Victorious Faith

August 17, 2014


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SCRIPTURE

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

~I Peter 5:6-7, NLT

QUOTE

Daily living by faith in Christ is what makes the difference between the sickly and the healthy Christian, between the defeated and the victorious saint.

~A.W. Pink

my two cents worth.

We cannot expect to walk in victory unless we know what we believe and why we believe it. The key to doctrinal soundness is a daily study in God’s word. Everything begins with knowing God… He is mighty {Sovereign}. God is in control: He either makes it happen or allows it to happen but nothing just happens. God is loving and kind. He is the God of GRACE who cares about you personally. God is righteous. He always does the right thing and at the right time.  As His child, you may suffer for awhile but you will be restored and your last state will be infinitely greater than the first. There are four things to keep in mind when we suffer:

  1. We must remember that Christ suffered and in a way we will never have to suffer. He suffered the guilt of all the sin of the world. We will never know how much it cost to feel our sins upon the cross but He knows; He bore the weight of them all.
  2. We must remember that there are others around us who are suffering. Whatever you are going through, you are not alone. A.B. Simpson said, “I never had a trial, that God did not point me to some poor pilgrim who was going through the same thing and needed some encouragement.” Suffering has a tendency to introvert us but if we can stop thinking of ourselves and look around, we will see someone who needs our help. If we are not careful, grief will make us its prisoner and eventually, we grieve over our grief.
  3. We must remember that our suffering is temporal…Sorrow may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning.
  4. We must remember this: [1] We suffer but our suffering is nothing compared to Christ suffering; [2] It is nothing compared to what we deserve; [3] It is nothing compared to our reward {2 Corinthians 4:17…The short-lived pains of this life are creating for us an eternal glory that does not compare to anything we know here.}

Ten Clichés Not To Use When a Friend is Suffering

  1. Suck it up…be a man!

  2. Who said life was fair?Just grin and bear it!

  3. Life is not a bed of roses!

  4. It get’s darkest just before dawn!

  5. Roll with the punches and don’t let them see you sweat!

  6. Hang in there like a hair in a biscuit!

  7. Get a grip…grow some skin!

  8. Don’t worry, it will all work out in the end!

  9. Let go and let God!

  10. God bless you!

What is wrong with using Clichés when a fellow believer is hurting?

  1. Clichés are trite, banal, meaningless over time, not original and usually not from the heart.
  2. Clichés are cheap. Words are easy but the suffering brother/sister may not need words. He or she may need an ear, someone to listen. They may need intervention: someone who is willing to spend time and money to help them.
  3. Clichés are hypocritical. They may sound spiritual but they are quick and easy ways for us to distance ourselves from the person and their problem.

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  • If Luther Roberts was still on this earth and was able, he would pull every single tomato plant I have up. I sat out over 50 and half of them died. We have been getting pitiful looking tomatoes all summer and none bigger than an apple, more like a tangerine. Gary Garner has been bringing us tomatoes that 3-4 inches thick. I wouldn’t dare tell Luther but they are bigger than the ones he use to grow and Gary’s cantaloupes are also delicious. Thank God for Gary!
  • It’s been a difficult three days but I am feeling much better. I have a ton of things to do and have not be able to do them. It really makes me think about those who are shut-in. Being able to work is a great blessing. The grand children are waiting for me to build them a tree house but it may be a while before I can climb.
  • No Deacons meeting today.
Festival Of Hope with Franklin Graham, Pittsburg last night!

Festival Of Hope with Franklin Graham, Pittsburg last night!

Gospel Wrapping

Gospel Wrapping

 

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