Hiccups, Handicaps, and Hardships!

Romans 5:3-4 And not only that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

I want to share with you a word that Holy Spirit put in my heart for you today. It is a reality that we cannot get away from whether we are born again or not. It is just part of the mix of life that we have to expect and accept if we intend to run this race successfully.

Yes we all know from experience that this world is full of troubles and many of those troubles have spilled over into our lives. But what I think many of the saints tend to forget is that it is biblical. Psalm 34:19 reminds us that many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord shall deliver us from them all. This is the great hope that we have as believers. No matter what it is that we are facing, we have an expectation that God will deliver us.

In my 40+ years of walking with the Lord I have experienced many hiccups, handicaps, and hardships. One of the greatest revelations that I have had is that all of them did not come from the devil. In my early years I blamed every bad experience on the devil. As I developed my relationship with God, studied the Word of God, and matured in my Christian walk , I began to realize that even God will use some things that don't look good or feel good just to get good out of us! He used the belly of a whale to get good our of Jonah. He used an all night wrestling match to get good out of Jacob. He used a prison cell to get good out of Paul and Silas and He will use whatever circumstance is necessary to get good out of us!

HICCUPS - When you face a hiccup it means to experience a temporary decline, setback or interruption. Hebrews 12:1 tells us to strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up. What this passage of sc