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PROFITING IN TRIALS Happy New Year!
Can you believe it is already that time of the year? It is the time when we assess our progress and tune in to hear God’s direction for the coming year. I am here to encourage you to keep pressing in, keep obeying God’s voice! Do not give up and you will reap your harvest!
James 1:2-4 (NKJV), “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Often times we ask God for increase, yet when God sends the prescription for the increase, we don’t want to take the prescription, we just want the increase. I have been walking with the Lord for 19 years and every time God has given me a Word, intended to bring increase into my life, immediately I would face some sort of trial. Now, I am not saying God sent the trial but I am saying that we have an enemy that does not want God’s agenda fulfilled in the earth. Jesus explained this in the parable of the sower: Mark 4:14-16 (NKJV) “The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”
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The enemy knows that if the Word doesn’t take root in you it will not produce fruit. This is why he is hard after the Word in its infant stage. However, when we hold onto the Word and understand the procedure we must follow through to seeing fruit, then the trials of life will not overcome us but we will overcome them. I am a hands on learner, meaning I don’t like to sit in a class and read a bunch of books (that’s Amy, ha-ha). If you just show me and let me learn by doing it, I will learn. This is often times the way the kingdom is. The learning comes through the trials we face. We learn to apply God’s Word in the times it is being fiercely fought and challenged. According to James, we know that when we are walking THROUGH trials our faith is being developed and our spiritual muscles are beginning to form. Amy and I have experienced this so many times. Over the years, God has spoken to us numerous times and we have had to stand when it looked like nothing was happening and even when it looked like things were getting worse. We had to purge double-mindedness from our life and resolve that come hell and high water we were not moving off God’s Word. You have to become spiritually stubborn with the devil and refuse to let him move you off what God has said. Many years ago, God said to me, “All you need is 300, Gideon’s 300, and with them I will give you the Muslim world.” That word has been challenged in my heart and mind over and over. However, when I look into the Word, I see that Gideon faced the same doubts, fears, and trials that we all face. You have to know that when God was purging the men who showed up for battle and it went from 32,000 men to 300 that Gideon’s faith was shaking underneath the prospect of 450 to one odds.
“ T h e p e o p l e w h o k n ow t h e i r g o d s h a l l b e s t ro n g , a n d c a r ry o u t g r e at e x p l o i t s . ” Da n i e l 1 1 : 3 2
PROFITING IN TRIALS CONT’D. His faith was definitely enduring a trial. Gideon stood fast on the promise of God and despite the menacing odds he was facing he and 300 men with torches and pots crushed 135,000 trained killers! This is the God we serve and this is the power of His Word. Gideon and his 300 overcame the trials that resisted the promise of God to deliver them and they won out because they refused to back down! I encourage you today to do exactly as Gideon did. Purge double-mindedness from your life and hold to the Word God has spoken to you. You might be facing overwhelming odds but as you strengthen your faith by applying God’s Word, standing and walking through the trials of the enemy you will see profit comes from your trials.
We love you and we are standing with you. If you have any prayer request or praise reports please fill out the enclosed card and let us know! We would be glad to pray with you and rejoice with you. Let’s start this year off with the determination to see God’s promises manifested! Declaring His Majesty,
As many of you know, we have leaders underground in the nation of Iran. These leaders are precious men and women who serve the Lord despite the grave risk and danger their lives are exposed to. Due to the sensitivity of security, we often have to secretly make plans for our leadership conferences and not divulge details until just days before the event. We are about to hold our second annual leader’s summit. We cannot tell you where or specifically when but we would like to ask you to partner with our ministry so that we may minister to these faithful servants of God and invest resources into their lives. The budget for this event is $25,000. When you partner with this event, you will be helping us equip and train these men and women to go back into Iran and spread the Gospel through giving Bibles, establishing more house churches, and ISOM iPod Bible Schools. Please pray about giving to this event and helping us equip nationals, reshape the culture of Iran, and establish freedom in the hearts of as many people as possible!
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Our previous Leader’s Summit
1. That we would all flow in the wisdom of God. 2. For protection for our team and all those coming to the conference and also for our families both staying home in the U.S. and Iran. 3. For the needed financial resources. 4. For grace to impart into these young people, that they would understand and be doers of the Word. 5. For an open heaven over these meetings, that God’s presence would manifest in a mighty way and bring about fruit that remains!
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From the heart: A Personal note Kamran and I are so blessed to have two wonderful boys, Ashkan and Daniel. When Kamran and I were first married, Ashkan, who is 24 now but was 13 then, came to live with us. I was very young then myself and at that time I was pregnant with Daniel. I was nervous about him coming to live with us and taking on the role of a mom to a teenager when I was only in my early twenties. I will never forget walking into our bedroom when I knew that he would be staying with us on a permanent basis. I looked up to heaven with tears of fear in my eyes. I said, “Lord, I am really scared. I don’t know how to be a mom yet but I am asking you to let me see Ashkan through your eyes. I am asking you to help me love him the way you would awww love him.” God answered my prayers and over the years, Ashkan and I have shucks!!! become very close. In fact, though he may not even know it, he has become a dear friend to me as he has grown into the man of God he is today. He is an amazing big brother to Daniel and I will stop now as I am sure I am embarrassing him! Ashkan has been such a blessing, not only to his family but to Global Exploits. He is now on staff with us and is overseeing our Creative Media Department. He is responsible for designing the very newsletter you hold in your hands. Kamran and I have watched as the gifts of God in him have flourished both here in the office and at home through his musical talents and heart for worship. He is a testimony to the Word that declares in Proverbs 22:6, “Point your kids in the right direction, when they're old they won't be lost.” One of the greatest examples of a family Kamran and I have had is that of Pastor Billy Joe and Sharon Daughtery. They and their four children have served as an amazing model to us. If you would like a faith building resource concerning family visit www.victory.com and purchase the book Building Stronger Marriages and Families by Billy Joe Daughtery. Even though Pastor Billy Joe has gone on to be with Jesus, his family remains strong and that much more an example to us. I encourage you today. If you have kids that are away from God, hold on to them in prayer. God’s Word never, ever fails and He will follow them to the ends of the earth to win their hearts. He loves you and he loves your kiddos too! In His Grace, Amy Karimi
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