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Sunday, July 31, 2016
Don’t Be Surprised - Joel Osteen Ministries daily devotional 30 July Saturday
friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you
to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But
rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that
you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:12–13, NIV)
Don’t Be Surprised
you know you are going into a challenging season, you can get prepared
for it. You can make sure you are mentally ready. But what about the
difficulties that we don’t see coming? The unexpected crisis that
catches you off-guard? Sometimes, it can seem so overwhelming that it
almost knocks the wind right out of you.
scripture says that we shouldn’t be surprised by fiery trials. That’s
because the forces of darkness would not be fighting against you if they
didn’t know that God has something amazing in your future! Sometimes,
those unexpected difficulties are just a sign that you’re on the right
track. It’s always darkest just before the dawn appears. The enemy
always fights the hardest when you are closest to your breakthrough. The
key is to stay the course and keep fighting the good fight of faith.
the difficult times, keep your joy and keep declaring God’s Word over
your future. God has promised that you will overcome every obstacle. You
will defeat every enemy, and you will embrace the blessing and victory
He has in store for you!
A Prayer for Today
thank You for walking with me in every season of life. Today, I cast
all of my cares on You. I cast all of my difficulties, all of my
questions, and all of my concerns. Thank You for working all things out
for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen.”