TODAY’S PROPHETIC WORD
Today, God’s grace will give you victory over the things in your life that make you unpopular. Your godly performance will not be overshadowed by the things that give you pain. God is proud of you and will make the unpopular times worth it.
PAIN BEGETS GREATNESS
Here’s a truth that is unpopular, yet it’s truth nonetheless: Behind every great person of God is great affliction.
I dare you. Pick your favorite Bible person from any of the 31,175 scriptures and see if you can find one man or woman – no matter how close they were to God – who did not have pain.
Moses didn’t have many friends and his own wife didn’t like him. David was falsely accused by Saul and lived consequences of his adulterous actions by raising a totally dysfunctional family. Elijah dealt with loneliness and isolation. A social outcast, Elisha was bald and people made fun of him for it — just ask the young men who were mauled by a bear for mocking his chrome dome!
Great men and women of God through the ages were not immune to pain. Many come from abusive backgrounds, tremendous poverty and prejudice. Some struggle with children who cannot walk, others with children who refuse to walk with God. All of them face constant scrutiny and criticism. All of them are expected to do more and be more than they are capable of being.
E.W. Bullinger struggled with paralysis; Spurgeon wrestled with depression and stress; Billy Graham has dealt with debilitating disease for many years now. Still, they have preached powerful sermons, seen many mighty miracles and reached untold millions with the message of healing through Jesus Christ.
Just because you’ve never heard them complain does not mean they don’t have great affliction. It means, by God’s grace, they are greater than their affliction. It’s all part of the program.
But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.
– 1 Peter 2:20-21
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO GET WITH GOD’S PROGRAM FOR YOUR LIFE. HE DOESN’T PROMISE IT WILL BE PAIN-FREE. HE DOES PROMISE IT WILL BE WORTH IT!
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