“How To Make It Through Difficult Times”

Part Nine

10/2/17

Here in Part Nine as we begin to look at some characters in the Bible and their Reason for and what they did as a Result of going through their Difficult Times, I want to first of all look at Joseph in the Old Testament of the Bible (Genesis Chapter 37-50).  Time will not permit me to deal with him and all that he went through to get to where God had destined him to get to in his life.  However, we find that Joseph was not only a dreamer but God gave him the ability to interpret dreams.  In God’s Divine and Perfect will, Joseph went from the Pit to Potiphar’s house, from there to Prison, and from Prison to the Palace.  His brothers hated him and all except one of them that spoke up for him wanted to kill him.  

After beating him and taking his coat of many colors they put him in a pit.  They were what I’m calling dream killers.  You have to watch people that try to kill your God given dreams.  Also, whenever you find yourself in a pit, don’t let the pit get in you.  If so, you will eventually become pitiful and have a pity party.  Learn how to treat the pit like a pit stop.  It’s just a temporary holding station.  

Rather than kill him, they sold him into slavery.  Once again, they tried to kill his God given dreams.  Although Potiphar’s wife falsely accused him of raping her, God was with him.  Even when he was put in prison based off of this lie, God was with him.  He went on to become the Governor of Egypt and was second in command to Pharaoh.  When the famine struck the land everybody had to come to Egypt and go through Joseph to get food.  Those same brothers that hated him, that hurt him, that wanted to kill him, that sold him into slavery, that tried to kill his God given dreams, and that tried to hinder and stop him from making it into his destiny had to come to and through him to get food.  Tune in next week for the rest of the story.

Saved To Serve

Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr.                                            

Pastor/Visionary Undershepherd  

 

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“How To Make It Through Difficult Times”

Part Ten

10/9/17

As we continue to look at Joseph of the Old Testament notice that when his brothers saw him they didn’t recognize him but he recognized them.  You see beloved, you really never forget yourreal haters and those who try to hurt and hinder your progress and God given dreams.  However, as God will test yourcharacter, you have to forgive them.  Did it hurt when they did you wrong and mistreated you?  Did it hurt when they were everything but nice to you?  Of course it did but you have to forgive them.  

He could have had them killed but notice what he said to them in Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”  This was his Reason for going through all that he had gone through.  Just remember, when your haters and enemies put you down and try to keep you down, what they are really doing is pushing you into your place of destiny.  You see what they don’t know is, if God ordained it He will maintain it.  When you have God’s Favor on your life you can’t be stopped by other people’s negative Behavior. Now I believe that will preach.

In closing, not only did he nourish/feed them but he even did the same for their children and entire families.  As a matter offact, he moved them all and provided upscale housing for them. Can you help those who have hurt and tried to hinder you?  This may be one of the Reasons for some of your Difficult Times.  Stay tuned in for next week as we look at another character in the Bible and discover their Reason for going through their Difficult Times.

Saved To Serve

Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr.                                                                                    

Pastor/Visionary Undershepherd  

 

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“How To Make It Through Difficult Times”

Part Eleven

10/16/17

Here in Part Eleven 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 Job.  Of course time will not permit me to tell everything that transpired in Job’s life.  However, let me begin by saying to some and reminding many others that Job lost his Wealth in Chapter One and his Health in Chapter Two.  To even put it in more perspective, in facing and going through his Difficult Times, lost his Fortune, his Family (all ten of his children), his Fitness, and his wife started talking Foolish.  His Friends came to Visit him but for seven days they didn’t lift their Voice. In all of this via Chapter One and Chapter Two Job held to his Faith and did not sin.  

Job found out that the Reason he was going through his Difficult Times was because it was only a Test.  As believers, we can rest assure that there will be times when our Faith will be Tested.   Because Job went through all that he went through, he can truly show us that even when you can’t Trace or Track God you still have to Trust Him.  Job wondered where God was as he was going through his Difficult Times.  He found out that God was there all the time.

In conclusion, not only was the Reason for his Difficult Times a Test but notice what he did even as a Result of going through his Difficult Times.  In Chapter Forty Two he prayed for his Friends.  It was right after he prayed for them that God turned the captivity of Job and gave him Double for his Trouble.  His Fitness was restored, his Fortune was doubled, he had ten more children, and he lived on to see four generations.  Question, can you Pray for people who haven’t been Positive toward you?  Another question, can you Help people who have not been Helpful but Harmful and or Hurtful toward you?  This is what Job did when he prayed for his friends that had Misjudged and in my opinion Mistreated him.   Just remember, if you want to be extraordinarily Blessed you will have to pass the Test.

Saved To Serve

Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr.                                                                                    

Pastor/Visionary Undershepherd  

 

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“How To Make It Through Difficult Times”

Part Eleven (Afterthoughts)

10/23/17

Last week in Part Eleven of my Weekly Devotion we looked at Job and his Reason or Reasons for going through what he went through as well as what he did as a Result of going through his Difficult Times.  Just as I thought that I was done with talking about Job, I had a few Afterthoughts.  First of all, I would like to point out how after Job lost his wealth and all of his children in Chapter One he still didn’t lose his Praise.  Even though it had to have been Painful for him to lose his wealth and children right behind each other, in Job 1:21 he still was able to say “blessed be the name of the Lord.”

How impressive this was to me.  What high level of maturity Job had at this point.  How many of us can Bless the Name of the Lord in the mist of our Burdens?  How many of us can Praise God in the mist of our Problems and Pains?  Many of us can and will do these things after we come out and through but we must mature to the place and point of Praising God even in the very mist of trouble. 

Not only was Job able to Praise God in the mist of his Problems and Pains but in Chapter 13 he was Positive.  He says in part of verses 15 and 16 of this chapter, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:  He also shall be my salvation:”  Therefore, I raise another question, how many of us can be Positive even when facing a negative situation?  We must trust God even through the tough times.  We must believe that our All Powerful God will see and bring us through.  He will deliver us.     

Finally in my Afterthoughts of this particular Weekly Devotion, Job was Patient in the mist of his Problems and Pains.  In Chapter 14 verse 14 he says “If a man die, shall he live again?  All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.”  This can also be a great challenge for many people because of this seemingly microwave mentality in today’s society.  The reality is, sometimes we have to be Patient and wait on the Lord and wait on our change.  I can attest and be a witness in many instances in my life that good things come to those that be Patient and wait on the Lord.  In God’s Timing and Will, if you wait things will turn out great.  To God Be The Glory!

 

Saved To Serve

Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr.                                                                                    

Pastor/Visionary Undershepherd

 

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“How To Make It Through Difficult Times”

Part Twelve – Part A.

10/30/17

 

Here in Part Twelve 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 the Man who was Born Blind in John 9.  As Jesus was passing by and saw the Man who was Born Blind, His disciples asked him who sinned, the man or his parents that he was Born Blind?  Jesus responded to their question by saying that neither the man nor his parents sinned and that the Reason the Man was Born Blind was so that the works of God should be made manifest in him (John 9:3).  In other words, God’s miraculous power would be demonstrated, displayed, and exhibited in the man’s life.  Yes, there was a miraculous blessing with the Blind Man’s name on it.

Even though this was their belief during the time of the text that if someone was born with an abnormality such as this then someone such as the person or the parent (s) must have sinned.  It’s rather sad that some people are quick to pre-judge and pass judgment on others because they are having some type of problem or difficulty in life.  As you can see from Jesus’ Response, this is not always the case.  Just because of a problem or difficulty that someone is having that doesn’t necessarily mean that they or someone in their family has done something wrong.  You see, all suffering is not a result of sin but all sin certainly if you don’t repent and turn away from it will eventually lead to some suffering.    

A Supernatural Miracle took place in the Man’s life as Jesus took clay of the spittle and anointed the Man’s eyes with the clay and afterwards told him to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam (John 9:6-7).  The rest of vs. 7 let us know that the man obeyed Jesus and came seeing.  You see your miraculous blessing may be Delayed but it won’t be Denied.  Just like this Man in the text that I’m sharing about, Your Delay might be for a Display.  You may have been going through what you are going through for a long time but with your faith your breakthrough may be on the way.  Do you believe it?  Tune in next week for the conclusion of this story, scenario, and situation.

 

Saved To Serve

Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr.                                                                                    

Pastor/Visionary Undershepherd