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Summary: Those bad times in our life will come to pass too because God is our refuge and strength. He is always there and never misses a moment. I have always wondered just how someone makes it through this life believing some dead god.

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It will come to pass, because He lives.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

Heard of a Sunday class that was asked the question. In your time of discouragement, what is your favorite Scripture? A young man said, the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want Psalm 23

A middle age woman said, God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Another woman said, In this world you shall have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome this world. John 16:33

Then old Mr. John who was pushing 90 years old, with head of white hair stood up with as much strength as he could said: and it came to pass 85 times in the Bible. The class started to laugh a little thinking that old Mr. John lack of memory was finally getting the best of him.

When the snickering stopped, he said. At 30 I lost my job with six hungry mouths and a wife to feed.

I didn’t know how I would make it. At 40 my eldest son was killed overseas in the war. …..That almost got me. At 50 my house burned to the ground. Nothing was saved …we had to start over.

At 60 my wife of 40 years got cancer. It slowly ate away at her. We cried together many a night on our knees in prayer. At 65 she died. I still miss her today. The agony I went through in each of these situations was unbelievable. I wondered where God was. But, each time I looked in the Bible I saw one of those 85 verses that said, and it came to pass. I felt that God was telling me, my pain and my circumstances were also going to pass and that God would get me through it and He did and those things came to pass.

Those bad times in our life will come to pass too because God is our refuge and strength. He is always there and never misses a moment. I have always wondered just how someone makes it through this life believing some dead god.

There is more evidence that Christ rose from the grave than any other fact in history. Today followers of the Islamic faith can visit the tomb of their leader Mohammed. Today followers of the Buddhist religion can go to the grave of their founder, Buddha.

You can visit the graves of past presidents and kings, you can visit the graves of past loved ones but, the grave didn’t hold our Saviour…. because He defeated death and won a victory for those who would believe upon his name.

It’s because He lives we should be able to face tomorrow, it’s because He lives all fear should be gone. Because He lives we are pretty sure who holds the future. Is that the lyrics Bill Gaither wrote? No, but that’s the way many Christians feel. The first verse of Because He Lives says it all.

God sent his son, they called him Jesus, He came to love, heal and forgive. He lived and died to buy my pardon, An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives.

Love in the one who the grave couldn't hold and neither will it hold those who belong to Him,

Christ Jesus, Ronnie Miller www.themillersbiblestudy.com


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