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       For he will never fail you!

Growing up was a difficult time for me.  My parents divorced when we were young and my mother struggled to make ends meet. My brother, sister and I had to do without a lot of things that the others kids had. It was a sad time for me. Too often, I painfully remember having to take calls from collection people who would threaten action for bills my mother didn’t pay. I was filled with insecurity and fear that we would be homeless.  It was a tough time and I learned to fend for myself because I thought that no one else was going to help. 

 

When I received Christ as my Savior many years ago, I wanted to know him as my provider.  God’s word told me that he would meet all my needs but it was a struggle for me to understand that he would not fail me.  Although I knew that there was no greater way to honor God than to take him at his word, I simply could not trust him completely. As I struggled with this for years, I prayed that God would give me his strength in this area of unbelief in my heart. 

 

A few years ago,  I made a decision to sponsor a child from Africa who lived with his family in abject poverty. And soon after that,  I sponsored two more children.  With my monthly donation to the Christian Children’s Organization, these children were given food, medicine and a chance to survive.  In addition, when I was able, I could send additional amounts to benefit the familyof these children. I wanted to help ease their life of poverty in some small way.

 

Several months ago, I  received a large dental bill that I thought insurance was going to cover. Instead, it appeared that I would have to come up with another thousand dollars to pay off this bill.  Suddenly, my old fears resurfaced.  I started to get anxious and fearful about how I was going to pay this bill. God had been faithful to me in the past, but I allowed this old demon to make me doubt once again.  Without reason, I started to panic. 

 

It was then that I realized that this fear was an attack by the enemy to steal my joy. This time, I decided to keep my eyes on God. With prayer and a sense of God’s strength in me,  I went to the Christian Children’s site on my computer and sent fifty dollars to Sorie, my child from Sierra Leone.  Instead of worrying about my own financial situation, I chose to seek the kingdom of God and his glory. By faith, I gave to this child and left my problem with God.  Immediately a sense of peace filled my entire body.  I submitted to God and the spirit of fear left me.  I knew that God was in control and later on,with his help, I  managed to pay that dental bill in full.

 

I did not know then the full ramifications of my obedience. Two months later I received a letter from Sorie’s father in Sierra Leone.  He told me that his son was to start in a school there but was first required to have money for the books that he would need.  He had applied to his country for help, but did not receive an answer.  It was the last day and it seemed that hope was fading when he received a call from the agency saying that they had my fifty dollar gift for them.  For a man who earns $167.00 a year, this more than met the need for his son’s books. He went on to write that when this money came, his son cried out, “Father, this is a miracle from God! We must put our hands together to pray for this woman who helped us”.

 

I was humbled and brought to my knees.  To think that God would use me and my problem to answer the prayer of a young child in Africa was way beyond my comprehension.  My God was not only going to help me, but he had a plan to use my obedience to bring a miracle to a boy across the world from me. All it took was for me to trust that God would not fail me. 

 

God knows our weaknesses and he is willing to meet us where we are.  He knew that I would need his strength to help me overcome my doubts.  That day I had an encounter with my God and his truth filled my heart.  I know now that he will always provide for what I need if I can walk in faith with believe that he will never fail me.

               Your God is with you!

The times we live in are difficult and a lot of us pass the day just hoping for the strength to get through it. There seems to be so much to do and so little time to get it all done. It is a financial struggle just to make ends meet and the future holds uncertainty.  Sickness and trouble are everywhere making it difficult to stand and believe.  Marriages and relationships are being attacked and addictions increase as truth is thrown to the ground.  Through it all we become so weary and wonder if God is really with us in the storm.

God is with us and he does care about our pain.  He has promised through his word to be our strength in all of our trials and sorrows.  In 2 Chronicles 16:9 of Scripture we read, “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” .   The battles of this world belong to the Lord and he is able to keep us in the victory that was won by the cross of Christ.  Jesus told his disciples in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you”.  That means that he will bear our burdens and carry our sorrows.  No trial that we endure in life is a surprise to God for he knew from the foundation of the earth what struggles we would have.  He has promised that he would be the way through all of our problems and he is faithful.  The peace that Christ left us is divine, unchanging and perfect.  It is the assurance  that God gives us that he will walk with us in mighty power to overcome all obstacles in our life. 

There is not an addiction, an illness or a struggle we may face that is stronger than the God who loves and rescues us.  Not even death can separate us from the love that Christ has for each of us.  By his blood,  he paid the price that guarantees us victory over the darkness and the forces that seek to take us down.   Jesus told us to come to him and he will give us rest as he works all things out for our good. He is the Author of life and he can fulfill the perfect plan that he has for you. 

 This world and all that is in it is passing away, but the word of God is forever.  For that very reason, we must keep our eyes on the only thing that matters….eternity with Jesus Christ.  You must remember that today’s pain can never stop tomorrow’s promise bought by the blood of Jesus. 

In Job 19:25-26, we read that after losing his wealth, his children and his health, Job still cried out, “ I know my redeemer lives and he shall stand one day upon the earth.  And after my skin is destroyed this I know, that in my flesh, I shall see God.”  There is no greater faith than to stand on God’s promises when all seems lost.  Finally, in Psalm 46, we read that though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, God is still our refuge and strength and an ever-present help in trouble. 

The battles of this earth can make you feel weak and weary, but the truth is that God’s love for you will see you through until the end. It was God’s hand that formed you and it is God’s strength that can keep you in his perfect peace.  You don’t have to wait for Jesus to find a way to help you, he is the way!  Take heart my friends, for God is with you in your battle.  You can’t lose!

Marianne Bernard

Marianne Bernard

I seek first the kingdom of Christ because everything else in this world is perishing. All that I have is from God who is always faithful. I have worked hard all my life and will continue as long as God lends me breath. The mistakes and bad judgments I made in my life all stemmed from me trying to work things out by myself. I have learned the hard way that the victory over all of my problems and the answers to all of my desires lie solely in my Savior, Jesus Christ. It is now my desire to share the words that God gives me to encourage and give hope to others who need the strength that only faith in Christ can give.

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