1 Peter 4
4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a]
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
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Can we say thank you Jesus. Amen.Or not.All the time is good and I had a little extra phrase today God is good all the time and all time God is good but every time God is good every time there’s no shadow of turning any merge no. There’s no God Our is no deceit There’s no malice in our Lord he is constantly and continuously reaching out to us and he has our best interests at heart we say Amen to that aren’t you glad today that we serve a loving god. A god that that is very mindful and very aware where we are what we’re doing can we say then that how do you you know it gets my mind from time to time a setback and amazement when I look up the stars and I expect if the stars are out you know you get back out away from the town and stuff like that and look up there’s a lot of stars up there and our God created every one of those stars he knows them by name he hung on the place where they’re at he keeps them in her in her place and yet mindful of you me can we say vendor that out of the I’m so glad that I’m savedOh you didn’t hear me did itI am so glad. That I’m saved.Out of the I’m not wandering in darkness no more I don’t have to guess I don’t have to think about of the I don’t have to ponder on it was that because the Spirit bears witness within me and if you’re saved the spirit bear witness in you also that you are children of the most high God how do we have this confidence in Christ can we say Amen to that we have the confidence in Christ that he is who that he said that he is how do you that he did was on the 3rd day and that one day we will see him in the fullness of his lorry and we will shall walk on the streets of glory one day how do other but we have this life that we live here before that doing on such probably before I get into the morning service or as father would just begin by magnifying you praising you for your goodness in your mercy Lorber So thank the Lord God for the precious blood of Christ Jesus in a finished work of the cross of Calvary we thank you today Lord God that our sins are forgiven and Lord their to be remembered no more we thank you Lord for the end while in power of your spirit you walk with us to each and every avenue of life every course or God every every moment Lord that you are with us where you were says that you never leave nor forsake we thank you lord God you got us to the perils of life as well as the joys of life and Lord we look to you for God the Author and Finisher of our faith and more we note or God that you will Goddess through this life and that you will welcome those in the life to come and now Lord we just ask that you would have your way here today you know very well what everyone here needs to hear today you you want to minister to each one and father we just pray Lord that you would fill your service mouth with your word and Lord that your name would be glorified in the church would be edified we give you the praise for now in Jesus’ name amen amen. First thing I want to tell tell folks today is I want to thank you for your prayers and your support over the past. Couple of years. As everybody knows we lost Kathy but.We lost her here but we know where she’s at.It’s been difficult.Do appreciate your prayer because I want to tell you something right now until you get into a position like this you don’t really know how valuable the prayers of the saints up because prayers are saying that before The Father gives this trip to continue can we say men do that so again I want to say thank you to each one if you would open your Bibles the 1st page are going to be there for a little bit maybe reason I say maybe is because the Lord likes to take me down this avenue and that avenue but I want to talk to you today about trials and tribulations it seems that no matter where we’re at or what we’re doing we can’t get away from those things can when. We like our life to be ordered we like it to be.Predictable do we not.Things to be the way we have them set up we like things to follow a certain pathway don’t we we like status quo do we not come on we lock status quo we like well I’ll like my coffee just a certain way.Get up of a morning I take my coffee and I pour just the right amount to happen happened a couple put it over in the Keurig and I go over here and I get my favorite coffee and I put that in there and I push that button guess what happens I get coffee just the way I like.But sometimes a character don’t work then I’m upset.Now not now gotta now gotta take in the old fashion way.And the thing of it is a still fashion when you take a new take and put it in the drip maker and everything like that I remember and I’m sure some of you folks in here do remember go percolator setting on the along the stove were it out of the match will help but anyway we tend to like things going on the way that they are but you say when you are safe Christ into your life things changedthen changed in this aspect is that God now is working in your life he is beginning to transform you he’s beginning to shift you from the earthly to the heavenly can someone hear what I’m saying today you say our life of faith is preparedness for the life to come but also in this life that we’re living he is preparing us and molding us into them each of the sun so on 1st creator to 1st chapter in the 3rd verse of most art there Peter talking said Blessed To me that God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ was according to his abundant mercy have to be gotten as again into a lot of the hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance and corruptible in the end that undefiled him bathe in all the way reserved in heaven for you who are kept by the part God through faith on to salvation ready to be revealed and the last time you say what he said right there you said you have been saved by Christ and not only have you been saved by Christ but your being kept by Christ can someone give me a hand wave on that you are being kept by Christ today I am being kept by Christ today were for you greatly rejoice that now foresees it may be your in the heart heaviness to manifold temptations Now listen a lot of says right here in verse 7 that’s a trial of your faith. Be a much more precious than I’m told that perish if though it be tried with far might be found under praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ the trial of your faith those what is being more precious than gothe be trod with far your faith has to be tested in order for to be paid Thanks this faith is something that you can’t see something that you know but you can’t see something that you believe in something that you need to hold on to in this world in this world through the manifold temptations of the manifold trials that we just talked about I like to say it that is faith drainingthose things begin to draw it you to begin to drain your faith because you say how can this happen to me Lord I thought that you loved me I thought I thought that everything was going to go all just good just right you know and how can this be happening that begins to draw what your faith the begins to drain it down where you at Lord Have you ever been a place where you say where you’re praying and you say where are you at Lord why is this happening why is this going on and you say we have always if you haven’t been there you’ll get there all right because like I said before Christ isn’t working you perfecting you you’re not perfect yet you’re not completely materia but one day you will be at the moment that you’re translated from this life into the next your salvation will be complete at that time this phase of your salvation your Denson will be complete at the resurrection but that’s another that’s another form for another day. And and going on with what Peter said person whom you know not having had a who having not seen your love and whom though you now see him not yet believe in your rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory when we look at that we think that everybody’s walking around getting out of your not I will tell you right now you’re not walking around getting ahead you’re not you’re not on top of an emotional high all the time when you’re living for Christ it just doesn’t happen what that joy unspeakable full of glory is is that no matter what I face no matter what tomorrow holds no matter what the day brings forth joyful in knowing that I’m saying Glory to God have other that I have a place in heaven that Christ is with me and that he is strength to me and I do not need to fear what may happen today because Christ is with me and I shall overcome in him and then and then you may be weak and you may be crippled you you may you may stumble a little bit but that is Ok God knows where you’re at he knows your limitations he knows how to bring you through Can someone give me an amen on that today hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah because you never know how strong your faith is until it begins to be tested you never know you never know where you’re going to stand until something comes against you whether it’s a selection where exotic or whatever it was ever this world might throw at you if we all was all giddy headed all the time with with all not emotional Hylda found we would be nothing but full childrenand unfortunately I see that in a lot of our mainline churches today is that they continually and constantly put an emphasis on emotional bonds that continuously and put a.Emphasis on my life being a blessed my life is blessed to have Christ in my life but you say what God calls a blessing I may not call a blessinghelp me js. No guessand course not says receiving the end of your faith even by the sow They even the salvation of your souls or the end of your face a journey you’re taking this journey 1st paper for 12 and 13 says beloved think it out a strange thing that a far concerning the far trial which is to try you is some strange thing has happened to you again or was it happening and then and believe me when you have a loved one that is sick when you have a family member that is lost and. When you have when you have things that you don’t understand these trials and elections and the stench pull at youand you begin to wonder what am I supposed to learn in this or ever asked Self or most post or a nurse or a can I don’t know whysometimes you get angry you have been angry with God I have a lot of like saying really bad I’ve been aggravated.Ok I have been aggravated with youbut it goes on to say but rejoice as much as you are partakers of Christ suffering when his glory shall be revealed you may be glad but also would exceed in glory what the say right thereis say Reese.But Rejoice in this much as you are partakers of Christ’s suffering the Boches suffer Nobody likes to see people sufferthen why is are suffering was why the Christian people suffer how many of us are familiar what Romans $828.00 says and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God and to them that are called according to his purposeperhaps.Cancer being goodhow can trials of life be good. How can these things that be said of those I’m worry a hole of Polish back and drain our faith how can they be goodrevealed in the next verse.Says for what we did for no he also did predestined to be comported image of the son that he might be the 1st born among many brother and you say God’s purpose for your life and from on life as this is that I should be Christ like or I should be transformed from the earthly into the heavenly Can we hear it can you give me a mental note to dob wants us to be transformed into being Christ like not Christ but being Christ like that his attributes his his ways of doing things come on now he wants us to be Christ like so God uses these things I’m not saying that God sent cancer I’m not saying God sent a heart attack I’m not God I’m not saying that God sent the persecution that’s not what I’m saying what I’m saying is in these days he is using to transform us from a weak and faithless person into someone that can see what is going on in this world around them about Bill and strip them as that we may be able to overcome an archive of a problem temptation and not only for us to be able to overcome but be able to show Christ to the worldand thento show Christ to the world because you see the world looks to the church to see Christand will say that to get the world looks to the church to say Christ if you can if you say that you’re a Christian then yes there should be some attribute of Christ in your life mission is that not correct and then so God uses those things that we would notto bring about good in our lives to transform.Jesus himself going down to going down the Hebrew spot Jesus himself and says I will read just to you. This is Speaking of Jesus who in the days of the slash when he was all for a prayers and supplications with strong chrono tears on a hand that was able to save him from death and was her and that he feared though he were a son yet he learned obedience by the things he sufferedChrist learned obedience to suffering not that he was this would be but he learnt that the will of God was to be a he had to suffer to accomplish the will of God.Are we on the left of our Savior are we better than him that we should not also have to suffer when the Lord biggest approved things out of your life and I don’t know whether I can step now all be or not I’m a rumor All right.I’m a Roman But what I’m saying that when the war begins to take a move things out of your life most of the times are things that we take and we like those things I’m not necessarily saying under simple I’m not even I’m not even going to say that they’re even evil and wrong but God wants to remove those things out of our life at times so that we can be transformed from a friend to more into his presence more and they his Be more it is more into his and raise can we say Amen to that because you say God when you and when you receive Christ you gave God permission to change youwill like to say the same whether this was Harry right here and and I like Harry just the way that he s.come onbut Laura So Harry we got some work to do while I was there that Lord what we gotta do well you know that t.v. program you like right there so much I don’t think you ought to be watching a lot more I like at you don’t need to be watching thatyou don’t need to be doing this or you don’t need to be doing thatsee he begins to prune those things out of your life thatthat could be an offense to him but his purpose is not to make you sit around nothing to do 12 of your songs.But he’s transforming youinto His image of his son glory to Godgoing to go one day if we follow after Him If we surrender to Him as Christ and what of Christ in the garden he says Father if it be possible let this cup pass from mebut neverthelessnot ma will but your will be done one thing I did learn and all thisis that I don’t really I don’t really take a lot a lot of confidence in the Word of Faith people anymore and why do I say that is because a saint to say Come on said well if you say this you stand alone as you proclaim that you speak to this and say that you say all these things and it’s going to happen while more tell you something right now you can go after that mountain out there and you can stand out there all day and proclaim with the Be Moved in the name of Jesus till your face is blue and guess what that mountain you want to stay there guess what sometimes the trials to come into your life you can’t overcome them much and they gotta go there this and that and I proclaim the authority of Christ over all these things and you stand on them days when the trial still stays there the thing of the this is not my will it is not your will but it is His Will people to try to take and and do their duty things bought by by proclaiming God’s works they’re trying to twist or trying to been God’s will we’re not the been God’s will we’re not the twisties work work of some it to his will and except his word.Out.Let’s go back to what of her said God is goodand all the time God is good God is good every timeyou believe thathim andthen I know that His will is perfect His ways are just he is true and he is God in me. To this valley may I may not understandbut he is with me in the same manner that as another thing all rightthe 2nd Corinthians the 1st chapterPaul speakingto Paul knew a thing or 2 about suffering inPaul nothing at a thing or 2 about persecutionno matter fact all the disciples all that Paul fail to do something about persecutionI don’t see any of them traveling around in a gold chariot did youI don’t see any of them.Put away that amounts of money and star so to speak and popular and so on and so forth but through their obedience through their sufferingthrough they are living for Christ alone Christ live in them we have the New Testament we have the Word of God before we have the example we have the foundation of the Church of the Apostle that Apostol a creed we have apast all the foundations of the church we had that the found and that foundation is Christ we have their teachings what they learn what they went through what they experience they they walked with Jesus a saint Jesus now can you imagine that day where Calvary Can you imagine that day when Jesus was hanging there on the cross and they all thought and they all thought they all knew that Christ was the most awesome they never thought that he would hang on a cross in his that he would diewhoa wait a minutethat a supposed to happenIsaiah says this My thoughts are not your thoughts my ways are not your ways for my thoughts are higher than your thoughts and my ways are higher than your waysbut you say it was through that through that trial and through the Rev Bessie in resurrected Christ they gave Bill with the Holy Ghost I don’t leave that outbut it was to that. That they were able to go on and they were able to build the church come along and then they were able to build a church and they were not turned away because the Romans persecuted they were not turned away that that Christians were being martyred they were turned away because they were being fed to their lawns they were turned away was because our faith was a sump them Lord and just an emotional hot or just some something and contrived by men their faith was based on the foundation of Jesus Christ to him. Christ crucified and rose again how do you and that’s where our faith has to be all show Christ crucified and rose again now.Ifthe Bible tells us that we are torejoice with those that rejoiceand to mourn with those that mournwhen you have been through somethingthat has your face when you have been through something where you did not understand when you’ve been through something that has wonted youor crippled youyou know how to minister to other people that are going through the same thing2nd Corinthians 13 blessed be God Even the father of the Lord Jesus Christ the Father mercies and the God of all comfortthe God of all comfortGod knows where a rat God knows what you’re feeling your emotions your heart your pain all that is not good from God He knows what you’re feeling he’s been married knows that he was there when Jesus died own Calvary he was there when the whole world turned against him he was there he knowsthat’s why he’s the God of all comfort it’s not strange to him it’s not foreign to him that’s how he can comfort you can someone say amen to that. How do you goes on to say who come off the comfort of us and our tribulation that we may be able that we may be able to them comfort them that are in any trouble by the Comfort where I am we ourselves are comfort from God because I’ve been in a situation where I needed God to come from a had he met me at my need I’m able to mete starter someone else that is facing the same thing that I faced how though you thought that you went through something that it was useless you could wrap your mind around if you couldn’t face about what was going on God is preparing you to help someone else along the way to help someone else yeah keep their faith and keep all knowing that’s what it is he said because that’s what could be in Christ like is that we love one another and that we help one another can we say men do that how do youfor us to suffrage of Christ abound in us or consolation also bound by Christin manfor the sufferings of Christfor the sufferings of Christone of sufferingwhileI don’t want thatI like a nice and comfortableas long as you abide in the status quo church you’ll never grow Come onyou’ll never growand if you’re not grown there’s a good chance you’re going to be on the declineNo I’m not saying you won’t fall way and go to hell but you’re going to be a wee Christianand friends in today’s world is justnot a lot of use for we Christianscould.Come on we need to be stronger faith we need to be able to reach out until others about Jesus Christ we need to be able to the to encourage those that are been down cash.The story that you told Ron about the man helping those people that was an encouragement since he kept them that it enabled them to goal and perhaps one of them maybe all of them wish they could it would be better off with mom or dad if I was just more.If you’re still here and you’re still greater than today God got a plan and a purpose on the design for you I don’t care how old you are I don’t care how young you are I don’t care where you’re at in life station where you’re rich poor whatever it is God has a plan and a purpose on design for you how do you you and I were born for such a Thomas as you remember that’s what Mordecai told Esther in the Book of Esther perhaps 3 if you were year were put in this position for such a time as this church we are here for such such a Thomas as this nation this world needs to know that Christ is more than just an emotional hot he’s more than just a judgment to look but he is a loving and con and compassionate savior that will be with you in your trials and your tribulation that he will lift you up and that he will give you a reason to live.Amenamen I like to be on the mountain top not much grows on the mountain top churchdown in the Valley is where you learn to grow down the valley is where you learn to trust down the valley is where your faiththeir strength andglory to GodSo I’ll say thank you Jesusfor the trial of my faiththat the Lord is here shown yourself faithful that that I’m still believingthe verses are shared Kathy’s funeralHelp me Jesusbecause the seed in herall that she went through all not just the last couple of years of her life with the things she fought along the wayshe kept the faithLord help meto keep the faith.Lord help me to keep the faith and not turn awayat the 1st on the tribulation or affliction.Paul writes in I’m closing with thisand courage you to read7 Corinthians I encourage you to read read the book of Romans on courage and read a word I encourage you to learn of Christam I there yet now got a long ways to gobut I can tell you this right now I’m further along the road and it was.Out of theand that one day I want to gaze upon the beautiful face on thatbecause I have this faith in this confidence that no matter whatdoesn’t matter who wins the election doesn’t matter which way this country terms would that this country would turn right way I would and I want to see this country turned back to the rightbut in all this I know the Christ livesI know.That he loves usI know that he sustains I know that he provides regardless of your situation.Paul writes I’m flipping is the 3rd chapter and I’m close with theseand I prayed and I’m praying this that not only is this my prayer but I pray and I hope that this becomes your prayer Paul Wright says that I may know himwe will learn about Jesus we talk about Jesus but do we know himyou see him saw the Psalms tells us that the children of Israel is seen the actions of God They say the things that he donebut Moses knew him and Moses Neues waysand that’s what my prayer is Lord show me your way I want to know youthat I may know him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferingyou say because it comes with thatit comes with that church.It comes with joys too it doesbut it comes with suffering and then make come formable on to his debtglory to God that I might be Christ like to him Paul finishes that thought out if by any means I might attain.To the resurrection of the deadsuch harsh today I pray thatthis work has helped youI pray that.You begin to have a little insightinto what God is want to do in your lifebecause I’m here today to tell you that cancer cannot destroy your faiththe death of your loved one cannotdestroy your faithpersecution cannot destroy your faith inChrist will preserve us and he will keep us glory to Godglory to God.There’s are one here today that nature special permit for we closeis the one here todaythat the Lord spoke into your heartthere’s no one here todaythat we could just lift our hands and say thank you Jesus for walking with meAlex.Let’s praygracious Father we begin by magnifying you once more over you capers in the mud mist of persecution and trials and Joyce you capers and whatever avenue and course that life might take toward and more we come together and as one we pray Lord God that we might know you in your way Father we asked or didn’t you would transform is Lord help us in our times of temptation and trial and suffering Lord Lord if you would Bill what then a sword. All Yes For God the strength the faith that is needed for such a time as this Lord we pray Lord God that you use us for God to be the church outside the church to speak to our friends and our loved ones our neighbors and strangers or got whatever may be that we might point them to you Lord for we know that you are the answer Lord I pray for every one under sound in the voice today I pray that you meet him at the point of their need Lord I pray that you bring healing to their bodies and healing to their hearts and encouragement to their souls Lordfor a day Lord you have never left this nor for say this and Lord we know that one day we shall gaze upon you and now Lord I ask your blessing upon each one all us for Godyour blessing your gentle presenceyour still small voiceand the strength that only comes from youin Jesus precious day Amen Amen Amenthank you for allowing me to comment.