As many of us know and understand, so many of us are going through a lot of things in life right now, and it seems that we never have a chance to have a break from all the attacks that we are encountering. It is good that we are going through these attacks as it does mean that we are getting prepared for something great as we draw closer to the Mark of the Beast test.
It is very important that we get more prepared and learn to pass our test or we will fail the test on the mark of the beast. If we are failing and constantly breaking the law of God today and our hearts are not right with God and our thoughts are against the saints of God and not unified with them in the truth, whatever is going on in our lives that is separating us from the God of heaven and earth, it is not going to go over too good when all things come to that testing point in the near future. We must remove all things that can be removed through the power of God and get it done as fast as possible. Let us put down the extra baggage we do not need and stand more firm in the truth without wavering. We have to fight through all that Satan is doing in our lives and overcome!
When we look at what is going on in the world today, when we see how so much is happening in the brethren’s lives, when we see the life of trouble that is happening in our very lives, the Lord is showing us that the time is getting shorter than ever before. He allows our tests to get more intense as time goes by, as we come closer to the finish line of our faith.
Let us enjoy this short hour of affliction now which will again prepare us all for the future. Just remember brethren, we have to be afflicted today in order to stand tomorrow’s affliction. Study the lives of those in the dark ages and the torture devices they had to endure through in their time. What suffering they had to march through. It was a horrible time for them, and the Bible says there is a time of trouble that is coming that this earth and time has never tasted of.
Daniel 12:1 - And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
We have got to take this very seriously. We have got to heed this verse. This is not a joke. This is a wakeup call unto a world of confusion. The professed Christian world thinks that some pretrib rapture is coming for them to save them out of this time when there is no such thing. Everyone is soon to be tested to see what they have built their life upon. Again, the pretrib rapture is a deception of Satan to weaken those seeking heaven…how does it happen? Satan wishes to weaken them when they find out that they are not raptured out. Many will give up and be discouraged as they will be tossed into the great time of trouble and they have no true understanding because they had believed a lie. It will be very difficult for them, but we can make is easier for them by sharing what truth we have so the Spirit of God can bring what truth we sow today into their remembrance. And so today, let us get more prepared and prepare others more. Let us go to our neighbors around us and help them. Build relationships with those around you and let them see what God has done for you and what Christ can do for them. Warn them about the coming afflictions and what must come to pass soon. Again, it will help them when they see it all come to pass. Amen…
And so brethren, we must have many afflictions come upon us today, which is for our own good. Those who are walking on the path to the city of God see, know and understand that it is not an easy road we are walking on. We are to bear our own cross with Christ. We are to suffer as He suffered because many are the afflictions of the righteous.
2 Timothy 3:12 -Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Psalms 34:19 - Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
We understand that in the last days, those who are alive during this time, they will all have to be tested so much even unto death. Many even today as we speak are having a hard time making it through their tests. They are making it harder for themselves and making it more bitter because they choose to do so. We can make our trials easy or worse, but whatever happens, let us prepare for the future and fulfill whatever the Lord desires for us to fulfill.
The time is coming when most will have to go through physical death as we know that only the 144,000 living saints will not have to die. This is why it is so important to learn to die daily and give to the Spirit our lives.
So we all need to be afflicted today and stand through this life of trouble for Christ’s Name sake.
Matthew 24:9 - Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
2 Timothy 2:3 - Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
And how true it is that…
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 - [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Proverbs 24:10 - [If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.
As we have all enlisted in the military of Christ, it is not going to be an easy thing. We are going to have to get fitted for battle. We are going to have to work out. It is not an easy thing to make it through this world and striving for the mastery. Only the strong will make it. The weak will go away from us all because they cannot endure the battle. They will cast away their weapons and run for the hills and leave us, or they will turn around and attack us as well.
We have hardships all around us, but we need to have rest and peace in God who will protect us as He has His unseen forces working in our behalf; who will give us the Holy Spirit and comfort us in the times of our trouble.
2 Corinthians 1:4 - Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
Take comfort in the Lord and understand as well that it is for our own good that we go through little times of trouble, which will perfect the saints of God and be established in the truth so that we may not be children tossed to and fro by the enemy of lies so that we may be perfectly furnished with goodly fruits unto perfect love which is charity.
Ephesians 4:12-16 - For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
We also need not to be troubled how we are hated by most people; for the time cometh soon that we will be more hated for our faith that has been delivered to us in truth. Let us not be worried about how we are mistreated by the world and hated. It is going to get worse. When the Scriptures proclaim that we are going to be put to death, that means they have developed perfect hate for their fellow man and have been turned over to the ranks of Satanism. But again, we are not alone. We have this wonderful understanding that we are not alone in this battle. The more we stand up for the right, put down sin and no longer allowing it to put us down, we shall draw closer to God and see Him and His host more clearly. But again, in order to do this, what must we do? We must die daily and crucify the old self.
1 Corinthians 15:31 -…I die daily.
Romans 6:6-7 - Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.
I know brethren that when we read this verse how so many become distressed because they continue to do that which we pray we would not do, but yet we do them. That is part of the war, the battle that we must engage in. This is the same battle, which all the brethren that came before had to fight and endure and go through. See what the apostle Paul had to endure through.
Romans 7:15-25 - For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
So when you read this have peace, have courage, understand that the God of heaven and earth loves us all. They are here to help us make it to heaven. They are fighting for us and helping us press forward unto victory.
Exodus 14:14 - The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
Furthermore, do not be in distress or discouraged either by the enemy who is trying so hard to bring us down into the depths of despair which is the path to an early death. Let us learn from the doings of king David when he was in distress. Let us see what we need to do in that hour so that when we come to that final hour of earth’s history, where we will be called to either die or make it through the time of trouble, we will be able to stand. King David said in his hour of distress…
Psalms 18:6 - In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
King David called upon the Lord and said…
Psalms 25:17 - The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
Let each of our futures fulfill Psalms 107:6…
Psalms 107:6 - Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
Praise God and Amen! Let us all cry out day and night for the power to stand and walk through the valley of the shadow of death and fear none of those things that may come unto us all. Let us all be found as good and faithful soldiers for Christ; strong and of a good courage.
Joshua 1:9 - Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.
So dear family, no matter how much pain we are called to endure through, let us be strong! And no matter how much we are tested, no matter how much we are called to overcome with such pains that are passing through our lives, we need to stand true to the cause of God and press forward like never before and be of good cheer, without murmuring and complaining and what have you.
We are clearly counseled in Philippians chapter 2 verse 14 what we should not be doing…
Philippians 2:14 - Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Let us all understand that it is not the Lord’s purpose to destroy us by allowing Satan to tempt us away into sin, but it is designed to teach us and to learn to fight and depart from sin, to better our walk with Christ and to strength it.
Let us take comfort in this Scripture…
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
The Scriptures also proclaim that we…
Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
And if we are going to serve His great and wonderful purpose, we must remain…
1 Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
2 Chronicles 15:7 - Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.
Let us continue to fight and strive to devour the enemy with our overcoming. Weaken them and let them not weaken us. How do we weaken the devil and his host that are round about us?
James 4:7 - Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Galatians 5:16 - [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
AMEN…If we walk in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit is abiding with us, we shall surely not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The more we depart from fulfilling the lust of the flesh, which is fulfilling worldliness and breaking the commandments of God, holding to the rudiments of the world and the traditions of men, which are not after Christ, then we shall stand steadfast, unmoved, laboring for the Lord, which is not done in vain when you are abiding in His love.
1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
I pray this day the Word of the Lord to you was encouragement unto the help we all need through Christ in victory for all in the end. Peace to all and to all be blessed.