1st February 2024
'Bizarrely Blessed (by FH)'
'God wants to bring you to a flourishing finish'
And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus.
We all go through disappointments and have unfair things that happen; the mistake many people make is to get stuck where they are, become bitter and negative and give up on their dreams.
God never ends in a negative; if you'll keep moving forward with your life, God promises that he'll bring you to a flourishing finish.
In your future God has a victorious finish: that setback, disappointment, betrayal, God knows how to turn it around and cause it to work for you.
When you're in difficult times, don't settle where you are, don't put your roots down and think that it's never going to change.
For every setback God's already lined up a comeback, for every injustice, vindication, for every disappointment, restoration, new beginnings.
Victory through Christ
But thanks be to God! For in union with Christ we are always led by God as prisoners in Christ's victory procession. God uses us to make the knowledge about Christ spread everywhere like a sweet fragrance.
2 Corinthians 2:14
As believers this is the promise God makes to us: you may go through disappointments, at times it seems like you're far behind, like it's never going to work out; you have to remind yourself, I'm in a fixed fight, I already know the outcome, God never ends in defeat, when it's all said and done I'm the victor not the victim, I'm going to come out of this setback promoted, increased, healthier, to a flourishing finish
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies
Psalm 23:5 (NIV)
The people that did you wrong, one day they'll see you blessed, prosperous, vindicated, happy, fulfilled...
God will make sure you get the honour and respect you deserve. your life is not going to end on a negative.
When it looks dark, when you don't see how you'll ever be happy, it doesn't look like there's a way, God has a way; if you will stay in faith, God will not let the enemy have the last laugh, YOU will have the last laugh.
Don't lose your passion for life, don't believe the thoughts that are telling you, never going to get any better, God has the final say, and He's saying your life is not going to end on a negative, I'm bringing you to a flourishing finish
It may get worse before it gets better.
That's a sign the enemy is taking his best shot; his best will never be enough, the forces that are for you are greater than the forces that are against you.
We are called to fight the good fight of faith; the reason it's the good fight is because we always win.
It may not happen on our timetable or the way we had planned out, but God is a faithful God.
If you will believe, your life will not end on a negative.
The very thing the enemy tries to destroy you with, God can turn it around and use that to help you bless other people.
Sometimes you have to say all is well before everything will be well.
You've got to speak it by faith.
When you're in difficult times, don't call yourself what you are, call yourself the way you want to be.
By faith, call it well, call your future bright, call yourself blessed.
Even when we bring trouble on ourselves, even when it's our fault, God is so merciful, if you'll receive his forgiveness, not go around guilty, condemned, beating yourself up, God says I'll still bring you to a flourishing finish
God will always give you another chance. you may have made 1000 mistakes, but God does not want your life to end on a negative.
If all is not well in your life, that simply means it's not the end.
You don't have to seek blessings;
seek God and the blessings will follow
This is an edited version.
The full article and Bible references are avaiable on request
God is improving me (by FH)
He had already altered how my flawed brain works sufficiently to significantly improve my quality of life, and I mean a radical change that occurred instantly when I asked for His help.
Which is why I see myself as "Bizarrely Blessed."
The more recent improvement is in my equally flawed physical functioning.
I asked Him for help with one of the areas I'm lacking in, and a few weeks later I was given a gift, from a total stranger under circumstances too odd to be believable if you don't know me well enough to trust my honesty, and this gift has already allowed me to make solid progress with more to come.
WHY ME? I'd give much to know why I'm the recipient of so many kinds of Divine assistance; I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but it's almost unnerving to be the focus of God's attention with no visible reason... is it a test?
Tests can be failed. I entreat Him to not let me fail Him. I hope that that prayer is one of the ones He answers.
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