God Can Prosper You Even In The Midst Of Your Enemies.
A dying woman’s confession sends Nicholas Wilson, the esteemed Treatment Director of St. Paul’s Psychiatric Hospital, straight to a prison cell. As he fights to keep his sanity, a recurring dream hounds his former co-worker, convincing her that Nicholas was framed. She persuades Andrew Chillings, to join her in this pursuit for justice, but Sandra, Andrew’s wife, wants Nicholas to rot in prison for the crime she thinks he’s committed.
Tempers flare, tears flow and emotions run rampant as the search for truth gains momentum. Hidden secrets are exposed, and key relationships are threatened.
Will those in authority overturn the guilty verdict and allow Nicholas to walk out of this entrapment a free man, or will the accusation crying from the grave seal his fate? Justice hangs in the balance, and only a divine intervention has the power to tilt the scales in the right direction.
Show Your Reliance On God. Pray!
Sometimes Truth Is Like A Bitter Pill; It’s Hard To Swallow.
As I sit here reflecting on some of my decisions, the above question popped into my mind. I gave the question some serious thought, and as a result decided to describe a time when I took a leap of faith. At the time, I didn’t know whether it was foolish or wise, but I knew it was something I had to do in order to be satisfied with myself.
For a little over twenty years, I worked as a counselor, addressing women’s issues, addictions, family dynamics, etc. I had seen many types of individuals over the course of my career, and I was very fortunate to have had mentors who showed me the ropes. I worked hard and devoted most of my waking hours to helping my clients. Then, it occurred. After about nineteen years in, I started to feel dissatisfied with my profession. It seemed the empathy and compassion I had for others grew thin, and I was more interested in finishing my day than meeting the daily challenges I knew I would face. I tried to ignore the promptings that it was time for me to change courses. Just the thought of leaving the familiar was frightening (even though remaining was becoming unbearable).
Finally, after a two-year struggle, I decided to leave what I knew in order to do what I loved. I wish I could say I had everything in order when I took the plunge, but I didn’t. I knew in my heart I was doing the right thing, but the circumstances blared that I was making a huge mistake. And to be honest, it wasn’t all smooth sailing, but regardless of my circumstances, I knew I would eventually be all right.
Was it scary? Yes it was. Were there times when I wanted to turn back? Yes there were. Did I second-guess myself? Yes I did. Did I question God? Of course. In spite of all of my unsteady emotions, and frightening thoughts, I stayed the course. I knew I would not have made it without God’s guidance and the support of my family.
Taking that leap was scary but remaining where I was would have been devastating. There’s one lesson I learned as a result of taking a leap of faith. Sometimes the only way to walk in your destiny is to take that chance on you. If you never leap, you’ll never know.
But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. (Taken from Acts of the KJV of the Bible.)
It is always conducive for us to pray with expectation. However, we know that there are times when we fail to pray this way. Sometimes we pray because we feel obligated. Other times we pray because it’s ritualistic. But it’s the times that we pray in expectation that we really please the Father.
In the above passage of scripture, believers were praying for Peter’s release from prison. When God supernaturally answered their prayers, they were astonished. Some even doubted that it was Peter and said, “It is his angel.” They were praying yet not believing for results.
God wants us to pray and expect results from Him. Prayer is our line of communication with the Father. It can move His very Heart. So when we pray, let’s believe that He hears us and will perform according to His perfect Will.
THOUGHT TO PONDER: Why pray if you don’t believe God will respond?
Excerpt taken from Nuggets of Faith