BE FIRM IN AFFLICTION!Stella Dhinakaran

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.    (Philippians 4:6)

The Dhinakarans Dearly beloved,

The Bible says in Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Job was a man of God. He firmly held on to the Lord. As we know, what did he do when he lost everything in life and reached the peak of tribulation? He thanked the Lord saying, “Praise be to the Lord.” Perhaps we may wonder how we can praise Him in the height of affliction. Dear ones, having experienced this in my life, I would like to share my testimony with you.

On May 21, 1986, within a split second, I lost my dear daughter in a gruesome accident. During her funeral service, Pas. Sundaram, the man of God said, “Our dear daughter is not here; she is in the lap of God. Those who believe this, raise up your hands and say, “Praise the Lord” When he said these words, a great faith filled my heart. “Yes, What the pastor says is true. My daughter’s body alone is here. Hasn’t she skipped all the afflictions in this world and gone to be with the Lord to be happy?” – Overcome by this thought, I lifted up my right hand and said “Hallelujah” even in the height of tribulation.

My dear beloved, perhaps you too may be in the peak of tribulation as you have lost your dear one or as you have unbearable burdens in life. You may be languishing in bitterness, pain and sorrow wondering what is there in life anymore, as you have lost your job or the love of your family or various other things in life. But, when you look unto the face of the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of these and hold on to Him saying, “Lord, You are my Refuge; my Fortress and my Everything,” a great peace will fill your mind (Isaiah 26:3). Joy inexpressible and full of glory will bubble up in you (1 Peter 1:8).

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I praise and thank You for Your wonderful Name. Help me to think only of Your love without giving room for worries and burdens in my mind. I am a weak vessel, Father. I am unable to bear even a trivial lack or want. At such times, help me to think of the good things that You have done in my life and praise you all the time. Let Your grace abound in my heart. Let Your divine presence fill me. Let Your divine power fill me and make myself firm in You.

In Jesus matchless Name I pray,
Amen.
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