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Humbling Thru Adversity

          Often, God has to tune people up, in order to use them. Most of us fail to understand why God is failing to answer our prayers, while this process takes place. Often, He will call someone, to serve Him in some form of ministry, and your life doesn't seem to be in good order while He prepares you for the work. God's timing is always right. When we get out ahead of His planning, is when things get messed up, and we usually blame Him.

          Joseph was a little self centered dude, to the point that his brothers hated him. He was dad’s favorite, had a new fancy coat and bragged to his brothers about a dream he had about how they were going to worship him some day. He was not humble, so he needed to be tuned up.

          Moses was humbled, by his authority (given by God) being challenged and questioned multiple times, by the people God used Moses to save. Even after seeing a succession of miracles, including the parting of the Red Sea and destruction of Pharaoh's army, they went astray easily.

          The Hebrew nation needed to be humbled, for 40 years in the desert, before being allowed into the promised land.

          Saul’s army was humbled by young, inexperienced, David defeating the giant, that they were all afraid of. 

          David had to be humbled after the fiasco with Bathsheba and her husband. It cost them their baby.

          Peter had to be humbled when he was second guessing Jesus. Later, he became the head of the church in Jerusalem.  "But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns."[1] 

          Paul was humbled by his thorn in the flesh, as well as " in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches."[2]

          Jesus was humbled when He was separated from the Father, on the Cross. He subjected Himself to that. That was the final step to pay for your sins. Don’t you think it is appropriate that we have to humble ourselves , in order to decide, declare and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, He has, after all is said and done, redeemed you - the highest ransom ever paid.

          Suffering and adversity are often the cost of serving the Lord. The Devil and his minions hate God, and you, for helping Him. They will use everything in their power to hinder you. What we have to realize is that the "Battle Is The Lord's". "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."[3]

          The common denominator here was their Faith and Trust in The Lord. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves,".[4] "We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose."[5] Hebrews 11:6 says: "Without faith, it is impossible to please God."

Psalm 34:19: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous." 
Rick 7:5: If I count up all the pain I have suffered in my life, I will draw close to the suffering that Jesus went through for me, sure, in about 1,000,000 years.

1. 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas.
2. 70 percent of Americans claim to be Christian 
3. It is estimated that only about 30 percent of the 70 percent, that claim to be Christian, are actually “Born Again “. 
4. Jesus said that their was only one way to Heaven, which was through Him and the “Born Again” experience.
 .....there seems to be a vast discrepancy between those who are qualified to be called Christian and those who have been somehow led astray. That, my brethren, is our fault!

          If you are interested, There are two more of our papers you might find interesting.

[1] Mark 8:33
[2] 2 Corinthians 11:23-28
[3] Ephesians 6:12
[4] 2 Chronicles 7:14
[5] Romans 8:28


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