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Peace!–In the Midst of Storm!

Compiled from the writings of David Brandt Berg

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Have you ever been in a big storm, a powerful hurricane, earthquake or typhoon? Were you afraid or scared or worried? Well, most people ARE when caught in such storms because they never know if they’re going to get blown away or if the lightning is going to strike them or the wind will rip the roof off their house or somehow hurt or even kill them!

But this little family is peaceful and unafraid, even though all around them a terrible storm is raging! The wind is howling, big trees are being uprooted and blown down, lightning is flashing and thunder is crashing! But they don’t look worried at all! They’re perfectly at peace and at rest!

Do you know what a mother hen does with her little chicks whenever danger is near? She gathers them under her wings and covers and protects them there. Well, the Bible says that the Lord does the same thing with HIS children. “He shall cover you, and under His wings you can trust. There you need not fear the terror by night, nor the destruction by day, for the LORD is your refuge and place of protection.” (Psalm 91)

If we belong to the Lord and stay close to Him, He will take care of us.–ALWAYS! So that even if we’re in the middle of a terrible storm like we see in this picture, His strong and loving Heavenly hands will be there to keep, protect and take care of us. Even when all is dark and stormy OUTSIDE, we can have the sunshine of His love and rainbow of His blessings and peace INSIDE!

Did you ever hear the Bible story of Rahab? A long time ago, there was a city called Jericho which was so wicked that God was going to punish and destroy it. But within the city was a dear little woman named Rahab who was kind and helpful to God’s children. And because she was good to God’s people, God was good to her!

The huge protective walls that ran around Jericho were very high and very thick–so thick that many people actually had their houses ON the walls, as did Rahab. When the day of God’s judgements came, He shook the city and caused the ENTIRE WALL to COLLAPSE to the ground! Except for ONE tiny little part of it that remained standing all alone–and that was the house of Rahab! Because she had faith and because she had received and been good to God’s children, when He destroyed the entire city and everybody else in it, her little house didn’t fall and she and her family were spared and protected! (Joshua 2 and 6)

So why worry? If you’re the LORD’S child, HE will take care of you! His children who stay close to Him live in a CHARMED CIRCLE of His protection! It’s like a special FORCE-FIELD that nothing can get through without His permission! Of course this doesn’t mean that the Lord will NEVER allow us to be harmed or tested, but He’ll never allow us to have any INSUFFERABLE harm or any UNBEARABLE damage, and He promises to always save us out of our troubles. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord DELIVERS him out of them ALL!” (Psalm 34:19)

If He doesn’t deliver us any other way, He delivers us by DEATH! Because for the CHRISTIAN, the one who loves the Lord, death is no problem! It’s our HOMEGOING to HEAVEN, and you couldn’t go to a better place than Heaven! Then all your worries will be over and you will have graduated from this life! He will either take CARE of you or He will TAKE you, so you’ve got it made one way or the other!

So the most important thing is to make sure that you belong to HIM. Then you’ll KNOW that everything will be all right and that WHATEVER happens to you will be for your GOOD. He says that “ALL things work together for GOOD to them that love the Lord.” (Romans 8:28) If you are His child, you’ll know that everything that happens in your life comes from Him and is somehow for your good!

Then even if there’s a terrible storm and great destruction all around you, you won’t need to fear! The Lord says, “Fear thou not, for I am with thee, be not dismayed, I am thy God! You shall be SAFE in the midst of storm, in the hollow of My hand, for underneath you are MY Everlasting Arms.” (Isaiah 41:10; Deuteronomy 33:27) He is ALWAYS there, He’ll NEVER EVER leave you, for He promises, “I am with you ALWAYS, even to the End of the World!” (Matthew 28:20)

If you would like to have such peace and assurance and heavenly protection, all you need to do is receive and love God’s Son, JESUS! Then, no matter WHAT difficulties or hardships arise in your life, HE will help you to BRAVE the storms and FACE the winds and NOT be swept away! No matter HOW dark the clouds become that may sometimes overshadow you, the Light of His Love will ALWAYS come bursting through to encourage you and to give you hope and strength to pull through!

He and His Love are just that WONDERFUL! He will brighten your life and give you peace that the Bible says even “passes your own understanding–PERFECT peace, because you TRUST in Him!” (Philippians 4:7; Isaiah 26:3) No matter HOW dark or stormy or difficult the outward conditions may be, in your HEART the sun can always be shining, the birds can always be singing, the flowers can always be blossoming, and all can be well and happy in Him!

So may God bless you with His PEACE and His LOVE through the one and only “PRINCE of peace”, JESUS CHRIST! He LOVES you and will come into your life right NOW if you’ll just ask Him into your heart! He says, “Behold, I stand at the door (of your heart) and knock. If any man hear My voice and open the door, I WILL come into him.” (Revelation 3:20)

Simply pray: “Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God and that You died for me. Please forgive me for all my sins. I ask You, Jesus, to please come into my heart and give me Your free Gift of Eternal Life! Help me to love You and to love others by telling them about You and Your Love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

God BLESS you! We LOVE you!

 
 

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Open Up!

by Maria Fontaine

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“When I was in my first year of college, I started going out with a real sweet boy. We went many places and had a lot of good times together. He was very sweet and loved the Lord, but he was the silent type–very into himself, shy and untalkative. I liked him very much and I THINK he liked me a lot too! I have to say I THINK he was quite fond of me; I wasn’t really SURE because we never really communicated very much. We hardly ever spoke together about anything other than the time of day or what we were doing or where we were going or about college. We never had any really deep conversations or talked about matters of the heart at all!

“I didn’t realise that this was a problem until finally I began developing rather serious feelings about him! He had gotten to the final year of his studies without getting married or too involved with anybody, and I THINK he was really shy and scared of getting too serious. So he started to cool things off, and this broke my little heart! I then started thinking and praying about what went wrong, and it finally dawned on me that I didn’t really know what HE thought about our relationship, and HE didn’t know what I thought! That’s when I realised that during the entire time we had been together, we hadn’t had any kind of deep heart-to-heart communication at all!

“After we had broken up, I was still wondering why, and I thought, ‘Why didn’t I ASK him? Why didn’t we just honestly TALK about the things we felt and thought?’ If we HAD, it would have been so simple and prevented the whole problem of me not understanding and not knowing his feelings and him not knowing mine! It was just RIDICULOUS to be that close to someone and still know hardly a thing about what they felt and what they thought!

“So, I learned a good lesson! I learned to ASK! And I learned the importance of honest, open, humble communication. I learned the importance of ASKING when I don’t understand things, and trying to get the OTHER person to be honest and express what he feels and thinks, and that I need to be honest about MY feelings too!” So writes the author of “The Importance of Good Communications!”

 
WHY DO SOME PEOPLE KEEP THEMSELVES TO THEMSELVES?

Why is it that my friend found it so difficult to communicate? Why do some people keep a curtain over their mind and heart, so that others cannot even catch a glimpse of their innermost thoughts and feelings? There are a number of different reasons:

Some people are brought up from childhood to believe that it’s a sign of WEAKNESS to show your emotions, or to talk too much about your feelings. They are suffering from the classic British condition of “the stiff upper lip”! Consequently, they have never developed the ability to talk meaningfully with another person. They have never learned how to share openly with someone else and they have difficulty finding the words to say.

Others are fearful of exposing what they feel or think. They do not want to run the risk of being rejected or hurt if someone else disagrees with them.

Others have the attitude that talking won’t do any good, so why bother? They may have tried at some point to get through to another person, and it didn’t work, so they stopped trying altogether.

Some people do not believe that they, as a person, have anything to offer. They do not think that their ideas are worthwhile. They have a low opinion of themselves, and as a result, they withhold their comments and personal feelings.

Hangups and fears such as these keep us at a shallow level of communication. But if we can be freed from these negative and restrictive attitudes, then we can move to deeper, more meaningful levels. There are many different levels of communication between people, ranging from shallow cliches and chit-chat to deep personal honesty and baring of the soul.

 
LEVELS OF COMMUNICATION:

TALKING IN CLICHES is the most common type of communication between people. This type of talk is very safe! We exchange niceties such as, “How are you?”, “How is your family?”, “Where have you been?”, “I like your dress!” etc. In this type of conversation there is no personal sharing. Each person can remain safely hidden behind his screen.

Then there’s the type of conversation in which we simply REPORT FACTS. In this kind of conversation we share gossip and the news of the day, but we don’t commit ourselves as to how we FEEL about them.

“Did you hear about Joy? She’s pregnant again.”

“Really? That reminds me. I think the cat is about to have her kittens.”

But REAL communication begins when we’re willing to step out of our solitary confinement and risk telling others of our IDEAS AND DECISIONS and how we FEEL about them! If a person is to really SHARE himself with another individual, then he must get to the level of SHARING HIS PERSONAL FEELINGS. Sharing heart-to-heart, and not just superficially, helps draw people closer together, and makes us more honest and humble. All deep relationships, especially marriages, must be based on this kind of openness and honesty in order to succeed and grow.

“I really have something on my mind that I need to talk to you about, John!”

“Sure! Let’s go for a little walk together! I always appreciate these times when we can share heart-to-heart.”

 
HOW TO HELP OTHERS OPEN UP MORE!

Most people who are very quiet and withdrawn don’t really want to be that way. They know they NEED to be freer and they don’t really WANT to stay behind their walls, but they need SOMEBODY to be LOVING and UNDERSTANDING enough to help pull it OUT of them. If you’re INTERESTED in people and you LOVE them, then YOU need to learn how to get them to come OUT of themselves and try to respond and to communicate. (Proverbs 20:5; Isaiah 50:4a)

One way to do this is to gently probe and ask specific QUESTIONS. “Well, what do you mean by that? Could you explain that to me?” And if they were to say, “Well, I’d like to but I don’t want to get involved”, you could ask something like, “Well, WHY don’t you want to get involved?” With most people, if you really probe and question and really press them, then usually they’ll eventually come out of themselves and be more specific because they WANT to. They just NEED HELP!

 
THE “SILENT SUFFERERS”:

There are also the “silent sufferers”! Those who hold their feelings and emotions in and suffer in silence because they don’t expect that others would want to listen to all their problems and woes! To suffer in silence is, in a way, admirable, that they are able to take it and suffer on their own. But wouldn’t it be better if they would just honestly ASK for HELP and PRAYER? When you’re suffering in silence, it just makes everybody miserable, because they can usually sense that you’re suffering and that something is wrong, and they become worried about you. They don’t know if you’re upset or angry at them or sick or what! Granted, in some cases it is better to BEAR troubles rather than BARE them! (Galatians 6:5). But in MOST cases, it’s much more healthy just to let it all spill out and let others help you! (Galatians 6:2; James 5:16) It prevents a lot of misunderstandings and gets you some PRAYER and SYMPATHY and all the things that you need and would probably like to have when you’re feeling down! (Proverbs 12:25; 27:9)

In fact, lots of times it really helps to talk about the things you’re going through, even if the person you’re talking to DOESN’T have any solution! Often a person will say, “Oh, it just really helped to talk about it, just to get it sorted out in my mind”. Of course, for a Christian, one of the MAIN benefits of sharing your heart with others is that you can ask them to PRAY with you. You can ask for prayer, and that does a LOT of good! “One can chase a thousand, and two can put ten thousand to flight!” (Deuteronomy 32:30)

 
COMMUNICATION WITH GOD:

One thing that is sure to help our communication with others is if we have good communication with GOD. What kind of level do we communicate with JESUS on? Do we strip away all cover-ups and honestly lay our hearts bare before Him? Or are we like the native woman with the bundle of dirty washing? She had taken it to the riverside with the purpose of washing it, but was ashamed to open it for fear someone would see how dirty it was! So she just plunged the whole bundle into the water, joggled it up and down several times, and then took it home. Wet, but still dirty!

Are we ashamed to bare our hearts before the Lord and others, for fear that they will see what a mess we are? Jesus knows our hearts, He knows our faults and weaknesses and He loves us UNCONDITIONALLY the way we ARE, and not the way WE think we OUGHT to be. (Psalm 139:4) He’s just waiting for us to open our hearts to Him so that He can “forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1John 1:9)

As we surrender and open up our lives to JESUS and tell Him everything on our hearts, we will find it easier to open up to OTHERS! When we KNOW that Jesus accepts and loves us in spite of OUR failures and defects, then this helps us to accept and love and have compassion on OTHERS. This then leads to a desire and a willingness to lend them a sympathetic ear and to want to share our hearts with them and give them the same answers that WE have found in JESUS!

So if you have problems and you have something on your heart, get it out in the open! Talk about it with someone you love and trust! You’ll never have any chance of dealing with the matter unless you get it OUT! There would be far fewer misunderstandings in the World if people would just honestly and openly communicate with one another and be more open about themselves! It may be a little difficult at first, but if you work at it, it becomes much easier! The Lord always seems to bless HONESTY and GOOD COMMUNICATION! And maybe He wants to bless YOU for it too! Why don’t you TRY it and see?

 
 

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Be Enthusiastic!

Based on the writings of David Brandt Berg

free-bible-studies-online-anchorIf there’s anything that catches people’s attention and causes them to take notice of what you’re saying or doing, it’s enthusiasm! The word enthusiasm is derived from two Greek words: en, which means in, and theos, which means God. So enthusiasm literally means “in God,” or “God in us.” Thus the truly enthusiastic person is one who acts and speaks as if he were possessed by God.

God’s Word tells us, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might,” (Ecclesiastes 9:10) and “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord!” (Romans 12:11 NIV)

The same driving passion, the same irresistible compassion that motivated the apostles and martyrs and every great man or woman of God throughout the ages should motivate every child of God in everything they do, everything they say, everywhere they go, with everybody. The apostle Paul summed it up in these few famous and ringing words which have cried out from the heart of every true Christian in every true good deed he has ever done, and for which indeed he is willing to die: “The love of Christ compels us!” (2 Corinthians 5:14)

Regardless of what you may lack in the way of natural talents, abilities, or even material goods, if you obey God’s Word and let Him live in you and through you so that your heart burns with His love, then He will be able to greatly use you and make you a blessing to many.

As a young man, David Livingstone faced an important decision. “I have found that I have no unusual endowments of intellect,” he wrote in his diary, “but this day I resolve that I will be an uncommon Christian.” He “purposed in his heart” to give his all to the Lord, and determined to become an enthusiast for the truth—and he was! He became one of the greatest missionaries the world has ever known.

The British historian Arnold Toynbee said, “Apathy can only be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.”

What greater ideal could anyone have than to bring everlasting salvation and eternal heavenly life to a lost and dying world that is perishing without it? And what better “intelligible plan” could anyone have than that given by Jesus to His followers: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”? (Mark 16:15) As Christians, we should be the most enthusiastic people in the entire world!

The apostle Paul was another of God’s great enthusiasts. Even before his conversion, he showed a great deal of enthusiasm—though with the wrong ideal and the wrong plan.

But as soon as Paul’s eyes were opened, he became an enthusiast for the right side. When others saw his total dedication and enthusiasm for the Lord, they got on fire for God too. The work he started spread Christianity throughout the Roman Empire.

Nothing could quench Paul’s enthusiasm. At one point he testified, “Five times I received from the Jews forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day [adrift] in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from the Gentiles, in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea, and in danger from false brothers! I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.” (2 Corinthians 11:24–27 NIV) Did Paul let these difficulties and obstacles stop him? No! He went right on serving God no matter what hardships or difficulties befell him.

Nothing can stop the man who is on fire for God. He will keep going no matter what, because he knows he is doing the right thing for the right cause and for the One who is always right!

So where do we get such enthusiasm, this inspiration that fills a life with fire and fervor for the Lord? From the Holy Spirit of God! The Bible says, “Our God is a consuming fire,” (Hebrews 12:29) and repeatedly compares His Spirit to a fire or flames of fire. (See Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:3–4; Revelation 4:5) So if you want to be enthusiastic for the Lord, full of His fiery anointing and inspiration, just pray and ask Him to fill you with the power of His Holy Spirit, and He will.

Someone once asked a great man of God what was the secret of his success, and he replied, “I just get on fire for God, and the world comes out to see me burn!”

As Christians, our hearts should be so full of the love of Jesus that we want to overflow and share it with others. You’ve got to be alive and enthusiastic to be able to show others that what you’ve got with Jesus is better than what they’ve got without Him.

Why did people listen to Jesus? Jesus spoke from His heart, from the Spirit, and it brought life; it moved people. It didn’t just tickle their ears, but it reached and touched their hearts. He said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63) The words the scribes and the Pharisees (the religious leaders of Jesus’ day) spoke were well-educated, but they were dry and dead and only brought death. Why? Because they only spoke from their heads.

That’s the difference! You cannot kindle a fire in any other heart until it is burning within your own.

Of course, we should not only be enthusiastic in presenting the gospel to others, but in everything we do. Whatever task is set before us, the Bible tells us we’re to “do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” (Colossians 3:23) In everything you do, even the most menial tasks, you can be happy, inspired, and full of enthusiasm. If you’re asking the Lord to inspire you, He will give you that divine spark of His Spirit that will make every little task a joy!

Let’s get on fire for God by earnestly praying and faithfully reading His Word. Let’s ask for His Spirit to inspire us with the vision of the great things He wants to do through us. And then let’s do our part by putting our whole heart into whatever He asks us to do for Him and others.

Come, let’s set the world afire for God and enlighten the hearts of all men everywhere! “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!”

 
 

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Jesus Loves Me!

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free-bible-studies-online-anchorGive thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.
—Psalm 136:26 ESV

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Occasionally, all too occasionally, I sense the truth of grace. There are times when I study the parables and grasp that they are about me. I am the sheep the shepherd has left the flock to find, the prodigal for whom the father scans the horizon, the servant whose debt has been forgiven. I am the beloved one of God.

Not long ago I received in the mail a postcard from a friend that had on it only six words, “I am the one Jesus loves.” I smiled when I saw the return address, for my strange friend excels at these pious slogans. When I called him, though, he told me the slogan came from the author and speaker Brennan Manning. At a seminar, Manning referred to Jesus’ closest friend on earth, the disciple named John, identified in the Gospels as “the one Jesus loved.” Manning said, “If John were to be asked, ‘What is your primary identity in life?’ he would not reply, ‘I am a disciple, an apostle, an evangelist, an author of one of the four Gospels,’ but rather, ‘I am the one Jesus loves.’”

What would it mean, I ask myself, if I too came to the place where I saw my primary identity in life as “the one Jesus loves”? How differently would I view myself at the end of a day?

Sociologists have a theory of the looking-glass self: you become what the most important person in your life (wife, father, boss, etc.) thinks you are. How would my life change if I truly believed the Bible’s astounding words about God’s love for me, if I looked in the mirror and saw what God sees?

Brennan Manning tells the story of an Irish priest who, on a walking tour of a rural parish, sees an old peasant kneeling by the side of the road, praying. Impressed, the priest says to the man, “You must be very close to God.” The peasant looks up from his prayers, thinks a moment, and then smiles. “Yes, he’s very fond of me.”

—Philip Yancey

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As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you. …

I know you through and through. I know everything about you. Each hair of your head is counted. There is nothing unimportant to Me about your life. All these years I have followed you, and even in your strayings I have always loved you.

I know each of your problems, I know all of your needs and all of your wants, and yes, I also know all of your sins. Still, I will repeat again that I love you, not because of what you have or haven’t done, but because of you yourself, for the sake of the beauty and the value that My Father has given you, creating you in His own likeness. That value that you so often forget about, that beauty that you have covered with sin. I love you as you are, and I have poured out My blood to win you again. …

I care for you, more than you can even imagine—even to the death of the cross for your sake.

I thirst for you. Yes, this is the only way that I can express to you My love. I thirst for you, thirst to love you and thirst after your love. You are very precious to Me. I thirst for you. Come to Me, and I will fill up your heart and heal your wounds. I will remake you into a new creation, and even in all your trials will I give you peace. I thirst for you.

Never doubt My mercy, My desire and will to forgive, My yearning to bless you and live in you. I thirst for you. If in the world’s eyes you are of little importance, that means nothing. In this world, I have no one more important than you. I thirst for you. Open up to Me, come to Me, thirst for Me. Give Me your life and I will show you how much you mean to My heart.

It doesn’t matter how far you have strayed, it doesn’t matter how often you have forgotten Me, it doesn’t matter how many crosses you are able to carry, there is just one thing that you have to remember that is true, that will never change: I thirst for you, just as you are.

—Jesus, speaking in prophecy, as penned by Mother Teresa

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The Bible tells us, “God is love.” (1 John 4:8) He is not a cruel tyrant, not a monster who is trying to frighten everyone into hell, but a God who is trying to love everyone into heaven! He’s so close, so intimate, so personal, so loving, so kind, so tender, so gentle, so concerned. He is the great Spirit of Love who created you and me and this beautiful world and the entire universe! To show us His love and to help us understand Himself, He sent His own Son to earth in the form of a man—Jesus Christ.

God loves you so much that He gave His most priceless possession, the most cherished thing He had for you, Jesus, “that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) He shared His love with the whole world.

God is pictured in His Son, Jesus, a man who loved everybody, even the poorest and the worst of all. He came for love and lived in love and died for love that we might live and love forever. His death brings life, forgiveness, and eternal joy to those who love Him in return.

He loves you dearly, more dearly than the spoken word can tell! You can never understand the love of God. It’s too great, it passes all understanding. You just have to receive it and feel it with your heart. (Ephesians 3:19)

—David Brandt Berg

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For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
—Romans 8:38–39 ESV

 
 

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The Millennium!

Compiled from the writings of David Brandt Berg

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When you pray the Lord’s Prayer, have you ever really thought about the part, “Thy KINGDOM COME, Thy WILL be DONE on EARTH as it is in HEAVEN”? (Luke 11:2). We who know and love the Lord ALREADY have Heaven in our HEARTS, thank God, but is there really much Heaven on Earth today? No! There is mostly confusion and selfishness and unhappiness and war and fighting and Hell on every hand!

But one day soon, the Lord is going to wipe away all of today’s Hell on Earth and He’s going to set up His Own Kingdom of peace and goodness and fairness and mercy and love! Then His Kingdom won’t only be in our HEARTS, it will be all AROUND us! God’s Kingdom really IS going to come in ALL of its power and glory, right here on EARTH! And THEN it’s at last going to be “on EARTH as it is in HEAVEN”!

But BEFORE Jesus’ wonderful Kingdom is set up on Earth, there are some other things that have to happen: First, the evil ANTICHRIST World leader and his kingdom of the DEVIL will come to power, and the last part of his reign will be a time of trouble called the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21), when the Antichrist and his forces will be fighting against God’s children. But we will keep preaching the Gospel and doing mighty miracles to protect ourselves from him and his evil, Christ-hating Red forces! (Revelation 13:7; 11:3-5)

Then Jesus will return “in the clouds of Heaven, with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30), to RESURRECT and RAPTURE all of His children, and we will all join Him for the wonderful Wedding Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, while the wicked anti-Christ people back on Earth will be suffering the awesome WRATH OF GOD! (Revelation 19:7-9; 16:all)

They will finally gather together under their Devil-possessed Antichrist leader to try to crush all their opponents–entire religions and nations who have refused to worship the Antichrist or receive his Mark of the Beast! (Read about his wars against his opponents in Daniel 11:21-44.) Just as the Antichrist’s armies think they’re about to win, WE will come riding down out of Heaven on flying Heavenly horses to RESCUE those resisting the Antichrist! We will return to Earth to win the biggest war that ever happened: THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON! (Revelation 16:14,16; 17:14; 19:11-15). In this gigantic BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON, the forces of GOD will win a glorious victory over the forces of the DEVIL and his Antichrist Devil-man and his whole wicked kingdom! Not a single one of the Mark-of-the-Beast-branded members of the Antichrist’s kingdom will survive into the following Kingdom of Christ on Earth! (Revelation 19: 19-21). It is THEN, after this big battle, that we, the saints of God, along with our King, Jesus Christ, will take over this World and set up the Kingdom of God on Earth, to RULE it and RUN it the way it SHOULD have been run if Man had obeyed God! (Revelation 5:10; 20:4).

This amazing period of God’s Kingdom on Earth is called the “MILLENNIUM”, which is an old Latin word meaning 1,000 YEARS. Which is exactly how long this period will last–for 1,000 years! The Bible says that all those who were resurrected and raised to meet Jesus at His Second Coming will be very blessed during the Millennium, because “they shall be PRIESTS of God and of Christ, and shall REIGN with Him a THOUSAND YEARS!” (Revelation 20:5-7)

During the entire 1,000 years of the Millennium, the DEVIL will be chained up as a PRISONER and held in God’s prison, the bottomless pit! For a thousand years he will no longer be able to bother us and no longer be able to lead the other fallen angels and evil spirits across the Earth to bother Mankind! (See Revelation 20:1-3)

JESUS Himself is then going to rule the Earth in Person, and we will help and rule and reign WITH Him! He will reign from shore to shore, and we, His children, will no longer be the poor, persecuted few as we are today! We, together with the resurrected Christians of ALL ages, will then number in the MILLIONS and the BILLIONS, and we are going to RULE with Jesus over the remaining good people. These people, even though they weren’t saved, resisted the Antichrist and refused his Mark, therefore God mercifully allowed them to live through the Antichrist reign, and even survive the following period of the Wrath of God and the Battle of Armageddon! They are the “blessed” whom the Bible speaks of in Daniel 12:12 who live on into the Millennium.

All the evil Gospel-rejecting people who received the Mark of the Beast will have been slain in the Battle of Armageddon, but MILLIONS of people will live on into the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ where they will have their chance to hear and know the Truth under the loving rule and reign of Jesus Himself and us, His resurrected followers! MULTITUDES will turn to Jesus in those days!

Under the mighty and powerful rule and reign of Christ and God’s children, there will be no wars and the World will be ruled fairly and well with true fairness, freedom, peace, plenty and happiness for ALL! The Bible says, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more!” (Isaiah 2:4)

Just think, there will be NO more WAR! No more weapons of the wicked or horrible fighting or bombing or killing like there is in Man’s World today! In that day, when JESUS is King and WE are His law enforcers, they will remake their weapons of war into tools of peace! Praise The Lord!

During the Millennium, all of US, God’s saved children, will have new, powerful, supernatural RESURRECTED BODIES! But the REST of the World–those who were blessed enough to live through God’s judgements on the World and the Battle of Armageddon into the Millennium–are going to still be in their old NATURAL bodies. So life is sort of going to go on as usual in a lot of ways for THEM! A lot of them will live almost like they are living NOW: They’ll still have to grow food and make clothes and live in a normal natural World, the SAME World they’re living in NOW! Only all the BIG cities, industrialisation and pollution will be destroyed! Everyone will live much more naturally and close to the land, as God INTENDED Man to live!

One big difference is that the CURSE which came upon Man and on the Earth because of Man’s sins will be partly LIFTED, so that a lot of things will be a whole lot better, thank the Lord! The Earth will be almost like it was during the days of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden BEFORE they sinned and God had to curse things to punish them. (See Genesis 2:8-15; 3:17-19.)

We who love Jesus now will be like SUPERMEN then, like Angels of God, with new miraculous bodies that will NEVER get hurt, weary, weak or sick! But even the normal EARTHLY people that we will be ruling over, who will still be in their natural fleshly bodies, will have much less disease and sickness. It says that anyone who dies at 100 YEARS OLD will be thought of as just a CHILD! (See Isaiah 65:20). People will again live to be hundreds and hundreds of years old, just like they did before the Flood! Some people back then lived to be nearly a thousand years of age! (Genesis 5:27).

The Bible says that not only Man, but ALL of Creation will be made free from most of the Curse and EVERYTHING will be much better than today! (Romans 8:19-21). It even says that “the wolf shall lie down with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the baby goat; and the calf and the young lion will lie together also; and a little child shall lead them! And the cow and the bear shall feed together; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat grass like the ox. The nursing child shall play on the hole of the poisonous snake, and the toddler shall put his hand on the viper’s den!” (Isaiah 11:6-8). You never hear about a wolf lying down with a lamb today, do you? Unless the lamb is INSIDE the wolf! Or a leopard lying down with a little baby goat? They usually lie down with the goat inside of them too! And what about the calf and the lion together? Usually the lion is tearing them apart and eating them! Neither have you heard about a LITTLE CHILD leading them all! The day is coming when there will be PEACE between Man and the animals and you’ll be able to call them by name and they’ll come playfully running to you like your PETS, like a dog or a cat does now!

All the animals will eat only plants and vegetables and fruit, and they won’t hurt each other or us! Isn’t that beautiful? And Man won’t eat them for meat either! “For NOTHING shall HURT nor DESTROY in all My Holy Kingdom!” (Isaiah 11:9)

And do you know how the normal Earthly people will TRAVEL during the Millennium? On horses, camels, donkeys, wagons, sailing ships and things like that! Because all that will be left is what GOD has created and given Man to use, GOD’S creations and Man’s GOOD inventions, which were good enough for the World for almost six thousand years before they ever heard of anything else!

Just think! There won’t be any more stinking cars or trucks belching out smoke and fumes and killing people, or any big smokey stinky factories! They’re not going to have any more evil machines and motors that destroy things with all their smoke and oil and pollution and evil weapons! The World is going to go back to animal transportation and carriages and wagons! They’ll sure be THANKFUL for the animals THEN! For moving large and heavy loads of materials, food etc. they’ll even use SAILING SHIPS, powered by God’s Own good clean winds and breezes!

WHY do you think the Lord is going to have this 1,000-year rule of His Kingdom on Earth over normal, natural men? Well, it will give a CHANCE to be saved to all those who survive and live into the Millennium who never really got to hear the Gospel or know the Lord during THIS life. Especially lots of CHILDREN and YOUNG PEOPLE who never had a chance, and also lots of NATIVES in the deepest jungles and hard-to-reach places and “closed countries” who never heard. It will give them all a chance to hear and see and know the Lord! During the Millennium, EVERYONE will be reached with the Good News of Salvation! “For the Earth shall be FILLED with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea!” (Habakkuk 2:14). How do the waters cover the seas? COMPLETELY!

It will be much EASIER for people to believe and receive Jesus during the Millennium, because they will be able to actually SEE Him and His mighty power and have PROOF that He is real! Instead of just believing in the Lord and accepting Him by FAITH as we do today, they will then be given the chance to believe by actually being able to SEE the Kingdom of God and Christ on Earth and His Saints in power and ruling the World! But, like “Doubting Thomas” in the Bible, they will probably not be BLESSED as much WE who are NOW believing and receiving and obeying by FAITH alone, WITHOUT seeing! (See John 20:29.)

The Millennium will most likely be the time when God gives a FIRST chance to a lot of people who DIDN’T HAVE a chance before, because the CHURCH failed or maybe even WE failed to give them all the Gospel! EVERYONE on Earth will SEE the Lord’s glorious power and Kingdom, and EVERYONE will believe THEN! The Bible says, “No longer shall every man teach his neighbour and his brother, saying, `Know the Lord’, for they shall ALL know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them.” (Jeremiah 31:34)

We won’t have to say “know the Lord” then! Because EVERYBODY will be able to SEE Him and they’ll ALL know Him! But they won’t know Him as well as WE do, because we ALREADY know Him in THIS life and are learning to love Him and live with Him and serve Him NOW. So it will undoubtedly be part of OUR job to TEACH them and TRAIN them in the ways of the Lord!

Even though there won’t be any unbelievers then, there will still be some UNRECEIVERS, sad to say! Even though they will SEE the power of God and the people of God and the Kingdom of God and the Son of God personally ruling the Earth, there will still be some WICKED people who WON’T like it, who will refuse to submit to our loving rule!

Can you imagine? All men on Earth will have the chance, under Jesus Christ Himself in person, to learn to do good, and will have every advantage under our loving Heavenly administration, yet some will still wilfully, defiantly REBEL. Isaiah 26:10 says, “Let FAVOUR be shown to the WICKED, YET will he NOT learn righteousness; in the Land of Uprightness (the Millennial Kingdom of Christ on Earth), will he keep on behaving UNJUSTLY, and REFUSE to behold the majesty of the Lord!”

In fact, at the END of the Millennium, God is going to TEST all of the Earthly people to see who has really RECEIVED Him and who has REJECTED Him. He will let the Devil out of prison for just a short while, and all of the REBELS will follow the DEVIL again and try to fight against all of the GOOD Earthly people who have received JESUS and His Kingdom! But the Lord will be so ANGRY with them that He will just get RID of them once and for all and burn up them and the whole surface of the Earth in a flood of fire called “THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG”! (Revelation 20:7-9; 2Peter 3:7,10)

All of the people who received Jesus will be spared, and God will then reform the melted surface of Earth by creating a NEW Earth, which you can read all about in our “HERE’S HEAVEN” article! (Revelation 21:1; 2Peter 3:12,13). So another purpose for the Millennium is to serve as a time of SIFTING, to sift the good from the bad, so when it comes time for the final “Great White Throne Judgement” at the end of the Millennium, they will have clearly made their choice and be either worthy of Heaven or Hell. (See our article, “Heaven, Hell and In-between”.)

Many of the people during the Millennium will still be so stubborn and slow to change that they’re STILL going to disobey, even with the Devil gone, and the Bible says that we will have to rule over them with a ROD of IRON! (Revelation 2:27; 19:15). It’s going to be a FORCED rule, a strong iron rule over the rebellious and disobedient. It will HAVE to be, or else MANY people would NEVER obey!

Thank the Lord, we’ll have great SUPERNATURAL powers which will make our job of ruling them easier, powers like you’ve seen in some science fiction movies! We’ll be able to just LOOK at them or THINK or point our finger at them and they will be frozen, pushed back and stopped from doing evil or completely destroyed! And they won’t be able to touch us or do a thing to hurt us!

We will be like the ANGELS of God: Able to appear or disappear whenever we want, fly from one place to another as fast as we can think it, or have such a rod of God’s power that, if we need to, we can smite God’s enemies and rebels with the lightning of God! So there’ll be very little crime or evil, no more riots and no more war! Just total peace under the government of the Lord, in which you and I will be His SUPERMEN with SUPER-POWERS!

The Kingdom of Jesus Christ in the Millennium will be a PERFECT Kingdom, a PERFECT government, with anointed rulers YOU! YOU’RE going to run it! The Lord said that He would make you a ruler over many cities! You can rule a CITY or a whole COUNTRY or a whole CONTINENT, whatever you are able to handle, depending on the TRAINING you’ve ALREADY had and depending on your FAITHFULNESS and your OBEDIENCE to the Lord while HERE and NOW!

Jesus said that “He that was faithful with very LITTLE, will be faithful also with very MUCH.” (Luke 16:10). He even said, “Because you have been faithful in a very LITTLE, I will make you ruler over TEN CITIES!” (Luke 19:17,19). We’re going to rule real, down-to-Earth, Worldly cities, countries, nations and continents, and teach and train real, physical, down-to-Earth people just like you and I are now! It’s all going to be very REAL, and it’s all going to actually HAPPEN!

But it seems like the Lord has so FEW Christians today who really give all their lives to Him, forsaking all to Jesus, really loving Him and only wanting to do what HE wants, that He will probably have a hard time finding enough people to fill all the jobs that will need to be done! Thank God He will be able to use a lot of those faithful ones who have gone on BEFORE, all the millions of dedicated Christians from past ages who will be there with us, as well as good people of the Earth.

There are going to be all kinds of grades and classes and levels of Christians! I’m sure the great Prophets and Apostles and heroes of the Bible and of History, who were so faithful to the Lord in their lives on Earth, will be trusted with a lot of big jobs in the NEXT life! And just where each of US is going to be and just how much each of us will be trusted with will depend a lot upon how FAITHFUL we are to Him and the job He’s given each of us to do HERE and NOW!

Right now WE are in TRAINING for the days when we will rule the Earth! But before we can do that, we must first learn to rule OURSELVES! So God is now having us train and practice for what is going to be the real thing, and how well we do NOW is going to have a lot to do with how well we will do in the FUTURE.

So remember, everything you’re being TAUGHT NOW and DOING NOW and the DECISIONS you’re making NOW and the LESSONS you’re learning NOW are all a part of your SCHOOLING and your TRAINING HERE AND NOW so you can be greatly used by the Lord THERE AND THEN! If not, a lot of what we’re doing now would be a big waste of time, except for what little we get done HERE, which isn’t very much compared to what we will do THEN! So let’s really try to LEARN our lessons TODAY and learn to be faithful and obedient servants of the Lord NOW so He can TRUST and BLESS us with a place of blessing and usefulness to Him and others TOMORROW, in the beautiful Kingdom of God on Earth during the Millennium! When YOU and I will RULE and REIGN with our King of kings, JESUS!

Are YOU preparing NOW to RULE with Him when He comes?

 
 

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Ditching Ruts and Taking Flight

Words from Jesus

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I’m in the business of helping you to make your good better and your better best. I want to help you to take the good things in your life and improve them and make them even better. But if you never take the time to think about these things, maybe because you consider the way you go about it a good thing or “good enough,” a set thing or something that works well for you—then you’ll lack the motivation to strive for something better.

When you’ve found a rhythm that works for you in some area, it would only seem logical that it would be My will for you to keep it going. That’s an example of a good habit, something that is helping you to do the right thing, and you’re probably doing it in the same way day after day. But even something that has worked well for you can still be improved when change is introduced from time to time.

Variety and change often build experience and growth, which are important for your spiritual life. New experiences that increase your faith in what I’m able to do through you help you to realize that you’re capable of more than you thought you were.

How can you tell whether something has become a rut in your life that might be holding you back from trying new things, gaining experience and growth? Obviously there are bad habits and besetting sins that clearly have negative consequences. Those are pretty easy to recognize. But there are also routines that can, if left alone, eventually pose a problem or stifle your growth in some area.

Some indications of this type of “bad rut” are:

  • If you don’t know why you do it that way; it’s just how it happened or how you’ve always done it.
  • If it’s perpetuated because doing things a new way seems too difficult, or you’re afraid of what it will cost, or afraid you won’t be able to learn the new way.
  • If it’s so hard to learn something new or do something differently, if it throws you off kilter and you become stressed and edgy because there was a disruption in your routine, then you may have gotten into a rut.

When you identify a rut that fits the definition of a bad rut, then getting out of that rut with a positive dose of the new is not something “nice to do” or to change just for “change’s sake‚” but rather vital for your growth and fruitfulness. You don’t want to get to the end of your life and lament the fact that you’ve hardly ever changed and done new things—whether in your mindsets and attitudes that kept you from being fully used by Me or in your physical surroundings when you could have improved things and benefited from changes that could have been catalysts to growth and progress.

Seek Me about where you might be stuck in a rut and be open to change as needed. I can guide you and help you to break out of ruts that stifle your growth. I am the best rut-breaker of all time. Call on Me to help you smash any chains that hold you back, and I will help set you free.

 
Take flight

Ruts can be bad for your spiritual life because they make it harder for you to go in a new way, a new direction. Ruts generally yield stagnation. They keep you from moving forward, and they keep you from seeing and embracing new possibilities for growth and development. Ruts keep you from reaching your full potential.

When you’re stuck in a rut, you may feel like you’re moving forward and gaining ground, but you may be going in circles, boring deep grooves in your life without really making forward progress. Maybe because you’ve gotten into a rut as to how you operate, you’re held back, you’re hindered in your progress, and you won’t be able to move forward in some area.

You are meant to soar the skies, charting new terrain, and seeing the world with My bird’s-eye vision of faith and hope. But if you’re stuck in a rut in certain areas of your life, then you’re not reaching this full potential. If you want to fly high in My skies as you are destined to, put your ruts behind you and be on the lookout for the new ways that I want you to operate. Leaving your ruts behind will better your life and make your service for Me more of a joy and a blessing than a struggle or a strain. The new methods I show you, the new things I show you, will be for the purpose of making your work run much more smoothly and your personal life blossom more beautifully.

Ask Me today what ruts might be holding you back from reaching your full potential. I will lead you into all truth, and I will help you to break those chains and chart new paths that lead you forward and take you farther for Me and My kingdom. Then ditch the ruts and don the wings! My skies of fresh ideas and newness of spirit wait to embrace you. You were made for flight; let’s reach your full potential!

 
Embracing new challenges

It’s tough to change the things that have become second nature to you. But when these things are holding you back, they need to be countered, challenged, and overcome. That’s what makes change so difficult‚ but so wonderfully challenging—you are defying the very elements of human nature in habits that bind you to doing things in the same way. You are altering your course to head in a new direction that will bring forth fruit and growth.

So don’t ever feel that overcoming ruts and bad habits is not worth the effort. It is worth every tear shed, every ounce of effort spent, and every difficulty. This brings to life the fighter in you. It is breaking loose from the ties of routine, of characteristics, of what you have come to believe are unchangeable elements of your personality or circumstances, and it is making a decision to turn around and go in a new direction that will move you forward.

The determination to break the chains of bad habits and ruts can bring out the best in you, for it causes you to rise above the circumstance of comfort and search out a new route—a new challenge in life—and as difficult as it may sometimes be to leave behind the old, the promise of better things ahead becomes a compelling force, a reason to live.

 
 

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Makings by Breakings!

Compiled from the writings of David Brandt Berg

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For those of us who know and love Jesus, our whole experience in this life is like a great SCHOOLING. The LORD is our Teacher Who wants to teach each of us all we need to know about Him and His Love, salvation and service, and to help us to be yielded to Him and obedient to His Word.

God knows that none of us will ever be able to really accomplish anything for Him and His Heavenly Kingdom in our OWN strength. In fact, Jesus said, “Without ME you can do NOTHING.” (John 15:5) But the Bible says that we “CAN do ALL things through CHRIST!” (Philippians 4:13) If we will simply YIELD to the Lord and be truly WILLING to be whatever God may want us to be–not what we are, but what GOD wants us to be–THEN He can mightily use us!

Of course, to become willing, yielded and submitted to the Lord is not something that we learn overnight. It takes time, it takes breakings, it takes suffering. And it takes lessons and experiences that make us desperate and cause us to draw closer to Him.

The list is almost endless of all the men in the Bible whom God had to humble BEFORE He could use them, of all the leaders God had to bring down to the depths before they could stand to be exalted–lest they would have taken credit to themselves and not given God the glory!

Look at JOSEPH! Of Jacob’s 12 sons, he was his father’s favourite. His elder brothers finally became so jealous of him that they nearly killed him, threw him into a pit, and then sold him into slavery! But that’s what the Lord USED to humble him. Joseph had to be made a slave and a prisoner and be condemned as a criminal before God was able to exalt him to become the saviour of His people! (Genesis 37,39-41)

And look at MOSES! For 40 years he was groomed in the very courts of Pharaoh, and rose to become the second most powerful man in all of the mighty world empire of ancient Egypt. The Bible says he was “educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians” (Acts 7:22), but God could not yet use him to lead His people to freedom, for he was full of the ways of the WORLD and not the ways of GOD. Moses had to be BROKEN first, and God allowed him to become a FUGITIVE from Pharaoh, and he had to spend 40 YEARS in the wilderness doing nothing but tending sheep, before he was finally broken and humble enough for God to use him for the task He had designed him for! (Exodus Chapters 2 & 3)

And consider King DAVID, the greatest king that Israel ever had: When he fell in love with Bathsheba, purposely had her husband killed in battle, and then tried to lie and cover up the entire crime, God had to completely EXPOSE him, HUMBLE him and severely JUDGE him! And he soon was driven from the throne by his own traitorous son, Absalom. (2Samuel Chapters 11,12, & 15)

But was David’s fall really a fall DOWNWARD, or a fall UPWARD? God’s way up is sometimes down–USUALLY in fact! Just the opposite of what we think! And David was humbled, and the whole kingdom was humbled, and they were all reminded that it was only the LORD Who made them great! And from that squeezing and twisting of David’s life came forth the sweet honey of the PSALMS, and the fragrance of His praises to the Lord for His mercy!

The great, brave and mighty prophet, ELIJAH, was able to call down fire from Heaven to confound the false prophets of Baal and to prove that he was right! (1Kings 18) But after slaying hundreds of false prophets, he panicked and ran away from one little woman, the wicked Queen Jezebel! Hiding out in the wilderness, he became so discouraged that he wished that he might die! But there in his time of desperation, this prophet of fire and thunder became a meek little man who learned to listen to the still, small voice of God! And he became a much better, humbler instrument in the hands of the Lord. A prophet who fearlessly returned to face not only the queen, but the king and all of their soldiers!

And look at the Apostle PETER! He swore to Jesus, “Though all others forsake You, I am ready to go with you both to PRISON and to DEATH!” (John 13:37; Luke 22:33) But just a few hours later, when Jesus was seized by the Temple guards and hauled before the Jews’ religious court, some people outside of the building recognised Peter and pointed him out as a friend of Jesus. Peter vehemently denied that he even KNEW the Lord, cursing and swearing that he had no idea what they were talking about! (Mark 14:66-71)

As he was denying the Lord the THIRD time, Jesus, Who was being led by His captors to another part of the building, turned and gazed upon Peter, and Peter remembered how he had sworn that he would never deny Him. The Bible tells us that Peter then “went out and WEPT BITTERLY”. (Luke 22:62) Was this the END of Peter’s service for the Lord? NO! It was shortly after this humiliating defeat, this great failure, that the Lord used Peter to become the leader of the Early Church!

Or consider the great Apostle PAUL: He was a prominent Jewish leader, known as Rabbi Saul, and had personally taken it upon himself to put an end to the fast-growing sect of the followers of Jesus of Nazareth. Journeying by horseback to Damascus, where he intended on capturing, imprisoning and executing as many Christians as he could find, God had to literally knock him off of his horse and BLIND him with the brilliant light of His presence! Trembling, helpless and blind, the great Rabbi Saul had to be led by the hand into the city where he was so astonished that he was unable to eat or drink for three days! A disciple of the Lord then came to give him God’s message and pray for his eyes, and Rabbi Saul was converted and became the great Apostle PAUL! But God had to humble and break him first, and make him a NEW MAN before He was able to use him! (Acts 9)

So even if you don’t always understand WHY you’re going through tests, trials, hardships and breakings, remember, GOD knows what He’s doing! He knows all the purposes and reasons behind each test, trial or trouble.

He promises, “ALL things work together for GOOD to them that love the Lord!” (Romans 8:28) He is not going to allow ANYTHING to happen to you, His child, except what is for your GOOD! Of course, we often feel like, “My goodness! A LOT of things happen that don’t look very good to ME!” But sooner or later you will find out that somehow or another they WERE good for you!

You will find that God gets some of His GREATEST VICTORIES out of SEEMING DEFEATS. Victories of yieldedness, brokenness, humility and utter dependence on HIM, which you MUST have if you’re going to be what GOD wants you to be! So take heart from these examples from the Bible and don’t be discouraged when things seem to go all wrong and your hopes are disappointed.

EVERYONE who has ever been of any real use to the Lord, had to first be broken, humbled and brought virtually to the END of THEMSELVES. Otherwise, they would be too proud and self-confident in their own flesh ly talents and natural abilities, and would take the glory to THEMSELVES if God were to use them. This is why He chooses to use the WEAK things and the FOOLISH things, “that NO FLESH should glory in His presence!” (1Corinthians 1:25-29)

GOD does not always see things as WE see them, “For HIS thoughts are not OUR thoughts, neither are HIS ways OUR ways” (Isaiah 55:8,9), and He does not judge or reward us according to our success or failures, but according to our FAITHFULNESS. In Heaven one day He’ll say to those who are true to Him, “Well done, My good and FAITHFUL servant!” (Matthew 25:21) He won’t say My “failure servant”, or My “successful servant”, but He’ll say, My “FAITHFUL servant”!

So above all, stay FAITHFUL to Jesus! And remember, your SEEMING DEFEATS can become great VICTORIES for the Lord if you will humble yourself and learn the lessons He is trying to teach you, like these men in the Bible did.

“For all these things happened unto THEM as EXAMPLES, and were written down as instructions to US, on whom the ends of the world are come!” (1Corinthians 10:11)

 

 

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