I have a hard time separating life from GOD... compartments of life that some think GOD is not involved in. Every day, 24-hours-a-day, that's the real GOD.
So, where is He when people are hurting? When I am hurting. I still think about that, more when I am in the middle of a hard season. The answers are never clear. We want Him to do everything for our suffering, but that is not GOD.
As I search for my answers, different parts of the Bible come to mind.
This week I remembered Paul's sufferings. They didn't go away, they weren't prevented, he didn't see his ministry as separated from his sufferings.
This week I thought of the martyrs under the throne. I think of them a lot. Some are linked to the sufferings of the Tribulation. All have died for their faith. As I have often thought about them, and their place in the 1000 years of being with the Lord as priests, I decided that suffering is what leads to our place in heaven. These martyrs will not experience the second death, those of us who just die in salvation will have to go through that event.
I wonder if I am strong enough to die because I am faithful.
The Bible tells us our family might become our enemies because they choose not to believe. That has been a hard one for me. Watching this world take over their faith, lead them astray.
I understand Brittany Spears was raised Christian. It must be very hard for her parents.
I have heard that Marilyn Manson was raised Christian.
Now I hear that the children and grandchildren of Anita Bryant have fallen away from their godly heritage.
How hard it is to think of our loved ones in the suffering of hell and the Lake of Fire forever. The daily hurts we have to endure.
The world wants the eternities of those we care about. That is when I think of Samson and his parents.
My children know the difference between right and wrong, have been baptized, and battle the problems of surviving and addictions and choosing GOD over the temptations of this world. It is their choice, and sometimes their pain.
I had to choose. You have to choose. Each of us can only save ourselves.
With the internet I suffer with the things I see done to women and children because men are the "leaders" in their cultures. I thought we need to find a way to share how GOD sees a man's place in a family, in a community.
How can we live in this world that keeps growing more evil?
I really don't know.
I keep seeking GOD for the answers -- for myself and for all Christians.
I think about these global problems in case GOD allows me to do something about them, through Working Together, as myself, in the final years of my life. What would you do to solve some of these problems if GOD provided you with the ability to do something?
It all takes money.
What is the priority of our ministries when our own are suffering?
With the pandemic we have seen a huge change in what it means to live, work, spend. We have lost faith, freedoms, and our future. What will we become now?
The Antichrist is near. Maybe not in our lifetimes (Boomers), but soon. All these changes with the government in the pandemic seem to be orchestrated to get us to be willing to let the government be our absolute ruler and authority, without GOD.
Prophecy is true. It will happen. It is happening. How can we prepare for it?
How can we become the ONE Body of Christ in this world?