A godly and biblically-based devotional to help people with their faith and confidence; to encourage, educate, and inform. Come everyday for inspiration. Almost everybody is going through something and you can get through it with Jesus. I am a witness to that fact. Never give up on the great blessings God already has lined up for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
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From Pain to Gain
What I Know Now
When we've gone through the fire and when we've gone through the storms, although the pain still grips us and still lingers, we must be happy and we must be healthy. Those are the ways we will be able to help people see the light. Those are the ways we will be able to reach and teach people. Those are the ways we will be able to help people. That's our mission and it looks different for all of us based on our pain.
Our pain is for everyone else's gain.
Our pain is not for us to wallow in self-defeat, be depressed, or feel sorry for ourselves. Who will those things help? Take that pain and run with it. God's got you. He always had you.
My mission (because I have decided to accept it), is to let people know that since God brought you through it, He did it for a purpose bigger than you. My pain is deep yall and I also hurt for other people now more than ever. I want hurting people to know that God allows "bad" things in order to teach us great things. Then we can take those great things to teach and help others. It's like dominoes with people falling forward.
God is not mad at you for bad decisions and He is not a God of punishment, because that would contradict His dying on the cross for us. He took our punishment already, so now we don't have to suffer anymore. He stood in the gap for us already. Now we are covered by His grace. That's right, those mistakes we made, guess what? They weren't made to harm us. Why? Because God already knew about them before they even happened, yet He allowed them. Why? Because He wants greatness to come out of us. Why? Because people will listen to us. Why? Because we are now the experts, the pros, the champions. Why? Because all that hell we went through, God wants us to teach and help others. And He wouldn't give such an important mission to a novice, an amateur, a wimp. He only wants the best to do His business. And if He brought you through it, get ready.
Accept your mission.
So, in a nutshell? God is a loving God. He is a strategic God. And He's God all by Himself. Respect that. And know this: He is never wrong and that evil that was meant for your harm, watch what God will do with that.
Daily Devotional Podcast. Follow along with blog post.
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