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Psalm 41:1-13
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.  The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.  I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.  Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?  And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.  All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.  

An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.  Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.  But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.  By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.  And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.  Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.

Zechariah 13:6-9
And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.  Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.  And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
Filled with the Holy Spirit of God, living lives according to the Word of God, yet wounded; wounded by friends, wounded by loved ones, and wounded by hypocrites sitting in the church pews in a devouring frame of mind, in a backslidden condition, feasting and preying on the children of God.

The wounded are blessed because their unmerited wounds are a sign that they have picked up their cross and are following Jesus with their whole hearts, minds, bodies and souls. To be wounded is only a seasonal happenstance. 

It is a stage that all Christians must endure and get to the other side of with their integrity intact, with their faith sure and their hope steadfast, until their wounds become a distant memory, like a plane moving further and further away from you as you watch it become but a dot in the sky, moving into the recesses of your memory to become part of the reference material that comes to mind every now and then, and spurs you further over into the purpose of God for your life.

We are wounded on the job, wounded by other hurting and bitter Christians who have not completely allowed their flesh to die, by following Jesus to the cross and accepting suffering as a prerequisite to the kind of blessings from God that leads directly to purpose. 

There's not much you can do about wounds except pray your way through them and give God the opportunity to minister to you, to heal your heart via the Holy Spirit.
The longer you stay withdrawn in your shell, hiding from God's ministering touch, and harboring resentment in your heart for the people who have hurt you, the longer your blessings will be delayed. 

The higher you go in the Lord, the more he requires of you, of your time, sacrifices, giving and praying.
The more time you spend in the presence of the Lord the more blessings he bestows upon you.

Whenever you feel the presence of the Lord upon you, in you, he is rearranging your essential being according to his holy will, by breaking all the holds that Satan has over your mind, body, soul and spirit, and by lifting you up above your enemies by his Holy Spirit, giving you more power and authority to accomplish his divine purpose in your life.
In his presence there is fulness of joy. We find our true identities in his holy presence. We find love, peace and tranquility in his presence as he begins to reveal to us his blessing plan for our lives, giving us instructions about his will in our lives, directing us in what we should be doing to open the doors to blessings from his hands.

Sometimes, we, as Christians, hurt so bad that it becomes difficult to breathe our way to the next day, but if we do that, go on when we feel ourselves stumbling, go on when we feel weak, go on past doubt, go on past the nothing that our lives appear to be at the moment, to get to the other side of our pain and suffering, we will find the fields green with blessings from God. God has the capacity to turn your desert places into luxuriant gardens overnight.

How many times have you come to a point in your life when you looked back to times of great pain and distress, a time when you simply wanted to die, but you held on by a slender thread, and got past the brick wall of offense, and now you say in the midst of your now blessing, if I had died way back then, I would have missed my today blessing. This is what Satan wants you to do, to miss tomorrow's blessings by subjecting you to ongoing torment, pain and suffering, hoping that you will capitulate and give up all hope that things will get better.

But things always get better if we allow enough time to pass and wait on God through the bad places in out lives. God will always bring us to a better place in him in our lives. Have faith in him and don't let Satan rob you of your hope. 

Hope is the catalyst that ushers you into your promised land, that place where your enemies will be under your feet, that place where your finances are finally in order, that place where you are not alone any longer, because God will bless you with true friends according to his will for you. The friends that God gives you will be part of your divine destiny, and well worth waiting for. 

The only way to get to your destiny is by cutting out of your life people who are dead weight to you; they take but have nothing to give back to you because they are empty inside. The Holy Spirit is not in residence; they are just dark holes waiting to swallow you up in their negativity and hypocrisy.
The only thing they have to share with you is their own destruction. They are simply gnawing on your life waiting for and encouraging your hope to die, so that they can pounce on you and introduce you to their defacto father, Satan. And you really don't want that!

Hell is not a place that you want to travel to because it is a permanent, forever kind of residence; once you check in there is no checking out. Eternity in the presence of the Lord is forfeited because you allowed Satan to rob you of your hope, the golden key that opens the doors to your God-given blessings.

The most important ingredient in your soul is your hope. You must hold on to it no matter what else you must let go of, be it people, money, a job, acceptance, etc. The list of sacrifices we, as Christians, make to serve the Lord are long and varied, differing from one Christian to another according to God's purpose for our lives.

Somethings we need to hold on to and somethings we need to let go of. Don't turn yourself into a bastard by rejecting your Holy Father, the omnipotent, omnipresent God. If you don't understand why he is asking you to endure so much pain and suffering, and you feel that God is being unfair to you to ask so much of you, there is always another father gladly waiting in the wings for you to make an unwise transfer of your heart's affiliation towards evil and away from the good.

What we need to keep in mind is this: The greater our trials and tribulations, the greater will be our blessings. Joseph. Job. Naomi. Ruth. Leah. David. Esther. Kings and queens are often birthed from extreme adversity.

Joshua and Caleb contended with Israel for 40 years until they, the pre-promised land failures, all died in the wilderness because of their unbelief, which was an enemy to the promises of God to Israel. Consequently, Joshua and Caleb had to wait for God to kill them all before they could inherit their promised land, the older generation who had no faith in God's ability to deliver the Promised Land to them. Thus, once God kills all your enemies, it's time to possess your promised land. God does not change. He is a warrior, always fighting against the enemies of your purpose, thus, your promised land, and he never loses a battle or a war. Our God is a victorious God. All we have to do is wait for his timing to bring us triumphantly into the land of our promise. All the words that he has spoken over our lives will come to pass.
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