Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Word Filled Wednseday

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When Bad Things Happen
This is a good study on this topic

The Scriptures speak of three types of "trouble" for the believer:

1) Discipline, judgment, or rebuke from the Lord;
2) tests, trials, persecutions, suffering; and
3) temptations or attacks from Satan.

So is this present trouble the hand of the Lord in direct rebuke, or the promised testing of our faith, or are we being "had" by Satan? We should know, so we can respond accordingly.

  • A.W. Tozer: "As long as we remain in the body we shall be subject to a certain amount of that common suffering which we all share with the sons of men. But there is another kind of suffering, known only to the Christian: it is voluntary suffering deliberately and knowingly incurred for the sake of Christ.

  • "Such is a luxury, a treasure of fabulous value. And it is rare as well as precious, for there are few in this decadent age who will of their own choice go down into this dark mine looking for jewels. God will not force us into this kind of suffering; he will not lay this cross upon us nor embarrass us with riches we do not want. Such riches are reserved for those who apply to serve in the legion of the expendables, who love not their lives unto death, who volunteer to suffer for Christ's sake and who follow up their application with lives that challenge the devil and invite the fury of hell.

  • "Such as these have said good-bye to the world's toys; they have accepted toil and suffering as their earthly portion. The marks of the cross are upon them and they are known in heaven and in hell. But where are they? Has this breed of Christian died out of the earth?"


    Laurie Ann said...

    This was great! Awesome study, too. Happy WFW!

    Samantha said...

    Awesome ! Thanks for sharing, have a very blessed Wednesday!

    Denise said...

    That is soooooooooooo deep.... and I believe that the Father God has an army just like that and they are marching! They are alive and well and they give us courage as we walk our mundane lives day to day,, know that God has called them to march into hell but HE has called us to stand where we are..... All united in the Grace by which we are saved and one having no greater reward than the other...... Warriors all... Saved and headed for heaven!

    eLisa said...

    Thanks for sharing!

    Denise said...

    So powerful my friend.

    Older women likewise teach the younger women...

    • how to love their husbands
    • how to love their children
    • how to be self-controlled
    • how to be pure
    • how to be keepers at home
    • how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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