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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Change Your Mind: Renewing The Mind

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:2-3 KJV)

As believers, we should not be governed by our emotions or how we feel, but we should be governed by the will of God. The renewing of the mind is not just knowing the scriptures or the Word of God, but it is a renewing of the heart. The heart of a person holds to things and treasures that matters most to them and is most precious to them. As believers of Jesus Christ our Lord, we have some things in our hearts that we hold most precious that is not of the will of God. We need to examine ourselves and our own hearts for a renewing or changing of the mind. Personal time in prayer plays a vital part in our walk with the Lord which leads us to a renewal of the mind. Prayer in your personal time should not just be petitioning or talking, but it includes listening and hearkening to the voice of the Lord. Depending on the state of your heart (harden or sensitive) and your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit will determine the readiness of your renewal of the mind. God imparts Himself and His Faith into the hearts of those that will produce.