Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - April 08, 2009

Good morning,

Our devotion for today comes from Hebrews 11:24-25 "By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season." 

Wherever you are today, meditate on this; do you love the trials and difficulties that fill your life?  Of course not!  Nobody likes to go through hard times.  And, we all know without a doubt that these hardships will come and go throughout our entire lives.  So, the question is, how can we face these impending troubles? 

Moses is a wonderful example of confronting difficulty head on.  He grew up with all the privileges and honors of a true prince of Egypt.  However, he obeyed God's call to leave that life of luxury and instead submit himself to assume the position of an outcast.

Do you think this was easy for Moses?  He knew the trouble that would come.  However, he kept his eyes on the goal and followed the direction of the Lord.  You may ask, "Does this mean God intentionally leads us into hardship?"  The answer may shock you: Yes, sometimes He does.  You see, every trial is an opportunity to take a step forward in your Christian growth.  This is why James can make such a seemingly crazy looking statement: "Consider it all joy, when you encounter various trials" (James 1:2).

When we face a trial head on and conquer it with the help of the Holy Spirit, we build endurance.  As that endurance builds over time, the result is a dramatic step forward in our spiritual maturity.  Simply put, God does not want us to walk around our difficulties.  He allows them in our path for a reason because within them lie opportunities for growth and new insight.  What might He be trying to teach you in the midst of  your current struggle?  

Have a blessed teaching moment day!

Your brother in Christ,
J. H. Flakes, III


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