Jesus foretold that suffering would happen to His followers and that the Church would need to endure a time of tribulation while on earth. Today suffering has lost its original biblical context and has been severely downgraded by the Church in the world today. Genuine suffering seems to be a problem in areas of the world where Christianity is less acceptable whereas in the ‘free’ areas of the world there is little or no suffering even though the claims are different.
The problem with the Church in the world is that it cannot withstand judgement spoken upon it and in return, it claims to be persecuted through suffering. Who are we to speak judgement? Well, the apostles often wrote to the churches to get their act together so why change now? As a believer, you have every right to highlight the problems of a church as long as you are doing it with the right motivation. The spirit behind everything you say counts. Are you speaking out of pride or concern? Out of being correct or conviction? Every time you make a decision in your life, you are making a judgment. This doesn’t give free reign to hurt, angry Christians to go on the attack, for God will judge all our hearts.
The Church responds from the pulpit, and it is the platform that is used to destroy God’s Kingdom work because accusations bring wrath and wrath is only appointed for Satan and his children. The duty of the Church is to deal with their issues so they can teach and house broken people but instead there is a cry that things are working against them. This, my friends, is not suffering for Christ but it is guilt and the fruits of it. I do understand that there are some terrible people on blogs calling out churches and leaders with the wrong attitude, but there are those who tell the Church exactly what the Bible says; And they don’t like it.
Here is a list of things that Churches feel they are being attacked about:
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None of the above relates to the Faith directly, and that is how you know the difference between a Church which is genuinely being persecuted or crying wolf; Their faith and their works are boasted, but if the works aren’t miraculous then there is no true suffering involved. True suffering is a result of the miraculous happening in your life and Church. No miracles, no Jesus, no Jesus no suffering.
Take a firm look at your Church and line it up with the Bible. There is no perfect Church, but there has to be a Church which is fully invested in God’s will and Spirit.
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Jesus spoke extensively to the disciples in private because He wanted to instruct them about how they need to live successful lives after His death and resurrection. Jesus knew it was going to be tough for them and for anyone else who took the mantle of being a disciple of Christ on. Therefore He provided His commandments and HolyGhost to help. Jesus’s commands varied but they were very specific as to how disciples need to lead successful lives; below I categorise His commandments and what He wanted us to learn:
What God expects from us – The calling
What we should expect from this life – The vision
What has been given to us by God – The purpose
The dangers of people – Wisdom
The end times – Discernment
The authority we carry – Knowledge
Jesus was very purposeful and wanted us to be equipped with the above as that is how we are meant to live our daily lives but many struggle with the commands of Jesus because He approaches them from a critical angle. Many Christians today despise criticism and promote positivity, but if we look at criticism the right way, we can draw a conclusion that it is for a positive purpose. Jesus is not condemning His disciples by commanding them with instructions but He ls trying to protect us from the hands of the enemy. The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy and Jesus knows that better than anyone so He laid down firm foundations for us to grasp and live by.
Living by these commandments can be taxing especially when life gets tough, but that is precisely why He gave us His HolyGhost. The scriptures say that HolyGhost will comfort us by reminding us of the teachings of Jesus, and it is these very commandments written over 2000 years ago that we need to be reminded of every day. How desperate are you for God’s Spirit to be in your life? How desperate are you to be reminded by God’s Spirit about Jesus’s commandments? Today people love the feel good factor of HolyGhost and attend meetings for emotional comfort and months later there is no change in their circumstances.
The greatest counsellor is HolyGhost, and He is ready willing and able to teach you about Jesus and help you be a light to this world and salt to this earth. He is willing to remind you of your authority and the dangers of the people that surround you. If you want to be a genuine disciple of Jesus, then you will love His commandments and will love to be obedient to Him concerning them. If you find yourself struggling with this, then you must recognise you need God’s Spirit in your lives.
This is what Paul means when He said, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. The strength to follow His commands, not to go to work, school or if you are having a bad day. I despise those Facebook memes that are thrown about. Of course, Christ wants to strengthen us for life but it is rooted in His commands, and if you aren’t following them then there is no chance you will be fully strengthened for anything else in life.
Love His commands, Love being obedient – Then you are a disciple of Jesus