I like what Chambers said here “I feel sorry for the Christian who doesn’t have something in the circumstances of his life that he wishes was not there. . .” because mainstream Christianity has really fouled up what it means to be a Christian by manipulating Scriptures to focus on SELF-fulfilling whatever one wants but don’t get in my way. They have turned the tables to have people believe that troubles do not come to Christians. This is very backwards.
One of the reasons that most people are not looking for Jesus and longing for the rapture is because they are having such a great time on this lousy earth. They have a life filled with material wealth, fame, power and everything appears so good. It is heaven on earth, they think. Satan knows that he already has these people by the tail.
When troubles consistently follow you because of your faith and relationship with the Lord, for exhorting the truth, then it is the time to praise God for them. -Admin-
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. Psalm 91:15
Oswald Chambers wrote of God’s promises:
God does not keep His child immune from trouble; He promises, “I WILL BE WITH HIM IN TROUBLE” (Psalm 91:15). It doesn’t matter how real or intense the adversities may be; nothing can ever separate him from his relationship to God. “In all these things we are more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37).
Paul was not referring here to imaginary things, but to things that are dangerously real. And he said we are “super-victors” in the midst of them, not because of our own ingenuity, not because of our courage, but because none of them affects our essential relationship with God in Jesus Christ. I feel sorry for the Christian who doesn’t have something in the circumstances of his life that he wishes was not there. . .
Tribulation is never a grand, highly welcomed event; but whatever it may be—whether exhausting, irritating, or simply causing some weakness—it is not able to “separate us from the love of Christ.” Never allow tribulations or the “cares of this world” to separate you from remembering that God loves you.
Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver, having deceived even Paul, or else some extraordinary thing happens to someone who holds on to the love of God when the odds are totally against him. . . Only one thing can account for it—the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Father, I am so glad that You are with me in trouble and that through You I am more than a conqueror.