Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hope you Don't have Troubles, Loneliness, Heartache or Pain this Christmas Season, but if You Do...

"Let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator." 1 Pet. 4:19

If you do, there is a Comforter standing by to help you right now. I am so sorry for anything negative at all that you might be feeling or experiencing at this time. Is there something I can pray for you about? Please feel free to email us or to simply inject a comment below. 

When ya hurt, believer, just know that God cares and is doing a greater work in you, a work that can only come about as you continue to lean on Him, regardless of the circumstances that surround you.  Want to rest with peace inside? Sure you do. Meditate upon certain Scriptures that address the need. Continue to have honest fellowship with Christ, without demanding an explanation from Him. Place the sovereignty of God right next to His huge unfailing agape love, and then your heart can really rest.

"Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering.. The love of God did not protect His own Son.. He will not necessarily protect us - not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process." ~ Elisabeth Elliot

"All born-again people are in training for rulership. Since the supreme law of that future social order, called the kingdom of God, is agape love, therefore their apprenticeship and training is for the learning of deep dimensions of this love. But deep dimensions of this love are only learned in the school of suffering. Purity is one thing, and maturity is another. The latter comes only through years of suffering. If we suffer, we shall also reign - because where there is little suffering, there is little love; no suffering, no love; no love, no rulership." ~ Paul Billheimer

"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.." Heb. 4:15

Amazing concern and charity! Reverse this statement, yeah, put it in the positive and it reads: For we do have a high priest who can indeed be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.

Good news for any of us? Yes! Jesus is always sympathetic in just the right way. He is our high Priest and lovely Savior..completely human, yet without any sin.. and cuz of His great Love, the sacrificial work of His priesthood was finished for you on Calvary's cross (that's unlike what false teachers still teach).

‎"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." nlt

"We all know people who have been made much meaner and more irritable and more intolerable to live with by suffering: it is not right to say that all suffering perfects. It only perfects one type of person...the one who accepts the call of God in Christ Jesus." ~ Oswald Chambers

"When you and I hurt deeply, what we really need is not an explanation from God but a revelation of God. We need to see how great God is; we need to recover our lost perspective on life., Things get out of proportion when we are suffering, and it takes a vision of something bigger than ourselves to get life's dimensions adjusted again." ~ Warren W. Wiersbe

Man, I have the best Savior who reached out to all He could. He is right there with you now. Do you have a relationship with Him during this Christmas season - His birthday. And I have the best wife in the whole world too. Liney has been so busy this Christmas season delivering food and ministry to the sick and to some of our elderly neighbors. When I observe her in action, her selflessness always challenges me to the core. 

The bottom-line is this, many people around us are headed to, yeah going to hell in a hand basket if you will and many others feel that they're already in hell right now. We are sometimes shocked by how some people are even making it, when outwardly we might not have noticed their struggle. We've all heard how "getting out of yourself while in trials and looking for someone worse off to minister to".. for their benefit.. is helpful. Well, it's really true. Christmas ain't really about what's under the tree, it's about Him who selflessly died up on a lonely tree..for you. So reach up, and reach out. Pray and ask God who, how, when and where He would lead you to minister to another person in need. 
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