As I share something with you that was sent to encourage me, something very enlightening, I also want to make an additional brief comment in response to Daniel’s comment to my post: “Our destiny cannot be denied.”
Daniel said, “We’re saved by faith in Jesus, not by whether we’re not resisting the flow of God’s ordained happenings.”
I failed to clarify that my post was directed at all of us but especially those less mature (if you will excuse my describing them that way) in their grasp of the sureness of prophecies. Do we trust in the prophecies? Are they not meant to inform, warn us in advance? We should take advantage of any “intelligence” that will help us survive in the manner Jesus spelled out.
Even in professing Christians there may be some level of denial. Those who fail to prepare themselves by factoring in all prophecy could find a lethal spiritual weakness should they be around when everything bad, foretold by the prophets and by Jesus Himself actually starts to happen to them (us.) These trials are already happening elsewhere to Christians who, within some reasonable expectation, did not think they would be sacrificed for their faith just yet, if ever. We can only pray they had the same attitude that was seen in Jesus, interceding for their captors.
If we seek to be tempered, Christ-like, restrained in our emotional reactions as we should be, let it be because we KNOW in advance these things could happen to any of us. If or when they do, we will be prepared in heart and soul to react in a saving Way, not reacting in error or hatred, but just like Jesus who knew our fate if He did not intercede. This will take practice. Daily we must be growing our spiritual roots deeper and deeper into God’s love.
I believe God is directing us to help our fellow follower follow! Let us be our brothers keeper! Of course we must show them the Way. Are we preparing to do that? Might our trials be the requirement to Christ-likeness? There is a fellowship of Christ’s sufferings. There is a great reward that goes with our enduring, our suffering, in a Christ-like way.
I ask you to follow this link to a teaching on the Four Levels of Understanding. I was seriously encouraged. Maybe you will be also. It is based on Ephesians 3: 17-20. I thank my friend John for having a heart to encourage me. I need all I can get.
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