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The Five Porches of Misery

"Jerry retired Trucker- Author- Ph.D. in Philosophy/ Life Coach from Kingdom Ambassadors Global Univ. & Currently MHC Life University"

Enduring Life's Challenges

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Waiting On the Moving of the Water

John 5: 2-4

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

Beloved reader, sometimes in life, we encounter some difficult times, and we may get upset at those who caused our problems. or we may even get angry with ourselves and question if God truly loves us.

These Are Normal Emotions.

Dear reader, in Palms the thirteenth chapter, we find King David describing the feeling he is experiencing as he asks for God’s his help. In this Psalms beloved, we find King David affirming his trust in God’s love as he worships him in praise as his God.

Psalms 13 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.

David declares unto us that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

Beloved, let us now reflect back on our life and ask ourselves some very important questions that will determine our growth in our Christian walk with God.

1. When you go through hard times, how do you usually respond?

2. How would you like to respond?

If The Foundation Is Good Everything Else Can Be fixed

Beloved, sometimes God protects us from going through problems, and sometimes he may deliver us from the problems through the education of going through the problems but even in this we can find comfort in knowing we are never alone.

(Psalm 9:10) The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge (stronghold) in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee.

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(Isaiah 41:10) Fear, thou not; be dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee; yeah, I will help thee; yeah, I will uphold thee with my righteous right hand.

Dear reader, sometimes God will allow trials to come into our life that are designed to tear us all the way down something like Army boot camp which are designed to break our will and reshape our character. Beloved this process allows him to re-build us from the ground up to fulfill the purpose for our life and ministry. Beloved, we can liken this process to someone refurbishing a home.

Dear reader, many times, in our Christian Pilgrimage, God will allow trouble to come our way to test our inner strength. Beloved, we can better understand this process by observing some professional contractors that are hired to refurbish and restore an old house.

Beloved, if we were to observe the work in progress, we might think that the people that hired them might ought to consider hiring a lawyer because there in their yard are trash piles that used to be their house. We may wonder if the owners hired the wrong crew because these contractors have torn their beautiful home all to pieces?

Dear reader, there is a process to greatness and there are no shortcuts we can take to get there. Beloved, to refurbish a house, the contractors must first strip the house to make sure the foundation is not cracked including making sure the structure is secure.

Beloved, to an outsider, the work would look like they are destroying the house but beloved, they are trained professionals that know their job and they know that they must do an inspection to make sure that the joists are strong and in place. Beloved, they must make sure the structure is sound and no termites have caused damage to the old wood. Beloved, once they are satisfied that the foundation and structure is sound, they can begin the process of restoring the home to a beautiful dwelling that will stand for many years.

Dear reader, this is exactly the pattern God use to tear down and rebuild those whom he has purposed to be leaders in his service. Beloved, if you have a calling on your life, it is because God chooses people that are incapable of producing life qualities on their own that will be acceptable in his sight however, it is possible for him to do it in and through us when we give him preeminence in our life.

Beloved, we must come to realize and accept the fact that God had a plan for us as leaders before we were born, and all our life experiences have been a training ground to fulfill this plan in making us the leaders chosen by him and for him that will make a difference in our culture including leaving a legacy behind for future generations.

Dear reader, when we come to the end of our life, we should be so empty from pouring into the lives of others that we have nothing left in us to give. Beloved, we must come to the realization that who we are in the body of Christ, is far more important than what we can do and accomplish on our own

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My Conclusion

Dear reader, I have always found that I am in the center of God's will when I have his peace in the situation or decision I need to make. Beloved it is imperative that we pray to know and experience the peace of God in everything that we attempt to do for there are many distractions the enemy will use against us to get our eyes off our assignment. Beloved, I can tell you from experience that regardless of our circumstances, we can experience God’s peace even in the midst of a storm because dear reader, God’s peace comes from your relationship with Jesus, not our circumstances. Beloved the peace Jesus spoke about is different from the peace we experience when life is going well because his peace is an inward peace of the mind and heart which can only come from his Holy Spirit, and beloved reader, it comes from remembering that he is always with us regardless of our circumstances.

(Matthew 11:28) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

(John 14:27) Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives; Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid

(Romans 15:13) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

(Romans 8:37) Nay, in all things, we are more than overcomers through him that loved us.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Jerry W Hulse

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