Tag: Press On

Trials and hard places

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God —1 Peter 5:6

The pressure of hard places makes us value life. Every time we come through such a trial, it is like a new beginning, and we learn better how much life is worth and make more of it for God and man. The pressure helps us to understand the trials of others and fits us to help and sympathize with them.

There is a shallow, superficial nature that gets hold of a theory or a promise and talks very glibly about the distrust of those who shrink from every trial. But the man or woman who has suffered much never does this. Knowing what suffering really means, he or she is very tender and gentle.

This is what Paul meant when he said, Death worketh in us, but life in you (2 Corinthians 4:12). Trials and hard places are needed to press us forward, even as the furnace fires in the hold of the mighty steamship give the force that moves the Piston, drives the engine and propels that great vessel in the face of winds and waves.

by A.B. Simpson

The President’s Dream

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

We were in a Red Sea situation. The landlord was set to demolish the building where our congregation had been for fifteen years. We had to search for a new building and fast. My wife and I walked into a large furniture warehouse that was well beyond any expectations we had. The president of the company who owned the warehouse asked us to come to his office. There at his desk, he began to weep. He said to me, “I know you’re a man of God. I had a dream about you…twice this month…once this past week. In the dream, I knew you had something to do with Jesus.” My wife and I just looked at each other. God was amazingly preparing the answer before we had any idea that building would become our new place. The same is true for you—that no matter what you’re dealing with, God is already preparing the solution. He’s waiting at the finish line to tell you, “Your victory was here all along.” So press on. For all you have to do is keep going – and you’ll get there.

Today’s Mission – Today, in whatever trial you are going through, be confident in the fact that God is going before you and has your victory waiting up ahead.

by Jonathan Cahn