Saturday, November 5, 2016

Ask, Believe, Receive

 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:2-7)

Have you asked yourself, “How does one grow closer to God?”  The simple truth is by trusting, obeying, and believing.  Trusting that He knows what is best for us and that He wants the best for us; obeying His word, taking that next step even when you can’t see the next step; and believing with your heart and soul that you have received His blessing, even if it has not arrived yet – for you know it is on its way!

During the toughest trials of our lives that we will be faced it; those unanswered prayers; and those moments when we wonder why, we need to be strong and courageous.  Not afraid or discouraged. Remember that enduring the trials make us only stronger and provides us with endurance that will stand the test of time. Believe that even those unanswered prayers were God’s Will, because He is the only one that knows the final outcome for all involved.  He does not want any one of us to suffer, and that may mean a temporary ending for one person, and a period of mourning for another.  Though in the end, we will be reunited with God and our loved ones!  Therefore, we should always pray, “God Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change: Courage to change the things I can: and the Wisdom to know the difference.”

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