Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 2/15/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossNahum 1:7 The LORD is good. When trouble comes, he is a strong refuge. And he knows everyone who trusts in him.

We need to know this; we MUST know this. God is a strong refuge when trouble comes. There is no trouble that we may experience that is greater than God’s ability to handle. Most of us know what it is to have troublesome times. Sometimes we are the root cause of it and many times we aren’t. What really defines our character is how we handle trouble.

We can look at our troubles and cry and moan about them. Many people are good whiners when trouble comes. They bemoan the fact that things are not going as they think they should. They complain instead of striving to make positive changes to get themselves out of their troubles.

Some of us face trouble with no clue as to how to help ourselves get out of it. The size of the trouble overwhelms us and controls how we think and feel. Instead of focusing on how great our God is, they think how great their trouble is. They forget God’s promises of help and deliverance. God takes a backseat to their troubles.

One of the things that often happens during troublesome times is to neglect one’s time alone with the Lord. This is the worst thing that we can do. Our help comes from the Lord! When we neglect the Word of God and prayer, God no longer is in the forefront of our hearts and minds. We must stay connected with the Lord if we are going to find help in Him.

It is good for us to do what God requires of us. It is the only assurance that we have we will make it to heaven. Doing these things without a relationship with Christ will make us good in the eyes of man, but it will not make us qualified for heaven. Jesus alone is the way, truth and life. It is only a living relationship with Christ that will make us good before God.

Are you doing what God requires of you?

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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