Bumps and Bruises

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:18-21, NASB)

We as God’s creation will suffer some things in this life, but all of us will not suffer the same trails and temptations. God’s grace is sufficient for all us that do suffer as we walk with Him in the faith that is of Him through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus have suffered the greatest suffering like no other for our sins. Therefore, we should learn from Jesus how He endured through His sufferings even unto death in order to defeat death and all of it’s workings through this lifetime that we are living in now. He made the greatest sacrifice of Himself that shows the love of God to this world for the saving of souls from His wrath that is to come. Jesus sacrificed himself for those that are His friends and followers that does the will of the Father for the sufferings of righteousness. Jesus suffered in His righteousness as a man without fault or sin. Therefore, we should suffer in the same way and like of Him who is perfect in all His ways. It does not please God for us to suffer for our own faults and sins, but it pleases God when we suffer for righteousness’ sake. As you read the scriptures below make it applicable to your heart, soul, mind, and body.

“For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you— not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him. (1 Peter 3:12-22, NASB)

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10, NASB)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3-7, NASB)

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Clean Up!

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1, KJV)

As believers of Jesus, we must make sure that we are living everyday in The Lord. When sometimes it seems like we are not getting any where in The Lord is because we are not considering enough of what God would have us to do. Praying, reading the Word, and mediation play major parts in our walk with Him. If these things are not done in our lives, then the only thing that is left is our flesh or carniality that would get us in trouble or hinder us. Therefore, we should deny ourselves of those things that are contrary to our walk with The Lord. This is why we are not seeing some real manifestions of the Holy Spririt in our lives because of the carnality that sits in the way of recieving and hearing from God. Therefore, remember The Lord and stay focus on Him and do His will.

How Are We Living?

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21, KJV)

In this scripture of Matthew, Jesus is teaching to the multitudes on the mount. He was letting them know to not worry about worldly things. The hearts of people that are of this world is based on self-gain. Jesus is emphasizing that we should keep our hearts in the right place in all that we do for Him. Many of us are too concern about ourselves and worldly things that cannot save us nor give us the life that we ought to live by. Living the life starts from the heart. The things that matters most to us is where our heart resides. Our decision making, actions, and words come from the heart. If we are to follow Jesus, it is important for us to examine ourselves on a daily basis to see what matters most to us. As we consider what matters most to us, we will make better decisions and live a better life in spite of our circumstances. The decisions and actions that we make in this life will determine our rewards in eternity.