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kingdavid123's SoundClick blog - The Redemptive Power of Suffering in Christ
Text: Philippians 3:8-11
We cannot always fully understand the things we suffer because divine purpose is not always fully understood. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9. Out of all our sufferings we learn that there is safety in trusting God’s word to accomplish his will for our lives.
Trail and tribulation are the tempering of faith, the process in which ones faith is matured. Through the furnace of trial and tribulation the believer is transformed, matured and instructed in the righteousness of God by faith. Isaiah 48:10 “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction”. Even though our Lord being the Son of God, yet even he learned obedience by the things which he suffered, Heb. 5:8.
The measure of good gained through suffering is more than worth the suffering involved. Let us therefore offer up our sufferings to God in co-operation with him to achieve his glory and purpose. Phil 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and fellowship of his sufferings”, all things are working to a divine end worthy of sacrificing to get a greater good. In this way our sufferings are offer up to God has a sacrifice and testimony of love. The fellowship of his suffering is a communion in the body of Christ that is redemptive in power. We are made one through suffering together in the power of love.
The pain of suffering can be swallowed up in joy, when love transforms the suffering into sacrifice. No suffering is beyond God’s plan and purpose to redeem and use for his glory. If we partake in the fellowship of his sufferings, we will find the resources within the church as each member ministers one to another in meeting the responsibilities and challenges we face from day to day. We can see our Lord at work through the sufferings of the believer, which is ultimately the suffering of God in Christ transforming all that is evil into good.
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To attempt to protect one from the realty of suffering is to misrepresent life. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all,” Ps.34:19. The Lord did not say the righteous would not cry, but that he would hear their cry. The Lord did not say the righteous would not experience trouble, but that he would deliver out of all their troubles. “Man that is born of a woman is of a few days, and full of trouble,” Job 14:1.
Evil is not stronger than good. For God is good, God along is sovereign. He is able to transform our sufferings into eternal glory. God uses the things we suffer in working out his will for us. Job’s wife tried to get him to curse God and die. Job answered and said “Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? “ Job knew in his heart that whatever God permits God would work out for his glory, Job 2:7-10.
The purpose of God endows human suffering with divine call, Gen. 45:5-9. V8, “So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God. And he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all the land of Egypt.” Joseph knew that it was through his sufferings that God was working out his purpose. The ultimate call of God for Joseph was to preserve the lives of his future descendants. God would raise Joseph from the prison ward to the keeper of Pharaoh’s house and ruler throughout the land of Egypt. Divine call is always the target of much persecution. It’s good to know that God will empower all who face persecution with a faith and trust that preservers.
The Son of Man learned obedience through the things he suffered, Heb. 5:8. We to must learn obedience through the things we suffer. Matt.16:24 Jesus said “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” It is through the path of the cross that we learn obedience. 2 Tim.3:12 “All that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Godly people suffer because of persecution. The consequence of obedience to God is always persecution. If we endure for the sake of the gospel the Lord will deliver.
In order to know spiritual strength in the midst of suffering one must know the truth. The spirit of the truth is the power of Jesus dwelling on the inside. Jesus said “The words that I speak unto you they are spirit, and they are life” John 6:63. It is in the power of God’s word to make all things new, to restore us in the midst of suffering. As we increase in the knowledge of the truth the virtue of the spirit will strengthen in “all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness,” Col.1:11.
Our hearts must trust the wisdom of God’s love, a love and wisdom our minds cannot comprehend. The love of God is beyond any one’s ability to figure out. Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; lean not unto thine own understanding.” The mercy of God is to all who trust him. To trust in the wisdom of God’s love is to know the peace that will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. As we trust in God’s love we will know the peace of God to rule and guide in all trueth.
The blessings of God are closely linked with the sufferings that are of God. “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 2 cor. 4:17. God is able to turn your trouble into a blessing. To know the blessing of the morning, one must get through the weeping of the night. The disciples were beaten with many stripes and commanded not to speak in the name of Jesus. Because they knew that the blessing was closely linked with the suffering they rejoicied knowing they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken, cast down, but not destroyed
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The Beatitudes are a summary of teachings which Jesus continually gave to his disciples. Jesus demonstrated the Beatitudes by the character portrayed in his own life. He showed the world a living faith, fill with virtue and love.
Matthew 5:3 poor in spirit means that one has found sufficiency to be in the grace of God. The man who is poor in spirit will not boast of his talents or attainments, because he knows he has nothing that he did not receive from God. He is willing to confess his emptiness because he realizes that in his self there is no power. Elijah found that it was the lack that set up conditions so that God could act, I Kings 17:12, 1-16. The Laodiceans church felt that they were rich and had no need of nothing. They could not see their spiritual need, Rev. 3:17-18.
Matthew 5:5 speaks of the virtue meekness. Meekness is a disciplined life, Ps. 25:9, a life subject to daily conditioning as a result of being guided and taught by the Holy Spirit. The meek knows how wait upon the Lord, Ps.37:8-11. God will fight for him because he has surrendered everything to God.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled, Matt. 5:6. We spend our money for that which is not bread and our labour for that which satisfieth not, Isa. 55:1-7. You are powerless to give food to a child unless he is hungry for it, Luke 1:53, 46-55. We cannot have what we do not truly hunger for. To hunger is a sign of life, dead men need no food, crave no water. We should desire to be like the river whose power is not produced or contained in and of its self; its power flows through it from the ocean, John 7:37-39. Water will purify and sanctify a vessel as long as it is being poured in.
Matt. 5:9 blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Peace is the work of justice and of forgiveness. A man can be peaceable and a great lover of peace and still fail to be a peace-maker. The work of peace is by the labor of faith and love, being prepared to give everything in toil and sacrifice to make peace. The blood of the cross is the price Jesus paid that we might partake of grace and peace, Rev.1:4-6.
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The Lord’s Prayer is a pattern for prayer. If the Son of God needed to pray; how much more, do we need to wait upon God; True prayer is the result of one’s personal relationship with the father. In prayer we seek to be involved whit the father, not in control are manipulate God the father. The true aim of prayer is the community of believers and the will of God. We wait upon God in prayer for guidance and instruction, Ps. 25:5. Through prayer we can transcend this world and meet God who is beyond the experience of what can be seen or touched. We move up into the Glory of God and put into the ministry of people.
To pray thy will be done is to pray for the power to face and conquer is your trails, Matt. 6:10. Effective prayer is the result of a life given up to the will of God there is also power to fulfill his holy desire. Freedom is by the discipline of the word and commitment in performing the will of God. We know the will of God through his word, Col. 1:9-10. God is transforming my will by his word. Full surrender to the will of God is the secret of all spiritual blessing.
Matt 6:11” give us this day our daily bread” is a petition dealing with physical need. God is a God of love who desires to grant us what we need. If we are to receive the rich resources of heaven, it will be through much faith and patience, Heb.6:12. After Abraham had patiently endured, he obtained the promise, Heb.6:15. By the prayer of faith, according to the word of God we can persevere until the fulfillment of what we ask in prayer comes to pass.
“ Matt. 6:12 for-give us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”. If we will not forgive others, we cannot expect God to forgive us. He who is unforgiving has cut himself off from God. There can be no love for God without love for others. When we forgive others, we can than receive the mercy of God. Human forgiveness must be has unending has divine love, Matt 18:21-22. The path that leads to the highest blessing and fullest communion with God is the path of unselfish love to others.
Matt. 6:13 “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil “. Testing can be a direct call from God, Deut. 8:2. The purpose of testing is to humble oneself and to prove what is in the heart. The trial is the testimony that reveals the truth about one’s self and ones relationship with God. The trying of your faith works patience. Trails are not to be avoided they perfect us, James 1:2-4. Through the trials we experience growth and change, has we yield ourselves to the hand of God, molding us into the image of Jesus.
Matt.6:13 “ For thine is the kingdom, and the power and glory, forever, Amen”. The ultimate purpose of God is to bring praise and glory to his name, Eph. 1:6-14. The Salvation of all who call upon the name Jesus is the ultimate praise and glory of God, v11-12. To hear the word and believe receiving the Holy Spirit, who is the glory of God; God will manifest his glory in our lives, if we yield ourselves in obedience and faithfulness to the word of truth. Only then will the Power of love forever rule in our hearts.
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2 Timothy 2:15 – If you feed upon the word of God, the power of his spirit will enable you to make use of your inherited strength and gifts in Christ. We can grow in grace and knowledge with the continued practice of the truth through obedience to God’s word. We can practice the word of God like a workman without shame. We study the word of truth to know Christ and to make him known to others. Your testimony is a witness of the living word and its power in your life. By rightly dividing the word of truth, our lives will line up with the word of God and we will reap the promises because we have met the conditions.
1 John 1:1-3 – Sharing in fellowship with other believers is important in Christian maturity. Sharing worship, Education, Evangelism and Service will cause the believer to grow in the truth, the wisdom and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus. Jesus shared wisdom and knowledge with his disciples in the living personality of one who walked and talked with them. John 1:1 – “We have heard … We have seen … our hands have handles.” These men were changed by what they saw in the life of Jesus. Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men , that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” A man is molded into the likeness of the lives that come nearest him. A man may make many a friendship to his own hurt. But the isolated life is a greater danger still. The secret of sharing is the secret of all spiritual blessing: the way to get is to give. As we share others are inspired by the light they see.
James 2:14-18 – Through service faith is made visible as we meet the needs of others. What kind of faith is it that will not serve others in the face of obvious need? In prayer we meet Christ. In service we meet people. Prayer leads to a deeper unity with Christ in serving the oppressed. We serve God by serving others. In this way, we lay down our lives to take up the cross. Christian maturity begins inwardly by faith, knowledge, love and suffering. Maturity is outwardly manifested by proclaiming the gospel and serving the world. It has been said that
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Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword,” The word of God is living and active in the life of the believer. The spirit of God’s word empowers one with ability to achieve God’s purpose. It is the creative word of God that gives all things their definition and meaning. John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: The words that I speck unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” The word of God is what frees the believer from the bondage and servanthood of sin.
Psalm 107:20 “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” The truth under conditions of crisis will validate itself by illuminating the situation and healing the condition. It is the Spirit of truth that enables one to know and walk according to the will of God. The will of God is the Universal cause of all things. Whatever God will’s to happen will happen according to his word.
Faith in the word of God brings answered prayer to every problem. John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Faith is greater than anything we face in life. When we act upon the word it is applied in our daily walk. Once we apply what our hears have head we will see miracles.
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The children of Israel are commanded by the word of God to pass over Jordan, to go in and possess great cities. The Children of Israel had received a great promise of God’s protection. By faith Israel would act upon the word of God by passing through the Jordan River into the land of promise. The word of God would perform this great victory, which is a promise that was given to Abraham – But not without their faith being tried. The land was filled with great giants of many different Nations. God commanded Israel to go in the midst of these great people and possess the land. Has they would obey the word of God; God would go in before them like a consuming fire and destroy the inhabitance.
The judgment of God was against the ungodly inhabitance of Canaan. God would make it possible for Israel to drive out the Giants and bring them down in destruction. This victory would not come because of Israel’s righteousness but because of the covenant given to Abraham and his descents. God would prove himself to be faithful in performing his word. Even in the mist of Israel’s unfaithfulness to God, the Lord would bring to pass his covenant.
The Old Testament covenant is a call of God to a chosen people. The New Testament covenant is the call of god by the blood of Christ to all people. The Cross is the beginning of the new and the end of the old dispensation. If we are to experience the benefits of the promises of the New Testament Covenant, than we must answer to the call of God to trust and obey.
Don’t let fear keep you from doing God’s will. By practicing the word of God fear can be conquered. Faith is an active response to the word of God. By faith the power of the word will perform the will of God within and be with you in all things. The peace of God will rule and guide you through every crisis. Trust in his everlasting love. Obey his unfailing truth.
If we yield ourselves to the divine purpose of God, he will perform every promise by the power of the Holy Spirit. We can know the Resurrection Power and Glory of Jesus. Like the Children of Israel, we can overcome our fears by trusting and obeying the unfailing word of God.
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Gen. 45:8 “it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and hath made me a father to Pharaoh,” God used the sufferings of Joseph has an instrument of redemptive purpose. Joseph was sold for the price of twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmeelites (Gen.36:28). The real sad fact of the matter is that he was sold by his own brothers.
Joseph saw the grace of God at work through the things he suffered. He understood God had brought him to Egypt for the purpose of saving many lives (Gen.50:20). He kept his eyes on the will of God, he found spiritual strength in the mist of his sufferings, through the discipline of his sufferings. Through the discipline of suffering God revealed his perfect will for Joseph. Joseph received the process of suffering and the Lord caused him to grow in power and understanding.
“All things work together for the good to them that love God” (Rom.8:28). It is in the power of God to redeem our sufferings to fulfill his eternal purpose. God’s purpose for them that love him is always good. We may work with God to allow him to bring forth the highest good out of our suffering, or we may choose to resist. If we receive the purpose of suffering, we will receive God’s purpose for our lives in showing forth his eternal glory in this present world.
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Everything that God permits in the life of the believer can be used to glorify God. Romans 8:28 “we know that all thinks work together for good to them that love God.” If we be patient and endure the trials of our faith, we will discover the grace and glory of God. God permitted Joseph to suffer slavery at the hands of his own brothers. Joseph believed in his heart that God had brought him to Egypt with a divine purpose, Gen.45:8. God can turn anything around for his glory.
Sometimes we suffer because God is revealing his purpose through the discipline of suffering. If we receive the discipline of the Lord, it will cause us to grow in strength and understanding. Jesus was asked who sinned in the case of a man who was blind. Jesus told them that no one had sinned but God had permitted this blindness that “the works of God should be manifest in him”, John 9:3. God would heal this man’s blindness that all men might see and know the glory of God.
Job’s loyalty to God was tested. Job’s faith was refined through suffering the lost of everything he was yet faithful to God, Job 13:15. Job knew that in God’s own time his change would come. He was determined to wait on the Lord no matter what. To be loyal unto God in the midst of great afflictions is to know the fruit of patience.
The measure of good which is to be reached through suffering is more than worth the suffering involved. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before him, Heb.12:2. “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning,” Ps. 30:5. The trial of your faith is a precious thing because if we remain faithful to God we will know his praise, honor and glory, 1 Peter 1:7.
The willingness of men to suffer together remains the indispensable condition of being glorified together. “If we suffer in Christ we know that we will be glorified together in Christ,” Rom. 8:17-18. Just has God has raised Jesus from the dead, he is able to deliver us from whatever we face, “For after that ye have suffered a while, the grace of God and the eternal glory of Jesus will make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you,” 1 Peter 5:10. As we partake of the suffering of our Lord Jesus, we know that we have his comfort, consolation and salvation, 2 Cor.1:3-7.
Our focus should always be on the one who is with us and in us, not on our circumstance. Mark 4:35-41 we find Jesus and the disciples in the midst of a great storm of wind, and the waves of the sea beating upon the ship. The ship was now full of water. All of the disciples feared for their lives. Their eyes were on the circumstance; because of this, there heart’s was full of fear. It can be very hard to know that Jesus is near, when we lose our focus. Once the disciples began to focus on Jesus, they called upon his name, he arose, and the wind and the sea obeyed his command, “Peace, be still.”
Fear is a paralyzing emotion that triggers negative thought. Don’t let fear keep you from doing God’s will. Elijah feared for his life because Jezebel was determined to kill him, 1 Kings 19:1-3. Elijah prayed for God to take his life, v4. Through prayer God would strengthen Elijah and he would return with a new revelation and commission, 1 Kings 19:15-16. Prayer renewed his mind and empowered him to perform the will of God.
God has made the things we suffer to be an instrument of redeeming love. Paul suffered a condition that God had allowed so that Paul would not become Lifted up in pride. Through his suffering his soul would be saved, 2 Cor. 12:7. The Lord would turn his hand against Israel so that Israel through the judgment of God would once again be called a faithful City, Isaiah 1:21-26.


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To sow righteousness by being a doer of the word of God will cause you to reap the mercies of God, Hos. 10:12. This is the benefit of sowing righteousness into one’s life. “Break up the fallow ground.” The meaning of fallow ground is land that has been plowed but no seed has been planted. The believer is said to be good ground because he has the ability to receive the word of Christ and bear fruit. The word of God is seed to the sower of righteousness. The promise of more is given to all who sow in righteousness. If we sow righteousness God will open the flood gates and rain righteousness upon us.
Whatever you plant into your life one day it will come to harvest, Gal. 6:7-10. God has set forth the law of sowing and reaping into the universe. You cannot expect to reap were you have not sown. There can be no heaven for the selfish, on love for the unloving, on forgiveness for the unforgiving. Never give into fear or doubt, whatever you sow you will reap, God cannot lie. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
We should take great confidence in the fact that God has appointed a season of reaping if we faint not. Don’t be discouraged by the trouble that comes to hinder. “He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” The wind, the clouds, and even the rain represent the many ways that trouble can come. Always remember trouble is temporary like the wind, the clouds and the rain, trouble is always passing. No storm is meant to last forever. “Behind the dim unknown God is forever watching over his own.”
Let us not be discouraged but with every opportunity do good we should. “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.” Be not deceived God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”” And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you.”
He that sows the word of God is already blessed in whatever he does. Because he is blessed in whatever he does he can be a blessing to others. The word of God is the seed to the sower and it has made him to prosper in whatever he does and where ever he goes. “For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth bud, that it my give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing I were unto I sent it. “
As you sow the word of God into your life it will add to you the blessing of health, and prosperity. “Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Your labor will sometimes be in dishonor; But God will one day raise it up in glory; it is sown in weakness but God will one day raise it up in power. “Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in Victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy Victory?”
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There is only one way to keep a vision alive and that is by being faithful to God, Abraham was such a man. In Gen. 12:1, Abraham is called to leave his father’s house. At the word of the Lord Abraham leaves his father’s house to depart into a new country. God did not say where, but he promised Abraham that he would show him. As Abraham willingly obeys God in the first step, God has promised to show him where to go after he leaves his father’s house. God will unfold his vision for Abraham one step at a time. Abraham had faith enough to trust God in making the first step. God assured Abraham that he would be with him to bless him, so that he would be a blessing to all the families of the earth, Gen. 12:2-3.

We must be patient as God works through the process of time. Sarai was barren for a reason that God had ordained. Sarai acted in an impetuous manner. She wanted to help God out. According to Gen. 16:2, she reasoned with her husband on the basis of what she could not do. So, she had Abraham to go in and have a child by his handmaid. It has always been forbidden by God for a man to have more than one wife. Gen. 2:24: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Sarai would confess her sin in v.5, “ And Sarai said unto Abram my wrong be upon thee; I have given my maid into thy bosom.” This sin would come between Hagar and Sarai. However, God would hear the cry of Sarai’s repentant heart, by restoring a relationship broken by the sin of adultery. God would not recommend abortion, but he would bless the child exceedingly. Isn’t it good to know that God can fix up our mess-ups.

The vision of the Lord is a promise to Abraham that will be fulfilled at a time of divine appointment. Gen. 18:10: “I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.” The word of the Lord is very clear on this matter of Sarah bearing a child in her old age. This vision seems to be utterly impossible. However, God would prove faithful in performing his word. “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” V.14. Abraham and Sarah would once again know the pleasure of love. The word of the Lord said that his everlasting covenant would be upon Abraham and his seed, Gen. 17:7. “I will bless her and give thee a son also of her,” v.16.

When Abraham heard that God was going to make Sarah, who is now 89 years old, a mother (This woman has been barren all of her life), he fell on his face and laughed. Abraham could not comprehend such a thing as this. Even though Abraham did not see it or feel it, Abraham would act upon the word of God. He would embrace his wife, and love her by faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” Heb.11:1. “Abraham was an hundred years old when his son Isaac was born unto him” Gen. 21:5.

If we are going to keep the vision alive, we must be faithful to prayer. Hab. 2:1: “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower.” Prayer is the only way to remain alert. As we communicate and listen to the voice of the Spirit of Truth, God will unfold the vision of his glory manifested in love and power. We must be willing to hear the word of reproof and then respond in obedience. The prophet Habakkuk is concerned about the way in which he’ll answer to God, v.1. Only in a willingness to respond in obedience to the word of God, will God speak.

Let us be faithful to the word of God. The word of God is the visions of glory manifested in the life of the believer, v.2. No matter how great the turbulent storms of life, let us run the race with patience; for our God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Run the race with patience because the vision of Glory will surely come. Run the race with patience, for there is nothing too hard for our God.

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Servanthood
Matt. 20:25-28, 20-23
The mother and her two sons are worshipping Jesus desiring a certain thing of him. Jesus response to their worship asking of the mother,“ What wilt thou?” V.21. Worship is the only sure way of getting the attention of Jesus. “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth,” John 9:31. “True worshippers shall worship the father in spirit and trueth: for the father seeketh such to worship him,” John 4:23. True worshippers of God can always know that it is God who seeks, and desires their worship.
The mother desires that her sons sit next to Jesus in his kingdom, v.21. Jesus told the mother and her sons that he could not do this, because such a thing can only be given by the father. Imagine the jealousy that arose among the disciples when they heard of this request. “When the ten heard it they were moved with indignation against the two brethren,” Matt 20:24.
Jesus wanted his disciples to know that the exercise of dominion and the use of authority over one another would not be like the world. It is the nature of the world to use its power to exploit, oppress and manipulate for personal gain. The system of the world is selfish and it is motivated by greed. Jesus wants his disciples to love in the same way he loves them by using power and authority to serve the needs of others.
“And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant,” v. 27. We are all called to be ministers of service one to another. True greatness and fulfillment comes in serving others. When we truly serve we are giving of ourselves in sharing our time, talents and money with others. This is the way we sow seed. To sow seed you must invest in people. Your greatest return is to see people grow and become all that they can be in Christ.
We are to follow the example of Jesus by loving one another in word and deed. Jesus said “If I then, your Lord and Master, have wash your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet,” John 13:14. Jesus showed his disciples that as Lord and Master he humbled himself to become there servant. He laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. To take up a towel is a symbol of servanthood. Jesus would wash and dry their feet with a towel.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Who being in the form of a God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men; and being found and fashioned as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
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“If any man desires to be first, the same shall be last of all and servant of all,” Mark 9:35. We serve because we want to see others become the best they can be. We serve because we have a sincere compassion for people. Jesus gave his life in servanthood and he says to each one of us “follow me.”
It takes courage to serve others. There is a lot of misuse and abuse in the world in which we serve. It is in the face of abuse that we are called upon by God to take a stand for the right of everyone to be treated with respect and dignity. It is a blessing from God to serve. God created man and put him in the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. Man was created to serve.
(Rom. 12:1-2) It is important to understand our service to God is consecrated by the spirit of the Holy Ghost. The most ordinary task can be done with great dignity because serving others is a way to worship God. Whatever appointment we receive from leadership is through the providence of God. Let us therefore be diligent and faithful to the call to serve.
Our service to God is a type of sacrifice. Serving is to be done in the power of a transformed mind, Phil. 2:5-8. As we feed upon the word of God, the Spirit transforms our lives into holy vessels with the ability to prove “what is good, acceptable and perfect, will of God.”
One of the most important ways to serve people is through the ministry of prayer. Because we desire to give to them far more then it is within our limited resources to give, we look to the power of prayer; to heal the broken-hearted, to set the captives free, to open blinded eyes.
If we are going to serve others we must be willing to share our time, our talent and our money. It’s not enough to pontificate upon great theological virtues. We must indeed answer the call of God in sharing with others. Time, talent, and money is power that God in his grace has given every man a measure. These gifts of grace are given from God to be shared with others. If we share we will grow together in the power of love.
Every believer has been given spiritual gifts for the purpose of building the kingdom of God. It is our challenge in seeing to it that everyone is given the opportunity to share in the work of the church. It is high time that we make use of the valuable gifts that God has placed in his church. Whatever God gives us in the way of time, money and talent should be given back to God as an offering of praise.
John 21:15-17 Jesus ask Simon Peter “do you really love me?” This question seems to have an echo through the corridors of time. Not merely to Simon Peter, but this question is to men and women, boys and girls of histories past and present “do you really love me?” Christian service is a true expression of our love for Jesus.
Sometimes we take our cue for serving from those around us. Peter was concern about what John was doing, v21. We should never base our involvement in the Lord’s work on what someone else is doing. Jesus’ reply to Peter was “what is that to thee?” “Follow me.” It is important to follow Jesus in the grace that he gives and the opportunities he provides.
We must be obedient to the work of God and rely upon him to help us in serving our church and the community in which we live. Never let what someone else is doing hinder you from what God has called you to do. Whomever God has called he will justify and whomever he has justified he will glorify.


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To fear God is to have a sincere respect and love for the word of God. The word of God is from above and his word is above everything. The word of God has given all things purpose and significance. God spoke to the earth without form and gave creation order. If we speak to the darkness of our lives, God will give us light. The word of God will bring form out of void and darkness light, joy out of pain, life out of death.
The word of God is our light in darkness. We can face the darkness without fear because God is with us. “He that walketh in darkness, and hath no light,” Isa.50:10-11. The call of God is to face the darkness with only the light of God’s word. In Matthew 9:27-31, we find two blind men following Jesus. In the midst of their blindness they worship God saying, “Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.” Blindness is the worst kind of darkness. It means that you cannot see at all. You may be facing the worst kind of darkness, but even in your darkness worship God. Don’t let the darkness hinder your worship and love for God. Never let the darkness stop you from believing. No matter what you face continue to believe that God is able, Matt 9:28. These two blind men earnestly believed in spite of the darkness. In their darkness, they would speak the light of faith “God is able.”
We can trust in the fact that God is able. In Romans 4:17-21, we find that God specializes in the impossible. To speak to the darkness is to trust the word of God in the face of any hopeless situation. Sarah and Abraham laughed at the impossibility of God’s promise. God would do the incomprehensible. God would bring life through the seed of Abraham by the womb of Sarah. “He considered not his own body now dead,” Rom. 4:19. Faith doesn’t think on the impossibility of a given situation. Faith considers only what God has said. Once you fill your mind with what God has said, the spirit of God’s word is power to act upon what God has said.
Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean that God won’t do it. Abraham could have given up on God, but he was fully persuaded that what God had promised, God would do. At one hundred years of age, Abraham would walk in the light of God’s word. Sometimes what God has said is all you have. Abraham and Sarah were both dead in body but their faith was alive and strong. Because of faith in what God had said, God would quicken their bodies and do a new thing. Never worry over what you cannot see or understand because God is able. God is not limited by what you see or understand. God is always committed to performing his word.

Speak to the darkness of life and God will bring light out of darkness. If we speak to the darkness, God will bring order out of chaos. Sin entered the world because Adam would not speak the word of God, Gen. 3:6. Satan used the serpent to speak to Eve. The scripture records that Adam was with Eve. Eve was deceived but Adam knew better. Adam would not speak the word of God. Had he spoken to the confusion and darkness of Satan, he and his wife would have overcome the temptation to willfully disobey God. Speak the word of God and you’ll find power to overcome whatever you’re facing. Speak the word of God for Jesus has said, “They are spirit, and they are life.”

Ezekiel stood in the midst of a valley full of dry bones. The Lord questioned Ezekiel asking, “Can these bones live?” Ezekiel answered, “O Lord God, thou knowest.” The Lord said to Ezekiel, “Prophesy upon these bones.” To prophesy is to say what God says. You may be in the midst of a hopeless situation. Speak the word of God for God is able to bring hope to the hopeless, sight to the blind, life out of death, joy out of pain.
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Are you using your Gift?

God has a specific design for your life, and that is that you be holy. God offer up his Son to bear the sins of the world so that we, by his sacrifice, might be made holy unto God. Since God has offer up his Son, we ought to offer back our lives in holiness, Rom.12:1. The world is against everything that is holy. For this is why the writer has said, “Be not conformed to this world,” because the world is fighting and all out war against everything that is holy. The power of God’s word is the weapon in overcoming the world to be all that God has made us to be. “Be ye holy, for I am Holy.” This is the will of God.
If we offer our lives unto God in holiness, he will fill us with his gifts of ministry. Each of us has been endowed by God with the ability to contribute our gifts and talents in building the kingdom of God. Let us not be guilty of hiding our gifts. We should never dodge an opportunity to serve. Instead of dodging, we should recognize the need has as opportunity for God to show forth his love and power.
In the parable of the talents, the Lord gave one five, another two, and gave another one, Matt. 25:15. The Lord required one thing of all his servants, that they use what he had given them. No doubt the servant who had one talent took it out and buried it because he was looking at the fact that someone else had more than he. He probably thought within himself. “What can I do with so little?” Instead of trusting God to do a great thing with his talent, his fear would rob him of every opportunity to work in the service of the Lord, V.25. His fear would rob him of life’s most precious gift, the joy of the Lord.
Each of us must seek to please God by whatever means he gives us. Every believer is valuable to the church and it’s ministry to people. 1 Cor. 12:7 says, “The manifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” Every man has been saved to be used by God in building the kingdom. No matter what your call may be, it is the spirit that unites us in the ministry of the church. We must always remember we are all working for the same Lord, and it is he who works all in all.
We must commit the past the present and future into the hands of God to do with it as he pleases. If we do so God will use our gifts and fill us with his power. We must trust God to do what we cannot do for ourselves. As we wait upon the Lord let us be committed to the work of righteousness. Waiting upon God does not mean that we are standing idle. Whatever our hands find to do we do it as unto the Lord. The believer is able to commit everything to God. For God is in control, it is in his power to give to one and take from another whatever he pleases.
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Trusting God in the Midst of Trouble

The cross stands as the final symbol that no evil exist that God cannot turn into a blessing. This is the power of the God. It is a mystery to the world how God would show forth his Glory on a cross. For had they know it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory. God is working the things we suffer to bring light out of darkness, joy out of pain, life out of death. This is the great mystery of God, to transform the cross you bear into and object of Glory.
We must offer all of our suffering to the transforming power of God. A man was born blind. The disciples ask Jesus who did sin, the man, or his parents? John 9:1-3. Many times we question God in regard to our circumstances. Why sickness, why pain, why loneliness, why should I bear a cross? Jesus offers a very different perspective to the question of suffering and that is what will God do with my sickness? What will he do with my pain to show forth his Redeeming Power? How will God bring good out of the evil I have suffered? How will God bring joy out of pain? Let us through the power of faith trust God to work it out.
The strategy in crisis is not ours, it is God. In every way we must acknowledge the will of God. If we seek his direction, God will reveal what steps to take, what course of action to follow. God is working through our circumstance to perform his word in bringing you out of whatever crisis you face. The desire of God for your life is always peace and the gift of grace. As we seek the Lord in pray, we know that he hears and will answer. “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jer.29:13, 10-14.
The temporal is the instrument of the eternal. Joseph is an example of how God can use your circumstance to show forth his glory. Joseph was hated and envied by his brothers. They cast him into a empty pit to die. God uses the Ismaelites in redeeming the life of Joseph. They would take him into Egypt as a slave. Potiphar saw that God was with Joseph and the Lord had made him to prosper. From the house of potiphar he went into prison because of a false charge on the grounds of rape. In prison God was with Joseph and showed him mercy, gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Joseph would use his gift even in prison to the glory of God. Pharaoh made Joseph Lord of his house and ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
The cross is where we wait for the hope that is against all human hope. We have this hope by faith. I can safely trust my life in the hands of God, for he knows what is best for me. No circumstance is beyond the power of God. “There is no pain that heaven cannot feel, no sickness that Jesus cannot heal.” Nothing can stop the will of God for your life. “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Because he loves me I can trust in his power to keep me.

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The Fellowship of the Cross

I John 3:14 “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethen.” Karl Barth has said that “relationship with one another is the basis of knowing God.” A love of God without love of man is no love at all. I love God only as much as I love my neighbor. The same love that unites the believer in Christ should also unit believers one to another. If we forget our neighbor in our zeal to love God, we will soon forget God as well.
Christian love cares for other people by showing loyalty to them and seeking their good. Faith is always expressed through love. It is love that labors for the well-being of others, to be used by God for the greater good of all. A serving love and a saving faith belong together. In the fellowship of the cross we willingly enter into the sufferings of others to change the social conditions of our communities here and now.
Isaiah 32:17 “And the work of righteousness shall be peace.” Peace is the fruit of harmony and cooperation. In the fellowship of the cross we are called to bear one another's burdens and participate in the struggle for justice and freedom. If we partake in this fellowship we must give up self-interest, self-gain, and self-glory. To walk in the fellowship of the cross with a willingness to suffer in service to God by serving the needs of others.
















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