We may not fully understand, but we must forget the past and move forward in Jesus - Philippians 3:13-14
Philippians 3:13-14 - Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
By Joyce Meyer -
When we experience terrible tragedy, being angry with God is quite common. People frequently ask, "if God is good, all-powerful and full of love for us, why didin't He stop the thing that caused the pain?"
This is where Satan seeks to build a wall between God and the hurting person. He seizes the opportunity to say, "God isn't good, and He can't be trusted." However, we know according to the Word of God, the truth is not in Satan, he is a liar and the father of lies.
Read James 1:17. Everything good comes from God. God is good, and He cannot be anything else. Furthermore, He isn't one way one time and another way another time. He doesn't change. He is good, and that's the way He is.
It's obvious that God doesn't always stop tragedy, and we honestly don't always know why bad things happen. First Corinthians 13:12 says, "...Now I know in part (imperfectly)..." We have to remember that faith will always require us to accept unanswered questions, and we must come to the place where we're satisfied to know the One who knows and place our trust in Him.
JAMES 1:17 - Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Prayer Starter: God, I may not always understand why bad things happen, but I know that You are good. When I don't understand why, I will find my comfort in You.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
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And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance... Romans 5:3
Do Persevere in Jesus
The whole structure of Revelation 1, 2, and 3 is about Jesus and his people, and how we are to persevere individually in Jesus and persevere collectively as Jesus' people. And he says that there will be tribulation. Until the day Jesus returns, there will be trouble, trial, and tribulation. So don't let it shock you, but let it compel you to persevere in Jesus, to hang in there.
This clip is excerpted from the sermon "A Message to Seven Churches," part #2 of our current sermon series, the Seven. This sermon was preached out of Revelation 1:9--20 by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church Downtown Bellevue and released online on April 22.
Watch the full sermon here: http://marshill.com/media/the-seven/a-message-to-seven-churches
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4