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Dec-23-15

Love God, Love others!

posted by PrayerWarrior

I am astounded beyond words with how insane things are. I knew love would be called hate, I knew hate would be called love, but there is so much more to that whole story than we see.

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
The Holy Spirit fills in the blanks for us. God never says more than what needs saying. His word does not mince words, it needs no more words than it has, because in order to get the rest of the story, the complete understanding of that concept, One must have the Holy Spirit living within them!

If the Holy Spirit resides inside you, you will have what is not written, in your remembrance. You will understand what is not said, forewarned is forearmed, and having understanding of the Lord, His will and ways, and the word.

Of course growth happens at all times in the Lord, we progress from tests and trials along the way, growing in understanding and perseverance, wisdom and knowledge.
I say all this because I knew this was all coming, because I love the Lord and He speaks messages to my heart in one package uploaded to my heart. It is truly a complete packet of knowledge, a real revelation of understanding that is quite mind blowing.

That is called blessing! The more of these packages you receive, the More you need, more of Him. God is so much more addicting than anything life has to offer us. In Him is Life, real loving life is found!
No matter what we go through, He is there! Holding us up, moving us, as long as we allow Him the reigns of our life, He will see us through it!

Tests are hard, but the reward is a closer walk with Him.
I don’t know about anyone else bt I myself want to serve Him with every ounce I have within and without me to give. Hot because I am doing extraordinary works, because that’s not what i am talking about. It is because I want to be pleasing to the Father. i want to be a sweet odor before His nostrils.

My life is my only thing I have to give Him, and this is exactly what He wants from us, our life! Every part of our lives is sacrificed to Him, because this is the only thing we have to give Him back for His extraordinary love.
I want to love God as much as He loves me, or die trying! I know I can never ever achieve that kind of love, but I am surely going to give it the best I’ve got.
We are to live a life of complete sacrifice of self and to self. Die each day to yourself, by picking up your cross, and deciding to die to self and live through Christ, who lives through us!

Allow Him to work in your every part of you, be His body mind, and soul. You cannot go wrong by giving Him yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet and everything in between, be His!

If you don’t live with His Presence, every moment of every day of your life, why would He then want to have His every moment near you who could not sacrifice yourself to Him, for eternity?

Sold out is what the Lord our God is looking for. All His all the time every day every night no matter what you are doing in life at work at home in the car at the store, with friends, still be His bride!

A Bride is always looking to please her man, this keeps the honeymoon faze going for pretty much two years. But we are to be the bride of the Lord, every second of every moment of every day!!! We look to please our man, and the great thing is? The husband is so appreciative of the Brides love for Him and devotion to want to please Him, He does the same thing for her.

Our relationship with the Lord goes only as deep as we make it to be. If we are aloof He will be aloof. If we are shy, He will be shy of us. If we are angry? He will be angry with us.

I will only make my relationship with the Lord deeper closer and clearer every day. I am not shy to say He is my Lord and king, I shout it practically. I want everyone everywhere to love the Lord our God, as much as He loves us.
We would see an amazing thing take place if there was revival of the fear and love and devotion to the Lord that we should have, without being told by anyone, because we should be in the word to the nth degree. Eating the word, swallowing it whole, gulps of it!

We need to live in the truth fully, or we are not His. He has two churches in the book of Revelation that He has no rebuke for5 churches He tells repent or else he will take away their part from the kingdom of God.
Of the two churches that there was no rebuke for? One of them will suffer greatly in the end times. Many will be jailed and many will be killed. One church is so deeply devoted to God that she will walk unscathed, through the tribulation, the church of Philadelphia.

I asked the Father show me Lord this church of Philadelphia, what do these people look like? How do we live this life to be protected through the tribulation? He said Psalm 91! I read it, I cried! It is not a long read, it is something that should have each word savored, and weighed carefully, for the full measure to sink in, of these amazing promises of God, to His deeply devoted Bride, who lives in the secret place of the Lord.

Man that was a run on sentence! But it needed to be said that way.

He showed me a great vision one night of those walking in His shadow, and how evil could not even see them, but the second they looked out, they took their eyes off Jesus? Evil saw them peeking out, and snatched them up, ate them up!! It was a horrifying vision, part of the worst one i have ever had.

I want to learn now how to walk in Him so deeply, that I am hidden from evil! That takes devotion to His every desire of you. Which church of the 7 in Revelation do you spiritually fit into?

Are you just barely scraping by on the fringes of a relationship with Him? Maybe you are into Him a lot, but are doing things no pure deeply living in Him child would do?
Or are you the laodicean church who says eh we are secure we know no way to lose out on God i said a prayer i’m good i have need of nothing i am rich in Him, whom He will spit out of His mouth?

Examine those churches see what they are like, and then choose the church you want to fit into spiritually, and pray to be of that church!!

Learn the word of the Lord people for yourselves. No man’s understanding is the same as yours. Our personal relationship with God is our own tailor made for us, each individual! We are all different and unique and think differently, but God reads our thoughts all the time.

God knows how to reach you so deeply so tenderly you can’t help but fall in love with Him, and be devoted to Him entirely, and walk in a security that cannot be shaken. His love surrounding you coming out of your pores, towards other people and yourself? There is no feeling on earth that can come close to touching that feeling.

We do not live by feelings But when God gives you feelings of a certain kind, man oh man it’s always earth shattering, and addicting. I MUST HAVE MORE!!

Oct-26-13

A Thorn In The Flesh

posted by PrayerWarrior

What was Pauls Thorn in the flesh? Well I can tell you even as a child I knew a thorn in ones side was not physical. It was speaking in metaphors. I heard it most often from women saying oh that daughter, or oh that son, that one there is a real thorn in my side. They were not speaking of anything physical their children were doing to them. They were speaking of the troubles that particular child put them through. Worries and fears for their child was what they were speaking of.

Paul was not married and had no children so let’s look at bible verses in other books of the word to find out just what a thorn in the side or the flesh was speaking about elsewhere. We know the Lord is always the same and the Holy Spirit gave utterance to all those who wrote the word. So in that vien let us continue on knowing the Lord does not change now or ever. What He has said and done before He will always say and do again. I can promise you this subject is one of the harder ones to study, there are simply not enough people who know about the bible verses that speak of thorns in the flesh, old or new testament.

Smith Wigglesworth himself said many times over, to people who claimed to have a thorn in their flesh, like Pauls, Oh so your so holy and so filled with the power of the Lord that you need something to keep you from being prideful? Oh how I had to chuckle at that. The man was renouned for the ability to reach the hardest hearts for the Lord. He was known for the amazing healing sermons. May I suggest to any who have some serious pain, and or made up ailment that was introduced in the last twenty or so years, go read the complete works of Smith Wigglesworth? The Lord would have you healed of this!

First let’s look at Pauls account of his thorn in the flesh, which he clearly says is spiritual. 2 Cor 12:7-9 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Now do not be fooled by the word infirmities, You can be mentally infirm, and spiritually infirm.

You can have a buffet that is spiritual which causes you much problems by reminding you of past sins, ad nauseum. I have had this on a few occassions and I just keep rebuking, or binding the mouth of the spirit. Satan loves to remind us of our past, keeping us there is a good thing in the mind of a demon, because living in the past does not afford a good look at the present. The Lord wants us living in the present. A good way to get rid of thoughts of the past is to do what Paul says in Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Now then let’s take a look at Old Testament verses containing a thorn in the flesh. Well in this case a thorn in the eyes. Joshua 23:13 “Know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you”. Well lookie here this means bothersome anoying problematic. This is not physical maladies, But that they would cause them all kinds of troubles. Read the verses before and after to get the understanding of what the Lord was saying here.

Let’s go on then, in Numbers 33:55 “But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which you let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein you dwell”. Vex means = To annoy, as with petty importunities; to bother. So can you see this was something that bothered Paul vexed him annoyed him. I cannot personally imagine or consider even the possibility that the Lord would have a vessel of healing and all manner of spiritual gifts to be plagued by an illness himself. No Paul was not blind nor did he have a limp or any such thing.

Paul would merely hold a napkin and it be brought to ones bedside and they were instantly healed. Now that is amazingly awesome. People would work to stand in the Apostles (all of them) shadows, and receive healing. To decide your like paul and have to suffer that it is the Lord’s will for you friends is a sad miscalculation. God does not will for His own to suffer but to believe unto healing. Sadly for way too many years it has been taught that the gifts were not present in this life. They are here! It is not even the one who is doing the praying over you whose faith has to be huge, but your own faith will heal you.

Let’s take a look at some of what Jesus Himself said to those whose healing was done due to their own faith. Matt 9:20-22 Matt 9:27-30, according to your faith be it unto you, Mark 5:25-34. Before this in Mark 2:3-5 these friends faith was enough for Jesus to bring a miracle about for the man with the Palsy. I am not writing out all these verses I am told i write entirely too long articles for my site. LOL. I have a lot to say when I write, and I love and live for the word of GOD. Mark 10:52 a blind man heard Jesus was there and was yelling out for His attention. The people told him to quiet down but he yelled all the louder, the Lord restored his site and told him your faith has made you whole.

Matt 15:28 He told the woman her faith had healed her daughter!! Luke 17:19 Your faith has made you whole go thy way. Then in His own home town of Nazareth, Jesus could do no miracles but some petty small oes because they did not believe. They had no faith for healing. Let’s look at that story for a moment. Mark 6:4-6, 4 But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” 5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.
No miraculous things for they had no faith.

Now back to the message at hand. The thorn in Pauls flesh. In Judges 2:3 “Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.” See again troublesome, bothersome, annoying but not physical. Let’s look at the word buffet and it’s meaning. To buffet means to strike against repeatedly or to batter, the example best used is the waves buffeted the rocks. We know when one is in the ocean near a rocky outcropping and they are trying to get out of the water the waves crashing into the rocks, and pulling back away, makes it nearly impossible to get out. It would hamper you from achieving your goal of getting out of the water. This spirit that was sent from satan to buffet Paul, was not physical.

One mans report on this says that it was the people the Jews and the gentiles alike, was the problem. I am not sure I agree with that. I think Paul was made of much sterner stuff than that. I know personally with my own son coming against me in every way possible, I have been strengthened by the Lord to guard my heart against the pain of my sons hatred. People who are not my family who come against me, simply do not hold that kind of power to hurt me. I am not after mans approval neither was Paul. Now this is only my opinion and not at all a defining statement, I think Pauls thorn had to do with his past. I can see nothing else that would cause him to ask the Lord to be released from it other than some past sin that the spirits have brought back again and again to the forefront of the mans thoughts.

Now I am not claiming to be wonderful or anything like that, in what I will say next because I know I am nothing at all without the Lord. That all said i have one sin that comes back at me again and again and again. It makes me shake my head and wince every time it comes back to my thoughts. I have begged god over and over to help me get past it, and still it comes again and again. Even though I know I am forgiven it still bites me every so often.

What I do know is what I have prayed many times to the Lord. Lord help me to be humble. Do not allow me to get prideful. I do wonder, if this is the way in which the Lord keeps me from getting all prideful. Don’t get me wrong Ihave pride LOL but my pride is in being used of the Lord. I know I am a tool in His hand, and this gives me pride that He would think to use me. That is the only place I have any kind of pride or also that He shows me truth and no human nor angel can change my mind from what the Lord has shown me! I choose very carefully whom I listen to. I will have to stand before the Lord and explain myself one day. I will have to explain why I believed or did not believe truth or lies.

In weakness we find out how very strong God is and that truly His grace is sufficient to see us through anything we have to go through. I love that saying (no it is not in the bible) if God brought you to it He will bring you through it. It is so true if we but believe. We can do nothing on our but Christ do it through us. It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. These verses come to mind every time I think on that saying.

Blessings in Christ Jesus!
Tammy

Oct-2-13

A New Commandment I Give You!

posted by PrayerWarrior

34But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matt. 22:34-40.

With human relations declining throughout the planet, and anger and hatred taking over completely, it is so very hard to love anyone anymore. Yet if we lose the love, we have lost our own salvation. The Loving God part for me anyway comes easy. We who have been freed from much bondage and sin and who have been forgiven much can honestly love the Lord with every part of our being. The issues come in when we have to love the unlovable people of this world.

Yet the Lord expects us to seek His heart for others, and to love them as we love ourselves. How do we do this in a world growing more and more hateful by the day? We give it to God fully and completely! Let’s look at how much Love is spoken of in the NT. Quite often, and Jesus said in John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Love is the most important commandment, it is the only one according to Jesus. Everything thatis done in love cannot fail. Love does not seek it’s own, it does not boast, it does not hurt anyone in anyway. It says in 1 Pet 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Jesus says in Matt 24:9-14 9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.

Let’s talk about verse 12. In the KJV it says because iniquity will abound, the love of many grows cold. That friends is apostasy! If we lose the love, we are as nothing. We are good only for the fire, we have turned from fruitful into waste. In John chp 15 we read of the vine being cut off and thrown in the fire, if it bears no fruit, it is only good for the fire. It also describes the apostles as the branches and we are included in that!
John chpt 13 it says By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

1 John 4:20 says If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? John 13:35 says “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death”.See not loving is apostate. We must maintain no matter what we go through the Love. If we lose the love we have lost everything and all our past goodnees and or righteous deeds have come to naught.

Paul says, “owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10) Pretty clear on that score. Love does not wrong to anyone at any time.

Jesus said in Luke chpt 6:30-36 “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” principle. He says, “Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”

That set of verses covers a lot of territory. If we love we will go that extra mile to show the love. Imagine you borrow from someone and they give you much more than you asked for, then tell you you owe me nothing! I never want you to try and pay me back! Your head would nearly spin off your neck at such a thing. Especially in this day and age when everyone is out for what more they can get out of each other, this is unheard of.Yet it is something we should regularly be practicing. I am not talking about giving everything you have unless of course you have the faith to believe the Lord will cover you, much more than you gave.

Of course we must be doing according to the will of God as well. But we know the will of God is to love even our enemies in this way. When he said if one slap you in the face turn your cheek and present it too to your enemy. Also if one takes your coat give them your sweater too! No this is so not easy a thing to do. We are incensed at such a thing occurring. We would be absolutely flabbergasted for someone to steal our coat right off us. The last thing we would be thinking is here take my sweater too.

We would be thinking, you are so lucky I don’t grab you and beat you!! But now turn it around and think how that thief would feel like hell came down on their head, if you turned and smiled at them and said oh here have my sweater too! They would think you went nuts and they would certainly think twice about walking off with your coat and sweater. They would be heaping coals on their own head. They would be so astounded I think they would give you your coat back and walk off wondering what just happened?

How many of us do such things? How many of us think only of ourselves and our own comfort? I know I sure do. But in learning and growing in the Lord, I pray that should such ever occur, I would do the noble thing and think to myself instead of you creepy jerk! Wow the need that prompted such an action as steaing my coat right off my back, deserves to be met. Here take my coat and here is my sweater for anyone who is with you, suffering with you. Then bring them to a shop and get them lunch as well. Can you imagine that soul being won for the Lord? I sure could! So now I pray Lord help me to be blessed enough to be such a blessing to others.

Father help me to love as you love. Lord help me to see the need behind the foul actions rather than looking at the outer, help me see the inner turmoil that has caused one to do things not of the norm. Let’s think of what 1 Corinthians 13 says, if we have all the gifts of the spirit but have no love we are as a sounding brass. Meaning we are nothingbecause if there is no love then God is not in you. if there is no love you are apostate or were never his to begin with. It is getting harder and harder to love in this crazy cruel world. The sorrow to be found on a daily basis makes one shudder.

The news is filled with horrible things going on all over the world. Each moment of every day there are things being reported by the media main stream and Christian, as well as not so known news outlet’s. These are designed by the enemy to rob us of the Love of the compassion and empathy needed to maintain and remain in love. By hearing all these things seeing pictures and videos of these things going on, we become complacent and apathetic. We become desensitized to them, as they are shown often. So that we stand on the side lines and say and do nothing anymore.

Love treads where fools refuse to go. We as lovers of God and each other must stand up. We must speak and contend for truth. We must argue out of love for truth. We must make known the things of God and especially the love of God. We must be examples of the exemplary love of God at all times at all costs. I know arguing does not sound like it is right. But when we aretalking about false teachings and false beliefs it is our duty to prove the word of God to those who are lost and or not understanding. We must always contend for the truth. it is so important to believe in the Lord in truth and spirit.

In closing I pray that the Lord will help you to see what is pure true love the kind of love we all dream of being and doing. I pray the Lord open each of our eyes but especially our hearts to true deep abiding love no matter what happens. Because if we lose the love then we have lost the race, and there is no second place we must be first! As it gets harder and harder to stay in love with God andeach other, may the Lord fill us with compassion and empathy to just keep on going in Him. He who endures till the end shall be saved. That is enduring in love come what may. I pray the Lord fills us each with strength to be doers of the word and not hearers only.

Blessings in Christ Jesus,
Tammy

Jan-24-13

God’s Purpose For Us Going Through The Tribulation

posted by PrayerWarrior

Time and again I hear those who believe they will not go through the tribulation say but why would God ever put us through the tribulation? He is a loving God! Yes He certainly is a loving God but He is also a just God and the judge and He chastens those He loves. He grows us and prunes us through trials and tribulations. He purifies us and builds us and brings us from glory to glory. He is making us into the very image of His son and if his son Jesus had to go through trials and tribulations and through the very furnace of affliction, what makes you lowly human, believe that you in your finite body and finite mind, will not go through the same?

Listen, we are all so very fragile in our trust of the Lord. We still get angry we still sin we still make people stumble we make ourselves stumble. No God is looking for a bride who is pure and chaste for His son. He is looking for a body who is one in mind and purpose. John tells us, he who says he is without sin is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 1 John 1:8. But let us allow the word of God to show us clearly about the tribulation we will go through and how only if we endure till Jesus comes, at the very end I might add, will we be saved.

Now I know you’re thinking yourself clever, in thinking yeah well what about those who die before it? Well that just means they have already been through a lot and look at 1 Peter 4:1. Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; So let us think about that for a mere moment. If you suffer in your flesh you cease from sinning. God wants us to be purified chastened and made perfect and Holy, he does not want a dirty sinner filled with pride and self-importance to be given to His son. I think personally it is the height of pride to think one’s self so wonderful and such a good Christian that they do not deserve to go through tribulation.

We all have hang ups and get angry and get insulted and offended and we become offensive and defensive in many ways. As Samuel Clemens or as you know him, Mark Twain said one hardly deals in truth when dealing with one’s self. I find so often the very truth of that statement. I personally dig deep to see if I am lying to myself in anyway. More often than not I find that yup I am in some small way, and then I repent of it. Liars ALL have their place in the lake of fire. Revelation 21:8. I find it so ridiculous that some sects of Christianity believe they can lie cheat steal, and commit all manner of sins, and they are still under grace. You are fallen!

Trials and tribulations can be a test of our love. They can reveal whom or what we love most in our lives. They reveal our priorities and wishes. The Lord wants us to love Him more than anybody else or anything else. The depth of our love for God is revealed during the times of trials. The Lord also wants us to love our fellowmen which includes even our enemies. Therefore trials and tribulations test our love towards God and our fellowmen. But let us begin with the many sets of verses that tell the story of our very own coming tribulation and God’s purpose in it.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ”? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”, Romans 8:35-39.

Now I want you all to notice something in this set of verses God never says once in here that you won’t lose your salvation, Love is not salvation! God loves us and the entire world, but He will not accept anyone who tries to sneak in a side door or bypass the son. He will not accept sin filled filthy people in His presence. He is too holy to look upon sin. Jesus when He not only took on our sin, but became that very sin cried out, My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me? He was that close with Him because He is one with Him. He felt the Father turn away from Him. Why, not because God stopped loving Him, but because God cannot look upon sin. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear” (59:1-2). Sin cuts one off from God.

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 4 :44-48

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ” I Corinthians 13: 4-7. Trials and tribulation also test our faith. . Do we believe in God even in the midst of pain and suffering? Do we believe in the promises of God even when everything looks impossible? Do we trust in God even if He does not deliver us? Do we trust in God even when we do not understand His ways and workings in our lives? The depth of our faith in God is revealed during times of trials and tribulations.

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith— of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire— may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.” I Peter 1:6-7. When is this going to show up well for us? That is when Jesus is revealed, and that is only at the end, on the very last day no less.

“Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform, Romans 4:16-21.

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. …” Job 13:15. This here set of verses we know these three men of God were being thrown into the fieriest trials one could even imagine. Yet they showed no fear they trusted the Lord. Throughout the old and new testaments, we see people going through hellish trials, why do you oh silly Americans, think yourself of better repute than all they? I cannot think of myself as any other than I am, a very human human being.

Trials and tribulations can be a test of our obedience to God. Are we willing to obey God even when He commands us to do what we do not like or what we want to avoid? The Lord teaches us obedience by leading us through the path of trials and tribulations. It is the narrow path my friends and that is a very hard path! Matthew 7: 13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

“Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; ” Hebrews 5: 7-8 ” And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matthew 26:39

“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD……He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you.” Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 15-16.

Listen folks God is never changing and if he killed body and soul of those Israelites that complained and moaned and bewailed all the Lord had done for them, and looked back at their life of slavery as though it were better than the freedom the Lord set them to? What makes you think the Lord will look past your continued sin? Please really consider this in your heart, pray about it, call upon the Lord to reveal that very painful truth to you. He will, I promise!

“And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:5-11.

At times the Lord tests us by asking us to sacrifice things people or whatever it may be, to show how willing we are to do those painful things. He checks to see if we are willing to sacrifice for our love of God. Look at “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters— yes, even his own life— he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple……….In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26-33

“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, Abraham! Here I am, he replied. Then God said, Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about….When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, Abraham! Abraham! Here I am, he replied. Do not lay a hand on the boy, he said. Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided. The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22:1-18.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. “John 12:24-26. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20″But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world”. Galatians 6:14.

One of the hardest aspects of being a Christian is humbling ourselves. Sometimes the Lord put’s us through trials and tribulations to humble us. Look at these verses! 1Corinthians 12:7-10
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11.

We are tested for endurance sake, as per these verses. “He sent a man before them– Joseph–who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him. Psalms 105:17-19. “All these are the beginning of sorrows. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. Matthew 24:8-13.

“But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. Hebrews 10:32-34. At times He tests our patience and or helps us to achieve patience. God will never give you patience, but will certainly bring you to it through trials.

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4″Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Hebrews 10:34-36.

“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. James 5 : 7-11.

“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children, but she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; so she said to Abram, The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her. Abram agreed to what Sarai said. Genesis 16:1-2. See what happens when we do not have patience? We do it all wrong because we do it according to our human understanding of man I am tired of waiting! We are going to have to wait through some very tough times which are coming and we must be prepared.

“He waited for seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. So he said, bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings. And Saul offered up the burnt offering. Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him. What have you done asked Samuel? Saul replied, When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash, I thought, ’Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD’s favour.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering. You acted foolishly, Samuel said. You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command. ” 1 Samuel 13:8-14.

Remembering is a job of the Holy Spirit. He helps us to remember what we read days weeks, even months ago, to be able to put it all together for greater understanding. The whole bible without man’s understanding explains itself quite well. In fact it makes no sense what so ever if you merely read some of it and leave some out. You must have a complete education to graduate from elementary school, high school, and college. It is the same with the word of God. God’s word is complete and it will bring you through everything that is coming, but you must understand that you cannot go sinning as though you are not saved. What difference is there between you and the world if you go on sinning?

Jesus after healing people told them go and sin no more, and then explained that the demons come back with more demons, who are worse than they are, than before they were cast out, in Matthew 12:45. Believing a lie is as bad as telling a lie. When we choose to believe a lie it is because the truth hurts too much, and so many are believing a whole lot of lies. But in my personal opinion, hurtful truth is the very best kind of truth, because it always grows you. Friends when we are going through the hellish ordeal of the tribulation you have got to put your trust in the Lord to see you through it all. His strength His endurance, His peace His joy are the things that will see us through it all. He shows you when you put your trust in Him just why it is such a fabulous idea to do it. I know personally I do not trust my own strength nor my own abilities to face such hardship. But having the Lord seeing me through, I am ready!!

We are still so not pure or chaste neither have we been through enough to make us believe we do not need to go through trials and the tribulation. If you want to be called sons and daughters of the Lord then we need to go through tough mind blowing trials and tribulation. Remember Peter said he who suffers in the flesh ceases from sin. Expect it and know you can have the Lord help you to endure.

Blessings of understanding I pray for all those who read this Lord. I pray eyes are opened and ears hear what the Holy Spirit would have them hear and see, in Jesus name, amen.
Love in Christ Jesus, Tammy


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