A Word of Encouragement

God is Going to Make It Worth It

Written by Paul L. Taylor Jr.

Edited by Porschia Mitchell

Do you have any idea how much growth and spiritual development takes place during a crisis? Did you know that some of the things we curse back to hell and ask God to deliver us from are actually some of the most productive means of helping us grow and mature as believers and as individuals? 

 

Well, if you didn’t know, I am here to tell you that it is true! God is able to utilize all of the events of life, whether good or bad, to His glory and for our benefit. Here is a verse that backs this idea up: Romans 8:28 (KJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Did you notice that in this verse Paul refers to all things and not just to the things we prefer? The good things, the bad things, and all things in between are working in cooperation with each other and are employed by God to accomplish his purpose in our lives. 

 

Here is more on the subject in Romans 5:3-5 (KJV): “3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Wow! Did you see that? Patience, experience, and hope are all the end result of tribulations. Notice here that because Paul has some insight as to what tribulation produces in his life, he is able to give God glory even in less than desirable circumstances. When we know what the outcome is, it makes what we experience more meaningful and strengthens our resolve to live triumphantly in Christ Jesus!

 

Let’s look at it this way: When painting a home, it gets ugly before it gets pretty. Paint and supplies are all over the place, dust is on the floor from sanding walls and doors, the smell of paint permeates the home, and furniture packed into rooms creates a traffic jam that makes it hard to move around. Why in the world would we put ourselves through all of this? I will tell you why. One, we know that all of this discomfort is only temporary. And two, we have a picture in our minds of an even more beautiful home.

 

Listen to this: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:17 (KJV) Here is what I want you to remember as you deal with life’s difficulties: 

 

It’s light! 

(It is not as bad as it could be!)

 

It’s temporary! 

(It will not last forever!)

God is going to make it worth it!

(What God is going to do in you and for you will more than make up for what you went through!)

 

Ask Job. 

“So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning:” Job 42:12a (KJV)

A Word of Encouragement

Should You?

Written by Paul L. Taylor Jr.

You can do anything you want, but should you? Really, should you? So many people with so many opinions, and ideas wanting to express themselves in so many ways without stopping for one moment to consider if they should do so or not.

 

In  1 Corinthians 10:23 (KJV) The Apostle Paul wrote, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” Now, in my humble opinion, this is a mature and well thought out point of view. Paul was saying that he can do whatever he wanted to, but there are times when what he wanted to do was not expedient which meant it may not have been convenient or practical. He went on to say that everything he wanted to do was not edifying or did not uplift or bless the lives of others.

 

Interesting idea. Thinking before we act, speak, post, or do whatever it is we were about to do. Running these great ideas through the filters of is this a good idea and how will others be affected. In this era of exercising our freedoms, we rarely take time to consider the feelings of others. So many people doing what they want without any consideration for anyone, but themselves. 

 

Yes, you are grown, yes, you are free, and yes you can do what you want to do, but should you? Is it prudent? Have you carefully thought out what the results of those words or actions could possibly be? Have you asked yourself, who will this help, or who will this hurt, or even better what does God think about it?

 

My friend, we do not live in a vacuum. With freedom comes responsibility. To act responsibly, speak responsibly and, so on. We simply cannot just fire off a text or post without considering whether or not the content is good or bad. Especially as Christians. It is hypocritical of us to share our faith in one breath and be negative in the name of keeping it real in the next. We have a responsibility to think of God and of others. 

 

Here are some ideas,

  1. Before you speak, seek God for the right words.

  2. Before you post, pray.

  3. And before you act, ask yourself, what would God think about what you are about to do.

 

I think I will end with this scriptural encouragement from Galatians 5:13  (KJV) “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

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