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Several months before Janis graduated, she began quoting a verse.
“Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.” I had not recalled the address in the Word.
A few days after Janis passed on my sister in Illinois sent me a text. Someone unknown to her sent a verse the day Janis passed on. She kept reading it. More and more it personified Janis and how she had dealt with her struggle. Ann was hesitant to send it to me but decided to after all.
My immediate response was “Amazing! This was Janis’ favorite scripture! She has been quoting it for months.”
It was only then that I also realized the address of this verse. It was Romans 12:12.
Romans 12:12. It was like God was saying to me “I’ve got this.” My sister is a very spiritual person. I believe God knew she would share the verse with me, in order to encourage me. Janis died on the 12th of December. 12:12. Ok so that is cool and one can make the most of it that one might.
After Janis’ celebration / graduation I was invited to a Christmas party by life-long friends. They were trying to keep me busy and distracted. They all loved her /us, and were doing their best to relieve my grief.
At the party a wife /friend of Janis and I said, “Did you see Fox news this AM?” “No.””You know the young Catholic Priest they use as a go-to guy for spiritual things?” “Yes I do.”
“He came on FOX this AM and said the Catholic Church is highlighting a verse that the church believes is a critical verse for these times. It was Romans 12:12.”
Janis had picked up on it. My sister was directed to it. The nation was pointed to it. So,… lets look at it.
“Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.”
As we see the prophecies of Jesus happening, in Matthew 24, our hope in Him is what we must look forward to. What is happening or will happen must not be allowed to capture our hearts. Fear will cripple us and promote doubt in our hearts. Eternal death waits for those who surrender to the trauma of this life’s persecutions in these end times.
As persecution unfolds, our Christ love must endure. We must persevere in tribulation. How? We pray for our persecutors. We win by starting now!
All of this is achieved in prayer. Thanking God in our hope, persevering in tribulation by prayer, and interceding via prayer as we forgive, forgive, forgive.
Romans 12:12 brings us to a simple three step solution we can implement. We must grasp the depth.
Tribulation is coming. Our Hope has already come. Prayer reveals what is in our heart. Out of the abundance of our heart our mouth speaks. We reject persecution for what it is. A trap! We escape the trap by intercessory prayer.
I loved Janis with all my heart. I simply was not going to be distracted from her needs. Now, I am free to focus on the message in “Exit Strategy.” She totally agreed with it and I am sure she is cheering me on now. I hope to make her proud as I serve my Lord and His children.
The message in Exit Strategy is the message I am ordained to share just as John the Baptist had an ordained moment he was to fulfill, as Jesus met him at the river side.
As darkness has its hour, we must find our peace by rejoicing in hope, by persevering in tribulation, praying for all who persecute us, and to do all of this by devotion to prayer.
Our own hearts reveal what God wants to know. Who we are in our heart is revealed by the words of our mouth.
This devotion takes practice. This forgiveness takes practice. Eternity demands a grace filled nature in us. Practice makes perfect.
The coming times will demand our understanding. Preparing now is paramount.
You are loved. He waits for us,
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