The same afflictions!
"By Bisi Oladipupo"
Are you going through a rough time? Are you thinking, well, nobody else around me seems to be going through this, its only me? Why is it only me going through this?
We are grateful that God is never caught unawares. I read from a site recently something very encouraging. This was the summary of the statement: " if good parents plan ahead for their children, how much more God". Talk about exit plan, before the problem presented itself the Lord already made an exit route. You are coming out!
So back to my point. Sometimes we look around and think, nobody else seems to be going through this? What does the bible say? Lets have a look at this scripture:
1 Peter 5; 8-9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Notice the last phrase of verse 9; It says the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world!. But l cant seem to find anyone around me going through this. Well firstly, the honest truth is you really don't know what people are going through, they may be smiling, but you never know. Secondly, the bible says that these same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world, Which means, others going through this may not be close to you, they may be in another country.
The good news is that, you are coming out! you are not alone! the same God that is fighting for them, is fighting for you. You are not alone! and the Lord is for you!.
So never think, its only you, That is not true!. The same afflictions!. But remember that many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers them out of them all! (Psalms 34: 19). Be encouraged!
3/12/2013 07:25:38 pm
Awesome and timely post Sis Bisi!! The Lord is with us and we are surely coming out..(Amen) Thanks for the message.The Lord Bless you. :-)
4/12/2013 12:43:15 pm
Thanks sister shade, yes and amen. God bless
4/12/2013 12:42:24 pm
Thanks Marilyn, yes and amen. God bless!
5/12/2013 07:09:29 am
Good insights on the verses you shared. As you stated, we may feel as if no one else can identify with what we are going through, but we can't know what others are going through simply by looking on the outside. Praise God, that when we trust Him, He is faithful to bring us out.
5/12/2013 01:12:37 pm
Yes Pastor Frank a good statement "Praise God, that when we trust Him, He is faithful to bring us out." God bless.
10/12/2013 07:56:48 am
Great (and encouraging) reminder. Our Adamic nature constantly tries to get our focus inward on ourselves (me-centered) instead upon others, and most importantly on Christ (including His suffering for us).
10/12/2013 08:51:03 am
Thanks brother Robert for the reminder. God bless!
30/12/2013 07:02:27 pm
This is so true, Bisi. In fact, my husband and I were just telling our daughter these exact truths. Many people are going thru trials but we can't necessarily know because of a smile on their face. And yes, the Lord DOES deliver us out of all our trials. Praise His name. blessings, Amy
1/1/2014 12:48:45 pm
Thanks Amy, this is very true. Remain blessed!
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