Join me as I dig into some thoughts from the word of God. I’m teaching on turning a valley of suffering into a door of hope. That might sound impossible to the natural mind but we’re not of the natural. We’re spirit born. I will remind you of the suffering of Jesus on the cross. The hope that deep suffering brought to all who will come willing. There we can see clearly the majesty and power of God.
if we are one who wants to turn valleys into testimonies of victory God is able to show us how to walk in the reality of the promise in our personal walk
Maybe you’ve already seen times where valleys of trial brought new doors of hope. I know I have. I’ve walked through times of trauma and loss that I wondered if I could ever recover from. I’ve lost material possessions, I’ve lost friends, I lost a life mate. Lost fire for my life vision. Then recovery. He chose me and I laid all ministry ambitions down at the feet of Jesus. And there I found a better inheritance. Joint heir with Jesus. Learning to wait for God to help me make the most of all that I had suffered. And he has been faithful. These times really served to make a believer out of me. Over time and process I encountered the mercy and grace of God in ways I never had before.
Yea verily, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ.
I found a deep and sweet measure of friendship with the Lord and by his mercies brothers and sisters who had suffered like seasons and stood with me in love while I was growing up. I learned that those who have walked through deep valleys and found strong hope are a light to others who need good examples of persevering hope.
For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
We’re all called to walk through our own valleys and learn how to surrender to the majesty of God while we’re learning to become overcomers. We will pass through times of perplexing trials and confusion and our weakness will surface. But God brought us here to make us into overcomers.
For everyone who keeps on asking [persistently], receives;
and he who keeps on seeking [persistently], finds;
and to him who keeps on knocking [persistently],
the door will be opened.
There’s always a new delight in Jesus on the other side of every storm. The open door leads us into the true knowledge that the Lord himself is our great reward. With him we can pass through any season and discover the triumph he always causes.
1 Tim 6:6
For godliness with contentment is great gain.
Persevering faith will keep us strong in the hope of his strengths when we come to the end of our strength. He purges us and stretches us into new day wonder that will amaze us. He knows how to bring peace to our valley times and use them for our good and for his glory. And for the profit of all who are needy and who look to him as their helper.
“For I know my plans for you. Plans to do you good and not to harm you. Plans to give you a future and a hope.”
However, we must know that any work that is effective to bring true hope and change requires times of deep consecration and preparation or we will burn out. We must be heavenly and Christ centered. Think on this thought ….
“If you read history,” wrote C. S. Lewis, “you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
But, the Lord Jesus Christ is king and he will do exceedingly above and beyond all we can ask or imagine. The saints go marching on. We’re going to a holy city. Pioneers on a pilgrimage of seeking to bring as many as we can home to heaven with us.
I hope you’ve found some encouragement to ignite your hope here. Father God is so passionate to redeem us from our miseries and our unbelief. His love is better than life!