Within the Kingdom of God, God places tests in front of us constantly, not to fail us, but to mature us.
This has been our prayer right from the start of this journey – that our suffering would never be wasted, that we would never curl into a ball, shrink back and hide behind the diagnosis and its physical effects on my body.
There’s something about suffering that is so beautifully raw and real that it intrinsically separates the ‘fluffy’ faith from the true regenerate work of God in our lives.
Just as it was all going exactly where I believe God was leading it, a storm arose. Everything within days somehow flipped upside-down.
Why does our experience often seem so contrary to the simplicity of the promise, the promise that when we request help from God, He will supply it?
I asked God in faith for what I desired…and God gave me all of it…and they all lived happily ever after. Okay that’s not the end of the story, in fact it was just the beginning.
The Holy Spirit enabled me to face the test head on. God added a huge dose of humility and ‘log out of my eye’ perspective to my viewpoint and the strangest thing happened.
No matter what the circumstances are we know it was God’s enabling grace that brought us through the hardest season of our lives to date.
Now that I’ve been to and experienced all God does during these conference times I don’t think I will ever miss the Four12 Conference in South Africa ever again.
If your soul is secure in Christ then you will be totally content, safe and secure, even in the midst of severe opposition.
Christians love praying for peace. But do we even know what we’re praying for? If Christians seek the peace of the world, a peace without God, that peace is merely a façade.
Is sickness a consequence of sin? Does my unbelief prevent my healing?
The Kingdom can sometimes be quite confusing. Should we expect the miraculous, or misery?
We are all well aware that we need grace to endure suffering! But do you know about that grace that comes through suffering?
I’m 35 not 75 and I’m fit and healthy and on paper, what I went through is so unlikely that I really would have guffawed at you.
Sometimes times of testing can reveal hidden motivations…
What kind of life should we expect as followers of Christ?
Michael d’Offay recounts a few stories from the rich history of the church and how they illuminate the modern day struggles of the church.
The danger of equating material comfort with the favour of God is very real. Likewise, to suggest that suffering is a sign of His disapproval is an overly simplistic and dangerous line of thinking…
Unfortunately what I’ve experienced prior to finding breakthrough in life is: “With each different level – there’s a different devil.” It doesn’t end there, the encouragement is: EVERY difficult time has a God ordained expiry date, it won’t last forever and we will eventually break through.