Can Persecution be a Good Thing?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Look for updates here.

UPDATE!!  In the final stages of having the book finished. Much of it is already sent off to my editor. The countdown begins!!

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We have a special guest blogger today. Taylor Wilkins ison staff for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. FCA is reaching out to the local high schools in my area, and Taylor (with God) is the reason for all of its success. This post will show you why.

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Signs of Hope- The Honor of Persecution

“they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” -Revelation 12:10-11

Have you ever been put down, persecuted, or physically abused for your belief?

I’m sure to some extent all of us have experienced this; but for most of us, we don’t consider persecution a blessing—At least not yet!

Throughout this past week God has been highlighting to me Persecution. In John 15:20 Jesus tells his followers; “no servant is greater than his master, if they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” and again in John 16:33 Jesus says; “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” As I asked God to search me and show me the places in my life that need to grow, the fear of persecution has been revealed to me as a weakness. This is not good because this causes a compromise in my obedience to the Holy Spirit’s voice and leading in my walk with him.

The reason to fear persecution usually comes from a lack of understanding about the treasure behind it. Jesus says that blessed are you when you are persecuted for my names sake. Even when the world comes against us for our faith we are blessed by our father in heaven. The weight of being persecuted by man compared to being blessed by God is of no comparison, yet we often fear the latter!

It could be that what I’ve been describing above is resonating with you—or maybe you have been abused for things completely unrelated to faith. We live in a world that often tears people down better then it builds them up. Your story could be of broken trust, abuse, bullying, an affair, sexual abuse, or abusive parents. My heart breaks thinking of the terrible things that are happening to wonderful innocent people—and often the ones who can’t defend themselves. If your story of persecution is along these lines, I want you to know it is the glory of God to redeem that which was lost. God has been through everything with you and he will not let your tears fall to the ground unnoticed. He loves you, and He will redeem your life.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Taylor Wilkins

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

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Get Out of the Rat Race, and Into the Bible

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* 10-1-13 …Update on our new book, ” Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days.” .

We had a big splurge of devotions turned in the last few of days. My co-author Dennis Booth is now able to send several a day. We should be moving quickly now.

I will out of service for a while as far as writing. I am having surgery this next Monday, and won’t be able to work on the book for s short time.

We haven’t set a timeline as to when the book will come out yet.  

(Keep  Looking here for more updates.)

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Do you take time out each day to have a quiet time with God?

It is hard, at best, to fit in times of prayer and devotion to God in our lives. We have so many
priorities that seem to come first.

I have been there myself. I joined the rat race at one time. I spent all of my waking hours running hard to try to get ahead. I was exhausted when I got home each day, and didn’t even think of taking time for God.

It can happen so easily. We start out trying to spend time with God, and then a new project comes up, or our job has bigger demands. We shift our thinking to those things and our time with God becomes a distant memory.

We shouldn’t become so busy that life becomes a flurry of activity leaving no room for quiet fellowship alone with God. No matter how much you have to do, you should have time for prayer.

In one of the chapters from my first book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” I mentioned about the rat race of our lives. I said that even rats rest.

I went on to say that even the tides of the ocean take time to pause twice a day. When it gets near to high tide the water starts slowing down, and comes to a complete stop for a few minutes, and then the water heads the other way out to sea. The same thing happens with low tide except the water comes in from the sea.

If even the ocean that God created takes time to rest, we should take the same time and use it to be with God We should find a time of reading scripture, and praying. It doesn’t need to take a long time. You don’t have to have fancy prayers.

Even a time of silence waiting on God will be a blessing for you. The Bible says “Be still and know that I am God.”

If you feel your life has turned into a rat race, get off the fast track, and get into the slow lane. Take time each day to sit with God and talk to Him. He will give you more peace and comfort than any outside project or job can give ever you.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Generosity

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I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed. Psalm 37:25-26

This world puts a lot of emphasis on how important it is to look out for number one. We seem to be born with a natural fear of not having enough – for ourselves. So we hoard whatever we can just in case our perceived disaster ever strikes. But this isn’t the kind of life God intends for those who are a part of his family.

God wants us to live a generous life, full of both receiving and giving. But if we don’t give freely and joyfully, we miss out on the supernatural blessings that come from a life of generosity.

Living a life of generosity requires trust and a big commitment. But we must trust and be committed to the right things, the things of God. And as we follow that trust with faith in God, he will always provide us with exactly what we need.

Don’t let the fear of doing without rob you of trusting in God’s provisions for what you need. Remember, God doesn’t need us to give to others. It is us who needs to experience the act of giving so that we can live a truly blessed and abundant life

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Worship is Giving God the Best that He Has Given You

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Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. When ever you get a blessing from God, give it back as a love gift.

Just consider it giving it back to Him so that He can share it with others.

The value of our public service for God is measured by the depth of our intimacy with Him.  

There shouldn’t be the highs when He blesses us and then complacency the rest of the time. We need to worship God equally all the time.

When we seek to find wisdom from God, we need to realize we can’t get it with a cell phone attached to our ear, or download it from a Google search. It only comes from time, trials, experience, reflection, and following God’s path.

We also should remember that when we think of past sins, we shouldn’t think of them as just sins, but forgiven sins.  

We need to forget the past sins, but we also need to remember what God has told us. He likes to remind us of His promises. Have you seen a rainbow lately?

He also gave Jacob a limp to remind him of their wrestling match. He gave Paul a thorn in his side. We are a forgetful people. We need calendars, day-timers, and PDA’s. There are watches that beep at us and computers that chime.

All we need to remember is that we should never, ever, give up, and always depend on God to provide for us.

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