Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Note of Gratitude - by Stephanie Wolfe-Saini


"And let us not grow weary in doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart" ~Galatians 6:9 (New International Version)

You might think, “ok that's a simple verse”. Somebody probably said once "it's in the new testament but what can those people know what the world is like to live in now". Well the people in those days had many trials; Christians practically live in a fishbowl and were watched carefully. And, when it was time, their homes were raided and their families pulled apart and beaten. They were persecuted endlessly.

Today we are told to go out and share the Word of God with others. That's what they were doing and they were punished severely for it. Are we willing to go that road for Jesus? You know that He did that for us. I have laid awake at night, on different occasions, and tried to imagine walking the road He walked the night He was beaten and as He died for us, His last night on earth. I get as far as the beatings, 39 times with a cat of 9 tails that had razor sharp shards on the ends that would rip the skin every time it hit you for as long as it drew across your body (they weren't allowed to hit you 40 times, that was considered death). The whip was long so it could, at times wrap around the body and start at the face. Now you know why that's as far as I could get imagining how far I could walk the path of Jesus. Now mind you they had already beaten on Him.

"And let us not grow weary in doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart" ~Galatians 6:9 (New International Version)

In the past, I would think to myself, “That's a good verse and a wonderful promise”. Today however, because of the circumstances, I've been living under, I really read this verse. I've always appreciated this promise of being in the Fathers arms after living a life of danger all around and never knowing whether I, or my family would have to be subject to harm like many other families - death by murder or theft in our homes and crimes that make me ill to mention. Our life being subject to the world and all their sin of greed, lies, backstabbing and any other hurtful things that happen to our loved ones that effect us and cause us stress that increases what illnesses we are already experiencing.

I am a believer that if you pray a verse into your heart it will come alive for you. You will live this verse. So, if you pray this verse into your heart you will visualize the effects of your ministering to others even when you are tired and Jesus continues to give you His strength and a blessing to your heart when He gives you the words He wants you to speak.

If we continue in the strength that Jesus gives us and not allow ourselves to get drawn in by the world and all it's disappointments, we will sow our seeds and "in due season", when the time is up, "we will reap if we do not lose heart"? Or do we allow the world to discourage us and make us tired in the faith? Live this verse and you will not lose heart. Jesus suffered many stripes to give this promise to you. Do you think you could imagine walking the road He did on His last night? Don't take this verse for granted!



© 2012 Stephanie Wolfe-Saini
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