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The Spiritual Man, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

66- The beginning and the end


I would like here to put an important rule for prosperity, which is: Do not worry about the beginning if it seemed to be a failure. The important thing is prosperity at the end.

+ Joseph the Upright, for example, at the beginning of his life he seemed always lost: From being cast into a pit to being sold as a slave, to an unjust accusation against him that ended by putting him in prison... But what is important is the end which was good to the greatest degree... So we should not judge the beginnings...

+ David the Prophet started his life, and after the Holy anointment and defeating Goliath, he lived persecuted by King Saul, a wanderer from one wilderness to another till he thought that one day, he will definitely fall in the hands of Saul... But all these troubling beginnings ended and finally David triumphed..

+ The Lord Jesus Christ Himself, during the period of His incarnation on earth: How was the beginning? Many tribulations such as Herod murdering the children and the flight into Egypt. His service started by harassments from the leaders of the Jews and plots that led to His Crucifixion... The important thing is the end: Resurrection, ascension, sitting on the right hand of the Father and the spread of the faith... Image: Joseph made ruler in Egypt صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: يوسف يتولى السلطة فى مصر Image: Joseph made ruler in Egypt

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: يوسف يتولى السلطة فى مصر

+ Moses with Pharaoh: The beginning brought opposite results as Pharaoh charged more. The people were annoyed and murmured against Moses and Aaron, and said to them: Let the Lord look on you and judge, because you

have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh... (Ex 5:21)... And the Lord sent ten plagues against Pharaoh and the mans cruelty did not soften... The people even grumbled when Pharaoh went after them, and said to Moses: Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? (Ex 14:11)... But despite all these troubling beginnings, the faith of Moses never weakened... Finally, he succeeded in saving the children of Israel from the slavery of Pharaoh...                     Divider of Saint TaklaHaymanot's website فاصل - موقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت

For all that, do not ever be troubled when you do not achieve success at the beginning of the road, as we have discussed this issue before here on in other sections. Remember always the saying of the Holy Bible:

In your patience posses your souls (Lk 21:19).

Success needs patience and perseverance. And the one who gets weary, tired, annoyed and does not continue..., he would not be able to prosper... Wait for the Lord till He comes to help you, even in the last watch of the night...

Do not worry about the results of everything you do... Wait till the fruit ripens, then you will find it in your hands with no difficulty...                     Divider of Saint TaklaHaymanot's website فاصل - موقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت

The most important quality of the prosperous man is to be prosperous within.

Prosperous in his heart, in his mind, in his nerves and in his will. And before all, to be prosperous in his relationship with God... To have a strong spirit that does not shake, fear or get troubled...

He proceeds on his way like an arrow towards an aim.

No matter how the waves will rage against his ship, even if the mountains overturn in the middle of the seas, he would not weaken or fail within. He does not lose his faith in the possibility of success despite all obstacles that try to block his way...

The prosperous man succeeds in spite of obstacles and hardships.

He enjoys gaining victory over these obstacles, with a grace from God. His prosperity, despite hardships, gives him a greater delight and a deeper spiritual experience in the work of Gods hand with him...

St Mark the Apostle faced countless difficulties while preaching in Egypt: There was no church and none of the people believed in Christianity. There were many other religions: The Pharaohnic, the Greek, the Roman, the Eastern, the Jewish and the Pagan philosophy..., plus the harsh Roman government. But in spite of all that, St Mark the Apostle prospered in spreading the Christian faith in Egypt.

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