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God your helper
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Monday, Jan 17, 2022

 

Beyond our strength

 

2 Corinthians 1:8” For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;

Hey friend, this is no ‘pop-corn’ stuff but strong substance for those who are willing to go through the path of severe trials and trust God to bail them out.  Say Amen.

For we do not want you to be unaware: Wow, this is awesome, this leader Paul was not going to shove all the problems that he went through under the rug and behave as though everything was super cool. No..no…he was going to tell them all, so that they understand believers are not exempt from sufferings, pain, afflictions, sickness and sometimes it would be unbearable; however, our afflictions enables us to comfort others:

I am speaking right now to a brother or sister reading this sermon, we need to go through every path in our life, rough and tough, holding on to the Hand of our Creator, rather than try to skip and do a long jump or high jump. It doesn’t happen that way. The prison was designed by God for Joseph. People going through marital, financial and emotional problems wish them to vanish immediately. It can happen even to a church or ministry, when the spirit that once united the people has been broken by selfishness or petty concerns or may be there is barrenness in the ministry. But listen, we cannot immediately turn around the situation, we need to wait on God to deliver us from this dark period.

There are some pastors who would close their church ministry if people don’t show up, if your calling for church ministry is from the Lord then you need to persevere no matter what.  Do the Bible study if there are people there or not, I remember preaching to empty chairs and benches for many years…yes , you heard it right, not many months but many years.  Was that easy? Not at all.  Not enough, we had to run a  school and hostel for the poor, Abide School, in the outskirts of the city where there was no water, we had no money and no staff either. We survived though and received Government recognition and also successfully completed ten years. Now, we have trained, wonderful teachers, funds to pay huge rent, and also manage the school successfully even during this COVID lockdown period.   Every ministry is unique, so are you!

 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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