every problem we have that mold us, harness our potentials to be a better person.

Have we realized that when we try to look back on so many problems that we have in the past, we laugh at them now?

We were sleepless, we may be having that much stress before but we can easily talk about it right now.

In some other way, we are thankful that we passed through that series of problems, test, difficulties and trials; because with that experience, we can say that it help us to face challenges more easy, further experience  and more adept in handling situations.

LOOKING AT THE PAST

After my graduation in High school in 1991, sad news came to me when the textile company where my father was working closed its operation and declare bankruptcy.

It means I will not be enrolling for college.

I retreated and hide from my classmates because I felt shy about not pursuing into college.

I went to Manila and started to work as a part time factory worker, a helper- dishwasher in Carenderia in Quezon City accepting the life that was never in my dreams.

My father started his own ice cream business from the separation pay he received from his previous company and able to put up one push cart “sorbetes”.

From that single push cart “sorbetes”, he managed to acquire another one for me.

It was the beginning of my being a “Sorbetero “ or an ice cream vendor.

With the blessings that came to our life, I enrolled later to pursue my college education. Studying during the weekdays, a Sorbetero during the weekend and summer vacations.

There was one particular spot in my route where I have the most difficulty pushing the cart up the inclined and stiff road. The easy way to push the cart up is to move it forward in a zigzag motion.

Reaching the top of that road lead me to rest and pause praying to God that I will not be sorbetero forever.

I did it for five years and the last time that I went out to sell and push that ice cream cart was right after I passed the Civil Engineering board examination.

GRATEFUL IN OUR EXPERIENCE

The good thing about those experiences, we learned to thank God because despite of our situations God never failed us during those rainy days.

God used that situations in our life to trust Him that His grace are sufficient and more than enough.

God had given us that ice cream so that I and my brothers could be able to finish our studies.

Before I was shy and asking God what had happened; but now I am proud and grateful about it.

The road that we may be walking right now is not the road you dream of, but never worry as God will be the one to direct our path.

HEALTHIEST EMOTIONS

The healthiness of our emotion is gratitude.

Gratitude increases our immunities and helps us to be resistant to any stress and be less susceptible to illness.

Because people who are ungrateful are miserable and nothing will make them happy.

Men with ungrateful attitude have a miserable spirit.

A heart that are not contented; even you give him everything, nothing will make him happy.

 

May God sustain you with grateful spirit even in the midst of storm,

Mikesendon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspirational, Reflection

OUR AFFLICTIONS HAS PURPOSE

OUR AFFLICTIONS HAS PURPOSEAffliction

2 Kings 5:1-3

Is it that most of the times when we have problems, we immediately cast it out in Jesus name?

Little we understand that problems come to us to serve its purpose not to break us but to build us.

It’s not meant to decrease us but rather to increase us.

Our afflictions, our conditions, our problems no matter in what degree has always solution.

“Do not be discouraged by our situation nor be disappointed by your condition if you know exactly that God has always solution.”

The NAAMAN STORY

Naaman was captain of King of Aram’s army, a great and vibrant man, courageous and highly respected and a man of authority.

He was a national hero in Syria just like David in Israel. He was victorious and dangerous in every battle.

A man of valor, God has predestined him as an instrument of Aram’s success in all their battle.

The Problem Beneath

But spite of all Naaman’s greatness and prestige, he had a problem. He was a leper.

He was mighty in the outside battle but Naaman was undergoing a secret battle inside.

Naaman has been in a secret storm.

Many of us may be successful in where we are right now but deep within, we are in a secret battle that God only knows.

Naaman had managed to hide his afflictions by his prestige and popularity.

He had able to hide his conditions behind the helmet and armour that he wore.

How do we hide our problem? Many of us also put an icing on our situations to hide the real truth of our conditions.

But we cannot hide it for long.

We may get envy with our boss because they seem to be well off, wealthy and powerful. But we don’t know of their inner struggles. They may be driving the most expensive car and living in an elegant house but they are suicidal. They may be four months behind on their mortgage.

They seem to be living but like so many of us, they are also surviving. They have the money but they also suffering diabetes or their family is not stable.

They may have everything but they are not happy because they are still looking for something.

Naaman is like that. He had everything but deep inside he was dying.

You may have everything but dying; some have not that much but living”.Affliction 1

OUR PROBLEMS DILEMMA 

Naaman had a dreaded disease Leprosy.

It is a disfiguring disease cause by Mycobacterium leprae bacteria which results in the lack of ability to feel pain and thus loss of parts and extremities due to repeated injuries or infection due to unnoticed wounds.

This disease slowly eats human flesh.

But leprosy is not just about in the physical realm. We may be suffering from spiritual leprosy, an emotional leprosy or financial leprosy.

Our afflictions are like leprosy that we don’t notice and its slowly eating us.

It’s slowly draining our energy.

YOU CAN’T HIDE IT FOR LONG 

No matter how we hide, it will surpass and float in time. We cannot make ourselves invisible from others pretending that everything seem to be fine.

Naaman cannot control the nose of his peers from sniffing the stink that comes from his wounds.

He may managed not to disclose it from his comrade, but at home she need the aid of his slave to help her cleanse his wounds.

No stink that cannot be smell. You need someone to comfort us, assist us when we have our afflictions.

YOU MAY BE LIVING BUT DYING 

Another dilemma about our situations is when we only live to survive.

When start to compare ourselves from anybody around us.

When we start to look on our conditions while seeing others are doing fine and seems others are doing all right.

When we focus on our conditions and convincing ourselves that there is no cure to sickness then we are in the state of just surviving.

YOU MAY BE LIVING BUT OTHERS ARE LEAVING

Another painful dilemma when we are in our leprous conditions is when everyone is leaving and no one is willing to help.

In the olden days, lepers were being separated away from the community and considered them as unclean. They were provided with bell so that they could warn others when they were near.

When we have those situations, its more agonizing that even friends are rare to be found because they feel dreaded about you?

They feel your situations are now on a dead-end.

WHEN THERE SEEMS TO BE NO SOLUTION

Another worse thing about being in a deep problem is when they told you that there is no more solution to that problem.

When once the doctor has given an ultimatum that a man has already months to live.

This was Naaman’s predicament because he knows exactly that his leprosy has no cure.

There was no benefit comfort in his disease. There was no medical expert at that time and they consider that this affliction is not a disease but a curse.

When we are in Naaman condition, we tend to “google” the situation and know exactly what our chance of survival is. We read a lot of medical books, self-help guide.

What is happening today,many learn to know much about their condition just to validate their hopelessness.

Little we don’t know, in times like this, we need to know more the God who can heal us as He is the source of our life.

SOLUTIONS LITTLE DID WE KNOW

In verse 2-3, they have taken a captive little girl from the land of Israel and she became their slave.

Unknown to Naaman, the solution to his affliction is just right inside his house.

The little girl was instrumental to the solving Naaman’s illness.

Is it when we go to battle that God already delivered them into our hands.

It is when before all the first-born babies being killed during the time of Moses that God already prepared the Pharaohs palace for him.

It is when before Joseph was sold to the Egyptian traders and suffered in Egypt that God already prepare the ring he will wear to rule as the second in command to Pharaoh.

When we lost our job, God has already prepared a new and better job for you.

But never expect that God has prepared a new husband for you when your spouse falls ashtrays. Don’t throw them away, just need some recycling.

All afflictions, problems and temptations are common to man and God is faithful that He will not allow you to be tempted and tested beyond your ability to endure but He will provide you the way to escape as well.

 

FACING OUR AFFLICTIONS 

I remember somebody says that the most difficult problem to face is when the problem is our face.

There is no exception.

Each of us has each own infirmities and we deal them differently.

Never think that our problem is too big that we belittle the problem of others.

The little maiden, somehow little she was had also big problems. She was a woman, a captive, a slave, away from her family.

She had no freedom, no reputation of her own.

But little she was in the outside; she was big in the inside. What made her big is the God that she knows.

OUR AFFLICTION IS OTHERS SOLUTION

The woman problem became the solution to Naaman’s problem.

Your burden right now is the answer to others suffering.

You may be working away from your family and you missed them so much but the fact that you have these problems you are the answers to their problems as well.

You may be taking care others children to sustain the needs of your own children.

You may be working in the home for the aged and you cannot personally took care of your old parents because you know the fact that you support her medication being away from them

You sufferings, your burdens may be the solutions to others burden.

The liitle girl problem is an instrument to bring Naaman in knowing God.

Naaman problem is an instrument to bring him in humility and knowing the God Almighty.

OUR AFFLICTION FOR OUR OWN SOLUTIONS 

Naaman on his way to Samaria brought with him the recommendation letter from the king of Aram, six thousand shekels of gold, ten talents and ten changes of clothes.

We need to understand that even all our connections with the kings, all our wealth, our prestige and positions cannot solve all our problems.

All of these are not the answers to all your problems because if we think it so, then we don’t need God anymore.

Our problems sometimes are the answer to our own problem.

To Know there is GOD

God has the purpose why we gone through all of these so that we know that there is God who can demonstrate His power.

In verse 8, Elisha said to the king never to be angry and don’t sent back Naaman for him to know that there is a prophet in Israel.

We may not know why we are afflicted or in the midst of troubles but God wanted us to experience miracles.

Our problems are like a forging instrument molding us to be someone God want us to be transformed.

Far behind every obstacle is a miracle for those who believe.

There are no afflictions that there are no solutions if we put it in the hand of God who knows best.

To Obey and Trust the Lord 

In verse 10-11 Elisha sent a messenger to tell him that he has to go to the Jordan river and wash their for seven times and his skin shall be restored and he will be clean.

But Naaman was so furious and went away sad.

Our affliction teaches us to obey and humble before God and heed for his instruction.

Our usual response to our problem is to complain, become furious about our situations.

We tend to blame it to others, blame to our fate and blame God.

People even remain proud thinking that they can do everything with their money, with someone whom they know.

God wanted us to do exactly what He wanted us to do.

He wanted us to dipped down, bow down, stooped down and acknowledges that we cannot do anything.

God will restore us when we follow (2 Kings 5:14)

He taught Naaman a lesson to forget himself and leave his fate in the hands of God.

God brings us to our knees and to prostrate to Him who is due of our reverence.

OUR PROBLEMS HAS A PURPOSE 

When we are blest, we are blest anyhow.

Never so focused on your problem that you think that you are not blessed, because problems may seem to be a blessing in disguise.

It does not mean to harm you but to build you.

It does not mean to break you but to strengthen you.

It bring you to your knees to make you a man God will be pleased.

May you find God’s purpose in your afflictions,

Mikesendon

Inspirational

GOD LET IT HAPPENS FOR A PURPOSE

GOD LET IT HAPPENS FOR A PURPOSE

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

God let It Happens for a Purpose

 

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

We may be passing and experiencing right now a lot of troubles, testing, trials, persecutions, difficulties, hardships, family problems, loss and so on…. and the big question on our head is” How I can say thank you Lord?”

Are all these experiences I have today and in the past are God’s will for me?

But let me tell you that God allow things to happen for a purpose.

The story of Joseph

Joseph is loved by his father Jacob more than all his sons. His brothers saw that their father loved him so much more than all of his sons so they hated him.

His brothers plotted against him to put him to death and later on sold him to an Ishmaelite’s traders for twenty shekels of silver.

The traders brought Joseph to Egypt and sold him to the captain of Pharaohs’ bodyguard whose name was Potiphar.

In Egypt, Joseph found favor in the sight; he became personal servant and overseer of Potiphar’s house and all he owns.

It did not last long when Potiphar’s wife desires Joseph.  But he refused to lie with her.

He was imprisoned when he was accused by his master’s wife that he had an evil intention to her.

He was put into jail where the king’s prisoners were confined.

But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him a favor in the sight of chief jailer.

Joseph became charge of all the prisoners who were in jail that the chief jailer did not supervise anything because whatever Joseph did, the Lord made to prosper.

Is it a Coincidence?

 

From being a servant, he became a master.

From being a prisoner, he became a free man.

From being a slave, Joseph rise above and became one of the greatest leader in Egypt.

Is it a coincidence that Joseph be sold by his brothers to be a slave of Potiphar?

When he was accused falsely so that he could be imprisoned among with the Kings prisoner?

When he interpreted the dreams of his fellow prisoners so that at the end he will interpret the dreams of the Pharaoh?

When he was appointed ruler of Egypt so that he could save his family during the long years of famine?

For some, it may be a coincidence. But there is no coincidence in God.

God let it happens for a purpose.

God is at Work

 

Maybe you have experience the same things.

Maybe we blame God for all the uncertain events in our lives.

God works in ways we cannot see.

He works in ways sometimes we cannot understand.

He does things we cannot accept.

God is always at work and He allows things to happen for a good purpose.

Why God Let it Happens?

To Bring out The Best in Us

 

Consider it all joy my brother when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance

 

God is at work with our character.

St.James says that we have to count it all joy. St.Paul says that we rejoice in all circumstances.

We let various trials to pass according to as God is working out something on us.

This encounter shall not break us but rather make us.

To allow Him, He molds us into a wonderful creature that is according to His image and likeness.

Tested like Gold

Like gold to be refined and brings out the best it could, should be tested on fire.

Joseph underwent the same process.

Before he reached his prominence, he passed through that rigid test to equip him to be a fitting leader he became.

Endurance to last

We passed the same testing so that we could be equipped in our endurance.

Endurance that no matter how many rejection and hurdles we face in life, we will never give up but rather move forward till our dreams comes to reality.

We will never be tired to reach our aspirations.

We will continue to hope what we hoped for.

We Filipinos, in spite of dozens of storms and calamities that comes in the Philippines, we continue to rise above the edge.

No Yolanda could break our spirit.

Why?

The strongest storms meet one of the strongest people on earth.

Obedient to God’s will

Let things happen. Do not complain.

Instead of grumbling and murmuring, we let things to pass with belief and trust that God knows what are best for us.

Abraham when God instructed him to leave his country never complains that he was too old to travel.

He did not doubt where God will lead his family to go.

There is no “what if”. There is no “why”.

To Test Our Faith

 

In times when we encounter uncertain events in our life, it is an opportunity to exercise our faith.

Only after 15 days after their departure from Egypt, the whole congregation grumbles against Moses and Aaron.

The Lord said to Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test whether or not they will walk in my instruction.- Exodus 16:1-4

To have that strong and hump muscle, we need to work it out. We need to exercise.

Uncertain events are instruments so that we could find our faith to work out.

He is the God of possibilities when we learn to trust Him in the midst of difficulties.

God wants us to see what He sees and see things differently.

What happened on those 15 days was forgotten by the people of God. He divided the sea.

If God divided the sea, how much more He cannot provide the bread and water they need.

Never waiver on Our Faith

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.-Mt. 14:22-33

 

Like Peter, God wanted us to walk on the water. He desired that we may overcome all the difficulties in our life, be prosperous in so many things, successful in your career, happy in your marriage, and so on.

We started to sink when our focus depart from Jesus. When the thought that the wind and storm are stronger than the God we serve. When we magnify the problems that it becomes bigger than our God.

He allowed us to sink so that we realize that we need help. That we can comprehend we cannot do nothing without Him.

God saving hands is always at hand.

3.To Use  Our Power and Authority

 

All of us are given the power to overcome.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me- Phil 4:13

Like David, he used what he had to fight Goliath. He had only five pieces of shiny stone, a sling and big faith in God.

What is the Goliath you’re facing right now?

Think of things we have right now. Unleash the giant within us because God have given us much that we can use to be an overcomer.

We are bigger than we think. We are stronger than we thought. God believe in us than we do.

Operate in the areas of our giftedness and we will taste success in our endeavors.

All of these combined with faith, we will triumph whatever goliath we are facing right now.

4.To Remind us that God is Always In Control

 

Nothing just happens.

It was not a coincidence that Ruth gleans on the land of Boaz.

When Orpah left Naomi, she let her go.

When our job was removed from us. Let it go.

When your love ones left you. Let them go

When our family members passes away. Let it go.

Our life will go on for our destiny does not depend on people but with God.

Our destiny is with God and He is always in control.

Maybe we are gleaning right now on a land we don’t own for now, time will come we will be the land owner.

Maybe your boyfriend left you, don’t worry as God is in control.

You may be in financial struggle for now, do not fear as God is in control.

You cannot judge your future by your past.

TD Jakes said that we cannot judge people destiny by their history.

God turns the Table for Good

 

Joseph and Ruth’s story is a story of inspiration.

Their story could be our story.

It does not mean that when there are bad chapters in a book, it has a bad ending.

Joseph became the adopted son of Pharaoh and the lord of all Pharaoh’s household and ruler of all the Egypt.

Ruth the gleaners became the land owner. She became the grandmother of King David.

God always turn the table for our good.

In all things, God works for good for those who love Him.

God Let it Happens for His Own Purpose

 

In Genesis 50:20 “ As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it good in order to bring about this present result to preserve the people alive.

In every circumstances happening in our life, nothing just happens.

It happens for a purpose.

When there is no way, God will make a way.

May your happiness be full,

Mikesendon