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The storms that come will test us all, and it is entirely possible one comes to you that will in failure before the wind and waves recede.  But the Spirit in the wind whispers the words of Jesus again, inserting your own name for Simon's: I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail-- and even when you do.. that your faith may even grow stronger through your failure. (Martin, Jonathan; How to Survive a Shipwreck--Help is on the Way and Love is Already Here, Zondervan, (2016, P. 33))

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The first ambassadors of the resurrection message were the devoted women who were faithful to Jesus.  They gave the message to the eleven apostles who did not believe it! Did the apostles think that the women were deceived or delirious? Peter and John ran to examine the evidence (v. 12; John 20:1-18), but this left them bewildered.  What a difference it would have made had the believers only remembered and believed His promises! (Wiersbe, W. W. (1992). Wiersbes expository outlines on the New Testament (p. 204).Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.)

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Jesus taught the the key to surviving suffering was to remain connected to God. If we allow God to remain with us in our suffering, no matter how bad it feels, we can mature through the difficult times.  The intolerable becomes tolerable if we do not have to endure it alone. (Baker, Mark W. Ph. D. Jesus the Greatest Therapist Who Ever Lived.  Harper One, New York, NY 2007, P. 174)

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But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.  But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

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