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Passing God's Test
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Rene is in the Navy and is currently on her way to the Middle East to support the war in Iraq. She has been in for two years now and is stationed on a carrier. She also is a newlywed. She and her husband said their vows only three months ago. Now she is away and can only communicate with her husband through email, which only works half of the time.

She works right below the flight deck, which stays busy all day and night. The noise from a jet taking off is so loud that you can not hear yourself talk. The air conditioning barely works so everyone in the room is sweaty. This is the part of being on the ship that she doesn’t mind.

The men on the ship treat her terribly. She tries to talk to the people in charge about the sexual harassment but they just blow her off. The harassment is nonstop throughout the day and this puts Rene into despair. She desperately wants to be at home in the safety of her husband’s arms. This only makes things worse because she knows it will not happen for another five months.

Rene remembers a couple of verses in the Bible where Jesus tells us to ask, seek, and knock (Luke 11:9, 10). She prays night and day for help. She pleads with God, “Oh Lord, You are the greatest in the world. I thank you for giving me life. But I am in desperate need of your help. Please give me the strength to make it through this hell.” She prays the same prayer night and day. Rene knows that the real meaning of this scripture is telling us to keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking. When we do this, what we are seeking will be given to us.

Protection From Above

After two weeks of the same prayer, the Holy Spirit descended upon her. She felt an overwhelming protection from the devil’s advances. She also felt a great deal of confidence in God’s protection. The Spirit gave her strength to minister to others on board the ship and soon she had many people believing in the power of God. She has encouraged many to attend church and the majority of them do.

Rene knows that God will come down and comfort her. She also knows that the hard times she is enduring is a test of her faith. She has passed this test and God has blessed her with the gift of ministry.

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