Posted in The Inner Room

When someone writes to me, for quite some time I've thought of sharing with everyone the things I say back to them. Cos his/her problem is almost certainly gonna be someone else's problem too! And while I'm "not here" - I've already written the reply, so no extra work to just pop it here as well!

Here's the first one (names and places may have been changed to protect the guilt... err, innocent! *hehehe*)

Thanks for writing, sweetie! And expressing how much you care about us. THANKYOU!!

I don't call all the stuff we and you and others are experiencing 'nonsense', even though I sure understand why you called it that! Cos IF satan really is messing in our lives when he shouldn't be, AND we're not managing to close him down - then I'd certainly call THAT 'nonsense' (or maybe an even stronger word!!)

But other than that, what's happening in our lives IS WHAT GOD WANTS! Let me see if I can explain. Would you say that Paul the Apostle was likely the greatest Christian who ever lived? I would. And here's what HE says about hardships:

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

He takes PLEASURE in all those HARDSHIPS!!! Is he KIDDING?? NO, he's not. He takes pleasure in them - FOR CHRIST'S SAKE! That's the key!!

And notice how he handles the hardships: "For when I am weak, then I am strong," he says. But what does that mean, for goodness sake? It's really quite simple: when I try to be strong, I will fail every time. However, when I truly and honestly admit to God (this is not easy to do) that: "LORD, I CAN'T DO THIS!!!" then I'm saying that I am weak. I'm confessing my weakness - and stopping trying to succeed in life on my own - and THEN, but not BEFORE then, God can help us! So... in allowing myself to be WEAK, God will give me STRENGTH! Do you get it? (Please ask if it's not clear enough, no problems.)

Here's another passage written by Paul - deliberately placed there by God to make absolutely CERTAIN that we 'get' that He will not just ALLOW hard times for those who love Him, but He will ENSURE that we experience exactly those we need, in order that we may grow to be like Jesus!!!!! - wow, I just love that!!...

4 But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,
5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;
6 by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,
7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true;
9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed;
10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

There are nearly 40 things set down there! I guess that if we don't get it after THAT, then maybe we never will! Hardships are not only part of life, but especially are they part of God making us the people He saw that we could be, even before He created the worlds! Isn't that simply awesome!!

And here's the solution, the secret, to all of this: what we need to do is change our ATTITUDE to hardships!! Instead of seeing them as bad and to be avoided at all costs, rather for us to accept them AS FROM HIS LOVING HANDS. Working towards making this major attitudinal change can begin a life-revolution for you! Start doing this NOW, and in time you can learn to even REVEL in hardships as I now can and do. Why/how can I do this? - hey, THAT'S GOD!!!

Lots of love to you!

- BM and his Lady

Gospel for Asia