Good morning everyone,
Just a few days left until 2011 is over and the new year of 2012 will be upon us. Several emails I read today remind me of the strength of our faith being the key ingredient that determines our makeup! My buddy Scott got great news yesterday and for the time being, he doesn't need to have surgery again. Even at his bleakest moments, his faith has remained rock solid and that is a testimony about knowing your Savior intimately! Another email that caught my eye is about a pastor in Iran that is on death row because of his belief in Jesus Christ! For over a year, he has been imprisoned and probably being tortured because of those beliefs. Due to the media getting hold of this information, Iran is being watched very carefully to see if they are going to follow through on the verdict or if they are going to release this man of God. In the mean time, they are trying to test him every way possible to see if they can get him to recant his faith! How far would you be willing to go to show how strong your faith is or would you shake a fist at God and tell Him you deserve better? It doesn't matter that you are attacked physically, emotionally, spiritually, or a combination of these; Jesus is willing to carry you through the situation. In fact, the more serious the situation, the more he can use you to reflect a light back on Him so that others will see that a miracle is revealed! Get to know the Savior intimately and the next time you are tested, He will give you a 'light' to help you see the 'way!' 2 Corinthians 12:7 tells us that Paul had some type of problem, obstacle, or hinderance that caused him great anguish yet it kept him from becoming conceited. That humility allowed God to use Paul and show folks that any and all obstacles can be overcome if we put our complete faith in the Father!
Your brother in Christ,