Are you suffering on the road to salvation and love?


There will be times on our journey when we feel as


if we can’t move another inch, but God wants us to 


know that His power is made perfect in our weakness. 


His grace is sufficient for us, today!


In the midst of hardship, let us remember that God's 


grace is sufficient. No matter what our difficulty may 


be, God's grace is able to reach beyond the obstacles 


that hinder us from being who God wants us to be, 


those unseen forces that are against us, and the pain


we have endured.



God is able to give strength to the weary, and increase 


the power of the weak and worn. In times of weakness,


 during times of  hardship, and persecution... God is still 


God. God is able to reach us and carry us through our 


affliction. God is able to restore our life to freedom


 and the fullness of His joy. 



May we confidently lay our burdens at God's feet 


knowing that God's grace and power is made perfect 


in our weakness. Therefore, let us delight in God's grace. 



May we be strengthened by God's grace and power, 


today and always.


Why are the innocent victimized?


Why must there be heartache and disappointment?


 Why do the wicked prosper, while the righteous 


take such a beating?


  How are we to respond to suffering?


  What do we do, and how do we respond when 


suffering strikes our family?


Is there any way we can "Learn" what to do about 


suffering?


 How can we help those who are suffering?


Is there purpose in pain?


Is there any escape?


Where is God in all of this suffering? 


Will there ever be a way out of this confusion?


Where and when can we see the fulfillment of 


our heart's desire?


Are we doomed to just suffer, and live as 


"Sufferers?"


These are questions that countless individuals  


have wrestled with... and tried to figure out.


         We ask in desperation, “Why do I suffer?" 


"Why doesn’t God deliver me?”

We all struggle with our inner thoughts and emotions. 


No one on this earth is immune from all of the 


different kinds of pain and suffering that can come 


our way in this life. At times, a certain amount of 


pain and suffering is what God will use to help shape, 


mold, and transform us.

Taking up our cross daily leads to transformation. 

As Believers, it is inevitable that at some point we


will encounter trials. 



Troubles, trials, and tragedies have touched us all, 


and no one is immune from the pressures of life or 


suffering.


Our suffering in life can be a potent jolt in making us 


more discerning and progressive. Suffering can be part of 


the ways of God's working with us for our own 


development and to bring us to a knowledge of Himself

This happened during Jesus' life on earth. He was


heard because of His reverent submission.

That is what it takes to faithfully take up your cross


 daily! We have to cry out to God for the strength to 


hold out – for the strength to say “No” and keep


 saying “No” in the time of temptation. We must


 humble ourselves and have the same mind that 


Jesus had: 


“Not My will, but Yours, be done.”


God uses even the most painful 


suffering for good.

One might ask... 


How can a just God allow such things to happen? 


How is it that God, who loves us so much, 


allow suffering to come into our homes?


As it goes... sadness is a part of our journey.


Sometimes we feel completely alone when we are 


suffering. We feel helpless and useless. When we need 


God, the most, sometimes we feel that God is not there.  



We may feel at times as if God is unfair and harsh, but He 


is a God of Love who permits things in our life that are 


temporarily very painful so that His eternal purposes may 


be worked out.

God in His grace often allows those times of severe 


storms and deep distress to teach us important lessons 


of His grace. As we call out to God for help and 


strength we discover,


God's grace is more than adequate 


to meet our needs.


God is our greatest Support, He is our merciful Provider, 


our Rock on which we stand and our Comforter. God 


knows that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. 


He knows that in our helplessness, His grace is more 


than sufficient for our needs, for His strength is 


perfected in our insufficiency.


Let us always remember and never forget: 


The Cross precedes the 



Crown.

When we look back on life, often, our trials and


 tribulations come most easily to our memory.


Those times when everything moved along 


easily tend to fade into relative insignificance.


Our education is never completed. It is necessary for us to 


prepare for what life has to teach us by being open to the 


lessons in everything we do and experience. Some of the 


hard, disappointing, painful, and difficult experiences I 


have gone through... have become extremely important 


and valuable life lessons and served as platforms to 


reinforce character lessons that I would not have 


learned any other way. 



These meaningful and worthwhile experiences, 


although painful, have and are richly educating and 


enriching my life. They have proven to be extremely


 useful and relatable to anyone who needs to change 


their direction while they can. 



These lessons, although painful, have been a reminder 


of what is important in life, Who we should put our 


trust in, and Who we can always depend on.



We believe some of the richest, fullest, and most fruitful 


lives are those lives that have been in the Divine crucible 


of testing and tribulation. The severe testing leaves one 


either broken or purified, and this is indeed reason 


enough to rejoice and count it all joy... even as we 


weep.

James says, "My brethren, count it all joy when


 ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, 


that the trying of your faith worketh patience.


 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye


 may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." 


James 1:2-4

 


James advises us to get happy when we see


 trials and challenges. The testing of your faith 


brings you to patience and when you allow 


patience to take its full course, it’s going to take


 you to a place of maturity and perfection. 



God’s purpose is for the 


glory of God... 


and for the works of God to be revealed.


Integrity enables a person 


to persevere.


 Integrity means that we don't compromise and 


thus it enables us not to give up. Integrity is not 


something that comes overnight, but is something 


that is built up through repeated tests. It is the trials


 that God sends that purge us of sin and enable us 


to grow and mature in integrity.


When human support or material help of any kind is 


removed, that is when God's power can become operative. 


We believe the entire universe is God's garden, and God 


desires for His garden to grow, mature, and produce.


We believe the Master Gardener, cuts off every branch in 


us, whether the branch is a person, place, or thing,


that bears no fruit... or stagnates our growth in Him.


Each of us has, more than likely, had a loved one die,


been the victim of a crime, lived among or been exposed 


to the poverty-stricken, or in some way been confronted 


with the reality of suffering.



We all have stories of suffering, and these encounters 


come in many different forms... affecting countless people 


in numerous ways.



Think about it:


There are sudden accidents, disabilities, natural disasters, 


life-threatening hardships... like a terminal illness, a 


marriage could be failing, a child could have broken a 


parent's heart or vice versa, one could have just lost their 


job and now find themselves in a financial disaster... 


barely making it, one could be frightened, lonely, 


misunderstood, or depressed.



God allows us to suffer for 


various reasons. 


Sometimes it takes difficulties, hardships, pain, loss, 


tragedies, accidents, family or health issues


 to get our attention.


Sometimes God allows these things to enter a life in order 


for one to detach from all else...


and look to Him. 



Sometimes God puts us on our backs... 


so there's nowhere else to look, 


except up.

Tragedies, sorrows, and sufferings can be 


blessings in disguise.


As painful as many of the hard knocks have been... 


many of the painful situations I have gone through 


have been great groomers and pruners. 


Whether we are innocent victims or we bear partial 


responsibility, we still naturally wonder... 



Why is life so difficult?


Even when suffering comes to those who are innocent,


there may be the possibility 


of greater good within that suffering. 


We need a pure heart to see the hand 


of God, to feel the hand of God, to 


recognize the gift of God in our 


suffering. 

Innocent suffering is the same


 as the suffering of Jesus.


God knows exactly where we are in 


life. He knows, sees, cares, and 


controls all.

What right have we, as Believers, to expect that we 


will be exempt from trials and tribulations?


Jesus endured the cross.



He suffered, and so will we.

The more fruitful our lives... the 


more God will cultivate us.


For the Believer, there is nothing strange 


about suffering.


May we endure whatever it is we are facing, and 


"Rejoice inasmuch as we participate


 in the sufferings of Christ, so that we 


may be overjoyed... when His glory is 


revealed."

God will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous 


blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of 


despair. In their righteousness, they will be called great 


oaks that God has planted for His own Glory.


Isaiah 61:3

We must face the undeniable fact that Believers do 


suffer. According to many verses in the New 


Testament,


Believers will suffer in this world...


 that's a fact of life.

Suffering can be very painful. To suffer is to be 


challenged on many levels. Whether the suffering is 


physical, spiritual, emotional, or psychological... 


the purpose of our suffering should be seen as... 


an opportunity, a transformative


 journey into our Spiritual growth.

Suffering is part of the flow of life which can be 


personally transformative, if we are wiling to give up


 what no longer serves us so as to move into the 


unknown. Through our suffering we are humbled and 


reminded of our mortality and the reality that none of 


us are exempt from the difficulties of human life.


No matter what we may be facing in life, 


God promises to use all things for good.

According to Scripture...


testing, trial, suffering, and chastening are God's 


way of purifying, cleansing, and conforming us 


to the image of His Son, Jesus.

 


When insulted for the Name of Christ... we can 


consider ourselves blessed. Those who live a godly 


life in Christ will be persecuted... so don’t think 


it’s strange and it’s unique to you alone.


What then does it mean to 


“Share in His sufferings”?


To share in Jesus' suffering refers to suffering


persecution, opposition, and hardship.

Jesus didn’t remain in the grave. He triumphed over sin 


and death. Jesus humbled Himself by becoming obedient 


to death, even death on a cross!


Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and 


gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the 


Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on 


earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge 


that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” 


Philippians 2:8-11


Since God was able to bring about such a glorious 


outcome from Jesus’ suffering, we should trust God 


to take care of us.

We will never have a deficit 

that God cannot fill.

Surviving hardships can teach you important things 


about ourselves and the world around us, strengthen


 our resolve, deepen our empathy, and in time


 enable us to evolve and grow as a human being.


The transformative effect of suffering suggests that 


it is our greatest pain that may contain a deeper purpose.


 Perhaps that purpose resides in the function of human 


compassion.

One could sum it up by saying... regardless of 


why we suffer, it is clear that love is the remedy for


 suffering, and that all suffering, eventually, after 


many detours, leads to love and God's glory being


revealed in that situation.

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Awesome!!  We complain about the cross we bear but don't  realize 
it is preparing us for the dip in  the road that God can see and we  can't.
 

Whatever your cross, whatever your  pain,
 
there will always be sunshine, after  the rain....
 

Perhaps you may stumble,  perhaps even fall;
 
But God's always ready, to  answer your call....
 

He knows every  heartache, sees every tear,
 
a word from His  lips, can calm every fear...
 

Your sorrows  may linger, throughout the night,
 
But  suddenly vanish, dawn's early  light...
 

The Savior is waiting, somewhere  above,
 
to give you His grace, and send you  His love...
 
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Awesome!!  We complain about the cross we bear but don't  realize 
it is preparing us for the dip in  the road that God can see and we  can't.
 

Whatever your cross, whatever your  pain,
 
there will always be sunshine, after  the rain....
 

Perhaps you may stumble,  perhaps even fall;
 
But God's always ready, to  answer your call....
 

He knows every  heartache, sees every tear,
 
a word from His  lips, can calm every fear...
 

Your sorrows  may linger, throughout the night,
 
But  suddenly vanish, dawn's early  light...
 

The Savior is waiting, somewhere  above,
 
to give you His grace, and send you  His love...
 
the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc.
2.the ability or strength to continue or last, esp. despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; 
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