Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bread For the Journey


The New Testament does not paint a rosy picture for the Christian life on this Earth. Instead it assures us that if we follow Christ we will face trials and persecutions. Because we are identified with Christ we will receive much of the same bad treatment and rejection He received.

II Timothy 3:12 ~  Indeed, all who desire to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
I Peter 4:12 ~ Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
James 1:2-4 ~ Count it all joy my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have it full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
 
The trials are inevitable. How will I react?  How should I behave in the midst of these trials? Will I choose joy trusting in Almighty God and His plans and purposes? I hope so. I want to experience steadfastness. I want to rejoice and be glad when Christ’s glory is revealed. I choose to trust that God will teach me in and during my trials to react and behave in a way that lets steadfastness have its full effect bringing me homeward towards perfection and completeness, lacking nothing. I don’t want a crown of roses now, I want a crown of life so when I get to heaven I can cast it at Jesus’ feet…

6 comments:

  1. Very thought provoking--thank you. Look forward to your message every week!

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  2. Hei!Es ist wahr...wir sollten Jesus immer folgen,vertrauen,lieben...ich hoffe ich höre immer auf seiner Stimme.Gott schützt dich und deine Familie.Bussi.Lu.

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  3. Amen. What a blessed assurance we have of our Father's great love for us.

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  4. Yes, count it all joy! Amen.

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  5. I always look forward to your scripture each week, particularly this week.

    We don't know where we will walk in this life, be it high or low, all we can know is that we have the choice of walking in Victory.

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