We always have hope…with the MESSIAH
I have recently come to understand Godly suffering, some of us suffer in Christ while others suffer for Him. When a believer suffers in order to do YHWH’s will, that is a cause for rejoicing, Peter 4:13 states “but in so far as you are sharing in MESSIAH’s sufferings, rejoice, so that when His Glory is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph! AMP Saying no to self and suffering in the flesh leads to the death of selfishness, and that kind of hardship yields tremendous freedom and strength. I have recently been made right with YHWH thru the healing of a relationship which will bring a harvest into my life from seeds planted seven years ago—
First Peter calls us to develop life styles that are holy and pleasing to our Creator, ELOHIM. This beautiful book in the Bible calls us to develop our behavior, our intentions, and causes us to examine our hearts so we can live from a place of pure motives. The words in this great Book gives us nuggets of truth to fight the spiritual war and overcome the traps and tricks of the enemy. It exhorts us to remember that everything about our lives is a witness that tells us something about YHWH, that we are to live humble before YHWH and that above all, we are to love one another intensely. 1 Peter 4:8 “All of you should be of one and the same mind, united in Spirit, sympathizing with one another, loving each other as brethren of the same household, compassionate and courteous and tender hearted” AMP
The true test of faith is how we behave during trials, especially ones we feel are totally unfair. Peter said that fiery ordeals will come to test the quality of our faith and that we are not to be amazed and bewildered. 1 Peter 4:12″Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange were befalling you” AMP So today instead of wondering why I suffer I have made a decision to get through it with a good attitude and I am seeing YHWH is working it all out for His good! One of my favorites scriptures the last few years while I have been waiting on the Lord ha been Romans 8:28 “We know to the ones loving ELOHIM all things work together for good, to those being called according to purpose” HRB. YHWH gave His only Son and allowed Him to go through unspeakable suffering that He did not deserve, and He did it for us. I see now there are times when ELOHIM has allowed me to suffer greatly in my life and He has used it for good in my life later, He brought me through horrible trials only to use them for good for myself and others who witness my life. HE is the greatest Father I could ask for.
I have gotten angry with my heavenly Father so many times when things do not go my way and this is the worst thing we can do because He is the only one who can help us! First Peter 4 1:2 helps me to know how to face suffering. Suffering and sacrifice are not always popular words among believers because we as humans do not like to suffer, however they are biblical words. Spiritual maturity or “Christlikeness” cannot be obtained without dying to self, which simply put means saying yes to YHWH and no to our own desires when we are not in full alignment with our Heavenly Father. He rewards us when we are obedient, endure in joy the long suffering of what he has for us and when we study His word. 1 Peter 4:1-2 “So since MESSIAH suffered in the flesh for us, for you, arm yourselves with the same thought and purpose (patiently to suffer rather than fail to please YHWH) For whoever has suffered in the flesh having the mind set of MESSIAH is done with sin (has stopped pleasing him or herself and now lives to please ELOHIM. HRB
When I pray and speak to my Father in heaven he takes my mess and turns it into ministry, others learn from my trials and others can see the glory of He who is within me. I can be an example of the power of ELOHIM by the way I live my life. A light in a dark world.
In order to develop a balanced, healthy, God centered self image we can look to the Word. Incorporate the thoughts we are supposed to think about ourselves to get rid of negative self talk so you can step into the peace and love YHWH has for you-
- I know ELOHIM created me and He loves me
- I have faults and weaknesses, and I want to change to please YHWH. I know ELOHIM is working in me and for me and is working everything out according to His purpose for my life.
- No matter how often I mess up or fail, I will not give up because ELOHIM is with me to strengthen and sustain me, He has promised me never to leave or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5)
- I can do ALL things through MESSIAH who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
- I will not be controlled by this world or the people in it and their opinions of me, even if this world rejects me I will survive. ELOHIM has promised to never reject me or condemn me as long as I keep believing (John 6:29)
- I am nothing without YAHSHUAH MESSIAH…
Waiting on ELOHIM is not easy yet I know it is better than waiting on myself or forcing things in my time. Years ago I gave a person an ultimatum which cost both of us dearly, we both almost lost our lives–literally almost died because I thought I knew better than YHWHs timing…today I can see why I was wrong and why I have to wait on ELOHIM. To humble yourself “under the mighty hand of ELOHIM that in due time He may exalt you” means to ask EL SHADDAI for what you need and want and then WAIT on Him to provide it right when you need it, in His PERFECT timing. As I learn to humble myself by waiting on Him and trust in Him, I see that He really works miracles, moves mountains, mends the broken, opens doors that we think may be sealed forever shut –He loves us so much that He brings us our deepest desires if we really want them and come to Him with a Pure heart.
1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty Hand of ELOHIM, that in due time He may exalt you, casting your whole care (anxieties, worries) on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about all things concerning you.”