Looking up for the real One

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. (Matthew 13:44 NLT)

The eye opening moment to see that the Kingdom of Heaven is real, is not usually a glorious prayer time or trance but would be thru’ a traumatic/shocking painful time we go thru’ in this world realizing that all we see in this kingdom of the world will come an end!

When this realization of the real awaiting glorious eternity comes in us, there is an overwhelming willingness to lay down anything we’ve in order to get into the Kingdom of Heaven – the real place awaiting for all who accept the forgiveness of God in Christ Jesus.

The longingness is not to get to that Place but to get to the Person – Christ Jesus!

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18

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Perfect your faith

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Hebrew 11:35

The suffering comes in the life of a child of God for one reason – to tempt and turn him away from God. The faith comes in the life of a child of God for one reason – to refuse to turn away from God and keep enduring!

Every time we come out of suffering we are much more stable and useful in the kingdom of God. Keep enduring, you are an encouragement!

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Hebrew 12:2

The unending joy!

For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing. Jeremiah 31:25

The unending joy is coming, wait; don’t give up!

There is no greater rest than the rest that comes when God convinces us after we had gone thru’ all regrets, questioning, remorse and turmoil.

God’s eyes are indeed on the righteous eager to give them rest and refresh their spirits as they go thru’ hardship.

There is none compassionate to forgive us and passionate to restore us like our God. He values us precious even when we lost it all and no one wants us.

Every time God picks us from weariness and give rest, every time God picks us from sorrowfulness and gives us joy – it’s only a shadow of the greater rest and joy that awaits in our Home.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you”. Isaiah 35:4

Blameless Comforts!

“…What miserable comforters you are! …I could say the same things if you were in my place. I could spout off criticism and shake my head at you. But if it were me, I would encourage you. I would try to take away your grief.” Job 16:1-5

Job was a powerful example of how powerless humankind is and what great potential we have to endure! Job was the best of the best of all people who lived on the earth in his time.

“There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Job 1:8 (God Himself boasted about Job!)

What would happen when the best character and best quality was tested? That’s Job’s story!

Job still put us to shame the way we behave when we go thru’ times of trial and testing. Or, in the way we react to others when they go thru’ times of testing – we judge, backbite, gossip, slander, condemn, accuse, reproach… the list goes on and on!

“I am not the best just because I am blessed, and am not the worst just because I go thru’ suffering” is the gist of Job’s story, and the underlying message is God is in total control and will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can handle.

God knows our limits and knew there is nothing good in us. All our beautiful smiles are because of His grace, all our tender compassion is because of His goodness and all our strengths are because of His mercy. The moment He looks away from us we are doomed!

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry. Psalm 34:15

What if we start looking thru’ the eyes of God on those who suffer and refuse to analyze the cause? What if we say nothing to them and start crying to God for them?

I need someone to mediate between God and me, as a person mediates between friends. Job 16:21

Closer and closer to Him

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. Psalm 34:19

Miracles are addictive if you been there and tasted it!

As much as we hate those times of suffering/trials/persecution we love those times our Lord comes to our rescue. What a faithful God He is!

Without going thru’ troubles we could never experience the closer relationship with God and would never have the opportunity for Him to help us.

God’s presence is so obvious with those who stay humble and go thru’ a time of suffering. Whereas we see only pride and pomp in those who think they’re closer to God and only causing suffering to others.

May our challenging time not only bring us closer to the Lord, but let it help many experience the sweet presence of God.

1 Kings 19:11-13

  • His presence isn’t in the terrible blasting wind
  • His presence isn’t in the threatening earthquake
  • His presence isn’t in intense fire
  • But His presence is in the sound of a gentle whisper!

    We are more effectively used (carry rich presence of God) during our suffering and post-suffering times than all those loud good times. Pride stays far from us due to those frequent sufferings, His presence stays closer to us as a result!

    Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10