The apostle did not stay in Corinth because of personal gain, or because his own people received him, or because of popularity, or personal strength, but because of the act of the risen and ascended Savior alone. And with the challenge of a Roman ruler we see God's providence protecting Paul to carry on the ministry there and for ten years because of this incident to bring the gospel to the Roman world as promised (Matt. 24:14).
It has always been easy to lose track of where you are at. Staying focused is something that each of needs to do if we are to make any real progress. Both sides of the spiritual war know this to be true so both sides want our focus. The enemy isn't looking to get us to make the kind of progress we want but rather to keep us so focused on all the wrong things that we never move past them. God wants us to see victory and wants us to look past our problems.
Suffering in the flesh: when we stand on the Word of God and start changing our lives, we walk in the Word of God daily and do not go back to walking in the flesh.
When standing on the Word of God, you will suffer by losing friends, being judged as a conservative Christian and persecuted by others, we start to view sin differently.
Desire to walk in a state of revival and free from sin and no longer giving in to sin is the only way we will ever have peace on this earth.
We shall overcome the sin in our lives.
How well do you perform under the endurance test? Some of you may have undergone a test of endurance as part of a physical examination. In this test they hook all sorts of wires up to you put you on a treadmill and adjust both the incline of your walking surface as well as the speed over the time of you examination. This test known as a stress test is testing your physical body’s endurance under certain conditions. The word endurance is defined as the ability to withstand hardship, adversity, the ability to sustain prolonged stressful effort or activity, or enduring suffering. I hope this helps you see where we are going today. Not for the physical exam but rather your ability to endure the spiritual attacks that we as Christians will face with the understanding that often these spiritual attack can result in attacks on the physical. We should know that even so we will do best to strike these attacks with the knowledge that God is on our side for we are fighting in the spiritual realm.
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Jesus gave us this warning that in the world we would have troubles, but the good thing about this warning is it was followed with encouragement. Jesus is saying I tell you it will be so, this that you know to expect it and therefore you may endure tribulation when it comes, He said “be off good cheer” why because He tells us this “I have overcome the world”. That is something to be cheerful about even in the face of tri
Satan is taking aim @ God's children but we must be stedfast in our faith.
Keep serving God even in the shadows, Stay put to see God's power, and step out from the prison to the palace and God's sovereignty will keep you
Thursday morning I found out that I was up for Tag team preaching this Sunday. After a quick prayer I began to think about a recent study I had done on grace and mercy. Very specifically here in 2 John and I began to construct the body for the sermon. That night before I went to work I was checking out Facebook and saw that someone had posted those verses in Proverbs. Immediately they caught my eye and I did a quick word study to learn a little about the verses and liked what I saw. I didn't now that 5 hours later those verses would be applied directly to me when I was robbed at gun point.
Understanding that all scripture is given by inspiration of God, we can see how these 3 verses in 2 John are something of a continuance or a spelling out of how God is the confidence of our hope. It is not just a broad statement. God is speaking to us specifically about what He can do for us. He will prove His sincerity with His staying power to help us be resolved in following in Him. The serenity that flows to us is willed with a confidence that we can truly rest on God because even that has it's source in God.
God has a goal toward which he is leading His people: "perfect and entire wanting nothing." This is essentially synonomuos with "being conformed to the image of His Son," and having "Christ formed in you"
(Galatians 4:19). This is the goal. The pathway to that goal is called various testings. There is little about this fact that is usual. James claims no secret that he has discovered for dealing with trials, but rather appeals to a truth already known--"knowing that the trial of your faith works patience--staying power."
J.A. Motyer has written a very helpful commentary on James, published by IVP.
There are a lot of folks who have been staying in bed too long. The things which one would normally get excited about don't matter. Depression happens. And we don't need to be in bed because of it whether literally or figuratively. Being stuck in bed like this makes us helpless. There was a time when those going through this had a functional life. But like the man in our text we can easily find ourselves there in that place. Something has caused us to be in bed in our mind, defeated and depressed. It may seem hopeless but help is on the way. One thing that does help some is to get around the saints of God. We may feel paralyzed but we can rise again in the power of Jesus Christ who makes us whole again. When we heed the call we'll get up right away. Satan will be trying to get us to stay right there but don't listen to his lies that there is no cure, to just go ahead and die. When we get up folks will remember where we were and get help by our example. Or the lack thereof if we decide to stay in bed. So what situation has you feeling helpless?
What is it that is troubling you? We all go through troubles at some point in our every day lives. Jesus said however that we are not to let our hearts be troubled, or agitated. That despite how things look like they are going south in a hurry we shouldn't get worked up over it. The disciples here in our text had just been told one of them would betray Jesus, Judas had just gone out and they didn't even understand that, but Jesus did. And His desire is to take away the agitation from our hearts. Even for us today when things make no sense or look bleak He has the cure for what ail us. Just as He told the disciples we are to also do. Jesus said for us to put our faith to work, to believe also in him. He showed them that there is a right direction to head and that that is “In my father's house” or a fixed place as the word ‘IN” denotes. The word “mansions” tells us that there are staying places or presented solutions for us to go to when trouble comes for us. And that word “place” by definition requires occupancy, so if we don't take advantage of the cure God has given us then it profits us nothing. The cure for trouble is waiting but do we want it?