WHEN TOUGH TIMES COME
(NKJV): Acts 9:31 = “Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied”.
(CEV): Acts 9:31 = “The church in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria now had a time of peace and kept on worshiping the Lord. The church became stronger, as the Holy Spirit encouraged it and helped it grow.”
There are times when life on this earth is hard and uncomfortable…and even downright painful. When those times come, you deeply need the comfort that only The Holy Spirit can Bring.
How do you receive that kind of comfort?
By doing just what the believers in Acts did. By “walking in the fear of the Lord.”
Now, when I talk about “the fear of the Lord,” please understand, I’m not saying you should be afraid of God. (I mean REVERENTIAL fear). He’s your Father! You should be as secure and unafraid when you come before Him as a child who knows he is dearly Loved. But you must also have so much respect for Him that whenever He Reveals something you need to do, you do it immediately– even if it goes against your natural desires. That’s walking in The Fear of the Lord.
Let me show you what I mean. Once, several years ago, I received a very disturbing phone call. It was painful news about a situation in which one of my family members had been wronged. The news of it wounded my heart.
I cried, and in the natural, I wanted to get angry about it, to strike back in some way. But instead, I began praying in other tongues. As I prayed, I was prompted in my spirit to rejoice and praise The Lord.
I certainly didn’t feel like praising. I felt like stomping my foot. But, out of respect to The Lord, I put my feelings aside and obeyed. Next, The Holy Spirit impressed on me to read a particular Prophecy. As I did, I could tell I was being strengthened.
Then suddenly, I realized I was free. By my obedience, I had opened myself to the Comforting Power of the Holy Spirit. The anger and pain that had filled me just moments before were gone! They had been replaced by the gentle love and reassurance of the Lord.
No matter how tough or painful a situation you may be facing today, trust and obey the directions of your Father. He will make that same Supernatural, Holy Spirit-inspired Comfort available to you!
If you prayed in Faith & you are waiting for a Manifestation from God but trials, tribulation, affliction show up, hire patience, ie; when troubles come inn your waiting period you have to be patience, & use those troubles to develop; trouble will not produce patience, instead you have employ (to be) patience. Whatever you are going through now, use that as a steppingstone to your development.
Every time trouble comes make sure that you hire (become) patient. You need ‘patience’ because God must develop you for whatever you are praying for. Patience is what keeps your Faith in the field long enough for the Manifestation to come.
Matthew 4:1-11, James 1:1- 4