Posted by: John Edwards | April 30, 2008

HARD TIMES ARE GOOD FOR US by Former Word Of Faith Pastor John Edwards


My oldest son is graduating from the University of Alabama with honors on May 10th.

He majored in accounting and has been accepted into grad school to get his Masters in Tax Accountancy. We are very proud of him because he did it on his own.

He lived in an old run down apartment across the street from Bryant-Denny Stadium.

On football weekends it became the “party house” with up to 200 guest!

|He charged fans to park in his yard on game days to pick up some cash.

He worked all through college at the hospital during the week and on construction jobs on the weekends. His water was turned off when his room mates didn’t pay their share, so he walks to take his showers. He drove a beat up car while his friends drove SUVs and sports cars. He went to class, worked all day and then would spend much of the nights studying in the library. We are so proud of his determination to make it on his own.

When we were going to Bible school at RHEMA he slept on the floor.

When he was a baby he slept in a drawer.

When he was 12 he would push our lawn mower all over Broken Arrow looking for yards to cut.

His sister, who was only one year younger, died when he was 15.

He was a running back at CCHS but sat on the bench most of the games, although he practiced hard all week with no rewards. He was on the wrestling team and went 13-12. His senior year the cheerleader sponsor asked him to be one of the first guy cheerleaders. They sent him to a clinic at Mississippi State where he spent the whole day with all the cheerleaders of the SEC!

Many of his football friends made fun of him, but he was with the girls and ended up dating one of the girls for five years. I hope that all parents feel them same pride and joy for their kids as we do for ours. Truly we are blessed of the Lord.

Written and Shared by John Edwards

By Damon Whitsell: “Below is the very first video John did to speak out about the word of faith movement.

I uploaded it to my channel and so have man others, cause it is that good.

Johns shares from the heart all the time.

He even in some places, such as this interview I did with him, tells about how the WoF made him so delusional that he delivered a sermons titled “Healing is in the Atonement and Guaranteed To All Christians’ (or something similar) just days after his daughter died from Cancer.

This video is short and one of the best video on the word of faith teaching I have ever seen.”

 

37 Amazing Bible Verses About Strength In Hard Times

Sometimes life is tough. Storms find us all. There is help and hope in those seasons. You are not alone when you find yourself under challenging circumstances. These 37 Amazing Bible Verses About Strength In Hard Times will lead you back to trust and encouragement.

SOURCE LINK: by aloveworthlivingfor.com – “When life gets tough it is important to know where to turn to for help and comfort. These 37 encouraging Bible verses about strength in hard times remind us just where to look when storms come.

Regardless of what kind of challenges you may be facing, the Father is always our source of hope and relief. We pray these verses lift your spirits and lighten your loads.

For more encouragement for difficult times make sure to check out our article on Prayers for Hard Times or browse our series of Tough Stuff articles by clicking here.

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Exodus 15:2-3

“The Lord is my strength and my song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him. “The Lord is a warrior; The Lord is His name. Exodus 15:2-3 AMP

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 AMP

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9 AMP

Nehemiah 8:10

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Then Ezra said to them, “Go [your way], eat the rich festival food, drink the sweet drink, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be worried, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and your stronghold.” Nehemiah 8:10 AMP

Habakkuk 3:19

The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army]; He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet And makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility]. Habakkuk 3:19 AMP

Psalm 9:9-10

All who are oppressed may come to you as a shelter in the time of trouble, a perfect hiding place. May everyone who knows your mercy keep putting their trust in you, for they can count on you for help no matter what. O Lord, you will never, no never, neglect those who come to you Psalm 9:9-10 TPT

Psalm 27:1-3

The Lord is my revelation-light to guide me along the way; he’s the source of my salvation to defend me every day. I fear no one! I’ll never turn back and run from you, Lord; surround and protect me. When evil ones come to destroy me, they will be the ones who turn back. My heart will not be afraid even if an army rises to attack. I know that you are there for me, so I will not be shaken. Psalm 27:1-3 TPT

 Psalm 28:7-8

You are my strength and my shield from every danger. When I fully trust in you, help is on the way. I jump for joy and burst forth with ecstatic, passionate praise! I will sing songs of what you mean to me! You will be the inner strength of all your people, the mighty protector of all, the saving strength for all your anointed ones. Psalm 28:7-8 TPT

Psalm 32:7

Lord, you are my secret hiding place, protecting me from these troubles, surrounding me with songs of gladness! Your joyous shouts of rescue release my breakthrough. Psalm 32:7 TPT

Psalm 34:4

Listen to my testimony: I cried to God in my distress and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears! Psalm 34:4 TPT

Psalm 34:17-18

Yet when holy lovers of God cry out to him with all their hearts, the Lord will hear them and come to rescue them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to all whose hearts are crushed by pain, and he is always ready to restore the repentant one. Even when bad things happen to the good and godly ones, the Lord will save them and not let them be defeated by what they face. Psalm 34:17-18 TPT

Psalm 46:1-3

God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble— more than enough and always available whenever I need you. So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea. For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves cannot erode our faith in you. Psalm 46:1-3 TPT

Psalm 62:1-2

I stand silently to listen for the one I love, waiting as long as it takes for the Lord to rescue me. For God alone has become my Savior. He alone is my safe place; his wrap-around presence always protects me. For he is my champion defender; there’s no risk of failure with God. So why would I let worry paralyze me, even when troubles multiply around me? Psalm 62:1-2 TPT

Psalm 91:1-2

When you sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai, you are hidden in the strength of God Most High. He’s the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me, the only God for me, and my great confidence. Psalm 91:1-2 TPT

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, Proverbs 3:5-6 TPT

 Proverbs 18:10

The character of God is a tower of strength, for the lovers of God delight to run into his heart and be exalted on high. Proverbs 19:10 TPT

 Isaiah 12:2

Behold—God is my salvation! I am confident, unafraid, and I will trust in you.” Yes! The Lord Yah is my might and my melody; he has become my salvation! Isaiah 12:2 TPT

Isaiah 26:3

Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with you; they confidently trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 TPT

Isaiah 30:15

Lord Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Come back to me! By returning and resting in me you will be saved. In quietness and trust you will be made strong. But you refused. Isaiah 30:15 TPT

Isaiah 32:1-2

Look—a new era begins! A king will reign with righteousness, and his princes according to justice! Each will be a hiding place from the stormy wind and a secret shelter from the tempest. Life will flow from each one, like streams of water in the desert, like the refreshing shade of a massive rock in a weary, thirsty land. Isaiah 32:1-2 TPT

Isaiah 40:10-11

Look! Here comes Lord Yahweh as a victorious warrior; he triumphs with his awesome power.o Watch as he brings with him his reward and the spoils of victory to give to his people. He will care for you as a shepherd tends his flock, gathering the weak lambs and taking them in his arms. He carries them close to his heart and gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:10-11 TPT

Isaiah 40:28-31

Don’t you know? Haven’t you been listening? Yahweh is the one and only everlasting God, the Creator of all you can see and imagine! He never gets weary or worn out. His intelligence is unlimited; he is never puzzled over what to do! He empowers the feeble and infuses the powerless with increasing strength. Even young people faint and get exhausted; athletic ones may stumble and fall. But those who wait for Yahweh’s grace will experience divine strength. They will rise up on soaring wings and fly like eagles, run their race without growing weary, and walk through life without giving up. Isaiah 40:28-31 TPT

Isaiah 43:1-2

Now, this is what Yahweh says: “Listen, Jacob, to the One who created you, Israel, to the one who shaped who you are. Do not fear, for I, your Kinsman-Redeemer, will rescue you. I have called you by name, and you are mine.When you pass through the deep, stormy sea, you can count on me to be there with you. When you pass through raging rivers, You will not drown. When you walk through persecution like fiery flames, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you, Isaiah 43:1-2 TPT

John 14:27

“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous! John 14:27 TPT

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

All praises belong to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he is the Father of tender mercy and the God of endless comfort. He always comes alongside us to comfort us in every suffering so that we can come alongside those who are in any painful trial. We can bring them this same comfort that God has poured out upon us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 TPT

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

So no wonder we don’t give up. For even though our outer person gradually wears out, our inner being is renewed every single day. We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison, because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 TPT

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 TPT

Ephesians 3:16-17

And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power. 17 Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life. Ephesians 3:16-17 TPT

Ephesians 6:10

Now my beloved ones, I have saved these most important truths for last: Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of his explosive power flowing in and through you. Ephesians 6:10 TPT

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:6-7 TPT

Philippians 4:12-13

I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty. Philippians 4:12-13 TPT

2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord Yahweh is always faithful to place you on a firm foundation and guard you from the Evil One. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 TPT

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now, may the Lord himself, the Lord of peace, pour into you his peace in every circumstance and in every possible way. The Lord’s tangible presence be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 TPT

Hebrews 4:16

So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness. Hebrews 4:16

Hebrews 12:5

So consider carefully how Jesus faced such intense opposition from sinners who opposed their own souls, so that you won’t become worn down and cave in under life’s pressures. Hebrews 12:5 TPT

1 Peter 5:7-10

Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you. Be well balanced and always alert, because your enemy, the devil, roams around incessantly, like a roaring lion looking for its prey to devour. Take a decisive stand against him and resist his every attack with strong, vigorous faith. For you know that your believing brothers and sisters around the world are experiencing the same kinds of troubles you endure. And then, after your brief suffering, the God of all loving grace, who has called you to share in his eternal glory in Christ, will personally and powerfully restore you and make you stronger than ever. Yes, he will set you firmly in place and build you up. 1 Peter 5:7-10 TPT

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