In the Name of WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING TO ME: Suffering In Christ

What in the world

I felt led to share on this topic for the past few weeks so here it is.

Have you ever been in a place where is seems like  all Hell is breaking lose and you feel when God when?Why God Why ? I know I have. I have gone through seasons where test and trials began to make me harden my heart and despise what was going on. Then one day I read Deuteronomy 8 and it gave me so much peace and a sense of  relief. I got the answer to my WHY.

We all have probably heard or quoted Deuteronomy 8: 18 “Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath ” as it related to our finances.  This verse is the Word of God and it is apart of God’s will for our lives, however  it is important that we read the entire chapter to get the proper context of the scripture ( this goes for any other verses in the Bible as well– we have to know it for ourselves). Knowing the Word in context increases our faith and gives us understanding. The word that works is the word we believe, have faith in and understand. We don’t want to displace our faith ignorantly. For some time I was under the impression that if things are not going in a way in which I expected then it must not be God’s will or that I must be doing something wrong. The verse says that God gives me the power to get wealth, but at the time I wasn’t really seeing any increase in the wealth category Quiet frankly, things were pretty tight.  I had believed God for and I didn’t see it happen.  Business deals were not closing, no calls for auditions, nothing I was in faith for was manifesting. It was just me, the Lord, and my bible.

Proverb 13:12 tells us that “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”

Disappointments can bring on bitterness. Your heart is literally sick. This made me not want to dream anymore.

So then one morning I’m going down my list of prayer points and faith confessions and the Holy Spirit lead me to read the entire chapter of the book of Deuteronomy 8. And my my my when I read.

 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”  – Deuteronomy 8:5

THE RUN DOWN OF DEUTERONOMY 8:

–      Be careful to obey the Lords commands. Written in bible and the Holy Spirit convictions in your heart.

–      Remember your wilderness season in your season of harvest and abundance

–      Pass the test to prove your character **TRIED & TRUE**

–      God disciplines those who belong to him so REJOICE

 Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good.” – Deuteronomy 8:5

–      Walk in the ways of the Lord

–      Walk in the Fear of the Lord

–      Don’t bow down and/or compromise

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke. –  Proverbs 3:11

This study helped to clarify the concept of seasons. In our Christian walk there are wilderness seasons where God is allowing us to be tested. It is a myth to think that everything is always going to go our way. Something don’t go according to our own plan for our protection. God can see the entire picture while we can only see the here and now.  When we understand this principle we go from being idealistic to realistic.  We will suffer for Christ. We will suffer in our flesh, because our flesh wants a quick fix. Our flesh wants to have its own way immediately

 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.  – Lamentations 3:24

1 Peter 4: 12-13  says,  “ Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.  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.”

THE BIG WHY: …..wait for it…..wait for it….

God disciplines us and takes us through the wilderness to test our heart.  So… WHEN he does give us the promise land we won’t become proud, cocky, conceited thinking it was our own wisdom and strength that acquired abundance.  (Deuteronomy 8:14). He humbles us and tests us for our own good. God doesn’t want to give us anything that we will end up worshiping and forget all about him once we get it. This can be in any area of life, whether is money, position, a spouse, a child. God test our heart to see what’s really in there. How we respond to the test in the wilderness will let him know if we are really to handle what he has in store for us. Also during these times of feeding only on the manna that God provides allows us to get closer to him. When we are in need we seek God a lot more, because we are literally depending on him for everything.  The test of time also will reveal our real motives.  Why do you really go to church? Why do you really want God. Do you only want his presents and not is presence. Do you want the gifts of God , but not delight yourself in him. Do you really have a heart for obedience to God or are you pretending because you think God can get you what you already wanted? Are you using God as a means to your own end? Why do you desire what you desire, are they Godly desires or selfish ambition –read more on this here: Lean on God for Understanding  

 He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good. He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy. Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath. – Deuteronomy 8:16-18

All in all if you are indeed born again in Christ Jesus, don’t expect the promises of God without the process. You will be tested, trial will come, but remember that the Lord deliver us from them all (Psalm 34:19). Stay FAITHFUL.

FOR EXAMPLE: OUR FRIEND JOB

When the devil came and stripped everything Job had, a faithful servant of God, God allowed the devil to do it to prove that Job would still be faithful to him. Job didn’t know why he suffered so he complained and questioned God’s wisdom. In Job 42, he finally rested in God, and humbled himself submissively. Job did not let  what he saw around him destroy his faith and God restored all that he lost.

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