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As we prepare for 2016, with all our wish lists and desires from God for the New Year, it is imperative to know how to develop the kind of attitude which receives from God. Enjoy this piece. You will be blessed.
Luk 18:7-8 (ESV) And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?
“But why must we have to wait and keep praying so long and hard?” She … wondered aloud…
“The proof of desire is pursuit.” Ted had replied.
“When God wants to give to you a special brand of something you desire, He often creates a vacuum so that your pursuit can justify how badly you want it…
“God never fails. His word doesn’t say so.”
…Through her weariness, heaviness and discouragement, she never for once stopped hoping and praying …She never … found in her problems an excuse to opt out of life… And that is the spirit …of the overcomer which God rewards.
And each time she was tempted to think that God had abandoned her, Teddy would say,
“God never abandons His chosen ones. Searching through the scriptures, even when His children incurred His wrath and warranted His punishment before there ever was a Saviour to atone for their sins, God never made a total end still. He always left a remnant- a seed of their restoration that is, in the seeming abandonment.”
“So we have to keep holding on because the proof of our faith is to keep asking and not give up.”
Therefore, hard as it was, Angela never quitted but kept hanging on in prayers with high hopes and expectations.
God never fails. His word doesn’t say so.
Through her deep sorrows, she never stopped rejoicing.
She cried her eyes sore, but she also never stopped laughing.
Through her weariness, heaviness and discouragement,
she never for once stopped hoping and praying.
Through torture and torment, she never quitted church and never even considered not serving as an option.
She never for once found in her problems an excuse to opt out of life…
And that is the spirit which receives from God, the spirit of the over comer which God rewards. (*1)
(Excerpted from Daughters of Eve Season 1 entitled The Sweet temptation by Funmi Adebayo. Read full chapter here or download The Sweet Temptation for free on Okadabooks or download your free PDF version from Payhip)
Is it probable that You have come with my answer times without number? Answer which through despair, I wasn’t able to receive?
Never again Lord!
Please strengthen my heart and keep me in faith. Keep me praying. Keep me trusting. Keep me hoping. Keep me serving. That the next time You come Lord, You might find faith- the spirit which receives from You in me. Amen.
Funmi Adebayo © 2015
(*1) Adebayo, F. (2015). The Overcomer: Growing Waistline and Hips. InDaughters Of Eve (Chapter 12). Retrieved from The Overcomer: Growing Waistline And Hips.