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Study the Promises from the Bible with us! We’re using the book Prayers and Promises of the Bible: Smart Guide to the Bible. What might happen if you memorize some of the promises in the Bible? Do you have a favorite verse from your reading this week?  We Learned the Promises Concerning Our Problems and the Promises Concerning Our Dependence.

I love memorizing Scripture verses because I anchor to them in difficult seasons. Also, when I pray for my friends I always have a verse in mind. One of my favorite verses this week is Jeremiah 33:3 and to memorize this, I made it a wallpaper on my phone. Another way I memorize a verse is to attach a photo to the words. I am a visual person, and seeing the words next to a photo helps my memory!

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

Looking at your past or current tribulations, do you feel that God is in control and present in your situation?  When I was a young believer, I struggled with this truth. As my faith matured I started seeing God’s presence in EVERYTHING. He made Himself visible to me and I opened my eyes to see where He was working. I learned this in the Experiencing God Bible Study from Henry and Richard Blackaby.

Maybe you tend to forget your troubles. Perhaps you remember them as “souvenirs of God’s grace.” The Lord often sends me a promise, a Bible verse during my seasons of trouble. So when I memorize these verses, they become souvenirs of my testimony, My story is anchored to a life verse.

My Life Verses

Marriage troubles= Lord Carry Me (Deut 1:31)

Financial troubles = Wear these words on your arm /I made jewelry to support my family (Deut 11:18)

Storm troubles= Be still (Exodus 14:14 and Isaiah 46:10)

Filled with the Spirit= Love the Lord with your heart, soul, mind (Deut 6:5)

Starting the Womens Bible Café= He must be greater I must be less (John 3:30)

Empty Nest= I will show you great things (Jeremiah 33:3)

So with our troubles, how do we “count it all joy?” As I reminisce about the passing of my spiritual father, the Lord reminded me about His presence before and after the passing. So while grieving is painfully hard, there is JOY in seeing God’s presence. He draws close to the brokenhearted and we open our eyes (hearts) to see more of Him during our suffering. When God becomes “visible” to us and we feel His presence- there is unexplainable JOY. A revival.

God gives you a new way of seeing a situation. In my current season of suffering, some people were giving me bad advice. As the Lord spoke to my heart through prayer, I decided to “do nothing.” That’s difficult when other people are telling me to take action. Over time, God has been showing me His view and reminding me to be still.

Don’t “phone a friend” who is NOT walking with God!! -Christine Abraham

The remedies of the worldview are not the remedies of God. Discern before you decide, or do something. Let God lead you.

Isaiah 40:31 is a conditional promise. Conditional means that IF we wait, THEN God will (the promise). So there is an understood behavior on our part.

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NKVJ)

Turn it around, What happens if we do NOT wait on the Lord? We are weakened, exhausted, and defeated.

Waiting on God is a kind of strength.  I have some beautiful friends who wait “backstage.” When they are waiting they are not wailing on social media. They pull back and spend time with the Lord. They refresh and renew their strength. I remember the first few times I experienced trials like this, and I was spiritually immature. So I had online pity parties and many friends would join my lamenting. Today as a more mature woman of faith, I keep my drama llamas offline!

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Christine Abraham writes for the Bible Cafe™ community. Learn about living by the Fruit of the Spirit as you enjoy her online Bible studies. Join Christine at the Bible Cafe™ University for weekly Bible teaching.