These past couple of weeks I went through some things that were pretty discouraging. I’m not going to go into any of that, but sometimes it’s hard to realize that even when things aren’t going the way you want them to go that they’re still going according to plan. The Apostle Paul is the perfect example of someone who endured a great deal of real suffering, yet still managed to keep going. The Book of Acts and other scriptures tell us that Paul was given 39 lashes with cat-o-nine-tails on several occasions. He was bound and put in chains. He was shipwrecked and nearly lost his life. Paul was imprisoned for 2 whole years. He was ridiculed, rejected, thrown out of town, and his enemies even plotted to kill him. Even with all of this, Paul was able to say as he wrote to the Philippians, “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel.” His trials deepened his faith and strengthened his determination.
Knowing that God’s strength would get him through every difficulty, Paul actually wrote, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (I Corinthians 12:10) When you feel like life is giving you only heartache and pain, remember that God is still at work. See life’s difficulties and hardships not as something to run from, but as something to embrace because they lead you to a higher place.
Also, if you haven’t heard yet, we are so close to being able to release our new EP. The only thing is, we’ve run out of money. If you follow the link below, you will be able to donate towards the release of our new music. There are gifts for everyone who donates. The more you donate, the bigger the gift is. Thank you to everyone who has donated already!!!