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Tuesday, May 09 2017
      I Know there are many Christian folks, because they fear it dishonors God or is a sign of weakness or a lack of faith, don’t want to admit it or talk about it, but there are times when their trials get the best of them. Yes, at one time or another, we all will go through experiences that will really test our faith. Because this is true, one or two of you, maybe more, are going through a stretch right now that has made your soul feel weary and troubled. If things look very dark for you right now, permit me to remind you that the light to guide you out of the darkness is within you. As children of God, every one of us has Jesus in our heart, and He is THE light of the world. John said of Him: “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” (John 1:4)
       If He conquered sin and death, He certainly has the power to lift us out of our worry, fear, or depression. If He emerged victorious over our mightiest enemies, so will we. And if sin no longer has dominion over us, neither should our trials. If an evil voice has whispered “You won’t get out of this one”, a stronger voice within you will remind you that you are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you. God’s promises will not fail you; believe Him and all will be well. Once you are back at the top of your game, and once He has lifted you up again, that will be the perfect time to tell others: “What He has done for me, He will do for you.”
       The key to victory over any difficult trial is this: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, not on your situation. By faith, reckon Him looking down and smiling at you. When you focus on Him and keep your eyes upon Him, everything else will fade out of sight in the light of His glory and grace.
God’s promise for today: (Psalm 34:4) “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”     
Note: If you didn’t sense it before, I had help writing today’s blog. It is another reminder of the timeless value of the written word. My helper was a person who is in glory today. Her name is Helen H. Lemmel. I used the lyrics of the great Christian hymn she wrote in 1922, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” I used the message of the hymn and ran with it. I pray you will find the song on the internet at your earliest opportunity.
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