Paul faced much persecution, when he went about preaching the gospel and establishing the church. Paul’s hope was for a future reward in heaven, where the glory of God would be revealed in him. There are also rewards here on earth, for those who do the right thing and we see examples of this throughout the Bible.
Joseph had a dream; told his family and was coveted and sold into slavery and then ended up in prison. Fast forward a few years and Joseph is appointed Governor of Egypt (Genesis 37; 39; 41).
Daniel trusted God and refused to stop praying three times a day, when the officials had the King sign a decree to cause trouble for him. This was because the King favoured Daniel and had plans to set him over the entire Kingdom. Daniel was thrown in the lion’s den because he continued to pray, but God preserved him so the lions could not eat him. The men who conspired against Daniel were themselves fed to the lions. After this, not only did the King establish Daniel, but he wrote a decree to make it known, that the God of Daniel is the true and living God who had delivered him (Daniel 6).
Haman set a trap to destroy Mordecai and all the Jews, because Mordecai would not bow to him. Haman’s plot backfired and he was hung on the same gallows, which he built for Mordecai. Mordecai was set over the house of Haman and the King gave him the title, which he had taken away from Haman (Esther 7; 8).
All of these bible stories and many more, serve to show us that trials often come before triumph and major difficulties before a breakthrough. The test will produce major testimonies and this challenge will lead to your promotion. We are in a season of victory and your best days are ahead. Stay in faith and continue to speak what the word of God says. God is turning difficult situations into moments of great destiny and purpose.
Published by Anneta Pinto-Young
I am a trained Social Worker who currently provides professional leadership on a programme to support Social Work students and Newly Qualified Social Workers entering the Social Work Profession.
Born and raised in Jamaica in a Christian family where my father is an ordained Pastor and Deacon who has served for over 50 years in the ministry. My father is also a trained musician and our family can be described as a musical family. I grew up in a small farming community in St. Peter’s, St. Andrew and my parents also have a small farm.
I credit my gift of writing to my father who I watched and listened to over the years as he wrote sermons, poems and other recitals in his capacity in ministry. English has always been an easy subject for me and over the years I have developed an increased interest in writing.
I am a Trainer, I sing and have a passion for worship, the spoken word and the free flow of the prophetic anointing. I am married to my best friend Andrew Christopher Young who is an advanced Musician and whose music you can find on YouTube and Facebook. I am a trained Coach and Mentor and I love experimenting with food so I love cooking. I enjoy trying cultural dishes from across the world and I view food as an entry into cultures and languages.
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August 1, 2022
Republished on Crossmap with permission from Anneta Pinto.