Tag Archives: Scripture

Persecution and Suffering…For What?!? (Part 5)

As we have seen in the previous posts, it is becoming the last days!  We can know this due to what we see from Scripture and what is happening in our world today!  Things are growing worse, people want teachers who will only tell them what they want to hear because they really don’t want to hear the truth.  We have people claiming to be Christians because they said a prayer, they go to church, they think they’ve kept the 10 commandments, they’re good and moral people, they’ve given to charities, they’ve become a social gospel missionary, or they simply think that God has to accept them because they think their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds.  They don’t read the Bible and don’t really know what the Bible says and don’t want to know what the Bible says!

Everyone quotes the worn out mantra of, “Don’t judge lest you be judged,” when you try to tell them what the Bible actually says, little realizing they have just judged and the Bible does give true believers leeway of  “judging righteous judgment,” and, “by their fruit you will know them (speaking of whether or not a person is judged to be a true believer).”

As we continue on, it only gets worse in our country as well as elsewhere.  People don’t want to hear the truth about themselves because they are lovers of themselves more than lovers of God.  They tend to think more highly of themselves then they ought so we will continue to see things grow worse towards true believers.  The Bible even goes on to say in Philippians 1:28-29, “and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.   For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

As we see the persecution and suffering intensify, the questions need asking:

  1. Why am I suffering?
  2. How should I respond in times like these?
  3. Why is it that those who do what is right are the ones who are treated with the most hatred and anger?
  4. What should be my response during a time of persecution and suffering?
  5. It’s so easy to become bitter and angry at the Lord while I am going through this time.  How can I keep from doing that?
  6. Where does it say in Scripture that there will be persecution and suffering in a true believer’s life?
  7. I’ve been told over and over again that God has a wonderful plan for my life if I just accept Him into my heart, how do you justify your beliefs with Scripture?
  8. Why is it that Christians tend to persecute other Christians or that’s what it seems like?

If you have other questions about persecution and suffering feel free to ask them or if you have anything you would like to add that follows what Scripture has to say.  In my next posts, I will be addressing these questions and anymore that might be added!

To be continued…

Advertisements

Abiding in Christ (Part 1)

The first problem I see within the lives of Christian women is the lack of abiding in Christ. John 15:4 says, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” In James 1:25 we find this verse put in a different way but still meaning the same thing. “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” Let us look at the word abiding. Abiding means to stay in a given state, place, relation, or expectancy, to continue, endure, dwell, be present, remain, or stand. Continue means to stay near, to be permanent, or to abide.

I also am quite interested in the word: looks. This has such an interesting meaning. Now when we talk about looking at something, we are normally talking about glancing at that thing and that’s it. Many times children will say, “Look, Mom!” The Mom looks at whatever it is for a few seconds then goes about her business. This word – looks means to search intently, lean over so as to look within, look into, stoop down.

For instance, how many of you have contact lenses or know of someone that has contact lenses? Have you ever seen them lose one (or lost one yourself)? I don’t wear any but I have seen contact wearers do this very thing.

“Don’t move anyone! I dropped my contact lens and it’s down here somewhere!” and they search intently (and stooped down) for that contact lens until they find it. This is exactly what we are supposed to be doing! We are supposed to search intently, look within the ‘law of liberty’ or what we know as the Bible. It is important that we study what the Bible says. We can abide in the Bible through

meditation of Scripture,
memorization of Scripture,
reading of Scripture

I will share more another day. For now, let’s see how we can implement these things into our lives.