Character Building for the Bema

Pain in this life can blind and bind us to just keep going on, one day at a time.  Our focus during these struggles to keep an eternal perspective becomes next to impossible to the natural “man.” Whether originating from  neglect or cruelty of another, circumstances that harm which the sufferer has no control, some dark hour from the past re-surfaces with no relief in sight, or just the intense pain in physical consequences of living in this “earth suit”, we have been given the promise of

I Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” That is through his strength, not ours. In our own abilities we can and will sink. The provision is from and through him.

At these times we need to remember that God dare not risk the loss of the person in pain, which has cost Him the blood of His son. There are reserves of grace and strength which are lying unrecognized within us.Testing or temptation will bring these attributes to the surface and sustain us.

There are general rewards as well as specific. To encourage us while living with pain, let’s start looking at the general blessings that await us and  what we can look forward to enjoying, forever.

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About proverbs3130ministry

Sharon and her husband, Terry, have two children. They reside in Grove, Ok on beautiful Grand Lake. Sharon is the founder of Proverbs 31:30 Ministry, the director of women's ministry at Grace Harbor Baptist Church; and teaches the ladies Sunday school class. Every Friday at noon she hosts Woman to Woman radio show with her friend and mentor, Janie Ratzlaff, which is broadcast live on KWXC 88.9 and kwxcradio.com. She is the author of Bible studies; Rebekah's Confidence, The F.E.A.R. of the Lord, and A Virtuous Woman: The Fairytale Story. She is passionate about the Lord and enjoys speaking at ladies conferences and retreats. She has a heart for small churches and is driven to help their ladies group.
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2 Responses to Character Building for the Bema

  1. midgiepie says:

    Ladies, thank you so much!
    I feel honoured to be among you in belief and inspiration.
    I have so much to learn but I have never welcomed a journey quite as much..

    Love to you..
    Midge

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    • Hi Midge,
      Janie and I count it a privilege to be a part of your life. This is a wonderful journey to be on. Those that are willing, will learn much and it sounds like you have a willing heart. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you along the way.

      Blessings,
      Sharon

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