The Art of Being Faithful in the Little Things!


January 21, 2011

 “1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.”

(Exodus 3:1-2) NIV

 

            Moses, who at one point was a mighty man in Egypt, was forced to go into the desert after killing an Egyptian man. Every mighty man of God will, for sure, go through the desert’s training. In the desert, Moses got married and in the desert, Moses was humbled!  It is, indeed, significant to point out that when the moment came for Moses to receive the official call from the Lord to liberate the children of Israel out of the hands of the Egyptians, Moses was found “…tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law…” Moses learned the art of being faithful in the little things.

            Many people I know have an unbelievable call in their lives in terms of what they are called to do. However, many will never even be able to start their ministries because they refuse to be faithful in the little things. I knew a man who had a call to minister in the nation of Cuba; I was able to see with my own eyes glimpses of the power of God in his life. However, at the moment, he was a part of a small prison ministry and the brother was extremely unfaithful. One day, as he expressed to me, once again, about his call to the nation of Cuba; I told him: “You will never even be able to visit Cuba until you learn to be faithful in the little things.” The Bible tells us in Matthew 25:20-21,

“20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

           

            I don’t know in what stage or level of your life you find yourself in as it refers to your call; but what I do know is that faithfulness to God will always bring forth promotion. It does not matter how small or insignificance what you are doing seems to be; you will be able to do what God has called you to do if you embrace the art of being faithful in the little things.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Do I Have to Suffer? Final Part


“The Reason Why Many Die in The Desert of their Afflictions”

               As we end this series, I must address something very important; I guess you can take it as a warning. Many are dying in the desert of their afflictions! Many will never understand why they are going through what they are going through. Many will chose to live their lives feeling sorry about themselves. Many will never understand God’s love and the reasons why we suffer. Many will find pleasure in seeing themselves as victims and walking around like the world owes them something. Many are using suffering and the injustices that our ancestors suffer as an excuse to allow the selfishness of the flesh to take over their way of thinking. Suffering is not a ticket for you to be able to do, say and treat people according to how you “feel;” suffering, as you saw in this series, has three ultimate purposes:

  1. To break us so that we can arrive at the end of self.

  2. For God to be able to share His holiness with us.

  3. To be able to see God as we enjoy a deeper intimacy with Him.

               Because suffering is so emotionally charged and at times overwhelming for our souls, we receive a very clear warning in Hebrews 12:14-15.

“14 Pursue peace with all people…

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…”

1. Pursue Peace with Everyone: We must make sure that we pursue peace with everyone. Because God uses circumstances and people to reveal what is in our hearts; there is a tendency for us to get upset at the very people God is using to expose our mess and bring it to the light. We personalize our pain; look at it from a worldly point of view and not from a Biblical point of view. That is why the warning is clear; we must pursue being at peace with everyone; it is not about them, it is about you; it is not about their faults, it is about yours. Let God deal with them; you make sure that you allow God to deal with you.

2. Be Careful that you Don’t Fall Short of God’s Grace: It is very normal for people to associate falling from grace to the scandals of many pastors or Christians in general that are caught in despicable acts. However, we pay little or no attention to the fact that many of us have indeed, fallen from God’s grace by allowing “root[s] of bitterness” to spring up in our hearts. Bitterness is associated with hard bondage and misery. The word “bitterness” is defined as: “Angry and resentful.” When we are bitter, we are angry at people and even at God. We resent all that we are facing.

3. Be Careful that you don’t End-Up Becoming Defiled: To be Defiled is: “To corrupt or ruin something.” When we are purposely, as it depends on us, in conflict with one another and falling short of God’s grace we run the risk of ruining everything that God has for us.

     I acknowledge that the pain that you are feeling is real; that your emotions have been affected by the traumas of life. However, I beg you, do not allow bitterness to set in your heart; if you do, you will surely die in the desert of your afflictions. Out of about three million people that came out of Egypt, only two actually entered the Promise Land; that is an alarming statistic! God is preparing you to have or not to have; God is preparing you to do or not to do…however, these things are secondary. God is preparing you, for sure, to see His face.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Do I Have to Suffer? Part 6


Where Are You?

I don’t think that there is one person on this planet that will truly say “no” to the opportunity to see God. There is something in our hearts that cries out for that “something” that can fully satisfy our souls. People spend their entire lives looking for that satisfaction through jobs, careers, money, fame, relationships, etc. But in the end, in their secret place, they are fully aware of their emptiness.

     We have become experts in putting on masks, but God can see beyond our masks. The reality is that without Christ in our lives we are empty. Even if you are born again; until you totally surrender every aspect of your life to Christ, you will be full of empty spots in your soul. We need the fullness of Christ in order to be able to enjoy that peace that goes beyond circumstances and that joy that can’t be explained.

     God is not hiding from us! Even after Adam and Eve introduced sin into the humanity, God still went out looking for them in the cool of the day. It was Adam and Eve who hid from Him. Genesis 3:8 tells us:

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, ‘Where are you?”

     Many of us are still hiding from God; we pick and choose those areas where He is welcomed and those areas where He is not. I can here the Lord calling us from our shameful places: “Where are you?” The Lord wants to make us free! Jesus is waiting to release that abundant life that He came to give us according to John 10:10, but we are still hiding behind the trees of disappointments, betrayals, mistrusts, mistakes, failures, embarrassments and sins.

 “The Main Reason Why we Suffer”

  There is a song written by Don Porter that illustrates our desire to see God’s face better than any other song I know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0nV5xbu014

“14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord…” (Hebrews 12:14)

   Beloved, the main reason why we suffer is because God wants us to be able to see Him. God is not hiding from us; but our sin and the evil conditions of our hearts stand in the way of the fulness of our intimacy with God.

     Without holiness, we will not see the Lord. That is the reason why God allows us to go astray, He allows us to do it our way, to try our empty destructive ways of doing things; that is the reason why He manifests His love by disciplining us with great hardship, so that we may experience brokenness and find ourselves at the end of ourselves, so that we may have a heart of surrendering to Him, so that we may share in His holiness, so that we may see Him.

     This whole thing is about God’s desire to bring us out from behind the trees of shame and into the place of walking with Him in the cool of the day. So then, who cares if I catch the bus, ride a bicycle, drive an old car or even drive a Mercedes or have my own plane…it is all about Jesus! Who cares then, if I suffer my whole life on this earth and dimension of life? What a small price to pay if at the end I can start my life for all eternity walking in the cool of the day with my heavenly Daddy.

    Now suffering makes sense; now I can thank God for those that hurt me, for those that reject me, for those that discriminated against me just because of the color of my skin. What an amazing honor that God loved me so much that he manifested His love in such a way to get me to this point where now I can echo the words of the Psalmist when he said:

“It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees.” (Psalm 119:71)

     Yes! It is good that I experience tragedy, that my heart became exposed, that I messed up the way I did, that she treated me the way she did, that I faced that humiliation, that I got fired from this job, that they manifested their racist hearts against me, that I was insulted, that I faced that divorced, that she cheated on me and the list goes on and on…“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.”

     Should I feel sorry about myself? Should I go around blaming the world? Psalm 119:67 tells us: “Before I was afflicted I went astray…” So, are you the exemption? Are you one that did everything right? Are there no sins in your life? You went astray just like the rest of us, but this verse ends by saying: “…but now I obey your word.” The Bible establishes very clearly that “there is not one good”; that includes you and me (Romans 3:12).

   So perhaps, it is now time to stop using our sufferings as a free ticket to hurt others and engage in the entailment mentality and the welfare of self-pity. Arise people of God and celebrate; rejoice in your afflictions, for God is dealing with His bride and is preparing us for the wedding. Arise people of God, and look up, for our Lord is coming from the clouds. Cheer up beloved! All your pain and suffering will go away for:

“Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

We must understand and have the revelation that whatever suffering we are facing currently it is just a temporary thing.

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

Why Do I Have to Suffer? Part 5


 So far I have made clear that the prosperity message does not even address the issue of suffering. The prosperity message is one with many abominations of our time; it’s a message that emphasis on “self;” the same “self” that we are told to deny. The Gospel was not, is not and will never be about “having;” the Gospel is salvation to our souls; it is the pursuit of loving God with all of our hearts, whether we have material things or not.

     There is nothing wrong with having material things or becoming a millionaire; I believe that in the last days, God will bless many in the Body of Christ with great wealth. However, this is not and should never be the center of our message. The reality is that if God decides not to bless us anymore with material things; as long as we are saved, He has done more than enough.

     The message of “doing” emphasizes on the use of gifts. Everything we do or do not do is all around our gift. So you have people with serious, open sins in their lives and with damaging character flows that are not being dealt with by anybody. It is almost like there is an absent of Apostolic Authority in the Body of Christ in America when it comes down to dealing with these kinds of things.

     I remember seeing a leader in the Atlanta area commenting on Bishop Eddie Long’s accusations about having sex with minors; in defense of Bishop Long he said: “Bishop has done a lot of good things for the community.” Why even bring that up? Should we excuse any bishop or priest from doing such things just because they are doing good things for the community?  This is the danger of a message that emphasizes on doing. Even as this message addresses suffering; as it relates to our series, it connects suffering as preparation for ministry. It also has the tendency to take away the fact that many of our sufferings are self-produced. Many of our reasons for sufferings are caused by the fact that we have gone astray. Psalm 119: 67 tells us:

“Before I was afflicted I went astray…”

     When we are not willing to see the role that we have played in the process of our afflictions, we stand in denial and many times we reduce everything to just blaming others. The Biblical reality is that before we started facing affliction WE WENT ASTRAY. So what do we say to the man or woman that was raped as children? Was that there fault also? Absolutely not! They were victims of the manifestation of great evil. However, can we use these experiences as an excuse to do evil? Absolutely not! Later, in our series we will deal with self-destructive ways of dealing with suffering.

     So far, we have established that the first reason why suffering is important is because God wants to share his holiness with us. There is something about the discipline of the Lord manifested in hardship, pain and suffering that brings us to the place of desiring God’s holiness. That desire can only take place when, in the process of going through the afflictions of life; we pause and take a good look at ourselves.

     When we are done blaming others, when we are done blaming certain events in our lives and done feeling sorry about ourselves; we come to the conclusion, as I said many times before, that circumstances and people have a way of revealing the junk that is in our hearts. When we are able to see beyond other’s faults and we come out of our victim mentalities; what is left is a heart that desires God’s way of doing things.

     We start embracing holiness the day we stop arguing with God, the day that we find ourselves at the end of ourselves; the day that we can look back and say, “I have messed my life up doing things my way; now God, I surrender… take over.” This revelation alone get us to the point of having to make a decision of either continuing on our path or truly turning our lives over to Christ and making Him our Lord. Beloved, it is decision time! It is time to embrace the ways of the Lord; Hebrews 12:12-13 tells us:

“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.”

     And as deep as this revelation is, there is an even deeper reason why we suffer.

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

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…

God is Preparing You!


January 20, 2011

11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” 14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.”

(Exodus 2:11-15)

 

            Moses had an amazing call in his life! He was the man that God used to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt and back into the path of pursuing the Promise Land. God protected Moses’ life as a baby and allowed him to grow up among the Egyptians; it was all a part of his training. However, even before God made Moses’ call known to him; Moses already had something in his heart that cried out for the liberation of God’s people. The passion to see his brothers free was already in him.

            Moses went ahead of his call and handled the injustices suffered by a fellow Jewish man, in the flesh and not according to the Spirit and the timing of the Lord. How many times have we gone ahead of the call and so allowed our talents to go ahead of our character? Moses was so out of timing that the people that he was called to liberate were not even ready to receive him as such (Verse 14). Moses needed to go through a process of purification; a time of deeper preparation as God’s people also needed to go through a time of desperation; a time when they themselves cried out to God for God to make them free.

Beloved, your time is coming, your time is near. Perhaps you are one who already tried to start your ministry in the flesh and are currently experiencing the emotional repercussions of failure. Don’t be discouraged; repent, get back up and wait on the Lord. God is preparing the hearts of the people you are called to serve, but most of all…God is preparing you!

 

 

 

 

Why Do I Have to Suffer? Part 2


The second message that is strongly coming out of the Church of America is the message that places the emphasis on “doing.” Now we need to establish that faith without works is van (James 2:17) I am not teaching against works, I am teaching against making works our priority in this Christian experience.

     As it relates to the reasons for suffering, I am sure that you have heard, probably more than once, that “the reason God is allowing you to go through this hell is so that you can help others; God is preparing you for ministry.” This is indeed a more Biblical message. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4,

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

     Even as there are elements of this statement that are true, this message is shadowed if it becomes the center of your Christian life. See, we can do many good things according to First Corinthians 13 and still have no love. As a matter of fact Matthew 7:21-23 tells us,

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

     The idea that God allows you to go through hell and back just because he wants to use you is incomplete. This teaching tells us that everything we go through is with the objective of preparing us for ministry…they say! If I am homeless, it’s because God is preparing you to start a homeless ministry; if you are constantly in and out of jail, it’s because God is preparing you for a Prison Ministry; if you are divorced, you will help broken families and the list goes on and on.

     Even as being used by God is one of the reasons for suffering, the Bible takes us to a deeper level and a more deeper and profound reason. There is a third message that must and will be released into the hearts of our Apostles and Prophets. To properly answer this question, we must change the emphasis from “Having and Doing” to Knowing God intimately. We must be the people God has called us to be. Having and doing will never get us there. This is where suffering shines like the starts at night.

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

No Demon in Hell Can Stop you From Receiving God’s Favor


January 19, 2011

8Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 ‘Look,’ he said to his people, ‘the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”

“11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.” (Exodus 1:8-14)

 

          Storms will always come our way! In these verses, we see the people of Israel prospering and doing well. For four-hundred years, they lived at peace and harmony. They were still enjoying the blessings of the memory of Joseph. However, the Bible tells us, a new king came to power that did not know anything about Joseph and what he did for Egypt.

          There is a place in our walk where the devil starts noticing who we are as we become a threat to him and his kingdom. So the enemy comes at us with oppression and he makes sure that he throws everything he can at us to make our lives miserable. However, notice in verse twelve, “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread…” As long as we stay focus on God, there is no demon in hell that can take our blessing away! Has the enemy already noticed you? Is he throwing things at you left and right? I want to remind you that in the midst of your oppression, God is able; in the midst of your oppression, you can continue to be fruitful. No demon in hell can stop you from receiving God’s favor.

 

 

 

Why Do I Have to Suffer? Part 1


The message coming out of the church on the reasons why we suffer afflictions must change dramatically. We must take an inventory on what is being said and take a closer look at what the Scripture is actually saying concerning this topic in particular.

     Recently, I had the opportunity to be in the presence of various ministers and leaders in the city and it was no surprise that the main topic discussed was on suffering, afflictions and pain. Everybody in that room agreed that 2010 was a year of great suffering for, perhaps, every believer.

     To examine this topic, I want to point out a few things that the Lord is placing in my heart concerning what the main focuses in the messages that are coming out of the church in America is today. One is not addressing the issue of suffering much as it does not match with their theology and the other one is indeed addressing the issue of suffering, but it is not going deep enough. I want to propose a third message that will be released very soon into the hearts of Apostles and Prophets in this nation.

     Basically we have two messages in the Body of Christ today:

  1. The one that emphasizes in what we are supposed to have. This is the Prosperity Message.

  2. The one that emphasizes in what we are suppose to do. This is the one that places the emphasis on the need for the Body of Christ to use their God-given gift.

    It is important to address suffering because suffering is a Biblical Promise for every believer and if we do not have the proper Biblical prospective, we can find ourselves up-set and away from God.

      The message that emphasizes on making the Gospel all about “having,” commonly known as the “Prosperity Message,” is a grotesque, selfish message that not only ignores the message of suffering, but also mocks everything that looks like brokenness as an essential part of the Gospel experience.

     There is nothing wrong with “having” and if God blesses you with being rich…praise the Lord! But the idea that you can go above your stewardship ability is not Biblical at all. How can God give you a million dollars when you don’t even know how to be a good steward with the thirty thousand you make a year? That would be irresponsible!

     The awesomeness of God is that He will take the time to teach you to be a good steward of what you already have before giving you more. Some of these TV Evangelists actually go on TV and ask the people of God that if they don’t have the money, to make the offering on a Credit Card…can you believe that? They go as far as saying that God told them to tell the people that if they sow a seed of “X” amount, the Lord will bless them with a harvest. I don’t know about you, but that kind of message makes me sick to the stomach.

     In the Prosperity Message, there is no room for suffering; everything is resolved by sowing a seed. They have truly milked that message. The Gospel is about dealing with the heart; you can sow all the seeds you want, but if your heart is rotten, your seeds will be rotten, also. You will never hear a Prosperity Preacher preaching out of Philippians 4:10-13

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

 

TO BE CONTINUED…