And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
1 Peter 5:10
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
On the road of life, we mentally prepare ourselves saying“No matter what happens I will overcome it” but as soon as we are confronted with a trial, our souls starts to shake, our understanding becomes feeble and our courage dependent on another. But rest assured that no matter how high the waters get, no matter how cold the reproach may become.. You do have to worry because a power and merciful God is by your side, that will extend a helping hand, a resting place, a higher place to stand above the circumstances regardless if your surrounded by a consuming force of destruction.
I wanted to share something personal… When I was 15, my life came to a halt, I had eaten at the most famous fast-food burger chain and contracted 4 of the 6 prion viruses (Mad Cow Disease).. I was told by 17 Allopathic (Medical) doctors that I had three months to live.. To say goodbye to my love ones and my dreams because there was 100% certainty, I was going to die because if the disease didn’t kill me the pain my body was having to endure would..
I was left without a single shred of hope, 13 CT-Scans, 8 MRIs, over 5 Spinal tabs, over 50 X-rays, nuclear medicine… but I always held to my faith that I would get better… To every doctor, I left saying my “My God Will Heal Me”… on my last doctors appointment he looked at me and said “Your God won’t heal you, your dying! Take this time to say goodbye to your loved ones.” He then looked at my mother and told her to start preparing for the funeral.. I looked him and said “My God will heal me, and I will come back stronger and healthier than your or your children.. I’m not going to die.”
I went home that day in the worse pain, you could never think the body could experience such agony.. I found the strength to get on my knees and prayed.. I told God that He could let me remain sick for as long as He saw fit but that I refused to die and He was going to grant me my heart’s desires and at the end of it I would write a book about all the things I went through. I was pulled out of school because my doctors informed the school I was no longer capable to continue my education.. I got my mother to take me and I told them it was up to me, to give me my homework and I would complete it and hand it in.. I had 10 credits to my name a below 2.0 GPA and I had 7 months to meet the 40 credit requirement to graduate (USA requirement). I told the Lord I wanted to graduate by 16. I took my high school courses and at the same time took college courses.. I graduated by 16 with 58 credits majority college level with an above 4.0GPA.. I went through 4 years of the most excruciating pain, I had pastors condemn me because their prayers weren’t being answered, I witnessed the greatest acts of insensitivity and betrayal during this time, judged and doubted by even relatives. Every day I woke up knowing my life was just beginning and I couldn’t even live it.
So let me tell you I know trials, I know about pain and I know about seeing your life coming to end with no remedy… but there is always a cure. I went to church one September day, and I just wanted someone to shoot me; there was a renowned prophet/evangelist speaking that day, there was hundreds and hundreds of people there waiting for a miracle as he spoke about the glory of God, nothing even slightly pertaining to my situation.. I closed my eyes and silently prayed exactly this “God I can’t take the pain anymore.. Its been 4 years.. I haven’t complained once, haven’t questioned you once, but I am claiming and demanding that today I get my miracle.. I am healed and I will have no more pain. Amen.”
Before I even opened my eyes… the prophet said “God has heard your prayer” He came to me, grabbed my hand and interlocked fingers with me and said “He says your pain is over.. you are healed.”
Sure I suffer from food allergies and migraines.. but I was healed, every one of my doctors said I was a walking miracle, that it was impossible all that I went through.. I got to go back to that doctor who said my God wasn’t going to heal me and I ended up being what I said I would be.. healthier than him and his children. I study microbiology and made it my mission to help others, from practicing natural medicine and doing humanitarian services to treating professional athletes and teaching Integrative Sports Injury & Pain Management.. A course I created that teaches healing in all the four realms of the human body.
All this is to say.. when you can’t breath, when you can’t find hope in the most hidden places of your being.. you don’t have too.. you just have to believe that God can make all wrongs, all pain, all trials into a good for you.. He will part the Red Sea of adversity for you and give you dry land to walk confidently on. There is always a way and the answer always comes back on your dependency on The Lord Most High.
I say this.. because I have not only been confronted with the face of death more times than the word “bingo” is yelled in a old-folks homes, but I have had to endure attack, being lied about, face the worse forms of betrayal, walk a path so tight, that I barely squeezed through.. I have been in the situations where I had every right to ask God “WHY DO YOU LET THIS HAPPEN?”, to renounce my faith and become bitter.. But the truth is there is no right in anyone of us.. everything that happens bad and good is a blessing and we cannot understand why God allows it, but we must thank Him, because we know not the plans of The Lord and His greater purpose for us. Those that much is expected, much is given.
Hold firm and delight in the difficulties you face now, dive securely in the raging waters of adversity knowing your God will let you walk on them sooner or later. Faith is the one thing that another cannot steal from us and it is the ONE THING the can alter the fabrics of reality.
God bless and remain faithfully victorious