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24 May 2013
GOD-TRACKING IS FACING LIFE'S TRIALS BY GOD'S STRENGTH OF CHARACTER
The young couple had waited long to fall pregnant so when little Jim was born he was the apple of his dad's eye. All appeared well at Jim's birth. But sadly just 4 weeks after his birth baby Jim contracted a virus, which was initially diagnosed as mere conjunctivitis. As little Jim's temperature soared the young couple developed an uneasy feeling, so they sought further medical advice. With temperatures soring he was admitted into the children's ward of the local hospital. The medical staff did all they could to control the baby's rampant temperatures, but to no avail. The virus spread uncontrollably throughout his system until Jim was diagnosed with septicaemia. His little body just could not cope with the stress and Jim stopped breathing. An emergency crew was scrambled.
Dave, Jim's dad, had a faith in God but, filled with questions, his faith had diminished over his teenage years. In fact, he had hardened his heart so that even his wife's conversion couldn't bring him back to the Lord. Dave was of the belief he could weather any storm life would throw at him by his own strength, that is, until this test. On that formidable night, when the emergency services were trying to resuscitate Jim, Dave forgot his stubborn ways and dropped his guard. He opened his heart and realised that no man could deal with such adversity without the strength of the Lord. Dave and Jim's mom prayed. He had never understood the power of prayer until then and, there in the darkest place he has ever been, Dave felt an unimaginable and supernatural peace. A confidence came over him. He knew Jim was going to be healed and he knew God was - and always had been - with him.
In Romans chapter 5 the Bible tells us that we ought to rejoice in our sufferings because suffering produces perseverance and perseverance produces character and hope. Hope will not disappoint us because this hope does not rely on our own natural character but on the nature of God that produces enduring strength within our characters. That is, if we face the hard knocks of life by God's strength and not our own then he will develop enduring character within us. But this process would not happen if it were not for the difficulties of life that we all face from time to time.
Little Jim was resuscitated by the children's ward emergency team and rushed off to intensive care. His dad and the rest of the family prayed for his healing and, miraculously, Jim recovered within 24 hours, unheard-of given his state. Two miracles occurred that day. Not only was a little baby saved by the healing touch of God but a young dad's character was transformed by God's grace and might.
God-tracking is facing life's trials by God's strength of character
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Verse of the Week
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes
"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing" --- Abraham Lincoln
Don't Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!
ONLY IN YOU WILL I OVERCOME
"Dear God, I'm sorry for trying to deal with my trials in my own strength. I admit that I do not have what it takes to get through on my own. I call on your name now for strength, healing, provision and life. Help me to face all my difficulties with hope produced by your character in me. Only in you will I overcome. Jesus, you are my source and resource and I place my hope in you. Amen."
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