Thursday, January 14, 2016

He Never Promised Us A Rose Garden

 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ,

 not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Philippians 1:29

Somewhere in our thinking as Christians we grow to believe that we will  be blessed with health and wealth if we are living for God. However~ after all, these years of walking with God I found it is not so. He does walk with us and never leaves us but sometimes we have to walk through the storms. Life is not always a bed of roses~ as my grandmother would say. He never promised us a "Rose Garden."

Matthew 5:11-12

 11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
 12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

The Bible tells us that all who live Godly will suffer persecution, but the promise is that if we suffer or are persecuted for Christ sake we will be rewarded.

Christ suffered for us on that cruel rugged tree to pay for our sins. He paid a debt I could not pay. The JUST for the unjust!

 3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3 

If we walk with Christ~we will suffer at times. The world hated Him~why would we expect it to love us, his followers.

 10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; Philippians 3:10 

Accepting Christ as my Saviour was the greatest decision I ever made.  Trials and troubles will come our way. God never promised we would be exempt from the storms of life but He does promise to hold our hand and walk through the difficult days with us. I would not choose to live life any other way.


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