February 5, 2015

Living in Victory Through Adversity Part Two: A Matter of Focus

Written By Judy Smith

It Is A Mater of Focus. Do we focus on the adversity to the point where we are obsessed with it and imagine the worst, or do we choose to focus on what we are learning in and through this adversity? We must look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, as instructed in Hebrews 12:2.

We must focus on the right things. Whatever we focus on becomes magnified in our minds. The more we Happy woman standing on long road at sunsetthink and talk about our problems, the larger they become. Let’s be wise and meditate on God’s Word and His promises for our lives, and continually thank Him for these promises and all that He has done.

“I thank you Father that you are bigger than my problems, trials, and uncertainties. You are good and my heart is filled with thanksgiving for you and your love.” He turns our mourning into dancing, Hallelujah! Do not look at the outward appearance of the adversity, but ask the Lord to give you spiritual eyes to see what He is doing. Then wait for His perfect timing. Look at the final outcome of Job’s life. Job 8:21 “…He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.”

I have journaled often for the past 35 years, and through journaling I have seen that His answers are always prophetic and right on. I am going to share with you His encouraging message to me from about ten years ago, when my husband suffered a severe heart attack that left him with only 25% of his heart function. I had little hope of having my husband much longer; but now, ten years later he is still with us and he now has 45% of his heart function. God is faithful! We can trust Him in all things.

Here is what God said to me during that difficult time, ten years ago: “Strive to trust Me in more and more areas of your life. Anything that tends to make you anxious is a growth opportunity. Instead of running away from these challenges, embrace them and be eager to gain all the blessings hidden in the difficulties. If you believe that I am sovereign over every aspect of your life, it is possible to trust Me in all situations. Don’t waste energy regretting the way things are, or thinking about what might have been. Start at the present moment, accepting things exactly as they are and search for My way in the midst of your circumstances. Trust is like a staff you can lean on as you journey uphill with Me. If you are trusting in Me consistently, the staff will bear as much of your weight as needed. Lean on trust, and be confident in Me with all your heart and mind.”

O my Friends, with every challenge in my life I fall more and more in love with Jesus. He may not answer as quickly as I want Him to, but He always answers for my good and His Glory. Remember: This too shall pass.

A few encouraging verses:

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Psalm 75:1 We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 92:1 It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High

Psalm 95:2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Psalm 30:11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.

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