For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
If it had not been for the goodness and faithfulness of God, where would you be today? The same God who has kept you alive to date is going to carry you through any and all difficulty you may be facing. We are not without hope. May I take a moment to praise and thank God for the Ark of Faith Foundation? All of us have and will continue to learn obedience through what we suffer. We’ll have our eyes opened through distress. (Job 36:32 & 15, GNB)
When I was a young widow with three teenagers, I had no idea how to do what God wanted me to do. Yet, in 1981, Jim Gibson, Sr. secured the Ark’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and ever since, I have been on the journey of my new life. I know the favor of God and man. He is still perfecting me. I can say with King David: “If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.” (Psalm 119:92, ESV)
Without God, where would we be?
As a young mother, as educated as I was and brought up in the church, I did not know the word of God and did not spend daily “alone time” with Him. My son, Sam, was born with a major health problem. At three weeks old after a 6-hour major surgery he was written up in medical journals. Our surgeon prayed with my husband and me, stating that there was a 50/50 chance of survival. He said, “My own son died at a year and a half old and I couldn’t save him. I promised God then that, with His help I’d do everything I could to save all children.”
Sitting on my husband’s lap, I prayed “Father, nothing is impossible for You, with prayer.” I then phoned my mother to pray with us. Mama taught me about miracles and answered prayers. (My brother miraculously overcame infantile paralysis (polio) back before Sister Kenny’s research and discoveries that saved so many others.)
I would still be struggling now, but Father God gave me the desire of my heart. I began praising and thanking Him for His goodness, favor, and blessing.
Distress opens my eyes; I need much more of God’s favor and the power of Jesus and His name. These situations inspired my desire to know the Holy Spirit. Baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I’d still had no personal relationship with the Triune God, the Three in One. I would still be struggling now, but Father God gave me the desire of my heart.
I began praising and thanking Him for His goodness, favor, and blessing. Praise precedes His victory and brings down walls of opposition. He inhabits our praise and when we ask (and knock, as Matthew 7:7 says) doors will open. He will show Himself strong in our weakness. (I Corinthians 4:10)
What are you struggling with today?
Addiction, low self-esteem finances, illness, grief, relationships–? Take a moment and look back over your life. Realize your need to be in union with Jesus. How far have you come? God has not brought you this far to leave you. (Philippians 1:6 NIV) Father God has kept you alive for a purpose that shows you both good and bad. (Romans 8:28) He will lead, guide or carry you through any difficulty you may be facing. Declare the goodness of God and that He is directing your steps and your will is to follow His leading. The best days of your life are ahead. (I Corinthians 2:9)
Now, praise and thank Him! Move forward into the victory He has promised to the overcomers. Renew your mind to the word of God and remove all negative thoughts. Study the word of God. Study to show yourself improved. (II Timothy 2:15)