Suffering

Are you suffering from any kind of affliction? Maybe you have suffered through an affliction and are now recovered? Maybe you are suffering in a mental way? Perhaps you are suffering through spiritual matters. Throughout your suffering did/are you moaning, complaining, asking why?
We all will have to “carry a cross”, sooner or later in life. There may be a point at which we carry it for the remainder of this life.

Christians should consider life trials as a gift from heaven. Our sufferings give the perfect opportunity to live a part of our lives as Jesus did – in suffering. Consider your suffering as a part of Christ in you and make every attempt to glorify your heavenly Father in your suffering.(Psalm 118:7) Accept your cross and carry it with the Grace that God gives you.(Matt 6:16-18) Let your Christ-like attitude shine out so it may be seen by others as an example of how we should live the good and the bad times with joy in our hearts.(Matt 5:16) Christ brought the Helper to shine the light in all of us and to remove all darkness.

Suffering also brings us closer to God.(see Life’s Uncertainties) We can consider ourselves blessed that we encounter trials in our lives as this is the gift God gives us so that we can remember Him as sovereign. If you are going through a painful surgical recovery, cancer treatments, diabetes, arthritis or any other discomforting affliction, don’t gripe, moan and ask “why me”? Remember what Christ went through for you generations before you were brought in to this world. If we are to TRUELY be Christ-like in our lives, we MUST face the suffering as well as the good times, just as Christ suffered for us.(2Cor:1-5)

Why Worry?

“I have to get this task done this week.” “I need to study more and ace this exam tomorrow.” “How will I pay for those shoes for my kids?” “Why did they have to get sick?” “Who’s responsible for this?”

Every day, I come across examples of worry in most people’s lives. In fact I don’t believe I know anyone who is not basically constantly worried about something. Even the tiniest bits of life have become worrisome.

Almost as far back as the birth of this nation, the most aggressive form of this sin (yes worry is a sin(Matt 6:25-27)) seems to have been with our governments. For decades, our country has been divided; mostly on foreign and economic postures. In the latter years, the public has become much more vocal as technology and travel have evolved. Brothers and sisters, please pay heed – our governments are just tools in the Lord’s plan for the destiny of humanity. Just as He used the Pharaoh  Ramses, Pontius Pilate and Judas Iscariot in what we consider negative ways, he continues to use everyone in every kind of way. “Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.” (Matt 27:9-10)

Each and every one of us were brought to this world to become an integral part of His plan – right down to the infant who dies at 2 days old. I wish not to offend anyone, but God is in control and there are reasons even for what we deem as such a tragedy. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

I have found the grace of the Lord’s peace in just 2 lines of wisdom:
– Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him (In Touch Ministries)
– “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose“.(Rom 8:28)

You see, we know we should obey God and if we don’t stay in His path for our lives there will be consequences. As Christians, even bad consequences will have a positive effect on our lives and the lives of those around us. It is God’s way of steering us back onto the right path, through the “narrow gate”(Matt 7:13)

So for each and every day that comes and goes, as the sun lies down on the bed of its horizon, let us lie down and rest in the peace of the Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that He has already planned, for us, a better tomorrow and there is no need to worry about it. (Matt 6:31-34) “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths“.(Proverbs 3:5-6)