Dealing with Disappointments as a Believer

A few years after completing Senior High School, being the smart person that I was, I knew I had already made it into the University. I bought the forms, filled them out and I knew in September the next year, I was going there. The thought of going to live by myself and not be under strict rules like the way it was in senior high was exciting and I really looked forward to that.

Soon the selection process began and the admission list was released. When I went to check, my name was not on the list. I continued checking the list from time to time to see if my name had been omitted accidentally but to my disappointment, I never found my name on the list so I did not make it to the University in that particular year. I was disappointed, devastated and very sad.  That was the biggest blow of my life then.

I began questioning God because, in my mind, I was a good person; I never did the bad things people my age were engaging in so why didn’t I make it to the University? Almost a decade after that incident, I look back and realise that everything that happened to me was part of God’s plan for my life.

One of my favourite verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11, where God says that He knows the plans that he thinks towards us – plans of good and not of evil, plans to give us hope and a future. When you claim that verse to yourself, you will be amazed that things will not be moving on as you are expecting but you’ll not be devastated.

Trials like what I faced, I believe also turned me into a stronger believer than I was. The Bible in 1 Corinthians 10:13 say,

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 

I believe God provided me with the necessary ‘tools’ to overcome that disappointment. I began to see all the good things around me as gifts from God rather than things that I got through my own abilities.

I do not know what you have gone through or what you are going through now but what I learned through my experience was, if you trust in God, everything including the bitter pill you are swallowing now, will turn to something sweet for you.

Why don’t you surrender everything to Him now?

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Guest Blog: How I got Baptised with the Holy Spirit

Ever wondered why Apostle Paul laid such emphasis on the importance of speaking in tongues (…I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also…1 Corinthians 14:15)? This was my meditation as I stood aloof observing my colleagues back in secondary school. I joined them (schoolmates) in several prayer times and heard them speak in the angelic language. I thought to myself, “if only I could partake in such glorious encounter.”

I observed a few things as I looked at them. They prayed longer and looked even more radiant than before (…shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you, Romans 8:11; though I expected them to look tired). There was that yearning to always return to the place of prayer. What else could explain the desire of a young man to spend hours in prayer after a day’s activity in school (at least the other students always rushed to their beds to have a nap)? Again, these young men were apt in preaching the word. They didn’t hesitate whatsoever to share the gospel. Another striking characteristic was the level of wisdom they exhibited ( …and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things,1 John 2:27). They responded wisely and calmly to issues, that in my opinion were way above our comprehension at that age.

I marveled at their progress and wished I could be a part of it (positive peer pressure I guess). It didn’t happen for me in secondary school anyway until my first year in college. I still remember vividly in that meeting, how in a moment my tongue changed. I lost control of my speech and could hear me say a particular word continuously. You may think I made the word up but I didn’t. I knew that because I had tried mimicking my friends in secondary school and failed woefully at it. This time it was real, effortless and filled with intense emotion. I felt weak yet strong and didn’t want it to end. Later that night I kept speaking that same word as a child taught to say “mama.” I’ve enjoyed speaking in tongues ever since and never looked back.

For those of you who don’t have the urge anymore to speak in tongues, remember Apostle John’s words to the church in Ephesus, remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works (Revelations 2:5). Repent and do the first works of speaking in tongues. Remain lifted!

The Christian Blog Ghana would like to say a very big thank you to our very first guest blogger, who sent us this testimony of how he received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You can also share your stories and our email address is christianblogghana@gmail.com