01/17/15 Persecution and Tribulation ~ He’s There

John 7:37 (KJV) 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

John 7:37 (KJV)
37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

Philippians 2:14-16

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

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La Biblia de las Américas

Haced todas las cosas sin murmuraciones ni discusiones, para que seáis irreprensibles y sencillos, hijos de Dios sin tacha en medio de una generación torcida y perversa, en medio de la cual resplandecéis como luminares en el mundo, sosteniendo firmemente la palabra de vida, a fin de que yo tenga motivo para gloriarme en el día de Cristo, ya que no habré corrido en vano ni habré trabajado en vano.

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James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

2 Thessalonians 1  (KJV)

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:

Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Testimony of Tribulation and the Strength of Christ:
Homing in on one particular trial my family went through and is the proverbial “financial” tribulation we all have experienced at some time in our lives.  We were new to the area and still getting our bearings all the while trying to stay afloat financially.  I was the sole bread winner and mother and the father all wrapped up in one.  How this came to be is another story in it’s self.  It seemed to me at the time this was a curse on my family lineage that just would not go away.  I traveled around this forsaken mountain so many times that the Hebrews children would look at me and think:  “And we were rebellious towards God had no faith.”   My family and I were going through financial and family issues at the time.  My personal break down came when an eviction notice was put on our door.  On top of the emotional stress of raising two boys alone and working two and three jobs (all part time due the current economy) and dealing with their emotional needs; I hit rock bottom and the day came!  I just broke down in the kitchen on my knees crying out to God in the name of Jesus:  “Father help me, I can not go on like this and you are the only one who can deliver us from being put on the street.  Please help!!!”  Long to short, in crying out in prayer and immersing myself in scripture and alone time with my Father; He showed me my short comings and “lack of faith.”  I was trying to do all and to be all in the flesh in my own strength.  I had been rebellious in not trusting God to be our Provider in areas of our lives and my Faith was challenged by the spirit of oppression and anxiety.  My Father showed me how to increase my Faith, to stand strong in His Word and how to be a warrior for His sake.  He has a plan for me and my family to serve Him and Him alone.  He showed me to reach out to communicate with management where we live and he showed and confirmed in His Word the funds would be provided by His Hand.  Praise God!  So, I reached out and explained the dilemma we were in and ask if management would work with us and they did.  The Lord provided the funds needed and showed us we needed to downsize and how to better manage our budget.  It was in God’s grace and mercy He heard my prayers of desperation and pleading and blessed us with a gentle voice of love to have Great Faith, patience, trust, and alone time with Him so He can feed us spiritually!  His Holy Spirit leads us into all Truth and convicts us when we teeter to the left or to the right.  We all have trials and tribulations we have endured.  I tell you the Truth that Jesus Christ will hold you in these times and in times of rejoicing my friends.  It is in His strength, guidance and the Word of God that we go forward in this world to do the Father’s Will.  God’s Word is sharper than a two edged sword:
Hebrews 4:12 [Full Chapter]

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedgedsword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Psalm 149:6

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