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Many times I would read about Apostle Paul and some of things he had suffered. I read how Lord delivered him and was with him. One of my favorite scriptures is Acts Chapter 27 verse 20 "And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away." During some of my deepest trials, I would feel this way. Then I read verse 25, "Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told to me." Paul had prayed, and Lord promised deliverance, and it came to pass.
The Lord has graciously given me a gift of writing so I could share with others great things he has done in my life. Jesus suffered many things, Paul suffered many things, and others have too. These sufferings draw us closer to our Savior, and makes us realize that God is in control of affairs of men. The Lord has delivered me from many trials, rescued me when I was about to sink, provided for me in miraculous ways, and answered many, many prayers. He allowed me to write a book, My Walk with Lord, that records testimonies of how he has worked in my life. I have learned, beyond a shadow of doubt, even if I did not understand, that Lord has a time and a purpose for everything under heaven.
Are your hopes crushed? Is your world falling apart? Are you in circumstances beyond your control? Look to Jesus, author and finisher of your faith. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Jeremiah 29 verses 12 and 13 "Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye search for me with all your heart."
Copyright 2005 Irvin L. Rozier
Author of My Walk with the Lord, preacher, retired military