The Mystery of Suffering – Part 3

From the very beginning God planned to send His Son, Jesus, to reconcile sinful people to Himself. His purpose involved Jesus’ own suffering on an unimaginable scale, culminating in His death on a Roman cross. We can’t begin to imagine the pain and humiliation He suffered on our part. No one in history has suffered more intensely. Laying aside His privileged position to share our humanity, Jesus paid the ultimate price for us all.
      Jesus knows and understands each one of us for who we truly are. All our weaknesses, along with all the temptations natural to the human condition, are no surprise to Him. By personally taking part in human suffering He has provided us the supreme remedy. As the Bible says, “We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”

Worship is Warfare

Worship is warfare. It defeats the enemy. Go out and do some damage to the kingdom of darkness today. Worship with everything you’ve got. I will defeat your enemy as you praise Me. I will reroute your foe as you give thanks. Lift up your voice. Cry aloud, sing, praise, shout for joy, for I am your Mighty Warrior. I am your defender. I go before you to make your path straight. Believe Me. Stand in the midst of your enemies and praise Me even when you don’t feel like it. I am your Warrior King who goes before you and defeats your enemy.

Weakness

My child, I know your weakness, I understand your struggles. I took on the form of a human so I can relate to what you are going through. I love you even though you sin. I pursue you even when you don’t pursue Me. My love for you is endless and everlasting. Never think that I am mad at you. I am mad about you. 

Abide In Me

My child, you don’t have to worry or be anxious about what the future holds because I hold the future. I hold you in the palm of My hand. If you remain in Me, then I will place you where I want you. So don’t fret, just learn to abide in Me, believing that My plan is unfolding as you walk in obedience with Me. Believe Me My child. Your future is bright. Make the most of the now. I will take care of the rest. 

My Word

O My child, listen to My Word. For in My Word there is life, wisdom and joy. My Word is your food. You need it more than natural food. Come and I will reveal mysteries and show you My kingdom. You will live in the super-natural world when you eat and drink of the super-natural food of My Word. Immerse yourself in it. Believe it. Meditate on it and memorize it. For My food will not only satisfy your soul it will make you alive and fruitful. When you spend time in My Word, you are spending time with Me. I will speak volumes to you if you take the time to listen. For My Word is powerful, living, active and sharper than a two edged sword, piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

The Mystery of Suffering – Part 2

We are all destined to suffer in this life; it’s unavoidable. But why do some have to suffer so much more than others? One answer may be that suffering is not necessarily an evil in God’s eyes. He uses suffering to draw those who are seeking truth to Himself. Security, prosperity and the pursuit of pleasure frequently do just the opposite. People who have everything they could ever want are often miserable to the point of burying themselves under destructive obsessions in their attempt to escape reality.
       Even more to the point, the horrific level of suffering found in this world isn’t God’s doing at all. People bring most of it on themselves, since rejection of God’s purpose sets the stage for evil to flourish. As evil people gain control over the lives of others, suffering is unleashed on an unbelievable scale. It can always be traced to back sin.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

Hard Work

My child,  you want something that only comes from hard work and much discipline. If you want to be good at something, you have to work at it. It will not just come naturally or fall in your lap. To master a craft it takes time, knowledge, discipline and practice. Too many people are taking the easy way. They want comfort over success, pleasure over hard work. Set your heart and mind on Me and I will lead you in the way you should go. Will it be easy? No, but it will be worth it. Do not grow weary in doing good My child, for in due time you will be rewarded. 

Intimacy

My word for you today is Intimacy. This is what I desire from you most. Stop all the ‘doing’ today and just ‘be’ intimate with Me. Listen to My hearts cry for you in John 17. My desire is for oneness. Come to Me My child and rest today. Rest your mind, your emotions and your body. I am here to be intimate with you, to embrace you and to pour out My lovingkindness on you despite any of your flaws or failures. Let Me love on you today. Embrace intimacy with Me today. Your Father who is crazy about you.