You shall rise from the ashes

Life is not a bed of roses. It doesn’t matter who you are; you are going to face tribulation. Sometimes all you will see around you are dark clouds. And it matters not how hard you try to turn things around; nothing breaks in your favor. Now, you begin to wonder why me? But God answers with the question, “Why not you.”

As children of God, we must be steadfast in our commitment to Christ. We cannot be wishy-washy. The patriarch, Job was not, even when he lost everything, Peter was not, even as he languished in jail, Paul was not, despite many shipwrecks and imprisonment, and Jacob, the swindler, refused to let the angel go until he received a blessing.

Every one of the men mentioned above rises out of their tribulation better off than they were. And you can too. Just hold firm to God’s unchanging hands. And you also shall rise.


The strength we need to persevere and grow comes from God through the Holy spirit. But only if we allow Him to guide and direct our lives.

James 1:12-16 New International Version (NIV)
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

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What stands between you and your dream?

Some people get to live out their dreams and make a living doing things they love. But, there are others who never got the chance to do what they love. Often they have to scrape and scratch to make ends meet, doing things they hate. Which begs the question, what’s the difference between those who get to do what they love and those who do not.

You have heard the phrase, “Life is unfair” and sometimes it does seem that way. Especially if you like to compare other people’s success to yours. The only unfair thing about life is, everybody does not born or die at the same time. But everybody has mountains that they have to climb. And everybody fails sometimes.

Even so, we are God’s children, and I know He has great plans for us. In Jeremiah 29:11 the Lord assures the exiled Israelite that He cares about them. He said, “I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future”. So, it does not matter who you are, or where you live. If we followed the plan and the course God charted for us, we would reap success. But no one ever became successful with both hands in their pockets. It takes hard work and dedication.

Still, some people like to blame others or their surroundings for their failures. But been born into a family of means does not guarantee success. In Luke 15:11-32, Jesus told the story of a young man who grew up in a family of substance. But things did not turn out well for him. It is clear that the young man’s demise was his failure to follow his father’s instructions. And he paid a high price.

Like it or not, real success comes when we follow the part God has chosen for us. Failure happens when we divert from that path.

So, life is fair game. You get out of it what you put in. The servant who failed to use the talent that his master gave him ended up with nothing. Anyone can live out their dream if that dream is realistic. And you follow the path God has chosen for you.

Inspirational Bible verses

Life is a long winding and sometimes lonely road with lots of signs. Often many of us follow the wrong sign, and before we realise, our world comes crashing down. Some of us have little or no problem getting back up and starting all over. For others of us, it is not so easy to get back up.

If you are a victim of life’s curve ball, and you are searching for encouraging words, here are a few inspirational Bible verses that will help you get back on the right track.

1 Samuel 30:6
And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him because all the people were bitter in the soul. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. (ESV).

Isaiah 40:31
Those that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)

Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are call according to his purpose for them. (NLT)

Romans 8:38-39
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is reveal in Christ Jesus our Lord.(NLT)

Ephesians 3:20-21
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (NLT)

James 1:2-4
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (NASB)

Hebrews 10:19-23
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest, who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. (NLT)