About God's Business Podcast: Christ Followers, We Smile Through Tough Times. Is It Delusional?
Podcast is at the bottom of the page. You can watch the video lesson on Youtube. The podcast recording has additional information and expansion on the topic. Financial examples included.
Are Christians that find the good things during bad times delusional? Many say yes. The hard part is that many people who call themselves believers give other Christians a hard time when they do. Why? Why can we or should not allow bad times to crush us? First, if Yahovah is indeed our provider and shelter than the pride of life or cares of this world will not choke our faith (Mark 4:19 KJV). Yahshua gives us instructions not to mourn like others in this world. One hope to see them again because if they are dead in Christ, they will be called to him when he returns. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 KJV. We are told to count trails as joy (James 1:2).
ames 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Although this verse says temptations (lures, attractions) when you research the word, it means trails. Remember Yahovah does not tempt us with sin (James 1:13 KJV), but he will give us a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV). He will test with trails (the fire).
1 Peter 1:7 (KJV) 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Also see Zechariah 15:8-9 KJV, Isaiah 48:10 KJV
And I know we are to endure the trails and not sin by the scriptures in Numbers. (Numbers 19:9 & 17, 31:23). We are to be separated by our sin by being purified in the waters of separation (to be separated from sin or cleansed which is the baptism of the water and a declaration to turn from our sins).
Yes, we need to find the good in hard times. When we do, we are purified in that we are to leave certain things behind. An example is learning to live without certain "wants" during periods of financial challenges. I learned that we could wait, delayed gratifications, and that money does not define me. I also learned that money doesn't control me.
Through my hardships, I have learned I am no longer slave to my selfish desires, the pride of life. Mammon has no power. Instead, when I come out of this fiery trial, I understand that Yahovah is indeed my provider (Genesis 22:14 KJV) and not money (Matthew 6:24 KJV). I deserve to suffer but Yahshua's sacrifice, YAH's grace, and mercy have set me free! I am an overcomer of the fear of missing out and the desires of the flesh. Desires that lead us to believe we must have a certain income or materials to be considered successful and blessed.
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