The Truth About The Christian Life
by Gary Koen
When I ask many people what they want God to do for them, they say, I want to be happy! Whatever that means, the Bible does not promise you a happy life. Some one said teach your kids to suffer well. Some ask the question why bad things happen to good people? They don’t, because if only God is good , and all things work together for the good of those who love God, then all things that happen to good people must be for their good!
What is real prosperity? It certainly isn’t being a fat financial cat! Solomon was the richest man who ever lived – yet Jesus said that a greater than Solomon is here – referring to himself. God blesses you so you can be a blessing to others – Gen 12:2-3. Jesus never hoarded any wealth yet he met every need that confronted him – that is prosperity – the God who is more than enough. He feed 5000 then 4000, he raised Lazarus from the dead, he cast seven devils out of Mary Magdalene and 2000 out of Legion, and he healed the lepers and preached eternal truth that set people free – with unheard of authority.
On the contrary Jesus promises you a tough, difficult and hard challenging life that will put spunk and character into you! John 16:33 In the world you will have trouble but be of good cheer I have overcome the world. Matthew 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straightened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.
Paul writes in Phil.3:10 I want to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings. Sufferings = to die to yourself and all selfishness. This is where we submit to the circumstances in order to gain from them. No pain – no gain!
Paul writes in Romans 5:3 – rejoice when you run into problems and trials, they help us to develop endurance – strength of character – finally confident hope of salvation.
James 1:2 in the Message – Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colours. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you can become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
In Acts 14:22 Luke writes – Any-one signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through hard times. GOD USES CIRCUMSTANCES TO PERFECT HIS CHILDREN – what’s new? My father used his belt on me because he loved me.
Think of Job – apparently the whole book encompasses about nine months – God put him through it using the Devil as an aid – and at the end God doubled all he had. Job never lost his family they have been together for probably three thousand years.
Joseph was hated by his brothers – sold as a slave – unjustly thrown into jail – and when he was ready became Prime Minister of Egypt. Daniel went into a lions’ den and came out unscathed. The three Hebrew boys went into the fiery furnace and came out for promotion
Seven times in the first three chapters of Revelation Jesus promises rewards to over comers.
Top athletes and sportsmen train hard to succeed. A survey proved that the most successful people were not always blessed with a high IQ – they brutally disciplined themselves to the point of pain in order to succeed.
Are we becoming drop-outs or overcomers? How long have you been grappling with this issue? It’s time to move on or you will die with it!
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