don't you think it's odd that: Genesis 12 1:The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” and then when Abram gets there he learns Genesis 12: 10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe now ain't that the way it always goes? God tells us ok now here is the good news, so you think your life is going to get better, then bam, your thrown a curve ball. the learning process begins and the doses of faith are given. same for Moses, same for King David, and same for Paul. they were all promised glory yet given hardships instead. here we have Abrams sent to live in a land far from his home only to find out when he gets there the food supply won't meet the needs of his people. so he is forced to move onto another land. Moses had his struggles as well. after gathering all the Jews for their mass exodus, he leads them to a dead end with their demise on their tail. yet even after that rescue they still spent 40 years in the desert, and when it came time to enter their promised land the Jews still had to face war games with the current land owners. King David was promised a life of royalty yet spent many years running for his life from the king he was to replace. what was it Jesus said about Paul? Acts 9:16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” yet we have preachers everyday telling us that if we do this or if we do that then God will give us the desires of our heart. well sure, King David did become king but at what cost to those he loved? Abraham did finally have a son, but what price did Sara have to pay? yes Paul finally did get to go to Rome, but he was forced to live in a dungeon. ironically Paul was shackled in chains yet he felt more freedom inside a prison than most folks feel in their home. what we must come to grips with, in this life it's not our will that must be done. this was the prayer Jesus prayed when faced with death and torture. Luck 22: 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” we can spend all day beating our heads up against a brick wall but until God wants us to break through to the other side their is nothing when can do. our God is molding us. He is the Potter we are the clay. the sole purpose is for our souls to be given the faith during the process, and the over all understanding that it's God desire for us that is best for us. in this world we are going to have trouble but have no fear for Jesus has over come the world. if we get backed into a corner God will even part the seas for us, as long as what we are doing is what He wishes us to do. so what ever troubles we may face in this lifetime means very little. it's getting us to believe in Him as the life force for us that's His goal for us. wicked will do everything within it's power to bring doubt into your mind, so we have to remember this my friend, Matthew 10: 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. our time may have already come, for this world darkens daily. the evil have their strut on and wicked does rule the day. Matthew 24: 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. so what ever your struggle you should look upon it as confirmation of your salvation. unless you hate this world you have no place built for you in His. God wants you to despise the wicked yet love your neighbor. hate the sin love the sinner. there are many who have wronged you but is it your will they spend eternity in hell? hate multiples like fire in a forest, and until our souls have been filled with the whole spirit of God our endurance will tested. so fear not what your day may bring because as long as God is with you it matters not what others do. your peace comes in the understanding of this. Praise God, be a blessing, bubba
so what ever your struggle you should look upon it as confirmation of your salvation. unless you hate this world you have no place built for you in His.
The above quote from your blog seems to be something that many who call themselves Christians do not seem to get. Just an example; I have a son who believes that he is a Christian, he is a deacon in a church and spends quit a bit of time there, and yet he and his wife want everything that the world has to offer. They think that being a Christian means that they should have the finest of clothes, have an elaborate dwelling place, nice cars, expensive vacations, even down to the movies that they have, they could put "net flix" to shame in the number of videos that they have. This is what his preacher (his father-in-law) teaches. He believes that we should have the best of what the world has to offer. We are told quit often by Jesus, Paul, James, and John that to love the world or anything of the world we become an enemy of God.
Our faith is perfected through hardship. The first century Christians were, as you say above, persecuted unto death, yet they had such joy in the Lord that even their persecutors could not elicit screams of pain from them while being tortured. They thought nothing of this life because they considered themselves citizens of a better and more eternal world. We today will go to every extreme to keep from having any discomfort, and try to prolong this life as long as possible. Why? Because we don't really believe what Jesus said; If you continue to believe in Me you will never actually die, so we want to hold onto what we actually have here and now.
I have to agree with all you have stated.
Love in Christ
[quote]so what ever your struggle you should look upon it as confirmation of your salvation. unless you hate this world you have no place built for you in His. God wants you to despise the wicked yet love your neighbor. hate the sin love the sinner. there are many who have wronged you but is it your will they spend eternity in hell? hate multiples like fire in a forest, and until our souls have been filled with the whole spirit of God our endurance will tested. so fear not what your day may bring because as long as God is with you it matters not what others do. [/quote] I don't remember reading in any other blog a paragraph as spot on as this one. This is wisdom shared . . . thank you brother ~ Brother Hoyle
I love this blog!
Another good example of this is Joseph. God had revealed the "final outcome" to him but the road there was one of betrayal by his own brothers, being sold into slavery, being taken to a foreign country, imprisoned for doing the right thing and then being forgotten about until the right moment in history.
We must never forget that we are in the middle of our "story", not at the end of it and we must also never forget that regardless of what is happening presently... this light affliction is but for a moment.