1 Peter 3:17-22 New International Version (NIV)
17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
Christians living in this world, we will have to go through, if we are going to have to suffer, let us suffer for doing something good instead of evil.
GOD wishes for His church to have mature Christians who can handle going through for Him. He needs people He can make a request and not worry about it getting done because its going to make them look bad or make the wrong impression.
When we become Christians our flesh dies. We do not live to make ourselves look good before other people. That should not be our primary goal. Our primary goal is looking good before Father God. We must realize there are some things that God may ask of us that may make us look a bit crazy to the world. Let us be assured that GOD sees everything and knows everything. We only see and know in part. We believe God will reveal what we need to see and know to perform the task that He is asking of us. We know that God will not lead us astray but will lead us straight to victory every time.
James 1:2-4 New International Version (NIV)
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Whenever we go through trials and tribulations it builds and strengthens our trust in GOD. This is his goal to have people who know that their GOD is able and can do all things anytime, anywhere. That’s the kind of God we serve. He did it in times of old and He is able to do it during our current present time. Where is your faith church? Nothing is too hard for our GOD. He can handle your tough time. He can handle your situation. Turn it over to Him and wait for Him to answer. Do not doubt that He will answer. Know that it is already dealt with. GOD will be answering you on how to handle your difficult circumstance. How can I be so sure? Because He has done so for me many times before. GOD is a prayer answering God.
Isaiah 65:24 New International Version (NIV)
24 Before they call I will answer;
while they are still speaking I will hear.
John 15:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
1 John 5:14-15 New International Version (NIV)
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
Micah 7:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
I wait for God my Savior;
my God will hear me.
God will hear and answer your prayer every single time.
1 Kings 17:21-22 New International Version (NIV)
21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”
22 The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.
Prayers are not always just for yourself. Sometimes our prayers need to be for others. We can show God how much faith we have in Him by not worrying about ourselves but praying for those who may not know that God has everything already under control. This is what He’s looking for. People who have prayed believing that God has heard them and is working on their behalf for what they have requested. While we are waiting for an answer to our prayer we begin praying for our brothers and sisters whose faith may not be as strong. We just continue praying believing that God hears the petition and we wait for the outcome of the prayer. We should never pray and think that God has discarded or thrown our prayer to the side as unimportant. All prayers are important to God. Nothing is tossed or thrown to the side. We are respected and loved by GOD. This is what He wants, to spend time with us. He loves us oh so much. He desires fellowship and relationship with His people. He desires to be close to us; not estranged from Him. He does not want us to be afraid to come to Him.
GOD is enthusiastically passionate about His family. He is attached to His loved ones. He cares deeply for His children. When they hurt, HE hurts. He wants to see his children joyful and blessed. He wants to see us enthusiastically passionate about Him; about spending time with Him in prayer, worship, or praise. GOD loves this. He loves it when we excitedly talk about Him to another person. Okay I know Christianity is not very popular right now. GOD loves us still the same. The devil who is full of deceit and lies is cunning and crafty to portray the church misleadingly. Many people can not stand to be seen as anything but a good person but when we are truly submitted unto GOD sometimes the devil will cause the true Christians to look bad. When this happens we just need to continue to trust in the Lord and let Him handle the situation. We will be exonerated and the truth will come shining forth.
Proverbs 4:18 New International Version (NIV)
18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
Daniel 12:3 New International Version (NIV)
3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
Matthew 13:43 New International Version (NIV)
43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
People don’t be afraid to go through for the Lord. Don’t be afraid to do the things that He asks. Those who are really truly working in God’s kingdom cause great distress to the devil. That is why he causes trouble for you. Just look at the works of Jesus; healing blinded eyes, the lame walking, the dead being raised, healing a withered hand, healing a paralyzed man, healing people with leprosy, restoring a severed ear, and ascension of Jesus into heaven. The devil was really distressed by what Jesus was doing. The devil thought he was getting rid of Jesus when he had him crucified him but Jesus only rose to greater stature and greater glory because he endured the cross. When we go through for GOD, just like with Jesus, that is only going to make us rise to a higher position in God and the church. Jesus trusted that GOD would see Him through and the church needs to trust that GOD will see us through difficult moments also. This is the kind of mindset we as Christians need to have today, whatever we may be facing or whatever we may be going through; believe that GOD will see us through. Amen!!!!!!!!