Monday, July 8, 2013

In your suffering remember the Lord. For He has not abandon you.

In your suffering remember the Lord. For He has not abandon you.

However If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. (1 Corinthians 10:12)

It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting,for this is the end of all mankind,and the living will lay it to heart.(Ecclesiastes 7:2)

~CS Lewis
“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world”.

The spirit of God is working in you convicting you of your total helplessness towards your Sin so that you will turn to Him who alone can free you.

~Martin Luther
The recognition of sin is the beginning of salvation.

~Matthew 5:4
4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

~D.A. Carson
“Mournfulness can be understood as the emotional counterpart to ‘poverty of
spirit.’ This mourning is a personal grief over personal sin. This is the mourning
experienced by a man who begins to recognize the blackness of his sin, the more
he is exposed to the holiness of God. It is the cry of a man who goes after purity
in his own strength and finds he cannot achieve it and cries out [like the Apostle
Paul], ‘What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of
death?” (Rom. 7:24)

~John 16:8
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.

~Romans 7:24-25
New Living Translation (NLT)
24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

For there is much hope for those who mourn than one who is so full of himself.

~Luke 18:13-14
New Living Translation (NLT)
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

God broke you so that you will turn to Him.

For He only discipline thoses He love.

~Isaiah 48:10
New Living Translation (NLT)
10 I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.
Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.

~Hebrews 12:6
New Living Translation (NLT)
6 For the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”[a]

~Psalm 119:67
New Living Translation (NLT)
67 I used to wander off until you disciplined me;
but now I closely follow your word.

~Psalm 119:71
New Living Translation (NLT)
71 My suffering was good for me,
for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.

~1 Corinthians 11:32
New Living Translation (NLT)
32 Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

~2 Corinthians 4:17
New Living Translation (NLT)
17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever

~Lamentations 3:25-33
New Living Translation (NLT)
25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
to those who search for him.
26 So it is good to wait quietly
for salvation from the Lord.
27 And it is good for people to submit at an early age
to the yoke of his discipline:
28 Let them sit alone in silence
beneath the Lord’s demands.
29 Let them lie face down in the dust,
for there may be hope at last.
30 Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them
and accept the insults of their enemies.
31 For no one is abandoned
by the Lord forever.
32 Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion
because of the greatness of his unfailing love.
33 For he does not enjoy hurting people
or causing them sorrow.

~Psalm 107:10-16
New Living Translation (NLT)
10 Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom,
imprisoned in iron chains of misery.
11 They rebelled against the words of God,
scorning the counsel of the Most High.
12 That is why he broke them with hard labor;
they fell, and no one was there to help them.
13 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
14 He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom;
he snapped their chains.
15 Let them praise the Lord for his great love
and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
16 For he broke down their prison gates of bronze;
he cut apart their bars of iron.

~Psalm 44:23-26
New Living Translation (NLT)
23 Wake up, O Lord! Why do you sleep?
Get up! Do not reject us forever.
24 Why do you look the other way?
Why do you ignore our suffering and oppression?
25 We collapse in the dust,
lying face down in the dirt.
26 Rise up! Help us!
Ransom us because of your unfailing love.

~Philippians 1:6
New Living Translation (NLT)
6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

~J.C. Ryle
"If we are true Christians, we must not expect everything smooth in our journey to heaven. We must count it no strange thing, if we have to endure sicknesses, losses, bereavements, and disappointments, just like other people. Free pardon and full forgiveness, grace by the way and glory to the end – all this our Savior has promised to give. But He has never promised that we shall have no afflictions. He loves us too well to promise that.

"By affliction He teaches us many precious lessons, which without it we should never learn. By affliction He shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, makes us long for heaven. In the resurrection morning we shall all say, 'it is good for me that I was afflicted.' We shall thank God for every storm."

~Paul David Tripp
The question is not will God deliver what he's promised, but when he does will you want what he's given you?

No comments:

Post a Comment