From Daniel's Desk on 1/3/20
My Title: Suffering - PURPOSE in the PAIN
My Verse: 8 - 10
"8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the Word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with ETERNAL GLORY."
This isn't a game. We are only on this earth for a limited time. God chose THIS time for you. Get busy FINDING the WORK He has PREPARED FOR YOU before He started telling His story! - YOU DO HAVE A PLACE IN HIS GRAND STORY IF YOU WANT TO BE APART OF IT.
Therefore, WASTE NO TIME with things that don't concern you. You've been enlisted, stay focused on the battle. If you're paying attention, you'll see the battle field and where God is calling you to the battle line. - There is great reward and glory coming with your King. The forever will reward faith. To behave otherwise is SOOOO very foolish. - Investing in the fruit of forever will be rewarded in measure. The more you sow the more you will reap. This is wise and true.
Your suffering has GREAT PURPOSE. Die to self. Endure and reign with your King. - Remember He is JUST and He will deny those who deny Him. - Don't get discouraged. You're not Jesus, so when you fail, remember that He is STILL on His throne and He will always BE ON His throne. He is faithful, so run to Him and get back on task! There's no time to lose.
Your actions impact those around you. Remember that. The only way to lead is to lead by the way that you live! Don't quarrel. Flee youthful passion. Keep company only with those that are heading the same direction as you. Call others to join you and invest in them greatly always teaching them to do the same to others. And remember Christ's example when there are those that stand against you. Your love for them may shake them loose from the snare of your enemy.
You are a soldier for Christ. Remember that. There is great PURPOSE in your PAIN. Ever forward.
Find STRENGTH in the GRACE that is in Christ Jesus!
TEACH OTHERS to find the same strength!!! - BE ABOUT DISCIPLESHIP and teach those you are teaching to be about discipleship also!
Share in suffering as a good soldier. Strength is found in unity and knowing you're not alone. You are a soldier for Christ, act like it.
Don't get tangled up in civilian pursuits... his aim is to please the one who enlisted him!
An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. Don't be disqualified. Pay attention and compete to win.
It's the hard-working farmer who gets the first share of the crops. The investment in committing to see seeds grow into fruit is wise and good investment.
THINK over these things because the LORD will give you understanding in them! THE LORD will continue to teach you and apply these in different ways at different times of your life!
Remember, or never forget, that Jesus (who came from the line of David just as promised in prophecy... and so many others) DID RISE from the GRAVE!
There IS PURPOSE in the PAIN! - Suffering for the gospel might make you feel like you are bound (or you might actually BE bound) but because of your sacrifice you allow God to make and keep the gospel from being bound!!!
THIS IS TRUSTWORTHY:
If we have died with Him, we will also live with Him.
If we endure, we will also REIGN with Him.
If we deny Him, He will also deny us.
If we are faithless, He remains FAITHFUL. - For He cannot deny Himself. (By His VERY NATURE... He just IS FAITHFUL.)
Do your BEST to present yourself to God as one approved, who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of truth.
Don't quarrel about words. (This only ruins the ones hearing you fight!)
Avoid irreverent babble. (This just leads people - and you - into more ungodliness and their talk will spread like gangrene.)
Don't upset the faith of your brothers by falling into mystery and conspiracy. Focus on TRUTH.
GOD'S FIRM FOUNDATION STANDS, BEARING THIS SEAL
"The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity."
If ANYONE cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he WILL BE a vessel for honorable use, set apart as HOLY, useful to the master of the house, ready for EVERY good work.
"22 So Flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth."
Try to remember that those that stand against you may have been CAPTURED by the snare of the enemy to do his will! - "Forgive them Father, they know not what they do!" - See everyone around you as a prisoner or orphan. Love them as they need to introduce them to the LIVING CREATOR!