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Down But Not Forgotten

Recently, I have come to realize that there are still people of great faith. I’ve often read and discussed Job chapter 1. Today, I have a good friend whose story reminds me of that chapter. They have encountered great personal loss and a family member is facing great health issues. They have a child fighting addiction, and are raising her children. And just a few weeks ago, they were diagnosed with breast cancer. The day she let me know about the cancer, I began to pray and say God she faces so much. Her family has gone through so much pain as of late. And I went on in my pray trying to find reason and purpose for all that they are facing. The lord simply reminded me that his grace was sufficient for all things. 

I was then reminded of 2nd Corinthians 4:7-12,

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the the surpassing power belongs to GOD and not us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

The apostle teaches tells us several things that we will face:

Persecution may come

Calamity may strike

Disease may come

There may be no end in sight

However, the lesson is that while indeed these things may come we are never alone. The love of God, the strength, and power of God is with his children. Yes, we will face great personal loss, and pain but we can remain faithful to our creator. Doesn’t mean that we will understand it, but the closer we grow to God and in our relationship we can learn more about God and in time I do believe that we can come to peace and understanding. 

We can find peace in the assurances of the promises of God. We can find peace and hope in our salvation. And we can find peace and joy today in knowing that the Lord OUR God walks along with us and understands our pain. He feels our pain, and he wishes for us to place our faith and trust in him. 

We must remember that the power to change does not come from man. The power comes from God. All that we see, feel, touch, smell, and taste comes from God. And in that power and in the blood and stripes of his son, Jesus Christ, we are saved and we can be healed. If we believe. 

My friend is still facing the struggles on her life. But we have prayed and she believes that she will be healed, and her daughter will be delivered from her addiction. And lastly, that her father is in the arms of Jesus and even though he faces severe illness that he still has the joy of the lord in his heart. 

So today, there are still great people of faith. We too may and most likely will face great issues and struggles in life but like my friend and like Job can remain faithful to God knowing that all that we are and all that we have belongs to him. And in that we can find peace, strength, comfort, and healing. 

Tomorrow, we will remain in 2nd Corinthians chapter 4 and hope that you will join us. 

Remember that Brenda and I love you, and that God does too. 

Lastly, please pray for my friend. She faces surgery this week and we are still believing that she will be healed. 

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Jeff Houdyshelt

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Jeff and his wife Brenda have been married for 28 years and are part time missionaries in the nation of Mexico and in town of Matamoros, Mexico. They both attend Generation Changers church, in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff is a licensed minister and pastoral counselor. He has spent the past several years of his life dedicated to ministering to and the counseling of those facing addiction. He also counsels and meets weekly with the families of those in addiction. His pursuits are to help set those struggling free with the love and message of Jesus Christ.

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