It’s Gonna Be All Right (Part III)
It’s Gonna Be All Right (Part III)
1 Peter 5:10
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. (NKJV)
1 Peter 1:6-9
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. (NKJV)
Suffering, or “going through”—it happens to everybody!!! When I was growing up, I remember hearing various pastors quoting the saying, “In life, you are either doing one of three things: coming out of a storm, going through a storm, or approaching a storm.”
Recently, I myself was experiencing one of those “storms”; I remember looking out my window at home, and thinking (at first), “OK, Lord, WHEN is this particular storm season going to be over? I’ve prayed, I’ve stood, I’ve waited.” Then, in the midst of correcting myself—because God has everything under control (even when we, who don’t have and see the whole blueprint of what’s going on, do not believe that He does), I felt as if the Holy Spirit said to me, “You know what? It’s all “gonna be all right”!
Okay, this faith that that we are talking about; this faith that we speak of—what is it composed of; why do we believe what we believe—what reasons do we have for believing that it’s “gonna be all right”? I am believing that the Lord has laid upon my heart THREE particular reasons as to why—for the past two weeks, we have been covering those reasons in a three-part Sunday “series” under the same name: “It’s Gonna Be All Right”! It’s “gonna be alright” because: 1) The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; 2) His mercies are new every morning; 3) He has done it before—He will do it again; He can do anything but fail! This week, we are ending with Reason #3— He has done it before—He will do it again; He can do anything but fail! On to Part III—
III. He has done it before—He will do it again; He can do anything but fail
God is love (1 John 4:8) and love never fails (1 Cor. 13:8—look in the Bible/other people’s and your own testimonies from the past)!
Even if our current situation is unto death, we still win, because now we are with Him—the enemy STILL didn’t get us; he STILL didn’t win, and guess what? He never was really in the game because God dictates when our time here on earth has ended, and HE, despite what we may or may not be thinking at the time, or may or may not be wanting at the time, knows, because He is our Creator, and knows every in/out/side by side/on/in/out/every part of us, knows when to call us home. Technically, we were not supposed to be in this world anyway (in this world, but not of it—-John 17:11-14) a world full of sin and suffering, a world that was once perfect, but is now imperfect due to Adam’s sin (Genesis 1-3)—THIS WORLD IS NOT OUR HOME! (And if my and your families, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances are saved, it is not theirs, either) Time to move on! And, if it is not your time or my time to go home to be with the Lord, we still move on, here on earth—do you and I see that we move differently, walk differently, speak differently, ACT differently—do we understand that? The Bible says in that we are a peculiar—meaning special —people (1 Pet. 2: 9). When He saved us, He set us apart, He called us out from the crowd. In our walking in our callings, people may sometimes see that we do not necessarily think, believe, speak, or act like everyone else—and one of the areas in which we may be different, is that we may, if we are blessed, come to believe that God is able to do ANYTHING—especially if He has carried us through more than one or two times—and if you and I feel that way, we wouldn’t be too far off from being correct! Do you see that? He can do ANYTHING but fail—that is the basis of our faith, that is what you and I believe and continue to strive to believe, and that is how we succeed and continue to succeed, and continue to move on and on and on! He can, has, does, and WILL do, anything but fail! Give the Lord some praise!
So, what are the reasons why we believe and know everything is gonna be all right?
The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; His mercies are new every morning, and He has done it before—He will do it again; He can do anything but fail. But, Pastor Greene, what does today’s conference theme, “After This” have to do with “It’s Gonna Be All Right”? Well, knowing that everything is “gonna be all right”, in most cases, brings you and I so much joy and peace, that when we have gone through those periods of suffering, we can receive the rewards that come with being steadfast! You and I can
fully receive the perfecting
fully receive the establishing fully receive the strengthening,
and fully be settled in whatever God has for you and I to be blessed with! It’s all gonna be all right!
Do you know something else? I know that it’s all gonna be all right, because Jesus SHOWED us that it was all gonna be all right—He walked the path before us; He showed us the Way—He showed us US—and what we were, and would (or COULD) be—He showed us greater works! Greater than most persons in that day had ever seen (healed the sick/raised the dead/fed the hungry with very little—and then the same was done for Him!) Then, He ascended into heaven, and was given a Name above every other Name
—King of Kings and Lord of Lords! It’s all “gonna be all right”!
God bless you, everyone—see you next post! 🙂
Shonda R. Greene, M.Ed., MTS 🙂
Article excerpt from Rev. Greene’s website, shondargreeneministries.org. Parts I and II of this article may be found on LookUp Radio’s Daily Devotional page. Rev. Greene is also radio hostess of “The Empowering Moment” which is featured on LookUp Radio.com. You may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.