Updated: Jan 7, 2020
From Daniel's Desk on 1/6/20
My Title: Suffering - Plan on it!
My Verse: 16 - 17
"16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."
You have to understand that because you stand for Christ you stand in opposition to the world. The people that are lovers of self, and lovers of money are ALSO proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unreasonable, slanderous, without self-control, treacherous, reckless, conceited, brutal... what makes you think they're going to act lovingly towards you? Especially if the see you and your God as an enemy to their worldview which is a self-seeking, pleasure-seeking lifestyle? - Just live your best life, right? Who can't agree with that?
Timothy and Paul both stood up for Godliness and suffered for it, "You (Timothy), however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra (multiple places of suffering Daniel... more than just one place. Like, all of the places.) which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me." - The suffering was necessary to reveal God in a glorifying manner that only THEY got to experience! God is a relational God. He doesn't just beat His children to beat them. He allows it to be experienced in a way that you could never experience Him without it. The more you walk with Him the more you learn His character and nature to be loving and faithful, not because you read it but BECAUSE YOU LIVED IT. - Your sacrifice is achieving work to tell HIS story in ways you cannot comprehend or imagine. It's how Paul and Silas can be beaten and thrown in prison and STILL worship in the middle of the prison and miraculous stuff happens and miraculous conversions of souls happen.
God, today's lesson isn't an easy one to be excited about. I want the "life story" of you miraculously breaking me out of prison with an earthquake and miraculously converting the guard and his entire family but I want to skip the part with being beaten with rods and thrown into a prison. It's just in my nature. lol. BUT, I know the growth I will experience through the pain, will be worth it... I'm not looking forward to it. If you call, I will go, just please give me the strength and courage to walk and the supernatural ability to FAITH my heart forward to remembering your faithful and loving character. Please take pleasure and glory from it. - The next 14 weeks until Good Friday are going to be interesting. Lord, let your glory and power fall, we want to see you.
Understand THIS. KNOW this. In the last days there will come times of difficulty.
BECAUSE people will be lovers of SELF, lovers of MONEY, PROUD, ARROGANT, ABUSIVE, DISOBEDIENT to their parents, UNGRATEFUL, UNHOLY, HEARTLESS, UNAPPEASABLE, SLANDEROUS, WITHOUT SELF CONTROL, BRUTAL, NOT LOVING GOOD, TREACHEROUS, RECKLESS, SWOLLEN WITH CONCEIT, LOVERS OF PLEASURE RATHER THAN LOVERS OF GOD, HAVING THE APPEARANCE OF GODLINESS BUT DENYING ITS POWER. Avoid such people.
This is speaking about men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. - They will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all.
Stick to the Scripture. It's been BREATHED OUT BY GOD! God's breath brings life. It's able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. It's profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, EQUIPPED for every good work.