“How To Make It Through Difficult Times”

Part Twelve – Part B.

11/6/17

After the Man that was Born Blind received his sight, there were some people (neighbors) who begin to speculate about if it was actually him that was no longer Blind and that had sat and Begged. (John 8-9).  In the latter part of vs. 9 he told them that it was him.  From that point on, he went on to give his Praise Report and Testimony.  It was sad that if anyone confessed that Jesus was indeed Christ, the Jews had agreed to put them out of the synagogue.  Even though the Man’s parents were fearful of this, he wasn’t.  After the Pharisees talked with and questioned him, he Resulted in holding to his belief and miraculous story.  As a result, they put him out of the synagogue.

In closing, it was sad that they put the Man out but his sadness soon turned into gladness.  You see, when man/men put you out, the Lord Jesus will take you in.  This is what happened in the text after the man believed on Jesus.  I press upon and encourage you as a believer to keep the faith and hold on to Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Remember, there’s purpose in your problems and pain.  Start and keep believing God for the victory in your life.    

 

Saved To Serve

Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr.                                                                                    

Pastor/Visionary Undershepherd 

 

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“How To Make It Through Difficult Times”

Part Thirteen

11/13/17

Here in Part Thirteen as we continue to look at some characters in the Bible and their Reason or Reasons for going through what they went through as well as what they did as a Result of going through their Difficult Times, I want to look at our last two characters for this particular series of my weekly devotions in whom I plan to preach about on tomorrow night.  Perhaps many of you are familiar with two servants of God by the name of Paul and Silas and their jail house/prison experience.  In Acts Chapter 16 after the Apostle Paul received and answered the Macedonia Call, they eventually found themselves in Philippi, which was the chief city in that part of Macedonia.  Well, after the Lord used Paul to cast out of a young girl a spirit of divination which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying, the men became very angry and brought Paul and Silas before the magistrates.  They were eventually beaten with many stripes and cast into prison.

Rather than be sad, mad, have a pity party, and fear for their lives for that matter, verse 25 says “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”  Question, have you matured spiritually to the point of being able to not only pray but even sing praises to God while going through your Difficult Times?  You see after Paul Silas mature faith honored God, God turned around and honored their mature faith.  There was a great earthquake that took place so much so that it not only shook the foundation of the prison but all the doors were opened and everybody’s bands were loosed. 

When you activate and display your faith, who knows who else around you along with yourself will get set free.  You see, your very presence should change the atmosphere of where you are.  Your very presence should make a difference.  Some of you have spouses, a child or children, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, perhaps even enemies, and so forth around you that need to be delivered and set free.  I challenge you, not with just a lot of noise and emotions but with a great level of devotion, to sincerely elevate your prayer and praise life to God and watch what happens.  God may move suddenly.  Now, please understand that the only way you can elevate your prayer and praise life to God is that you must become more committed to Him thus seriously growing in an intimate and personal relationship with Him.

In this story, scenario, and situation, not only were all of the prison doors opened and everybody’s bands loosed as a Result of the earthquake but a man and his whole house were saved.  This man was the keeper of the prison.  After waking up and seeing all the doors opened he proceeded to draw out his sword and kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.  It was Paul who told him not to do himself any harm because they were all still there.  Paul stopped the man from committing suicide.  You see, your light should shine even to the point that your enemy should see the Christ in you.  They should know that God has His Hands on your life.  They should see something different, distinct, and unique in you.

In closing, the man came in trembling and he fell down before Paul and Silas.  He also brought them out and asked them the important question, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  This entire situation Resulted in them sharing the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ with the man and his whole house.  It’s also amazing that he washed their stripes and he and his household were baptized.  He even gave them food in his house.  This Resulted in a time of rejoicing.  What the Devil meant for bad, God will work it out for the good.  God has a way of bringing something good out of a bad situation.  You don’t always know the Reason why at first but you will understand it better down the road of life.  Keep Praying and giving Praises to God no matter what.  You never know how God will move in a Mighty and Miraculous way.  God can turn your Obstacles and Oppositions into Opportunities for others to Overcome.           

Saved To Serve

Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr.                                                                                    

Pastor/Visionary Undershepherd 

 

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“Be Grateful For What You Have And Not Hateful Because Of What Someone Else Have”

11/20/17

Greetings!  I will pick back up with Part Fourteen of my Weekly Devotion Series entitled “How To Make It Through Difficult Times” on next week.  In light of us approaching the Thanksgiving Holiday I’m gearing this week’s devotion around us being Grateful and not Hateful.  Although we will celebrate Thanksgiving in just a few days, first of all let us not forget that every day is a Day Of Thanksgiving.  We shouldn’t wait until the Thanksgiving Holiday to get in a thankful mood or give God thanks.  This is something that we should be doing every day of our lives.  Scripture teaches and tells us not only to give thanks unto the Lord (Ps. 107:1), but also that in everything we should give thanks (1 Thes. 5:18). 

I have discovered and realized many years ago as a fruit inspector that many people because of their spiritual immaturity can’t be appreciative and Grateful for what they have because they are too busy being jealous, envious, and Hateful for what someone else have.  The truth is, when you reach spiritual maturity, not only will you be Grateful for what you have but you will even be Grateful and not Hateful for what others have.  Regardless of if a person may have more or less than you your focus should not be on trying to outdo others.  At all times, we should have an Attitude of Gratitude

We should be keeping our attention on God’s Goodness.  We all should be showing and displaying the right actions for what He’s given and blessed us with as well as what He’s given and blessed others with.  At what point will some people grow up?  If it’s God’s will, He can indeed give and bless you with more.  Sometimes you could be next in line to be blessed but because of your jealous, envious, and Hateful Attitude toward the one or ones that are in front of you being blessed with more, God, in His own way places you at the end of the line until you grow up and get it right. 

In closing, if you have not learned, learn how to “Be Grateful For What You Have And Not Hateful Because Of What Someone Else Have”.  When you do anything else other than this you are really hurting and hindering yourself.  You are also holding yourself back.  Be Grateful and not Hateful.  Sincerely and Genuinely specialize in not only thanking God for what you have but also for what others have.  Focus on and put First the Spiritual and God will add the Material (Matt. 6:33).  He will also give you wisdom and knowledge so you will be a good steward over what he blesses you with.  

Saved To Serve

Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr.                                                                                    

Pastor/Visionary Undershepherd     

 

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 “How To Make It Through Difficult Times”

Part Fourteen

11/27/17

Throughout this particular series of Weekly Devotions on this subject matter of “How To Make It Through Difficult Times”, I have dealt with the Reality of Difficult Times, How we should Respond and React to our Difficult Times, and the Reason (s) and Result(s) of our Difficult Times.  In Parts Fourteen and Fifteen I will deal with the Reward (s) for our Difficult Times.  I believe firmly that as Children of God, having accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Personal Savior, we are not going through what we are going and growing through nor have we been through what we’ve been and grown through just to be going through it or having been through it.  If there is one thing I know, that one thing is that God rewards Faithfulness

For starters, I believe that God Rewards us Spiritually in going through our Difficult Times.  Look again at Joseph in the Old Testament.  He could have gotten back at his brothers for all that they did to him.   Rather than do so, despite his hurt and pain, he forgave them, fed them, and gave them a brighter future.  Look also again at Job.  Despite how his friends did him, he prayed for them after which God turned his situation around and gave him double for his trouble.  Even Jesus, our greatest example, although He was/is God in the Flesh, asked His Father to forgive the ones who were crucifying Him as He hung on the cross. 

Without a doubt, trials and storms come to make us strong.  Can you admit and thank God like me, that as a result of your trials and storms that have come in your life you can say like my Frat Brother, Pastor Marvin Sapp, “I’m stronger, I’m wiser, I’m better, much better”?  You see, when you are immature, hurt people want to and will try to hurt people.  However, it’s something when you reach spiritual maturity and you can help people who have hurt you.  It’s something I tell you when you can love people who have hated and or who hate you.  We may not all the time understand it fully but there’s purpose in our pain and problems.    Child of God, God is conforming you into the image of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).  Tune in next week for the conclusion of the matter.       

 

Saved To Serve

Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr.                                                                                     

Pastor/Visionary Undershepherd