“How To Make It Through Difficult Times”

Part Five

9/4/17

In Part Five of my Weekly Devotion I will be talking about how we should be Prophetic in our Response and Reaction to Difficult Times.  In the Word of God of Proverbs 18:21 it says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue:”  Therefore, in the mist of our Difficult Times, in addition to exercising our faith we have to open up our mouth and speak life and victory to and over our circumstances and life for that matter.  So oftentimes, the Devil would like for us to stay quiet, be negative, be unnecessarily stressed, and even be depressed.  He would love for us to just stay quiet and think the worst, especially if you are a Child of God because you are a threat to him.  

In light of these things, we must speak those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17).  That certain woman, who had an issue of blood for twelve years, after she had heard about Jesus, she came in the press and touched His garment (Mark 5:25, 27).  “For she said, “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.” (Mark 5:28)  As a result, she received her breakthrough, miraculous blessing and deliverance.  Beloved, you must believe that God has more purpose for your life.  As a result, you must speak that you are coming through and out of that Difficult Time or Times.   Stay tuned for more next week in Part Six.

Saved To Serve

Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr.                                                                                  

Pastor/Visionary Undershepherd  

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“How To Make It Through Difficult Times”

Part Six

9/11/17

As we continue on with this matter of being Prophetic when facing and going through Difficult Times, if there is one thing that I know that I know and that is, God responds to His Word. In His Word there many promises.  If you are not already, begin to speak them over your life.  Speak and believe that as you go and grow through your Difficult Times, that this too shall pass.  Even if it last for a long time, know that as a Child of God, you were built not only to last but to outlast.  If you are sick, speak healing over your life.  If your money is looking funny and your change is looking strange, speak increase, overflow, outpour, financial blessings and breakthroughs.  If you need a job, speak that the right door will open according to God’s will.  Whatever the situation is, speak life and victory.  Again, stay tuned for the conclusion in Part Seven of being Prophetic while facing and going through 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 Seven

9/18/17

As I conclude this matter of being Prophetic when facing and going through Difficult Times, time will not permit me to share the many times that I have spoken Prophetically over different situations because of the Unction of the Holy Spirit and it came to pass.  However, just to name a few, first of all when I was at my last church the Lord told me that if we just let go and let Him have His way, we were going to pay the church mortgage off in 1998.  To God be the glory, we did and in September of 1998 we paid off and burned the mortgage thus paying the mortgage off over seven years ahead of time.  Also, in the Spring of 1993, I told one of my football teammates not to quit the team because we were going to win the National Championship the coming football season.  To his dismay, he quit but in that coming football season of 1993 we went 14-0 and won our first football NCAA National Championship.  

Finally, in 1994 as I was facing and going through a Difficult Time in my life, right there in my office at the church building where I was the Pastor at the time, before leaving to drive back home to my father’s Pastor’s Anniversary I asked God to just show me my wife.  He showed her to me that same day.  Yes, I found my good thing (Prov. 18:22) that same day.  In closing, not only must you see yourself but speak to yourself that you are going through, growing through, and coming out of that Difficult Time/Circumstance.  No matter what you are going through or where you are in life, God is able and will keep you. Speak a Word over yourself.  

Saved To Serve

Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr.                                                                                    

Pastor/Visionary Undershepherd  

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“How To Make It Through Difficult Times”

Part Eight

9/28/17

Thus far, in this series of Devotions on “How To Make It Through Difficult Times” I have dealt with the Reality Of Difficult Times as well as ways in which we should Respond and React to Difficult Times.  Here in Part Eight I will be dealing with the Reason or Reasons for your/our Difficult Times.  Perhaps someone needs to know, especially as a Child of God that you have not gone through or are not going through what you are going through just to be going through it.  Please know and note that there is a Reason or Reasons and something good is going to come out of it (Rom. 8:28).  Beloved, let me say that I’m not one to wish bad, hard or Difficult Times on anybody.  The fact is we’ve already discovered that we will face and have them at times in our lives.

In all honesty, I really don’t know the exact and precise Reason or Reasons for our Difficult Times and I dare not play the blame game as to why.  However, the Songwriter said, “We will understand it better by and by”.  On the other hand, I do know that it is our Heavenly Father, the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our tribulation so that we will be able to comfort others in their troubles with the same comfort that we have (1 Cor. 1:3-4).  I also know that as a result of the Difficult Times that I have faced in my life, just like Pastor and Songwriter, Marvin Sapp said after going through some of his Difficult Times, “I’m stronger, I’m wiser, and I’m better”. 

In closing, I do believe that I shared in this particular series of Devotions that storms come to make us strong.  That’s why we just don’t Go through our Difficult Times but we should Grow through them as well.  Despite the Reason or Reasons for our Difficult Times, we can be encouraged in knowing that sooner or later we will be Rewarded with our due season if we faint not (Gal 6:9).  Tune in next week 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.  Be and Stay Blessed!        

Saved To Serve

Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr.                                                                                    

Pastor/Visionary Undershepherd