... Faithwoman's post here. I really thought your F-A-L-S-E was good! And I know you are meaning hardships that you've put YOURSELF through in the flesh - because we WILL have hardships in the Spirit! JOHN 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. So Promise #1 from the Lord Jesus: as a Believer you WILL have HARDSHIP in this world!! Promise #2 from the Lord Jesus: But I have overcome the world (from which the HARDSHIPS come) - so stay positive, confident, and even cheerful! More on this in a moment.
ON SIDE #1 OF THE COIN: I just love what I once heard someone say: "I had hardships before I became a Christian. When I got saved they got worse; and when I got filled with the Spirit worse still!!" If you're new to Disciple! and The Inner Room that may freak you out!! But please don't let it!!! Jesus has OVERCOME the world. God is totally in charge at all times. Put yourself FIRMLY in His mighty hands, and nothing, that's NOTHING, can ever clobber your spirit, and thus clobber YOU!! Yes, this all DOES have to be learned, by experience, as you walk with the Lord!! The clear message here from the Lord is that tribulation and hardships ARE the normal Christian life!!! That is, if life's always pretty easy for you, you should be concerned!!
ON SIDE #2 OF THE COIN: BALANCING up hardships are all the BLESSINGS we get - too many to be counted! - that the earnest Christian receives from a LOVING GOD! He's never going to be IN YOUR DEBT! WE will always be INDEBTED to HIM! The more you are PREPARED to go through hardships, ACCEPTING THEM FROM HIS HANDS, working towards NOT complaining about them, and seeking the power and ability from the Holy Spirit in you to learn how to ENDURE them, the faster you are going to grow as a son or daughter of the Most High!!!
But let's take a careful look at some of the BLESSINGS that DO BALANCE our life hardships as Believers: we get absolute ASTONISHING things in our lives like:"PEACE that passes understanding", "if the Son shall make youFREE you shall be FREE indeed", "the LOVE of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given to us", "These things I have spoken to you, that My JOY may remain in you, and that YOUR JOY may be full. And I could keep going on and on and on!! We are blessed beyond measure. HERE'S THE RULE FOR YOU TO REMEMBER ALWAYS. Jesus speaks to us (through Paul): 1) "Share my sufferings NOW." 2) "Share my GLORYlater!" (click) Romans 8:18. And you're NOT going to have 2. without 1. Clearly this involves a quite MAJOR PHASE SHIFT in our THINKING. The sooner you do this, the sooner you'll be growing towards maturity.
- BM (with his Lady)