“Suffering – 101”…Blog.
*** (1Peter 4:1-2) Therefore, since Christ suffered in the sphere of the flesh; you, too, ‘must’ arm yourselves with the same determination [mindset]. For the person who has suffered in the sphere of the flesh has stopped sinning,
(1Pe 4:2) so that he can live the rest of his time in the flesh; guided ‘not’ by human desires; but by the will of God.
*** (Habakkuk 3:17) Though the fig tree shall not blossom; and fruit is not on the vines; the labor of the olive fails; and the fields yield no food. The flock is cut off from the fold; and no herd is in the stalls; [complete economic devastation]
(Hab 3:18) yet I will rejoice in Jehovah the LORD; I will joy in the God of my salvation.
(Hab 3:19) Jehovah the LORD is my strength; and He will make my feet like hinds' feet; and He will make me to walk on my high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Suffering is a part of Life…! Those that have that Believe that God is ‘Santa Clauses’… ‘Do Not’ really know “HIM”…! Even a cursory reading of the Bible will show anyone this fact. Yet, because so very many ‘Do Not’… Read & Study… their Bibles; they whine every time they ‘believe’ they are suffering! Many create a situation by ‘Violating & Disobeying’ the Holy Word of God… and then “Complain” that they are ‘Suffering’ for… Christ & their Faith! If Christ Jesus has called you to suffer for Him… why then do ‘You’ complain out loud to… ‘Anyone who will Listen?’ When was the last time ‘You’ read, “Hebrews 11 – the chapter of Faith?” Did ‘You’ notice the “Others”… verses 11:36-to-40? Please open your Bible and read those verses… ‘Out Loud?’
*** (2Timothy 2:15-16) Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God; a workman that ‘does not’ need to be ashamed; rightly dividing the Word of Truth [John 17:17].
(2Tim 2:16) But shun profane, vain babblings; for they will increase to more ungodliness.
*** (Job 2:7-to-10) And Satan went forth from the presence of Jehovah the LORD and struck Job with sore boils; from the sole of his foot to the top of his head.
(Job 2:8) And he took a broken piece of pottery to scrape himself with. And he sat down among the ashes.
(Job 2:9) And his wife said to him, “Do you still hold to your integrity? – Curse God and die!”
(Job 2:10) But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish ones speak!” What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God; and shall we not receive evil? In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
*** (John 15:1) I [Jesus] am the True Vine; and My Father [God] is the Vinedresser.
(John 15:2) Every branch in Me that ‘does not’ bear fruit; He takes away. And every one that bears fruit; He ‘prunes’ it so that it may bring forth more fruit.
(John 15:3) Now you are clean through the Word; which I [Jesus] have spoken to you.
*** (Luke 16:13) No servant can serve two masters. For either he will ‘hate’ the one and ‘love’ the other; or else he will ‘hold’ to the one and ‘despise’ the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [Self].
Foxes book of Martyrs
One of my hobbies is Cooking! If you have ever made… “Sweet–&–Sour” sauce, you know what I mean. I often make some for my ‘Fried Chicken!’ If you have never had some, try it. How about Thai food. Some of the dishes contain both “Hot–&–Sweet” sauces. That sauce is also good on Fried Chicken. Just like LIFE… we cannot have only mountain top experiences ‘without’ the low valley experiences. Surely ‘You’ have read “Psalms 23?” The valley of the shadow of death… is compared to the Banqueting Table of the Lord. Life without trials to… “Prove Your Faith”… cannot be found in the Bible. Why then would you think it strange… when ‘You’ suffer for “Righteousness Sake?” Oh Yes… forget that “Worldly Thinking”… ‘You are the Captain of your Fate – The Master of ‘Your’ Destiny! That is a Lie right from Hell…!
*** (2Timothy 3:12) Yea, and “ALL” who desire to live godly; in Christ Jesus; will be persecuted.
*** (1Thessaloninans 3:4) In fact; when we were with you, we told you ahead of time; that we were going to suffer persecution. And as you know, that is what happened.
*** (Romans 11:2-to-4) God did not thrust out His people whom He foreknew. Or do you ‘not know’ what the Scripture said in Elijah; how he pleaded with God ‘against’ Israel, saying;
(Rom 11:3) “Lord, they killed Your prophets and dug down Your altars; and I am left alone; and they seek my life.”
(Rom 11:4) But what does the Divine [God] answer say to him? “I [The LORD] have reserved to Myself: seven thousand men: who have ‘not bowed’ the knee to Baal."
*** (James 5:17-18) Elijah was a man just like us, and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain; and it did not rain on the ground for three years and six months.
(Jas 5:18) Then he prayed again; and heaven sent rain; and the ground produced its crops.
*** (Luke 4:24) He [Jesus] added, “Truly I [Jesus] tell you; a prophet is ‘not accepted’ in his hometown.
(Luke 4:25) In Truth I [Jesus] tell you; that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time; when the heaven was closed for three years and six months; and there was a severe famine everywhere in the land [Israel].
(Luke 4:26) Yet Elijah “wasn't” sent to a single one of them; except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.
(Luke 4:27) There were also ‘many’ lepers in Israel; in the prophet Elisha's time; yet ‘not one’ of them was cleansed: except Naaman the Syrian.” [non–Jew]
(Luke 4:28) All the people in the synagogue became ‘furious’ when they heard this.
(Luke 4:29) They got up, forced Jesus out of the city; and led him to the edge of the hill on which their city was built; intending to throw him ‘off’ of it.
(Luke 4:30) But he ‘walked’ right through the middle of them; and went away.
“Is Your ‘JESUS’ = Santa Clause – 101”…Blog.
How about ‘You’…? Are ‘You’ truly suffering for ‘Righteousness Sake?’ For Christ’s sake… or for ‘Your’ own wrong decisions…? How is ‘Your’… “Prayer Life”…? And ‘Your’ daily study in… His Holy Word…? Do they even exist…? Have ‘You’ memorized… “Hebrews 13:5?” Is your mind filled with God’s Holy Word… or only ‘Your’ thoughts about “Suffering”…? Does ‘Your’ mind… focus on what Christ is doing… ‘In & Through… ‘You’…? Do ‘You share both the ‘Blessing & Grace’ of following Him… “And the Spankings & Chastening”… from a Holy God: “Abba Father?” How about the Bible. Do ‘You’… ‘Pick & Choose’… “Only the positive Bible verses about Blessing”…? And then are ‘Silent’… about the “Result of Sewing SIN/SINS”… which will follow everyone…? An “Alcoholic” or the “Immoral with STD’S”… that will ‘Not’ be healed… because they come to Christ Jesus for Salvation. Do ‘You’ explain that God’s Grace… is sufficient for Every Circumstance of the True Believer: Born Again by the Holy Spirit of God…? “Or Not”…?
*** (1Timothy 5:24-25) The sins of some people are obvious; going ahead of them to judgment. The sins of others follow them there.
(1Tim 5:25) In the same way, good works are obvious, and those that are not cannot remain hidden.
*** (1Corinthains 6:9-10-11) Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither sexually immoral; nor idolaters; nor adulterers’ nor abusers; nor homosexuals,
(1Cor 6:10) nor thieves; nor covetous; nor drunkards; nor revilers; nor extortioners; shall inherit the kingdom of God.
(1Cor 6:11) And such were ‘some’ of you. But you ‘are’ Washed; but you ‘are’ Sanctified; but you ‘are’ Justified; in the Name of the Lord Jesus; and by the Spirit of our God. [Romans 8:9]
*** (2Corinthains 12:8-9-10) I [Paul] pleaded with the Lord; three times’ to take it away from me,
(2Cor 12:9) but He [Jesus] has told me, “My grace is all you need; for My power is ‘perfected’ in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will most happily boast about my weaknesses; so that Christ's power may rest on me.
(2Cor 12:10) That is why I take such pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ's sake; for when I am weak; then I am strong.
*** (Luke 16:10-11-12) He who is faithful in the ‘least’ – is also faithful in ‘much’. And he who is unjust in the ‘least’ – is also unjust in ‘much’.
(Luke 16:11) Therefore, if you ‘have not’ been faithful in the unrighteous mammon; who will entrust the “True Riches” to you? [Psalms 119:97-to-104 & Jeremiah 9:23-24 & Micah 6:8]
(Luke 16:12) And if you ‘have not’ been faithful in that which is another's; who shall give you that which is your own?
*** (1Peter 3:12-to-15) For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous; and His ears are attentive to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is ‘against’ those who do wrong.
(1Pe 3:13) Who will harm you: if you are devoted to doing what is good?
(1Pe 3:14) But even if you should suffer for doing what is right; you are blessed. ‘Never’ be afraid of their threats’ and ‘never’ get upset.
(1Pe 3:15) Instead; exalt Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always ‘be prepared’ to give a defense; to ‘everyone’ who asks you: to ‘explain’ the hope you have.
*** (Luke 18:1-to-8) Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray ‘all’ the time; and ‘never’ give up.
(Luke 18:2) He said, “In a city there was a judge; who didn't ‘fear’ God or ‘respect’ people.
(Luke 18:3) In that city there was also a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
(Luke 18:4) For a while the judge refused. But later he said to himself; 'I don't ‘fear’ God or ‘respect’ people.
(Luke 18:5) Yet because this widow keeps ‘bothering’ me; I will grant her justice. Otherwise, she will keep coming and ‘wear’ me out.”
(Luke 18:6) Then the Lord [Jesus] added, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says.
(Luke 18:7) Won't God grant His chosen people justice; when they cry out to Him day and night? Is he slow to help them?
(Luke 18:8) I [Jesus] tell you; He [God] will give them justice quickly. But when the Son of Man comes; will he find [True] Faith on earth?"
*** (1Thessalonians 5:16-17-18) Always be joyful.
(1Thes 5:17) Continually be prayerful.
(1Thes 5:18) In everything be thankful: “Because” – this is God's will in Christ Jesus for you.
Love; in Christ, Roger / “Psalms 138:2”…!