call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
I praise and thank God for where I am right now ! I’ve read about my Sisters and Brothers Praising God in The Middle of being made(through pain and suffering) ,but there is nothing like experience, nothing like it . My sister has been through terrible pain quiet awhile and while she talked to me about the terrible pain I could not feel it like she was experiencing it. Then early Monday morning something happened, I’ve been having pain from arthritis before but this pain level was like a 12 or more to me whew! As I was reminiscing with my sister she said that’s the kind of pain I’m going through, while I could see the expression of her pain on certain day’s, the feeling wasn’t there . But God is so good and awesome in the middle of pain until it’s truly mind blowing! I have new medication now praise God and the pain is not as extreme, but what I’m learning even more is that God is with me in this, there is purpose in our pain God set it up that way. As you can recall there are many scriptures concerning the process of pain and in fact Jesus himself endured much pain and rejection so He truly knows what it is like to be a human being.
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
1 Peter 2:21 NLT
Establishing and strengthening the souls and the hearts of the disciples, urging and warning and encouraging them to stand firm in the faith, and [telling them] that it is through many hardships and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
Acts 14:22 AMP
And this is part of the purpose
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:4-5 NLT
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Romans 8:28 NLT
There is no comfort like the Lords, but after going through some pain and difficulty we can identify with others and show mercy. It’s called sciatica and to much pressure on my right foot causes me to squirm! I’m also learning that you can see dirt at different places in a wheel chair 🙂 🙂
Love in Christ Pat
In the midst of our trials and tribulations we do feel alone and even forgotten by God! But we must remember God is working things out for us even when we cannot see or understand. Joesph was faithful to God and still ended up in a difficult place,being in the center of God’s will will not keep the pain and suffering away. But God has the answers we need. Joesph never gave up on God,and God didn’t give up on him he kept all of his promises,and God will treat us the same if we remain in faith. Through all of the things Joesph went through God had a plan,and he has plans for us..
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.(ESV)
God has not nor will He ever forget us!
15 Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
16 Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.(ESV )
23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Yes the cupbearer forgot Joesph but God did not! It’s amazing how our start can be so bad but because of God’s unconditional love and His grace and mercy our ending is bright like pure gold! Great Is His Faithfulness,hold on God’s timing is everything.
Love in Christ Pat
6 “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. 7 Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’
8 “The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer.
Let me work on the ground let me dig around it and fertilize it. The digging and fertilization in our lives is our trials and tribulations, Jesus uses these tools to break up our fallow ground so that we can bear much fruit. Digging is a process and it takes time to get that ground ready, just picture in your mind the soil being chucked with shovels and picks, painful picture right if the soil could feel.We do feel the blows that our trials and tribulations bring! But God knows what the ground needs to produce fruit and He knows what we need to produce fruit . God is coming after what He has put in us for the good of others and to build up strength and character in us. All of the good fruit God has in us is so that we can shine like pure gold and we know how it sparkles! 🙂 grabbing the attention of others. As we know all fruit trees don’t bear the same fruit and neither will we. All fruit trees have there season and so do we, so don’t beat yourself up or your brothers and sisters, it takes time and much work to get good fruit popping! Jesus is the Vineyard Keeper and His work in us will come forth, did He not say stay connected …
John 15:3 (NLT)
3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
Jesus has made many great promises to us that believe and He will surely fulfill them. In spite of all of our pain and suffering here God has a perfect place prepared for us,and as we keep our minds on Jesus we will be able to handle the pressure. After all we have not been called to suffer as Jesus did,praise God! He endured knowing what was in front of him so can we.
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Our good fruit will come forth! Hold on and Don’t Give Up! Thank you Father for being long suffering and patient with us Amen!
Love in Christ Pat
We are all going through or coming out of a trying situation,just a little more encouragement to lift your spirit,God has not nor will He ever leave us!
Suffering for Being a Christian
12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
14 So be happy when you are insulted for being a Christian,for then the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. 15 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. 16 But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!17 For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? 18 And also,
“If the righteous are barely saved,
what will happen to godless sinners?”
19 So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.
I hope you have a wonderful week!
Love in Christ Pat