I had the topic I wanted to blog about on my mind until I tuned to TBN Africa where Praise The Lord with TD Jakes was being aired. Since I absolutely love Bishop TD Jakes, I decided to pay attention to what was being discussed. I can’t begin to share everything that was discussed because the show was loaded but I will share something that was said that struck a chord with me.
One of the guests on the show was a Pastor from Australia who had been abused for close to 16 years. She shared her testimony of how God delivered her from her abusers. It was indeed a touching story. Then there was another guest had a similar story. She is the Pastor of Jericho Church in America and she suffered abuse for 12 years. It wasn’t until last year that she began to share the story of her abuse with others as a testimony. The reason she began to share this testimony was because God told her that He couldn’t heal what she concealed. By sharing her testimony, she was truly set free. Bishop Jakes rounded that particular discussion by saying that he does not like to minister to people who haven’t gone through stuff in life.
That statement made me to reflect. There is something about adversity. I am yet to come across someone who loves adversity (hats off to you if you do). Left to me, I’ll just prefer things to go smoothly but like I said before there is something about adversity. It is a necessary ingredient to living a victorious life. Jesus said that in this world, we would go through trials and tribulations but we should be of good cheer because He has overcome the world.
The issue is that many people are unable to be of good cheer when adversity or trouble comes because of the pain it brings. I’ve had my fair share of pain. Till date, October to November 2011 has to be one of the worst periods of my life. I felt my life was crashing. I thought all hope was lost. I felt God had let me down and I was very confused. I didn’t share my problem with anybody and coming from a family of unbelievers, there was nobody to lean on when I couldn’t stand alone. So you can imagine that I must have been pretty miserable. After wallowing in this misery for about a month, one day I just began to praise God. Nothing had changed and I didn’t know if they were going to change but I just praised God from my heart. I can’t go into details right now (I will in the coming months) but here I am today; stronger. I’m stronger in faith and I can look back at that time of my life and laugh.
Life can be difficult. I know, but you have to hang in there; no matter how bad that adversity is. Everything we go through not only strengthens us but it also allows us to comfort others through our testimony. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 1:4 that God comforts us in all our tribulations that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble. As God sees us through adversity, we are able to help others out.
That brings me to my next point. Please don’t wallow in silence or self-pity. Reach out to God and to people who will build your faith and when God delivers you, reach out to others with your testimony. I was once like the Pastor of Jericho Church, I never shared my testimony of how God rescued me from the shackles of a broken home and saw me through deep financial troubles. Honestly, I was just not comfortable talking about it. Now I know better. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Your testimony is important.
So be of good cheer. God will definitely come through for you. I know this. You need to know it too and believe it. If you need someone to talk to or pray with you please do reach out. I’m not a Pastor but I know through our faith, we can make those mountains move.
Have a great weekend!
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