Why Do I Have to Suffer? Part 4


So far, we are able to see that God disciplines those that He loves. The discipline of the Lord is an expression of His love for us. We were able to take a closer look at key points in this process of being disciplined by the Lord through hardship, pain, storms, affliction, suffering, etc. We were also able to establish that no one is exempt from this process. Romans 3:10-18 tells us:

“10 As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit; The poison of asps is under their lips;
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known.

18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 

     My brothers and sisters, these verses represent what God has to work with. These verses represent the condition of all of our hearts. Basically, we are no good without God! So, on the cross, God provided a way for us to be saved from what we, obviously deserve. However, many of us did not die right after getting saved; in case you have not noticed, we are still around. Positionally speaking, we are all that God wants us to be through Jesus; however, we are still “working out our salvation;” there is much work to be done in the inside of us. For that overwhelming work needed in our hearts, God has provided us with another way to achieve the goal and that is through suffering. First Peter  5:9-10 tells us:

“Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” 

     There is a reason why we suffer that goes beyond just making us more effective for ministry; even as this is also true! There is a reason why I come after the Prosperity Message as strong as I do; because it is a lie from hell and is causing many to stumble in their faith. This is not about having and this is not about doing. The reality is that God cares more about us than He cares about our ministry. God cares more about our character than He cares about our talents! Hebrews 12:9-10 tells us:

“9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.” 

“God Wants to Share His Holiness with His people”

Beloved, God wants desperately for us to be holy. The first purpose for his discipline is to form holiness in us. This is the message for this hour; this is the revival that is coming; a revival of Christian Living, a revival of His way of doing things. In Hebrews 12:11 we read:

“11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” 

Nobody is saying that the process is easy; as a matter of fact; without the Holy Spirit, we won’t be able to even start the process. However, this temporary season of suffering will birth out of us Peace and Righteousness. Yes, the bride is getting ready for Christ…a bride without spots and wrinkles. Do you know that even the world wants peace? Holiness, among so many other things, will lead us to that peace that overpasses all understanding. Holiness will bring forth joy, happiness, satisfaction to our soul and so much more. Nevertheless, we feel that embracing holiness means to give up life, not knowing that embracing holiness is life…it is why Jesus gave His life for us.

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

Why Do I Have to Suffer? Part 3


              Beloved, the word that God is starting to release in the hearts of his Apostles and Prophets in America has nothing to do with what we have (The Prosperity Message) and has nothing to do with what we do. For too long we have attached our identity with what we do. Our identity should only be found in who we are in Christ Jesus. It was important that I took the time to deal with these messages because the prosperity message refuses to deal with suffering; they almost mock the Christian that is facing affliction. On the other hand, the other message that attaches everything with the purpose of preparing us for the use of our gifts; even as they address the issue of suffering, they are falling short. This third part of this series will begin to directly address the reasons for suffering in ways that I have, personally, never seen before. Our basic Scriptures are found in Hebrews 12:5-15.

“5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;

6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.

7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?

10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.

11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,

13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled…”

“Word of Exhortation”

This is a word of encouragement; it should not be taken as a negative word. When we get to fully understand the reasons why we suffer we will be able to stop feeling guilty about suffering, but rather feel convicted about our sins and therefore start our process of full restoration.

Do not Despise the Chastening of the Lord

 The word “despise” means: “to disrespect; to ridicule.” The word “chastening” means: “reproof, warning or disciplinary correction.” There is a tendency, when we are going through “stuff,” to develop a disrespectful attitude towards the Lord and His ways. Many actually get angry with God. It is always hard for us to see our issues as we are so focused on the issues of our neighbor. God is reproofing, He is giving us warnings, letting us know that the path many of us are on is not Godly and will lead to devastating consequences. So God is correcting through his chastisement.

“Do not be Discouraged!”

 Some others are not upset with God, but they are discouraged. They know they messed up; they know they sinned against God and other people; perhaps loved ones and they seem not to find a way to get back up again. Being discouraged is just as bad as despising the chastising of the Lord; both approaches will quickly take you away from the true purpose of God in the midst of this whole thing.

“God Loves You!”

 You are not suffering because God does not love you; God loves you so much and it is my prayer that by the end of this series, the eyes of your understanding will be opened a little wider concerning the amazing love that God has for you.

“God Scourges Every Son (Daughter) Whom He Receives”

The word “scourging” means: “to goad (provoke) by flogging (beating).” This means to provoke you by beating you. Scourging is the greatest evidence of God receiving you as His child. No wonder we hear people these days, saying that every Christian they know is going through something…now you know why; God is receiving them as children. Glory!

“No One is Exempt from Chastisement”

“But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.” Hebrews 12:8

      For a long time I was convinced that only hard headed people like me have to go through this chastisement process, until I read this verse. If you are a believer, you are not exempt; this chastisement is something we will all have to share sooner or later. That’s the reason why many, like Pastor Cruse, are always saying that if you are a believer, you are either coming out of a storm, in a storm or getting ready to go into a storm. Those storms are a part of the hardship, discipline and chastisement we will all have to go through as believers.

     Up to this point, we were able to take a deeper look at Bible verses that are common for many of us. In this next part, we will begin to look directly at the reasons why we suffer as we close this series.

 

TO BE CONTINUED…