He Will Pay Back Trouble To Those Who Trouble You

2 Thess: 1:4 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. 5 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6 God is…

Suffering Lasts Only A Little While

When we undergo suffering, we ought to be encouraged that it will pass. Through the phase of suffering, God will provide the all-sufficient grace we need to stand firm. And He will restore us! 1 Pet 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have…

Encouragement In Persecution

When you experience mockery, exclusion, insults and other painful things because you are being “stupid, weak”, etc. for your obedience to the Word that is contrary to current popular world sentiments, be encouraged. It may be people very important to us who may reject us but we have this unrivaled comfort: Rom 8:31b If God…

Blessing for Persevering Under Trial

James1:12 NIV Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. The Lord Himself promises to bless with the crown of life those who persevere under trial. Promises are only valid for the…

Don’t Quit! Be Joyful!

Pure is defined as “not mixed or adulterated with any other substance”. Joy, “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness”. Guess what we should consider pure joy? James 1:2 says Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith…

Thanks For the Bad and Ugly?

It’s almost natural for polite people to say “thank you” for a nicety done by another person. When God does something good for me that’s recognizable as a thank-you moment, I might have a decent batting average for rightfully thanking Him within a reasonably polite amount of time: for a freebie, timely approval of permits,…

Ungrateful for Answered Prayer?

Luke 17:15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to…

Show-thanks Redemption

Col 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. It is easy to give thanks to the Lord when things are fine and dandy. People even sometimes involuntarily blurt out “Thank God” with little reliefs…

Run the Race to Get the Prize

Here are two translations of Paul’s message to draw us away from complacency and onto athletic discipline that aims to win our personal race in the spiritual life. We are reminded that the prize for this race is not the fading, temporal kind but the eternal one that truly matters. 1Cor 9: NIV The Need…

Running the Race

Paul compares the life of a believer to that of an athlete in a race. The Race of Faith Heb 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance…

Nothing to Separate Us From Christ’s Love

Rom 8:35 NIV Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j] 37 No, in all these things we…