1 Peter 5: 9-10
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
It is so easy to feel sorry for ourselves when things are not going in the favored way we have planned. We tend to think we are suffering much more than others, and believe things are unfair; thus accomplishing the foundation for bitterness to take root and grow. This poem has good advice, but truly we cannot do it without the help of our loving Savior.
Reach In and Pull Out Inner Determination
Reach in and pull out steadfast determination to endure and stand fast.
Your God’s strength and power is available to all that ask.
The heart resolved and the mind set with a determined stand;
When firmly leaning on the Word of God; God takes hold of your hand.
The constant, faithful, and devoted steps, that are resolved to walk God’s ways,
Will endure each and every trial and trouble, as they sing God’s praise.
They remain fixed and unmovable and fully settled within;
A faithful follower of their Lord and friend.
So if and when you find you are feeling weak; remember the One who is strong.
Trust every worry and care to the One you can depend upon.
You have the ability to withstand and to even flourish in your toil.
For the Lord pours in and over you His healing, strengthening oil.
The oil of joy is poured out in abundant flow;
The reward to the redeemed, trusting soul.
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Father, forgive me when I allow disappointments, failures, and fears, and jealousy in my life. I am determined with Your help to reject and renounce sadness, bitterness and depression and to in faith watch for the good You have planned for my life and keep goin forward.