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The Lenten Journey 2015 – Motivated By Hardships

Twitter30ccfca_jpgII Corinthians 6:1-10

The words from the anthem “Lift Every Voice & Sing” echoes cries of hardships yet heralds hope and possibilities. The words, a reminder of the harsh realities endured by enslaved ancestors followed by the crippling legacy of another generation forced into segregated lifestyles, served and still serve as words of encouragement. This anthem provided hope in the midst of hardships.

The apostle Paul uses his own life experiences as an example in this epistle to encourage members of the Corinthian Church to persevere despite the hardships of life. Paul was imprisoned; beaten; not welcomed by some Corinthians; discredited by false teachers; yet still he understood that his life was a model for ministry.

Life presents illnesses; broken relationships; poverty; wealth; secure employment; unemployment; birth and death – the one constant factor is that God hears and God still provides salvation. In that salvation lies the hope that sustained the apostle during his life of hardship. It was also that salvation that gave strength and power to slaves and their descendants to believe that “there must be a God somewhere.”

As you experience life during this Lenten season, may you find hope even in the darkest moments of pain and despair. The darkness of tonight leads to the light of tomorrow morning. The darkness of Lent will lead to a season of hope eternal. The darkness of Lent should be a reminder that kingdom building is a priority even though “stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod…”

Let us Pray:
Eternal and wise God we glorify Your holy and righteous name. We ask that You use our lives, our trials and hardships to remind us that our life situations can still be models for ministry. Remind us that Your promise of salvation is still relevant now and in the future. Help us to believe, live and serve in a state of kingdom building. Selah! Peace!

The Rev Velma E Grant, President
Women in Ministry Sixth Episcopal District
First Saint Paul AME Church
Lithonia, Georgia
Twitter – @RevVelma
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BELOVED, 

Please encourage our guest bloggers in the comment section. Remember to increase your prayer and study time during this season of Lent. Try the Daniel Fast. It is not too late. Go to www.daniel-fast.com for more information. Keep up at www.twitter.com/vashtimckenzie.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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  1. Rosalynne says:

    Amen!

  2. PBroandax says:

    Amen!

  3. Denise Richardson says:

    Because God listens to us and helps us no matter how dark and dismal the day may be, it is still our day. Today, right now is still my time. It is the day of salvation. Today is your day, no matter what happens. This is the hope that keeps us sane and balanced through out life’s many ups and downs.

  4. Denise Richardson says:

    Because God listens to us and helps us no matter how dark and dismal the day may be, it is still our day. Today, right now is still my time. It is the day of salvation. Today is your day, no matter what happens. This is the hope that keeps us sane and balanced through out life’s many ups and downs.
    “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done.”

  5. Shawna says:

    Thank you for this wonderful, encouraging message, Rev. Grant!

    Many times I have wondered why I’ve endured certain trials, but lately, I’ve heard a resounding wave of testimonies by many strong believers, such as yourself, which all seem to echo the sentiment “why not you/me?” God is so much God that he can take us through anything just as well as He can bless us with anything. Our ancestors truly are a testament of this.

    He’s so Amazing!
    Shawna

  6. Shirley Jackson says:

    Amen, Amen, and Amen!!! God is so awesome and so capable and able to carry us through and bring us out of anything. I am a living witness. I thank Him for being who He is; God of my life, and I would not give anything for my journey now.
    Thank you Rev. Grant for the encouragement.
    Shirley

  7. Pastor Delphine Lynetta Vasser says:

    Madame President The Rev Velma E Grant,
    Thank you for sharing this thought provoking devotion on Motivated by Hardship. which drives us closer to the journey of the Cross. May God continue to use and bless the works of your hands.

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