Fruits of Suffering-2

Joshua 1:7-8
Be strong and very courageous, Be careful to obey all the law that my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Yesterday we talked a lot about suffering and the fruit of suffering. Why do we need to suffer? For one, we relate to Jesus Christ on a more personal level when we are suffering. We do this in 2 ways: Jesus suffered, so when we suffer for him, we are experiencing what Jesus experienced as he said we would. Suffering brings us in communion with God. Let's face it, most of us aren't as close to God when everything is going well. It's when we are down and out that we really learn to trust Him and to lean on Him the way he wants us to. Suffering also brings about success. How? Because we learn when we fail. I have learned a lot more from my failures than I have from my successes, but, I was only able to be successful because I failed. Hopefully, we learn from our mistakes. If we are wise, we do not repeat the same mistakes over and over expecting the result to change. According to Albert Einstein, that's insanity. Speaking spiritually, most of our failures and sufferings come from our disobedience. If we were born to always follow God's direction and never do anything he tells us not to do, then there would be no suffering. Read Joshua 1:7-8. Moses has just died and God is handing over the leadership reigns to Joshua. God tells Joshua, do what I tell you to do at all times, follow and keep my commands at all times and you will not fail. He says, that Joshua will be successful and prosper. God didn't say to follow his commands at all times but the road might get a little rocky. No, he told Joshua that he would be successful. Our problem is that we don't keep God's commands and follow his laws and direction at all times, do we? This human flesh gets proud when we taste success and we start thinking it's our own doing. Our heads get big, we boast, we show off, and when God finally has enough of it, he puts us back in our place through the discipline of tests and trials. In not so many words, our heavenly Father spanks us and gets us back on track. That's what it is, it's correction from God. I think it's important when we talk about suffering that we also keep in mind the reasons it is necessary. We have to be taught, strengthened, encouraged, and corrected as fleshly beings. If this were not so, imagine how out of control we would be.

The bottom line is that we can't do anything without God. If we can be smart enough and muster the faith to totally lean on God and keep his commands, listen and respond when he tells us to do something; we could be successful and prosper. Friend, if you are living without God today, I really don't know how you've made it this far. The fact that you have is a sure and evident sign that today is the day for the greatest miracle that could ever take place in your life. That miracle is giving your life to Jesus Christ and accepting the free salvation, that by grace, comes from God. Please click on the Salvation tab now and start a life of success and prospering. God bless you!! Amen.


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